Emma L Jones
Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3648
Emma is a physiotherapist with a special clinical interest in arthritis of the knee and hip and joint replacement.
In 2013, after working in the orthopaedic unit and the research & development department at Yeovil District Hospital in Somerset, she was awarded a prestigious Health Foundation Fellowship to undertake a PhD, ‘Describing methods and interventions in perioperative quality improvement’. She will look at the degree to which quality improvement (QI) methods and quality interventions which are used to improve patient care in surgery are described accurately and helpfully in the literature.
She says: “Researchers need to be able to describe their interventions fully when they write up their results so that it is easy to understand what was done, and how it was delivered. Sharing information in a full and accurate manner could enable those who read it to be able to replicate each element of the QI approach if it is deemed to be successful. This will help to avoid research waste and make it easier for clinicians to translate the findings of QI research into practice.”
Emma will use qualitative methods to identify what is needed to better equip researchers in defining and describing QI methods and interventions in perioperative care.
She adds: “Improving care for patients is the ultimate goal and I hope that surgical patients will have an important role in advising me on the conduct of the project as it progresses.”
Emma, a graduate of the University of the West of England, Bristol, continues to work part-time as an Extended Scope orthopaedic physiotherapist at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
In her leisure time she runs and swims and then undoes the good work with “copious amounts of wine and cheese” at her family’s home in France.
Emma's first blog: The woman who mistook her world for three hats
Emma's blog posts on the SAPPHIRE blog: