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Emily McKean

Research Assistant



I joined CHSS as a PhD student in September 2015. I am currently researching the experience of patients, their family/carers and hospital and community professionals when a patient is discharged from hospital to the community to die.

After a Visual Culture degree I worked in London at branding agencies as a project manager, which gave me a good grounding in planning and carrying out large projects. After retraining as an Occupational Therapist I worked for eight years, mostly in community rehab. This role also covered community end of life care, where my interest in the area blossomed.

While working I completed an Advanced Practice masters. The research project for this allowed me to explore the power of asking ‘solution focused’ questions. After completing the masters I worked at the local hospice providing training to hospital staff around end of life conversations and documentation. Within this role I could explore how ‘solution focused’ methods can be used to facilitate education and change. It also gave me further insight into hospital professionals’ perspectives on end of life care, and gave rise to my current PhD research project.

Professional Body Memberships: BAOT, HCPC

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Last Updated: 19/10/2021