Hello! My name is Jo Middlemass (on the email as Joan, but haven’t answered to that name for many, many years!) I am the newest ‘addition’ to the primary care team which is part of the Community and Health Research Group in the School of Health & Social Care.
After spending the last five years in Nottingham working as a Research Fellow on the Genetics in Primary Care research programme and also as a Research & Evaluation Fellow for NHS Nottinghamshire County, it is like ‘coming back home’ to Lincolnshire, where I worked for a number of years in NHS Lincolnshire PCT both as Clinical Governance Manager and also as a research facilitator. I have a nursing background and have worked in general practice in a variety of different roles. I am also currently nearing the end (she says optimistically!) of my PhD at Nottingham University, which is about behavioural change to prevent heart disease and the use of the Transtheoretical/Stages of Change model in primary care.
The research project that I will be working on is called ENACT, (Exploring social Networks to Augment Cognitive behavioural Therapy which is investigating the use of computerized CBT for insomnia, utilizing social networks). We are particularly involved in the initial qualitative research that will inform the development of the computerized programme. It’s a role that I am particularly looking forward to.
The study was publicized in the local press last week: