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Medical sociologist Professor Sue Ziebland, from the University of Oxford, has been appointed as the new Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme.

Sue Ziebland is Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford's Green Templeton College and has been an NIHR Senior Investigator since 2013.

Professor Ziebland is one of the founding members of the team that collects and analyses patient narratives for the public-facing website Her research interests include how patient narratives can stimulate service improvements and better clinical training; and how the internet is changing healthcare and relationships with health professionals. Her international work includes a comparative study of help-seeking and health system response in Sweden, Denmark and England.

Professor Ziebland takes up the post from May 2017, and will continue to work part-time at the University of Oxford.

On her appointment Professor Ziebland said:

“I'm delighted to have been appointed as the RfPB Programme Director and look forward to working with colleagues throughout the country to fund high quality research that matters to patients across a broad range of diseases, conditions and other healthcare needs”

Inspired by patients and practice, the NIHR RfPB Programme generates research evidence for the benefit of users of the NHS in England, so that the huge potential for improving, expanding and strengthening the way that healthcare is delivered for patients, the public and the NHS is realised. The Director will work with Chairs from across the eight RfPB Regional Advisory Panels to assess and fund research applications. 


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