Third Gap

The Third Gap programme is currently working on a wide range of research projects.

What We Do

Kate Boddy (Research Fellow) funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) working within the PPI team delivering practical PPI and researching novel applications for PPI such as health economics and operational research. Kate is interested in making public involvement more inclusive. She has recently worked on two studies supporting women with very young children to become involved in research. She is currently leading the PPI work on HUMS: “Ensuring effective treatments are available to people with Multiple Sclerosis: addressing the value for money issue” funded by the MS Society.

Linda Dumchen joined Peninsula Medical School in March 2009. She provides administrative support to a number of colleagues in the College of Medicine and Health: Dr Vashti Berry, Professor David Llewellyn, Professor Chris Morris, Professor Marios Politis and his team (based in the London office of the CMH), Professor Jo Thompson-Coon and also to members of the Third Gap Team.

Dr Julia Frost leads the Third Gap research group and is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research. She undertakes research about health service delivery and patient experience, using qualitative and mixed methods.

She is currently qualitative lead on two NIHR funded studies:

  1. A process evaluation for a randomised controlled trial of a facilitated home-based rehabilitation intervention in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and their caregivers: the REACH-HFpEF Study (funded by the NIHR, and following on from a previous process evaluation of Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH HF))
  2. Optimising key components of the community mental health policy through implementation of the PARTNERS intervention: learning about personalisation, integration and team-based supervision (funded by the NIHR and following on from a process evaluation of PARTNERS2: collaborative care for people with severe mental illness).

Julia has recently been involved in SAMUEL: Use of simulation and machine learning to identify key levers for maximising the disability benefit of intravenous thrombolysis in acute stroke pathways, also funded by the NIHR. She contributes to both postgraduate (MSc in Health Research Methods, Health Data Science and Healthcare Leadership and Management programmes) and undergraduate education (BMBS Medicine and BSc Medical Sciences) in the College of Medicine and Health. She supervises four PhD students.

Julia is involved in the Qualitative Research Reference Group at the University of Exeter - whose aim is to raise the profile of qualitative methods within the college and more widely, and the Qualitative Research Forum - an informal group for staff and students undertaking qualitative research. With colleagues she provides Qualitative Research Advice Clinics to support less experienced qualitative researchers.

Annette Gillett is a Research Associate in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement team. Her role involves helping to support the effective and meaningful involvement of patients and the public in all stages of health and social care research.

Tanya Hynd is the Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Community and Engagement Administrator. She supports members of the Peninsula Patient Involvement Group (PenPIG) as well as carrying out administrative tasks for the PPI Team.

Georgia Jenkins is a research assistant within the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Team. Georgia is involved in various projects ensuring that patients and public members are supported in their involvement in the research process, extending from the initial research planning stages to its final dissemination.

Dr Kristin Liabo (Senior Research Fellow) leads the PenARC Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Team. This team supports researchers to involve patients and members of the public in their research, from funding applications through the entire lifecycle of a study and to dissemination. The team runs regular in-house advisory sessions about PPIE which are bookable through the link to PenARC above.

Kristin has worked collaboratively with service users, patients and members of the public since she started out in research with Barnardo's, the children's charity. Her PhD focused on patient involvement in systematic reviews. She has developed creative methods for working collaboratively across disciplines and expertise and published extensively about co-production and involvement in research.

Kristin is Planetary Health module lead on the Masters of Public Health at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health.

Dr Naomi Morley (Postdoctoral Research Associate) is a Research Associate in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula (PenARC) Patient and Public involvement team, supporting the coordination of effective involvement and engagement of patients and public members in health research.