Meet the Ethnographers
Our ethnographers from the University of Leicester are conducting a qualitative sub-study to find out more about how hospitals organise systems for weekend care in our 20 case study hospitals. Researchers will visit each of the hospitals twice for several days conducting observations on a range of medical acute admitting wards. Researchers will explore: how care is organised on weekdays and weekends and how this impacts on staff and patients; the reasons for local variation between hospitals in the way weekend care is organised; and the barriers and facilitators to implementing high-intensity specialist-led acute care (HiSLAC). Researchers will ‘shadow’ clinical staff from different professional backgrounds and grades as they go about their normal work on weekdays and weekends. Researchers will also attend some meetings at the hospitals and conduct short interviews with some of the staff and patients.
Dr Carolyn Tarrant
Dr Carolyn Tarrant is leading the HiSLAC ethnographic study. She is senior lecturer in the SAPPHIRE group at the University of Leicester. Her background is in psychology and social science. She has expertise in qualitative methods, and evaluation of patient safety and quality improvement programmes.
Elizabeth (Liz) Sutton is a Research Associate in the Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group, University of Leicester. Her research interests include patient involvement and patient safety, healthcare quality improvement and health inequalities. She has considerable expertise in qualitative research including: qualitative interviewing, focus group facilitation and ethnographic observation.
Dr Janet Willars
Dr Janet Willars is a qualitative researcher in the SAPPHIRE group at the University of Leicester. She started her career as a biologist and has been working with the SAPPHIRE group for the last 12 years. She has extensive experience of expertise in ethnography and interviewing patients and health care professionals. Janet will be conducting fieldwork for the HiSLAC ethnography.
Dr Sarah Chew
Dr Sarah Chew is part of the study team and will be conducting some of the ethnographic fieldwork for the HisLAC study. She is a research associate in the SAPPHIRE group at the University of Leicester. Her back ground is in social psychology and research methods. She has experience in qualitative health services research, and has worked on evaluations of quality improvement programmes.
Dr David Kocman
Dr David Kocman is a Research Associate in the SAPPHIRE group. David is a sociologist of organisations and innovation. He has worked across a range of projects looking at quality and safety in healthcare, re-consenting for the use of tissue samples in biobanks, reporting of safety concerns by junior doctors, and implementation of clinical pathways.
Elisa G. Liberati is research assistant in the SAPPHIRE group, University of Leicester. Her background is in organisational psychology and, during her PhD, she has developed an expertise in hospital ethnography. Elisa is interested in professional boundaries and relationships in healthcare and how these affect the impact of quality improvement initiatives. Elisa will be conducting some of the ethnographic fieldwork for the HisLAC study.
Emma Angell is a researcher in the SAPPHIRE group at the University of Leicester, and project manager for the HiSLAC ethnographic team. Emma has worked on projects in primary and acute care and has interests in patient experience and ethics. She has experience of qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups with vulnerable and seldom-heard groups.