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Dr Bethan Treadgold

Dr Bethan Treadgold

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Smeall building 

 

Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Bethan Treadgold is a Chartered Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Primary Care Research Group, University of Exeter Medical School, and qualitative advsior 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, online health, patient experiences, and employing 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 National Instute for Health Research School for Primary Care, 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, Bethan carried out a mixed-methods (though primarily qualitative) exploration of parents and carers’ views and experiences of eczema information and support in the online world. Bethan identified the online resources used by parents and carers, before exploring the nature of eczema advice shared  in online support communities, and how parents and carers made sense of and acted upon online advice and support. Bethan also assessed the quality of advice shared in online support communities. Bethan has since provided guidance for a charity to improve their online support services for families of children with eczema.

Bethan is currently working as a qualitative research fellow on two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded projects:

1. Digital Facilitation in Primary Care (DI-FACTO): a collaborative research project investigating the benefits and challenges associated with different models of digital facilitation currently in use in general practice across England. Bethan is working within the qualitative team to conduct a focused ethnography (case study) in general practices across the South West, and qualitative interviews with key stakeholders outside of general practice at national, regional, and local levels in England.

2. Investigating Clinical Excellence Awards (INCEA): a collaborative research project to develop a revised scoring scheme for the assessment of National Clinical Excellence Awards for doctors and dentists in England and Wales. Bethan is conducting qualitative​ interviews with current assessors and other stakeholders, and leading patient and public involvement.​ 

Qualifications

  • BSc Psychology, University of Southampton (2016)
  • MSc Health Psychology, University of Southampton (2017)
  • PhD Primary Care Research, Univeristy of Southampton (2022)
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (2022)

Research

Research interests

Bethan's research interests are interdisciplinary, with a focus on:

  • Health services research
  • Online health
  • Online support communties/forums
  • Parents and carers' experiences
  • Qualitative research methods

Research projects

  • Investigating Clinical Excellence Awards (INCEA), a collaborative research project funded by the NIHR to develop a revised scoring scheme for the assessment of National Clinical Excellence Awards for doctors and dentists in England and Wales. 
  • Digital Facilitation in Primary Care (DI-FACTO), a collaborative research project funded by the NIHR to investigate the benefits and challenges associated with different models of digital facilitation currently in use in general practice in parts of Eastern England and North London, the South West, and the Midlands: http://sites.exeter.ac.uk/di-facto/

Publications

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Publications by category


Journal articles

Lawrence W, Vogel C, Strommer S, Morris T, Treadgold B, Watson D, Hart K, McGill K, Hammond J, Harvey NC, et al (2020). How can we best use opportunities provided by routine maternity care to engage women in improving their diets and health?. MATERNAL AND CHILD NUTRITION, 16(1). Author URL.
Treadgold BM, Teasdale E, Muller I, Roberts A, Coulson N, Santer M (2020). Parents and carers' experiences of seeking health information and support online for long-term physical childhood conditions: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research. BMJ OPEN, 10(12). Author URL.
Treadgold B, Kennedy C, Spoudeas H, Sugden E, Walker D, Bull K (2019). Paediatric neuro-oncology rehabilitation in the UK: carer and provider perspectives. BMJ Paediatr Open, 3(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by year


2020

Lawrence W, Vogel C, Strommer S, Morris T, Treadgold B, Watson D, Hart K, McGill K, Hammond J, Harvey NC, et al (2020). How can we best use opportunities provided by routine maternity care to engage women in improving their diets and health?. MATERNAL AND CHILD NUTRITION, 16(1). Author URL.
Treadgold BM, Teasdale E, Muller I, Roberts A, Coulson N, Santer M (2020). Parents and carers' experiences of seeking health information and support online for long-term physical childhood conditions: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research. BMJ OPEN, 10(12). Author URL.

2019

Treadgold B, Kennedy C, Spoudeas H, Sugden E, Walker D, Bull K (2019). Paediatric neuro-oncology rehabilitation in the UK: carer and provider perspectives. BMJ Paediatr Open, 3(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

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Teaching

Bethan has provided support on the following undergraduate programmes: 

  • Psychology, Year 3, Psychology Applied to Health : Critical appraisal and behaviour change
  • BMBS, Year 1, Making Sense of Evidence: Qualitative research critical appraisal 

Supervision / Group

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