In common with many health services researcher, my research interests are broad.
Mental Health and Physical Heath
We now appreciate that mental and physical health are not distinct, but aspects of the same complex system. One could argue that, for humans, social health is an extension of that system. Relevant evolutionary mechanisms for such a social animal would not focus upon one or the other. With that knowledge, we can work to improve the overall health of people with physical and mental health conditions and to destigmatise mental health iteself.
People with long-term physical conditions and survivors of cancer frequently experience signficant anxiety, depression and distress and this in turn can impact quality of life, symptom experience, health service use and mortality. Healthcare staff can struggle to support these issues due to a lack of training, resources and institutional buy-in. But all four UK home nations have recently priotised the integration of physical and mental health care and the integration of health and social care. We are at the start of this journey, but now is the time to invest in this cross-disciplinary research to understand how we can