Anna Thomson recently joined the team at CaHRU on a doctoral studentship funded by the Lincoln University Research Investment Fund. Anna gained both her BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology through her studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining the team, she worked as a research assistant within the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. Throughout this position she worked on projects which included investigating optimal handover practice within an acute medical setting, the social care needs of people affected by cancer, and the effectiveness of a local carer’s support service. This reinforced her enthusiasm for research which aims to investigate effective ways to improve health and health care services, with a vision to subsequently reduce health inequalities and improve quality of life for particular populations. Anna’s interests will be further explored in her PhD, supervised by Dr. Karen Windle and Dr. Ros Kane, where she will evaluate new models of care for older people with long term conditions.