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Francesca Dakin

DPhil Student

DPhil project

COVID-19: The Long Recovery

Learning from the experiences of primary care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to improving staff wellbeing and working conditions.

Supervisors

Professor Trish Greenhalgh

Dr Tanvi Rai

Dr Sara Paparini

Funding body

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

Background

Francesca is a current DPhil student in the NDPCHS’ IRIHS unit, and a part-time Research Assistant on the Remote-by-Default 2 study. 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 BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from University College London. She also has experience working in medical, museological, and global health organisations. Her educational and professional backgrounds have honed a particular attention to the complex lived experiences of individuals working in, or moving through, healthcare and institutional settings, and the benefits that granular attention to these experiences can offer to healthcare improvement initiatives.