Dr Bethan Treadgold
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Bethan Treadgold is a Chartered Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Primary Care Research Group, University of Exeter Medical School.
Bethan is currently conducting a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). Alongside her fellowship, Bethan is also working as a qualitative advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service South West.
Bethan joined the University of Exeter in 2021, while finalising her PhD research at the Univeristy of Southampton. Bethan's research interests are interdisciplinary, with a focus on health services research, digital health, online support communities/forums, patient experiences, and employing qualitative research methods.
- BSc Psychology, University of Southampton (2016)
- MSc Health Psychology, University of Southampton (2018)
- PhD Primary Care Research, Univeristy of Southampton (2022)
- Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (2022)
Health services research
Online support communties/forums
Parents and carers' experiences
Qualitative research methods
Bethan began carrying out health services research while undertaking a MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Southampton (2016-2017), where she conducted a mixed-methods national service evaluation of rehabilitation services for children after treatment for a brain tumour (Treadgold et al. 2019). Alongside her studies, Bethan worked as a qualitative research assistant at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, in maternal health (Lawrence et al. 2020). Bethan went on to secure funding from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, and later Research Capability Funding from Solent NHS Trust, to undertake a PhD studentship at the Primary Care Research Centre, University of Southampton (2017-2021).
For her PhD (title: Parents and carers’ views and experiences of eczema in the online world: a mixed-methods exploration, Bethan carried out a mixed-methods (though primarily qualitative) exploration into the online health resources used by parents and carers of children with eczema, the nature of advice exchanged in online communities, how parents and carers made sense of and acted upon online advice and support, and the quality of advice exchanged in online communities. (Treadgold et al., 2020, Treadgold et al., 2023). Bethan has since provided guidance for a charity to improve their online support services for families of children with eczema.
Since joining the Primary Care Research Group at the University of Exeter Medical School in 2021, Bethan has worked as a qualitative research fellow on three collaborative National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded projects:
1. Digital Facilitation in Primary Care (DI-FACTO): investigated the benefits and challenges associated with different models of digital facilitation currently in use in general practice across England.
2. Investigating Clinical Excellence Awards (INCEA): developed a revised scoring scheme for the assessment of National Clinical Excellence Awards for doctors and dentists in England and Wales (Treadgold et al., 2023).
3. Understanding the measurement of postural hypotension in primary care (UMPH): explored how postural hypotension testing was currently organised in primary care in England.
NIHR SPCR postdoctoral fellowship (May 2023 - present)
Building on her PhD research, Bethan is currently exploring provision for developing a quality approval system overseen by primary healthcare professionals, for information shared in online support groups.
The aims of the fellowship are: 1) To explore the usefulness of developing a quality approval system overseen by primary healthcare professionals, for information shared in online support groups; 2) To explore how a quality approval system of information in online support groups, overseen by primary healthcare professionals, could be operationalised in practice.
|Scoping review of the literature concerning the quality of information and advice in online support groups.
|Quality appraisal of information and adivce in online support groups about three common primary care conditions (eczema, hypertension, and pelvic floor disorders).
|Qualitative interviews with primary healthcare professionals and the public.
|Preparation of funding proposal aimed at developing a quality approval system.
- 2023 National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research
Accessibility, Acceptability and Accuracy of Online Support Groups for Primary Care Conditions.
- 2017 NIHR School for Primary Care Research
Parents and carers’ views and experiences of eczema in the online world: a mixed-methods exploration (PhD)
External Engagement and Impact
Qualitative advisor for NIHR Research Design Service South West
Whilst working as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Primary Care Group at the University of Exeter, Bethan also works as a specialist qualitative advisor for the Exeter hub of the NIHR Research Design Service South West. This involves supporting researchers in developing qualitative research and funding applications of benefit to the general public and people who use NHS and social care services.
TeachingBethan has provided support on the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:
- BSc Psychology, Year 3, Psychology Applied to Health: Critical appraisal and behaviour change
- BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Year 1, Making Sense of Evidence: Qualitative research critical appraisal
- BSc Medical Sciences, Year 3, Final Year Research Project
- MSc Clinical Education, Introduction to Literature Reviews: Appraisal of Qualitative Studies
Supervision / Group
- Clodagh Smith Supervision of Final Year Research Project: A systematic review of effectiveness of conservative interventions for pelvic floor dysfunction in women living in low- and lower-middle income countries