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Professor Patricia Wilson PhD, MSc, BEd (Hons), RN, NDN

Professor of Primary and Community Care



I was appointed CHSS Professor of Primary and Community Care in April 2014 to lead the new Kent Academic Primary Care Unit (KAPCU). The unit will play a major role in ensuring that Kent will benefit from primary and community care which is a national example for quality and patient-centred care. Good primary care forms the bedrock of the NHS and leads to better health outcomes. Before joining CHSS I was a Reader in Patient Experience in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care at the University of Hertfordshire.

My career began in NHS community nursing - I was attracted by working with patients and families as partners in the community. My particular interest is in long term conditions management and in involving patients, carers and the public in health services at all levels - including a say in NHS structures. During the 1990’s I moved into higher education and was programme lead for the specialist community nursing degree and developed an MSc Advancing Practice in Primary Care.

In 1999 the white paper “Our Healthier Nation – Saving Lives”, first mentioned the concept of “expert patient”. This was a turning point for me, bringing together a long-held professional interest, policy agenda and some personal experience of managing a long term condition. It led to a PhD, programme of research and a series of publications charting the development of chronic disease self-management programmes both in the UK and internationally. This work helped deliver local Expert Patients Programmes, and contributed to national and international work developing self-management programmes for people with learning disabilities, sickle cell anaemia, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Over the past six years my interest in involving people in their care at self-management level has extended to the field of patient and public involvement (PPI) within NHS structures and health research. I have a national and international PPI profile and was part of a group working to establish more regionally focused and synergistic PPI by bringing together component parts of the research infrastructure – CLAHRCS, AHSN, RDS and the research networks. I co-led the PPI research theme within the newly formed CLAHRC East of England. I was a member of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network node board and advised particularly on PPI. I was appointed to the NIHR INVOLVE advisory board and Self-Management UK (formerly the Expert Patients Programme) national advisory panel in 2012, and sit on the Editorial Board of a new journal, Research Involvement and Engagement.

In my previous role I was part of the Primary Care Research Network East of England management group, with specific remit for community services research. In 2014 I was appointed Primary Care Academic Speciality Lead, Division 5, Kent Surrey and Sussex NIHR Clinical Research Network. I also sit on the editorial board of Primary Health Care Research and Development, and was recently appointed to the South East Research for Patient Benefit regional funding committee having previously served on the East of England committee.

In 2015 I was appointed as co-convenor of the International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research, and link with a number of international colleagues.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. (2019). Positioning the six-month review in the recovery process post-stroke: The ideology of personal responsibility. Health & Social Care in the Community [Online] 27:249-259. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12677.
Early, F. et al. (2019). Developing an intervention to increase REferral and uptake TO pulmonary REhabilitation in primary care in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (the REsTORE study): mixed methods study protocol. BMJ Open [Online] 9:e024806. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024806.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2018). Development of a training programme for primary care mental health staff to support management of depression and anxiety in long-term conditions. Primary Health Care Research & Development [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000658.
Wilson, P. (2018). How embedded is public involvement in mainstream health research in England a decade after policy implementation? A realist evaluation. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy [Online] 23:98-106. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1355819617750688.
Butler, C. et al. (2018). Optimum hospice at home services for end-of-life care: protocol of a mixed-methods study employing realist evaluation. BMJ Open [Online] 8:e021192. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021192.
Bunn, F. et al. (2018). Supporting shared decision making for older people with multiple health and social care needs: a realist synthesis. BMC Geriatrics [Online] 18. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0853-9.
Howe, A. et al. (2017). Learning to work together - lessons from a reflective analysis of a research project on public involvement. Research Involvement and Engagement [Online] 3:1-12. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40900-016-0051-x.
Bunn, F. et al. (2016). Supporting shared decision-making for older people with multiple heath and social care needs: a protocol for a realist synthesis to inform integrated care models. BMJ Open [Online] 7:1-8. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014026.
Smiddy, J. et al. (2015). Developing patient reference groups within general practice: a mixed-methods study. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 65:e177-e183. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp15X683989.
Wilson, P. et al. (2015). You Cannot Choose Your Family: Sociological Ambivalence in the Hemodialysis Unit. Qualitative Health Research [Online] 25:27-39. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732314549030.
Procter, S. et al. (2015). A case study of asthma care in school age children using nurse-coordinated multidisciplinary collaborative practices. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare [Online] 2015:181-188. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S71030.
Fillary, J. et al. (2015). Noise at night in hospital general wards: a mapping of the literature. British Journal of Nursing [Online] 24. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2015.24.10.536.
Wilson, P. et al. (2015). ReseArch with Patient and Public invOlvement: a RealisT evaluation - the RAPPORT study. Health Services and Delivery Research [Online] 3. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3310/hsdr03380.
Peckham, S. et al. (2014). Commissioning for long-term conditions: hearing the voice of and engaging users - a qualitative multiple case study. Health Services and Delivery Research [Online] 2. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3310/hsdr02440.
Mathie, E. et al. (2014). Consumer Involvement in health research: a UK scoping and survey. International Journal of Consumer Studies [Online] 38:35-44. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12072.
Petsoulas, C. et al. (2014). Primary care-led commissioning and public involvement in the English National Health Service. Lessons from the past. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online] 16:289-303. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423614000486.
Hurst, G., Wilson, P. and Dickinson, A. (2013). Older people: how do they find out about their health? A pilot study. British Journal of Community Nursing [Online] 18:34-39. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjha.2013.7.5.224.
Wilson, P. and Abrahamson, V. (2018). Evaluation of West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Microsystems Programme for General Practice. University of Kent.
Coward, M. et al. (2016). Primary Care Strategic Workforce Planning Programme. University of Kent. Available at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/docs/Future_workforce_in_primary_community_care.pdf.
Research report (external)
Hill, E. et al. (2018). Exploration of the Factors Influencing Opioid Prescribing as Regular Pain-Management Medication for Older People. CHSS: Canterbury.
Conference or workshop item
Brigden, C. et al. (2018). Patient and Public (PPI) Involvement in Hospice research: an example of co-production in action. in: National Association for Hospice at Home Annual Conference 2018.
Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. (2018). Health & Well-being post-stroke: what is the role of the six-month review? in: International Symposium: Transforming Community and Public Health. Swansea, Wales. Available at: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/.
Keenan, J. et al. (2017). Research design boundaries for qualitative research, stakeholder and patient and public involvement, and why they matter. in: 3rd UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium 2017. BMJ. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016492.40.
Rees-Roberts, M. et al. (2017). Optimum Hospice at Home Services for End of Life Care (OPEL H@H): Results of survey data from hospice at home services in England. in: National Association for Hospice at Home Annual Conference 2017.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2018). Development of a Long-term conditions training programme for primary care mental health staff. Primary Health Care Research and Development.
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