Dr Pam Carter

Pam CarterHonorary Fellow

Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
George Davies Centre
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3720

Email: pc216@le.ac.uk



Pam has a first degree in English and Sociology from Staffordshire University, and a Masters in Social Science (Cultural Studies) from Birmingham University.  She also has a Diploma in Management Studies, a postgraduate certificate in health promotion and a Masters in Research.  Her ESRC funded PhD in Public Policy and Management from Keele University  is an ethnographic study of policy implementation and welfare reform.

Before Pam came to SAPPHIRE she was a Research Fellow based in the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University where she had responsibility for facilitating patient and public involvement (PPI) in research as part of NIHR Research Design Service West Midlands, as well as responsibility for evaluating PPI at the Centre. Prior to that she was a Senior Evaluation Officer based in a Primary Care Trust, a Planning Officer (Social inclusion) at Stoke-on-Tent City Council and a community health development worker based in disadvantaged areas.  Pam says that this experience taught her a lot about the challenges of policy implementation and stimulated her interest in debates about top-down and bottom-up approaches to change.

Pam is currently working with Graham Martin on a CLAHRC funded study called ‘A stronger voice? The role of patient and public involvement in health and social care commissioning and provision in the East Midlands.’

Pam says that she came to medical sociology via an interest in health, wellbeing and social justice. She is particularly interested in policy implementation, policy interpretation, governance and governmentality.

She is particularly proud to be an associate member of INVOLVE – an organisation that has had a significant influence on policy and practice, including  building an evidence base for PPI, redesigning NIHR funding application forms to make sure researchers explain how they are involving patients and the public in their research and providing guidance on plain English summaries of research.

In her spare time Pam likes walking in the countryside and being a member of a 200 strong women’s community choir.

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