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Professor Jenny Billings

Professor of Applied Health Research

 

With a background in nursing and health visiting, I am a Professor in Applied Health Research and am an experienced researcher and lecturer in health and social care. My special interests lie in vulnerable groups with complex needs, integrated care and mixed methodology and my skills lie in managing and co-ordinating methodologically challenging projects that focus on providing evidence for practice. My research has led to sustainable service developments, particularly in the field of integrated care for older people, but also in teenage pregnancy and continence services. Within the University I chair both SSPSSR and the Faculty Research Ethics committees.

I have been a successful recipient of funding awards from NIHR, The Big Lottery and health and social care agencies over a number of years both solo and in collaboration with partners. I have also been involved in European research for over a decade and have achieved funding through programmes such as Horizon 2020, EU Framework Programmes, DG Sanco and Interreg, focusing largely on long term care of older people. I am a methodological reviewer for a number of research funding bodies such as the Horizon 2020 programme, NIHR and The Big Lottery, and am also a reviewer for several journals such as the Journal of Advanced Nursing, International Journal of Integrated Care and International Journal of Qualitative Methods. I am author and co-author of two books on integrated care for older people and have several publications.

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Article
MacInnes, J., Billings, J. R., Coleman, A., Mikelyte, R., Croke, S., Allen, P. and Checkland, K. (2022) "Scale and spread of innovation in health and social care: Insights from the New Care Models, 'Vanguard' programme evaluation in England", Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. SAGE.
Gadsby, E. W., Wistow, G. and Billings, J. R. (2022) "A critical systems evaluation of the introduction of a 'discharge to assess' service in Kent", Critical Social Policy. doi: 10.1177/02610183211065028.
Checkland, K., Hammond, J., Coleman, A., MacInnes, J., Mikelyte, R., Croke, S., Billings, J. R., Bailey, S. and Allen, P. (2021) "'Success' in policy piloting: process, programmes and politics", Public Administration. doi: 10.1111/padm.12790.
Wilson, P., Billings, J., MacInnes, J., Mikelyte, R., Welch, E. and Checkland, K. (2021) "Investigating the nature and quality of locally commissioned evaluations of the NHS Vanguard programme: an evidence synthesis", Health Research Policy and Systems. doi: 10.1186/s12961-021-00711-3.
Billings, J. R., De Bruin, S. R., Baan, C. A. and Nijpels, G. (2020) "Advancing integrated care evaluation in shifting contexts: Blending implementation research with case study design in Project SUSTAIN.", BMC Health Services Research. Biomed Central. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05775-5.
Billings, J., De Bruin, S. R., Baan, C. and Nijpels, G. (2020) "Advancing integrated care evaluation in shifting contexts: blending implementation research with case study design in project SUSTAIN", Bmc Health Services Research. Biomed Central. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-05775-5.
MacInnes, J., Gadsby, E. W., Reynolds, J., Cayuelas Mateu, N., Lette, M., Ristl, C. and Billings, J. R. (2020) "Exploring the team climate of health and social care professionals implementing integrated care for older people in Europe", International Journal of Integrated Care. Ubiquity Press. doi: 10.5334/ijic.5467.
MacInnes, J., Gadsby, E., Reynolds, J., Nuria, C., Lette, M., Haeusler, C. and Billings, J. (2020) "Exploring the team climate of health and social care professionals implementing integrated care for older people in Europe", International Journal of Integrated Care. Ubiquity Press, pp. 1-13. doi: 10.5334/ijic.5467.
Gautun, H., Bratt, C. and Billings, J. R. (2020) "Nurses' experiences of transitions of older patients from hospitals to community care. A nation-wide survey in Norway", Health Science Reports. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/hsr2.174.
MacInnes, J., Baldwin, J. and Billings, J. R. (2020) "The Over 75 Service: Continuity of integrated care for older people in a United Kingdom primary care setting", International Journal of Integrated Care. Emerald. doi: 10.5334%2Fijic.5457.
de Bruin, S. R., Billings, J. R., Stoop, A., Lette, M., Ambugo, E. A., Gadsby, E. W., Häusler, C., Obermann, K., Ahi, G.-P., Reynolds, J., Ruppe, G., Tram, N., Wistow, G., Zonneveld, N., Nijpels, G. and Baan, C. (2020) "Different Contexts, Similar Challenges. SUSTAIN's Experiences with Improving Integrated Care in Europe", International Journal of Integrated Care. Ubiquity Press, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.5334/ijic.5492.
MacInnes, J., Jaswal, S. K., Mikelyte, R. and Billings, J. R. (2020) "Implementing an Integrated Acute Response Service: Professional Perceptions of Intermediate Care", Journal of Integrated Care. Emerald. doi: 10.1108/JICA-03-2020-0016.
Morciano, M., Checkland, K., Billings, J. R., Coleman, A., Stokes, J., Tallack, C. and Sutton, M. (2020) "New integrated care models in England associated with small reduction in hospital admissions in longer-term: a difference-in-differences analysis", Health Policy. Elsevier, pp. 826-833. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2020.06.004.
Lloyd-Sherlock, P., Billings, J. R., Giacomin, K., Aredes, J., Bastos, J., Camarano, A., Coelho Filho, J., Firmo, J., Kalache, A. and Sempe, L. (2020) "Meeting the complex challenge of health and social care provision for rapidly-ageing populations. Introducing the concept of 'avoidable displacement from home'.", Cadernos de Saude Publica. Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00162819.
Coleman, A., Billings, J., Allen, P., Mikelyte, R., Croke, S., MacInnes, J. and Checkland, K. (2020) "Ambiguity and Conflict in Policy Implementation: The Case of the New Care Models (Vanguard) Programme in England", Journal of Social Policy. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S0047279420000082.
Lloyd-Sherlock, P., Billings, J. R., de Souza Aredes, J., Bastos Freire Neto, J., Amélia Camarano, A., Oliveira Araújo Firmo, J., Kalache, A., Macinko, J., Sempé, L. and Cristina Giacomin, K. (2020) "Meeting the complex challenge of health and social care provision for rapidly-ageing populations: introducing the concept of 'avoidable displacement from home'", Cadernos de Saude Publica. Cadernos de Saúde Pública. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00162819.
Billings, J. R., Mikelyte, R., Coleman, A., MacInnes, J., Allen, P., Croke, S. and Checkland, K. (2020) "Supporting integrated care in practice: Perceptions of a national support programme for the development of New Care Models in England", Journal of Integrated Care. Emerald, pp. 27-40. doi: https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-05-2019-0018.
Stoop, A., De Bruin, S. R., Wistow, G., Billings, J., Ruppe, G., Leichsenring, K., Obermann, K., Baan, C. A. and Nijpels, G. (2019) "Exploring improvement plans of fourteen European integrated care sites for older people with complex needs", Health Policy. Elsevier, pp. 1135-1154. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.09.009.
Sempé, L., Billings, J. R. and Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2019) "Multidisciplinary interventions for reducing the avoidable displacement from home of frail older people: a systematic review", BMJ Open. BMJ. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030687.
MacInnes, J., Baldwin, J. and Billings, J. R. (2019) "Think local, act personal: lessons from an integrated primary care initiative for frail, older people", International Journal of Integrated Care. Ubiquity Press, p. 408. doi: 10.5334/ijic.s3408.
Research report (external)
Checkland, K., Coleman, A., Croke, S., Billings, J. R., Mikelyte, R., MacInnes, J. and Allen, P. (2021) National Evaluation of the Vanguard New Care Models Programme Report of qualitative case studies: understanding system change. The University of Manchester. Available at: https://prucomm.ac.uk/assets/uploads/NCM_qualitative_case_study_report.pdf.
Checkland, K., Coleman, A., Billings, J. R., MacInnes, J., Mikelyte, R., Laverty, L. and Allen, P. (2019) National evaluation of the Vanguard new care models programme interim report: understanding the national support programme. University of Manchester. Available at: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/national-evaluation-of-the-vanguard-new-care-models-programme(82d5187d-38ee-4ef5-a264-89af2df7e0d0).html.
Conference or workshop item
MacInnes, J., Jaswal, S. K., Mikelyte, R. and Billings, J. R. (2019) "An evaluation of an integrated intermediate acute response team (ART) in delivering person-centred, co-ordinated care", in. Ubiquity Press. doi: 10.5334/ijic.s3406.
Other
Billings, J. R., Rees-Roberts, M., MacInnes, J., Saloniki, E.-C., Jaswal, S. K., Mikelyte, R. and Borthwick, R. (2021) "Lay Project Summary. Enhancing Depression & Anxiety Care: Combining a Walk-In Clinic and Remote Symptom Tracking". CHSS, University of Kent.
Billings, J. R., Rees-Roberts, M., MacInnes, J., Saloniki, E.-C., Jaswal, S. K., Mikelyte, R. and Borthwick, R. (2021) "Executive Summary. Service Evaluation: Optimising the Depression Pathway Enabled by Novel Digital Assessment Technology". CHSS, University of Kent.
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Applied health research, health and social care evaluation, vulnerable groups, complex health needs, long term care of older people, integrated care, mixed methodology, qualitative research, children's hospices, European research, health visiting

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My motivation for mentoring

One of the main reasons that I have been able to achieve the planned milestones in my career is because I was lucky to have had the experience of others along the way, to counsel and guide me at the right times. So I want to be able to be in a position to do the same for you, to help you to achieve your potential. Having been an academic for 27 years and in CHSS for 17 of them, I understand how tough it can be working in a unit dependent upon external funding (although the social jollies help!) and getting the right work-life balance. Although I am gender neutral in how I would mentor, I especially understand the challenges that women may face at the university with their career prospects in our particular setting.

My mentoring style

My style of mentoring is first and foremost informal and relaxed. I will listen, help you reflect, and challenge you if necessary, all with the aim of making your opportunities clear. Whatever your ambition, as a mentor I would be keen to assist you with choices you may have in relation to where you are heading and where you want to be.

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