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Francesca Dakin

DPhil Student

DPhil project

COVID-19: The Long Recovery


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 DPhil work looks at GP practice staff working conditions and wellbeing during digitalisation and the pandemic, to understand how teams manage and navigate transformation, change, and crises. Her other streams of work looks at the impact of digitalisation in general practice on the practice workforce, and understanding how digital technologies affect patient access and triage.

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.