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Francesca Dakin

DPhil Student

DPhil project

COVID-19: The Long Recovery

Learning from the experiences of primary care workers to improve staff wellbeing and working conditions


Professor Trish Greenhalgh

Dr Tanvi Rai

Dr Sara Paparini

Funding body

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research


Francesca is a current DPhil student in the NDPCHS’ IRIHS unit, and a part-time Research Assistant on the Remote-by-Default 2 study. Her work focuses on understanding the lived experiences of NHS staff working in GP surgeries during the pandemic, with a view to improving their wellbeing and working conditions. 

She previously worked as a Research Assistant at The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute in the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge. Here, her work contributed to: improving the safety and equity of remote antenatal care; improving electronic fetal monitoring during intrapartum labour; avoiding brain injury in childbirth; and understanding the drivers surrounding how doctors make, communicate and record differential diagnoses in the acute setting.

Francesca holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and a First Class BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology from University College London.