Natalie Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health, and the Co-lead of the SAPPHIRE group. A graduate of the Universities of London, Nottingham and Warwick, she is a medical sociologist and uses sociological ideas and methods to understand health and illness and to tackle problems in the delivery of high-quality healthcare. Her work covers a number of areas, although she has a special interest in women’s and children’s health. Natalie has recently led a qualitative evaluation of how healthcare organisations collect and use data on common harms through the NHS Safety Thermometer, and is currently leading a qualitative evaluation of the feasibility of using the Patient Activation Measure in the NHS.
Posted by Natalie Armstrong in SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) on February 14, 2017
SAPPHIRE’s Natalie Armstrong has recently been awarded a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship, in this blog she reflects on her experiences so far and what she’ll be getting up to over the next three years. What is an Improvement Science Fellowship, and why did I want one? The Health Foundation’s Improvement Science Fellowship […]
Posted by Natalie Armstrong in SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) on October 3, 2016
SAPPHIRE’s Natalie Armstrong and Caroline Morris have recently returned from the ‘Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference’ (#PODC2016) in sunny Barcelona, in this blog they reflect on this developing area and what they took away from the event. What is overdiagnosis, and why is it something to be prevented? Broadly speaking, when people talk about […]
Posted by Natalie Armstrong in SAPPHIRE (Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) on November 25, 2015
Introduction: The challenge of person-centred care Over recent years the push for the NHS to become more person-centred has been mounting, with increasing attention paid both to the importance of patients’ experiences of care and supporting them to manage their own health. This emphasis is made clear in the vision laid out in the NHS […]