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Jenny Hislop

BA (Hons), MEd, MSc, PhD

Senior Qualitative Researcher

  • Co-ordinator, Qualitative Research Methods Teaching Programme

I am a Senior Qualitative Researcher in the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) at the University of Oxford. Since joining HERG in October 2008 my key role has focused on collecting and analysing narratives of people's experience of health and illness conditions for the website

My projects include a study on women’s experiences of the menopause funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit programme. Highly commended at the BMA Patient Information Awards in 2011 and featured in the media, the menopause site offers women, their partners, and health professionals first-hand accounts, illustrated by video, audio and written clips, of what it is like to experience the menopause. Based on this study, I was invited to give a presentation to staff at HM Revenue and Customs about the experience of menopause in the workplace.

In keeping with the NHS aim of improving patient experiences of care, I have also completed a major project for Georgina Craig Associates interviewing people about their experiences of atrial fibrillation. The findings have been used to inform the development of a pilot project on experience-led commissioning and to develop a new module on atrial fibrillation for With colleagues, I have run a series of focus groups to ascertain views of seldom heard groups on what constitutes ‘good’ healthcare in the NHS. In 2016 I will be providing guidance on running and analysing focus groups for colleagues on the PIRRIST project which aims at developing a PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) intervention to improve recruitment/retention in surgical trials.

An Australian-born social scientist with a passion for teaching, I coordinate and teach on the Qualitative Research Methods (QRM) programme for HERG and on the MSc in Evidence Based Health Care. With colleagues, I present courses including a one-week Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, 2-day courses on Analysing Qualitative Interviews, and one-day courses on Interviewing and Focus Groups. Widely acclaimed and informed by personal experiences of conducting research, the courses are open to health professionals, researchers and postgraduate students throughout the UK and overseas.

My research and teaching expertise means that I am regularly asked to advise on qualitative research projects, and to design and deliver in-house workshops on qualitative methods for public and private sector organisations. I am qualitative analysis advisor for the journal Ageing & Society.

My research interests include women’s health, ageing, and the sociology of sleep. I hold an MSc in Social Research and a PhD from the University of Surrey. My research at Surrey on the EU-funded Sleep in Ageing Women project and the ESRC-funded Negotiating Sleep amongst Couples has been disseminated at national and international conferences as well as in academic journals and in the media. Before joining HERG, I was a lecturer at Keele University where I directed the MA in Gerontology programme as well as coordinating and teaching on undergraduate sociology courses.

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