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Dr Ferhana Hashem BA, MA, PhD, PGCE

Research Fellow, ICAP Internship Programme Leader and NIHR RDS SE Research Adviser

 

 

I am a Research Fellow in CHSS at the University of Kent and am a Research Adviser for the NIHR 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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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Hashem, F. and Merritt, R. (2018). Supporting patients self-managing respiratory health: a qualitative study on the impact of the Breathe Easy voluntary group network. European Respiratory Journal [Online] 4. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00076-2017.
Stephenson, D. et al. (2018). Effects of pre- and post-operative resistance exercise interventions on recovery of physical function in patients undergoing abdominal surgery for cancer: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000331.
Hashem, F., Calnan, M. and Brown, P. (2017). Decision-making in NICE single technological appraisals (STAs): How does NICE incorporate patient perspectives? Health Expectations [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hex.12594.
Calnan, M., Hashem, F. and Brown, P. (2017). Still elegantly muddling through? NICE and uncertainty in decision making about the rationing of expensive medicines in England. International Journal of Health Services [Online] 47. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0020731416689552.
Brown, P., Hashem, F. and Calnan, M. (2015). Trust, regulatory processes and NICE decision-making: Appraising cost-effectiveness models through appraising people and systems. Social Studies of Science [Online] 46:87-111. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306312715609699.
Aspinall, P. and Hashem, F. (2011). Responding to minority ethnic groups' language support needs in Britain. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal [Online] 30:145-162. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02610151111116526.
Song, M. and Hashem, F. (2010). What does "White" Mean? Interpreting the choice of "Race" by mixed race young people in Britain. Sociological Perspectives [Online] 53:287-292. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/sop.2010.53.2.287.
Hashem, F. (2010). Elite Conceptions of Muslim Identity from the Partition of Bengal to the Creation of Bangladesh, 1947 – 1971. National Identities [Online] 12:61-79. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608940903542656.
Aspinall, P. and Hashem, F. (2010). Are our data on teenage pregnancy across ethnic groups in England fit for the purpose of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring? Critical Public Health [Online] 20:47-70. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09581590902763257.
Hashem, F. and Lilly, J. (2007). Career Aspirations and Desirability: Minority Ethnic Young People and their Perceptions of the Fire Service as a Career. International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management 2.
Monograph
Merritt, R. et al. (2016). Evaluation of the British Lung Foundation's Integrated Breathe Easy Voluntary Group Network Findings from the outcome, impact and economic evaluation. University of Kent. Available at: https://www.blf.org.uk/sites/default/files/IntegratedBreatheEasy-081216a.pdf.
Billings, J. et al. (2010). Evaluating Social Marketing - Final Report. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2010). Am I Bovvered? A participative action research study to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity interventions with girls. Phases Two and Three report. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2009). Am I Bovvered: A participative action research study to develop, implement & evaluate physical activity interventions in young girls, Phases Two and Three - Executive Summary. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Billings, J. et al. (2009). Social Marketing Workshop Evaluation Report. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2008). Am I Bovvered? A participative action research study to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity interventions with girls. Phase One report. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Aspinall, P., Song, M. and Hashem, F. (2008). The ethnic options of 'mixed race' people in Britain: Full Research Report. ESRC. Available at: http://www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/esrcinfocentre/viewawardpage.aspx?awardnumber=RES-000-23-1507.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2008). Am I Bovvered? A participative action research study to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity interventions with girls Phase One Report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2007). Looked-After Children's Views of Sex and Relationships Education and Sexual Health Services. Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/researchcentre/docs/LACFullFinal10Oct2007(final).pdf.
Billings, J. and Hashem, F. (2007). INTERREG IIIA Year Two Progress Report 'Let's Talk / Parlez-Moi D'amour. Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/researchcentre/docs/Interreg_IIIA_Year_Two_Progress_Report.pdf.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2007). Looked-After Children's Views of Sex and Relationships Education and Sexual Health Services - Executive Summary. Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/researchcentre/docs/LACexecsummfinal5Sept(fianl).pdf.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2007). Let's Talk: Attitudes and values about sex and relationships among young people and professionals. Phase 2: Development, implementation and evaluation of two interventions. Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/researchcentre/docs/Interreg_Interventions_1_&_2_Report.pdf.
Billings, J., Hashem, F. and Macvarish, J. (2007). Looked-After Children's Views of Sex and Relationships Education and Sexual Health Services. Full report. Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/researchcentre/docs/LACFullFinal10Oct2007(final).pdf.
Aspinall, P., Song, M. and Hashem, F. (2006). Mixed Race in Britain: A Survey of the Preferences of Mixed Race People for Terminology and Classifications. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Research report (external)
Hashem, F. and Aspinall, P. (2010). What kind of language services should public authorities provide to minority ethnic groups: the case of Bangladeshis in London. [Online]. Nuffield Foundation / Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.swadhinata.org.uk/document/What_kind_of_language_services.pdf.
Billings, J. and Hashem, F. (2010). Salutogenesis and the Promotion of Positive Mental Health in Older People. [Online]. European Commission. Available at: http://www.mspsi.es/organizacion/sns/planCalidadSNS/docs/saludmental/older_salutogenesis.pdf.
Hashem, F. and Aspinall, P. (2009). What kind of language services should public authorities provide to minority ethnic groups:the case of Bangladeshis in London. CHSS, University of Kent.
Hashem, F. (2005). Investigating Minority Ethnic Attitudes towards a Career in the Fire Service. Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Conference or workshop item
Hashem, F. (2010). Am I Bovvered..? Engaging girls in physical activity interventions. in: 18th UK Public Health Association Annual Public Health Forum.
Hashem, F. (2010). Learning to Learn English: Motivations of Language Acquisition of a Minority Community. in: Seminar.
Hashem, F. (2009). Whose language is it anyway? English language and access: the case of Bangladeshis in London.
Hashem, F. (2008). Mixed Race People and the Choices of Faith. in: Encounters and Intersections: Religion, Diaspora and Ethnicities Conference.
Hashem, F. (2007). Health Inequalities and Ethnicity. in: Comparison of Santé/Public Health Recherche et Etudes Politiques Sociales.
Hashem, F. (2007). Mixed Race Young People in Britain. in: Brick Lane Circle.
Hashem, F. (2007). Identity and the Bengal Muslims: Mapping Changing Perspectives 1905-1971.
Total publications in KAR: 35 [See all in KAR]
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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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