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University of Exeter Medical School

 Beccy Summers

Beccy Summers

Research Associate


 South Cloisters 2.29


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Beccy joined the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement team at University of Exeter this year (2022) after completing her PhD in Health Economics at Swansea University. Her research centred on exploring key healthcare stakeholder perspectives on value in patient education and activation programmes in cancer care.

She comes from an adult nursing background, and as such is passionate about making sure that the care provided to people is in keeping with their, and their family’s, values, believing in involving patients, the public and carers in the development of care. It was this drive to listen to, and act upon, the voice of healthcare service-users which led her to join the Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) team.


  • BSc Biochemistry
  • MSc Molecular Neuroscience
  • MSc Adult Nursing
  • PhD Health Economics


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Research interests

My research interests are primarily focused on patient and public involvement in research and ensuring that a diverse range of patients, carers and the public are provided with the opportunity to shape healthcare research so that it is of higher quality and more relevant to the local community. I have a keen interest in public engagement, particularly with young people.  

My MSc and PhD were focused upon patient education and patient activation in type 1 diabetes and cancer care, and I retain an interest in work focused upon equipping patients and family carers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their own health and healthcare.

Research projects

Spotting cancer among Comorbidities (SPOCC)

Evaluation of the Valsalva Assist Device for the Pre-hospital Emergency Treatment of Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia (EVADE)

School for Primary Care Research (APEx/SPCR)

Child Health and Maternity Programme, Systems and People-centric Innovation in Healthcare Redesign.

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Journal articles

Summers R (2020). Pathophysiology and treatment of hypovolaemia and hypovolaemic shock. Nursing Standard, 35(3), 77-82.

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