SEEK: Salford Environment for Expertise and Knowledge
Dr Tracey Williamson
Dr Tracey Williamson
postal addressReader - Public Involvement, Engagement & Experience, Room 1.43 Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford, Frederick Road, Salford, Greater Manchester, M6 9PU.
email addressT.Williamson@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 295 6424
website addresshttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-7736-0712
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Health & Society
From September 2011 to present.
From January 2001 to September 2011.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Research
From January 2001 to May 2009.
Profile Summary

Please note Salford's  SEEK platform is awaiting closure and only profile and bids have been kept uptodate for the last 18 months.

Current research interests include: Public engagement / user involvement in research; service user / carer involvement, participatory approaches, partnership working, action research, co-production, evaluation, assistive technology, design for dementia, improving the patient experience and care environment. The client group I have most experience of working with is older people. This is because my academic career followed on from an extensive NHS nursing career spanning predominantly rehabilitation and older people care settings. My most recent clinical posts have been as a nurse consultant in intermediate care and care of older people (in Pennine Acute Trust) working across health and social care boundaries to develop strategy, services and provide leadership across multi-professional environments. This preference for interdisciplinary working led to my PhD focus on a participatory action research study to strengthen group decision making (‘shared governance’). My doctorate was funded by a research training award from the Department of Health with the expectation that I develop as a future research leader. This I have gone on to do in the field of public involvement / user involvement in research.

My particular expertise concerns partnership working, participatory evaluation approaches and research involving patients and the public as co-researchers or advisers. I have a strong emphasis on researching issues of importance to patients and carers, usually in NHS or social care settings, including older people’s experiences of changed medication appearance; strategies older people use to manage loneliness; experiences of e-health engagement; evaluation of Partnerships for Older People; views of health and wellbeing of seldom heard young people; experiences of people with young onset dementia and evaluation of various services (carers, intermediate care, partnership groups, nurse practitioner roles). I have been involved substantively in leading public involvement in assistive/health technology research studies funded by the ESRC – Economic Social Research Council and NIHR – National Institute for Health Research. Examples include Functional Electrical Stimulation and orthoses in stroke, wearable technology to promote healthy active ageing and public involvement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We have undertaken two evaluations of dementia friendly environments in primary and secondary care. See some of my project reports at http://usir.salford.ac.uk/view/authors/9410.html

I am/have been a member of a range of national groups (see below e.g. INVOLVE http://www.invo.org.uk) and previously led development of RCN – Royal College of Nursing ‘user involvement in research by nurses’ guidance and co-authored the RCN’s ethics guidance for nurses also. I was previously alternate vice chair of a NHS Local Research Ethics Committee and I am active in regular funding applications as a primary investigator or partner. In September 2008 I became a Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) adviser for the NW NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) and later took over as ts regional Strategic PPI Lead. For a time I was co-Chair of the North West People in Research Forum until 2016. I have co-written the content of the NW RDS 'How to' guide for public and patent involvement in research: http://www.rds-nw.nihr.ac.uk/PI/how_to_guide.php
 
I am a co-founding member of our School’s User Carer Group where members of the public inform our curricula and actively take part in innovative teaching and user / carer experience conference delivery. I have recently stepped down as a Non-executive Director of Healthwatch Salford Board. I am also academic supervisor for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership working on development of a dementia communication course face-to-face and online.
 
If you need to have a strong service user element in your research proposal, I can help with this and I welcome contact by anyone interested in research with and for older people / people living wit dementia and family carers especially. I currently first supervise 5 doctoral students, having had 5 completions and conducted 9 vivas (5 External) and welcome interest by any suitable candidate wishing to undertake research which fits with my interests / expertise. Furthermore, enterprise opportunities are encouraged whereby we can provide bespoke training / support / guidance regarding user involvement in research. Should you need an adviser / collaborator on your  project to inform the public and patient involvement elements, I would be happy to hear from you.
Key Qualifications
2004
2001
1994
2000
Key Projects
2017
Jan
Development of sensory stimulating insoles to aide balance and independent walking following brain injury
NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative, £9,994.00.
Principal Investigator: K Hollands (60%). Co-Investigators: T Williamson (10%), A Williams (10%), C Nester (20%).
2015
Nov
Joint Health and Wellbeing Innovation Fund
Salford City Partnership, £32,257.00.
Principal Investigator: K Hollands (50%). Co-Investigator: T Williamson (50%).
2015
Sep
Research Design Services for the North West (Extension)
National Institute for Health Research, £12,736.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (100%).
2015
Mar
A novel body-worn falls detection system: development and evaluation in the frail elderly population
The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, £73,598.00.
Principal Investigator: M Granat (60%). Co-Investigators: T Williamson (15%), S Thies (10%), L Kenney (15%).
2015
Jan
Living Well with Young Onset Dementia
Booths Charities, £325,000.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (100%). Co-Investigator: M Pearson (0%).
2014
Nov
Salford Citizen Scientist Project
Salford City Council, £8,000.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (100%).
2014
Oct
2014
Feb
A practical, yet flexible functional electrical stimulation system for upper limb functional rehabilitation
National Institute for Health Research, £568,893.00.
Principal Investigator: L Kenney (35%). Co-Investigators: D Howard (30%), N Hardiker (5%), T Williamson (5%), C Smith (25%).
2014
Jan
University Hospital South Manchester Dementia Evaluation
University Hospitals South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, £30,982.00.
Principal Investigator: N Yates-Bolton (25%). Co-Investigators: T Williamson (25%), R Codinhoto (19%), M Ormerod (6%), K Yates (25%).
2014
Jan
2013
Oct
Salford City Council Dementia Environment Evaluation
Salford City Council, £29,000.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (25%). Co-Investigators: K Yates (25%), R Codinhoto (25%), N Yates-Bolton (25%).
2010
Jun
The NIHR Research Design Services for the North West
National Institute for Health Research, £43,135.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (63%). Co-Investigator: S Tyson (37%).
2009
Mar
New Dynamics of Ageing
ESRC, £46,000.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (58%). Co-Investigator: J Ryan (42%).
2009
Feb
An advanced FES rehabilitation tool for upper limb therapy after stroke
Department of Health, £470,753.00.
Principal Investigator: D Howard (30%). Co-Investigators: C Smith (20%), L Kenney (30%), T Williamson (10%), S Thies (10%).
2008
Jul
A Study of End of Life Care Planning in Nursing/Care Homes in Salford and Trafford
Burdett Trust for Nursing, £49,912.00.
Principal Investigator: M Johnson (75%). Co-Investigators: I Jones (20%), T Williamson (5%).
2007
Oct
Dynamic orthosis with virtual electrodes for the lower limb
Health Technology Devices programme (DoH), £426,606.00.
Principal Investigator: L Kenney (30%). Co-Investigators: T Williamson (15%), J Ryan (15%), D Howard (20%), C Smith (20%).
2007
Mar
Evaluation of Rochdale Partnership for Older People Project (POPP)
Rochdale MBC, £67,000.00.
Investigators: T Williamson (50%), T Warne (20%), C Hulme (30%).
2006
Nov
Older People's Experiences of Changed Appearance of Medication due to Generic Prescribing Practices
Greater Manchester PCT Alliance, £25,000.00.
Principal Investigator: T Williamson (85%). Co-Investigators: J Ryan (5%), S Pugh (5%), M Johnson (5%).
2005
Jul
2005
Mar
An evaluation of a nurse led unit: an action research study
Chesterfield PCT, £10,000.00.
Investigator: T Williamson (100%).
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Other Journal Articles
Book Sections
Guest Editorials in Journals
Magazine Articles
Other Publications
Papers in Published Conference Proceedings
Published Conference Proceedings
Reports for External Bodies
Reports
Thesis
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2006
Dec

Conference Organising Group - member

2006
Nov

Conference Organising Group - member

2005
Dec
2004
Nov

Conference Organising Group - member

2004
Sep

Lead organiser (230 delegates)

2002
Dec

Lead organiser (90 delegates)

Conference Presentations
2019
Williamson, T and Taylor, J Development of an anti-ageism video: a collaborative approach, RCN Nursing Older People Conference, Chester, November 2005 (National)
2019
Rawle, A and Williamson, T Good research but by whose definition? Involving users and other stakeholders in the design of an evaluation of a nurse led unit, UK Evaluation Society conference, Manchester, December 2005 (National)
2019
Staniszewska, S; Williamson, T and Benson, A The patient perspective, RCN Congress, Bournemouth 2006 (National)
2019
Williamson, T Lessons from an action research study, Bolton Festival of Research, Bolton, May 2005 (National)
2019
Ryan, J and Williamson, T 'Great expectations': Working with older people as co-researchers, British Society of Gerontology, Bangor, September 2006 (International)
2019
Williamson, T Identifying the impact of LEO on shared governance, Leading an Empowered Organisation Conference, University of Leeds, March 2002 (National)
2019
Williamson, T When things don't go to plan: The realities and challenges of user involvement in research, INVOLVE, Hertfordshire, September 2006 (National)
2019
Williamson, T Nurse consultant as educator: a collaborative approach to developing evidence based practice, Education in Practice Conference, University of Salford, Worsley, June 2003 (National)
2019
Williamson, T; Cooke, M; Kirshbaum, M and Staniszewska, S Getting user involvement into your research, RCN Congress, Bournemouth 2006 (National)
2019
Williamson, T and Haigh, CA Presence: what is it and how do I get some? RCN International Nursing Research Conference (fringe), York, March 2006 (International)
2019
Williamson, T Data displays as an aid to qualitative data analysis, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Exeter, April 2002 (International)
2019
Williamson, T The nurse consultant research & development: progress one year on, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Manchester, April 2003 (International)
2019
Williamson, T; Coad, J and Gibson, F User involvement in research: Are we walking the walk? (Fringe), RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Dundee, May 2007 (International)
2019
Wiliamson, T and Rawle, A a to B via PPI: the non-linear path to study design with public and patient involvement, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, York, March 2006 (International)
2019
Williamson, T ; Neville, L and Owen, D Evaluating a work based learning approach to nurse education: A collaborative approach between an acute NHS trust and higher education institution, RCN International Nursing Research Confer... more >>.
2019
Williamson, T Involving Older People in Research & Development: principles and insights, Bolton Festival of Research, Bolton, May 2005 (National)
2019
Williamson, T ; Long, AF and Howarth, M The ethics of managing relations with multiple stakeholders whilst maintaining the science requirements of an evaluation (symposium), UK Evaluation Society conference, Manchester, December... more >>.
2019
Johnson, M; Long, T; Fallon; D; Haigh, C; Howarth, M; Kneafsey, R and Williamson, T Are relationships with respondents obviously wrong? Research ethics and governance in the real world (symposium), RCN International Nursing Resear... more >>.
2019
Williamson, T Evaluation of a pilot work based learning module for rehabilitation nurses, Joint UK Evaluation Society and European Evaluation Society Conference, London, October 2006 (International)
2019
Williamson, T Meet the NW Research Society Group fringe and poster presentation, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Belfast, March 2005 (International)
2019
Williamson, T Utilising reflection to improve group decision making by NHS practitioners: A shared governance action research study, Institute of Reflective Practice conference, Gloucester, June 2005 (National)
2019
Williamson, T Strengthening shared governance decision making through action research, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Exeter, April 2002 (International)
2019
Williamson, T Shared governance: developing learning and practice through action research, 4th RCN Joint Education Forums' Conference, Blackpool, February 2002 (National)
2019
Ryan, J and Williamson, T Great Un-expectations: Working with older people as co-researchers, RCN International Nursing Research conference, York 2006 (International)
2019
Williamson, T and Johnson, J Findings from a participatory evaluation study of nurse-led intermediate care, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Dundee, May 2007 (International)
2019
Williamson, T Mobile phones in clinical settings: Evidence, opportunities and threats (Fringe), RCN Congress, Harrogate, April 2007 (National)
2019
Williamson, T and Cooper, E Uncharted territory: designing an evaluation of a nurse led unit with meaningful user involvement, Health R&DNoW Sharing Success conference, Chorley, Feb 2006 (National)
2007
May
Consultancy Roles
2008
May

Enterprise activity as user involvement consultant (£6K)

Honours and Awards
2006
Feb

Anti-ageism Video

2001
Jan
1997
Oct
Internal University Support Received
2005
Jul

Research Investment Fund (£3.5K)

2005
Jun

Widening Participation Fund (£10K) 

Invited Papers and Lectures
2010
Feb
2008
Nov
2007
Apr
2006
Aug
2006
Jul
2005
Nov
2004
Mar
2003
Jan
2002
Jan
Memberships of External Bodies
2008
Feb

PPI adviser for research bid applicants across Greater Manchester

2006
Jan

Academic representative

2005
Sep

Activist in promoting research by nurses and former NW Regional Forum Chair. Held lead role for public involvement in research by nurses and developed online RCN guidance on public involvement in research by nurs... more >>.

2004
Jul

Department of Health Advisory Group on public involvement in health, social care and NHS research. Also member of its Evidence, Knowledge and Learning sub group.

Other Evidence of External Esteem
2011
May
2007
Sep

Monthly September 2007 to April 2009

Other Research Activity
2007
Jan

User involvement partner on network led by University of Wales (Newport). Subject: Design Innovation Enabling Autonomy and Independence through Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology (bid subsequently awarded study underway)

2007
Jan

User involvement partner on network led by Manchester Metropolitan University. Subject: Experiences and Uses of Technology in Older Age: Autonomy and Independence, the Built and Technical Environment and Locality, Place and Par... more >>.

2005
Mar

Research team member on Saying Hello (exploring loneliness and isolation in older people) Big Lottery funded study March 2005 to May 2006