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Dr Ferhana Hashem BA, MA, PhD, PGCE

NIHR RDS SE Kent Site Lead & Research Adviser/Senior Research Fellow,



I am a Research Fellow in CHSS at the University of Kent and am a Research Adviser for the NIHR Research’s Research Design Service South East.

I am currently working on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project with Professor Michael Calnan (PI) looking at the issue of uncertainty in NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) single technological appraisals. This work involves working closely with the NICE technological appraisals teams and appraisal committees to investigate how decisions are made in funding new drug therapies.

I have been trained in conducting sociological research and specialise in qualitative and mixed methods approaches. I have experience in working on projects in health promotion research focusing upon vulnerable people (older people), social marketing and health promotion, physical activity in young girls and teenage pregnancy in looked after young people.

My own research focuses upon the language and translation support needs of minority ethnic groups in Britain – in particular, in relation to accessing services including healthcare in the NHS, overcoming barriers to treatment and improving language services to minority ethnic patients. I have a broader interest in research on the identity issues of minority ethnic groups/mixed race people in Britain. I have also published work on the health and language needs of minority ethnic groups and, more generally, wider sociological issues on racial and ethnic identity.

I joined the University of Kent in 2006. I previously worked at Anglia Ruskin University (2004-2006) at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences for a two year post-doctural research.  Previously, I taught social sciences at the University of Durham (2001-2004) and the University of Sunderland (2000-2003).

I completed my BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (1997) and completed my MA in History from King’s College London. I received a PhD stipend from the University of Sunderland (1999-2003) to undertake my PhD research in Political Sociology.

Previous Research includes:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on the “Ethnic options of mixed-race people in Britain‟ (PI: Mr Peter Aspinall; CO: Dr Miri Song & second CO: Dr Ferhana Hashem) (March 2006-May 2008; grant reference: RES-000-23-1507) (£155,405.73)

Nuffield Foundation Small Social Science Grant “What kind of language services should public authorities provide to minority ethnic groups: the case of Bangladeshis in London‟ (PI: Dr Ferhana Hashem; CI: Mr Peter Aspinall) (February 2008-November 2009) (£9,025)

I have been teaching for the School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) on two modules; for the undergraduate module SO537 (Racism) and a postgraduate module SO884 (Race, Difference and Belonging). I am currently providing supervision for two MA students for the School.

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Dodd, C., Hashem, F., Stephensen, D. and Bassett, P. (2023) 'Wearable activity trackers in young people with haemophilia: What needs to be considered?', Haemophilia. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/hae.14790.
Peckham, S., Zhang, W., Eida, T., Hashem, F. and Kendall, S. (2023) 'Research engagement and research capacity building: a priority for healthcare organisations in the UK', Journal of Health Organization and Management. Emerald. doi: doi:10.1108/JHOM-12-2021-0436.
Hashem, F., Huber, J., Egan, B., Barnes, R. and Newby, C. (2023) 'Exploring early career researchers' perspectives of training and funding opportunities: Motivations and setbacks when applying for the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Research's fellowships and research funding', The International Journal of Health Planning and Management. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/hpm.3637.
Hashem, F., Marchand, C., Peckham, S. and Peckham, A. (2022) 'What are the impacts of setting up new medical schools? A narrative review', BMC Medical Education. BioMed Central. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03835-4.
Hashem, F. (2022) 'Five common signs of an unhealthy bid', Research Professional. Available at: https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-funding-know-how-start-here-2022-five-common-signs-of-an-unhealthy-bid/.
Hashem, F. (2022) 'So you're new to…the National Institute for Health Research', Research Professional News. Available at: https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-funding-know-how-start-here-2022-so-you-re-new-to-the-national-institute-for-health-research/.
Hashem, F. (2021) 'Bouncing Back: Four tips for early career healthcare researchers looking to recover from rejected bids', Research Professional News. Available at: https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/rr-funding-know-how-start-here-2021-bouncing-back/.
Hashem, F., Jaswal, S. K., Marchand, C., Forbes, L. J., Srinivasan, N., Bates, A. and Peckham, S. (2021) 'Incorporating the interaction between health and work into the undergraduate medical curriculum – a qualitative evaluation of a teaching pilot in English medical schools', Education for Primary Care. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2021.1914182.
Hashem, F., Stephensen, D., Bates, A., Pellatt-Higgins, T., Hobbs, R. N., Hopkins, M., Woodward, H., Stavropoulou, C., Swaine, I. L. and Ali, H. (2020) 'Acceptability and feasibility of an isometric resistance exercise programme for abdominal cancer surgery: an embedded qualitative study', Cancer Control. Sage. doi: 10.1177/1073274820950855.
Hashem, F., Corbett, K., Stephensen, D., Swaine, I., Ali, H. and Hutchins, I. (2020) 'The importance of cancer patients' functional recollections to explore the acceptability of an isometric-resistance exercise intervention: a qualitative study', Health Science Reports. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/hsr2.186.
Hashem, F., Stephensen, D., Drechsler, W., Bladen, M., Carroll, L., Pellatt-Higgins, T. and Saloniki, E.-C. (2020) 'Muscle strengthening intervention for boys with haemophilia: developing and evaluating a best-practice exercise programme with boys, families and healthcare professionals', Health Expectations. Wiley. doi: 10.1111/hex.13119.
Bladen, M., Carroll, L., Dodd, C., Drechsler, W., Hashem, F., Patel, V., Pellatt-Higgins, T., Saloniki, E.-C. and Stephensen, D. (2020) 'Results of feasibility and safety of randomised controlled trial of a musculoskeletal exercise intervention versus usual care for children with haemophilia', Haemophilia. Wiley. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/hae.14026.
Hashem, F., Brigden, C. L., Wilson, P. M. and Butler, C. (2020) 'Understanding what works, why and in what circumstances in Hospice at Home Services for End of Life Care: applying a realist logic of analysis to a systematically searched literature review', Palliative Medicine. Sage, pp. 16-31. doi: 10.1177/0269216319867424.
Rees-Roberts, M., Williams, P., Hashem, F., Brigden, C. L., Greene, K., Gage, H., Goodwin, M., Silsbury, G., Wee, B., Barclay, S. and others. (2019) 'Hospice at Home services in England: a national survey', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. BMJ Publishing Group, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001818.
Hashem, F., Bladen, M., Carroll, L., Dodd, C., Drechsler, W., Lowery, D., Patel, V., Pellatt-Higgins, T., Saloniki, E.-C. and Stephensen, D. (2019) 'Protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial of a musculoskeletal exercise intervention versus usual care for children with haemophilia', BMJ Open. BMJ Publishing Group. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029474.
Research reports (external)
Peckham, S., Eida, T. J., Zhang, W., Hashem, F., Spencer, S., Kendall, S., Newberry Le Vay, J., Buckley-Mellor, O., Samuel, E. and Vohra, J. (2021) Creating Time for Research: Identifying and improving the capacity of healthcare staff to conduct research. Cancer Research UK. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/creating_time_for_research_february_2021_-_full_report-v2.pdf.
Internet publications
Hashem, F. (2022) So you're new to…the NIHR (part 2), Research Professional. Available at: https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/funding/know-how/start-here/2022/So-you-re-new-to-the-NIHR--part-2-.html.
Conference or workshop items
Peckham, S., Eida, T. J., Zhang, W., Hashem, F., Spencer, S., Kendall, S., Newberry Le Vay, J., Buckley-Mellor, O. and Vohra, J. (2020) 'Time for Research: Improving research capacity in the health service post COVID-19', in. National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference 2020.
Hashem, F., Jaswal, S. K. and Marchand, C. (2020) 'Piloting the Health and Work Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education in England', in. EUMASS Congress 2021.
Hashem, F. (2020) 'DOLPHIN Exercise programme – co-designing the exercise programme', in. Exercise and Physical Activity for Children with Haemophilia.
Hashem, F. and Brigden, C. L. (2019) 'Palliative care research funding and the workforce to support it', in. Clinical Research Network Kent Surrey and Sussex - Annual Conference.
Hashem, F., Jaswal, S. K. and Marchand, C. (2019) 'Health and Work in Undergraduate Medical Education', in. Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Annual Conference & Exhibition.
Jaswal, S. K., Hashem, F. and Marchand, C. (2019) 'A scoping review to map curriculum resources on health and work in undergraduate medical education in the United Kingdom (UK)', in. European Forum for Primary Care.
Hashem, F., Dickens, S., Javadi, A.-H., Mumvuri, M., Lowther, N., Cowley, C. and Cousins, D. (2019) 'How to develop your research idea - Interactive Panel', in. #KentHomeGrown Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
Hashem, F., Marchand, C. and Jaswal, S. K. (2019) 'Developing Undergraduate Curriculum Resources on Health and Work in Medical Education', in. Good Work is Good for You - Promoting Work as Health Outcome.
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Director of Studies - Applied Health Research - MSc

SO900 - Introduction to Applied Health Research

SO954 - Qualitative Methods in Health Research

Intercalated BSc in Management in Primary Care

SO734 - Research and Evaluation Methods

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