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MSc in Translational Health Sciences

Teresa is module leader for the Patients, Citizens & the Politics of Evidence module.

Find out more about the MSc in Translational Health Sciences

Teresa Finlay

RN, BSc(Hons), MSc, PGDipHPEd, PhD


Health Services Researcher

  • Qualitative Researcher
  • Registered Nurse

I am a qualitative researcher in the IRIHS team. Currently I am working on the PACFiND project looking into services for people with Fibromyalgia and the RemotebyDefault project exploring patients' and healthcare professionals' experiences of consulting remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also involved in an NIHR-funded project to develop nurses, midwives and allied health professionals' academic clinical careers in the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). I have previously researched public and patient involvement and engagement (PPIE) in the Oxford BRCs and been part of the PARADIGM project (Patients Active in Research and Dialogues for an Improved Generation of Medicines). This EU-wide Innovative Medicines Initiative project seeks to facilitate sustainable patient involvement across the cycle of medicines development in the EU; our team developed the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for patient engagement in medicines development.

My work is informed by my interest in applying perspectives from science and technology studies in sociology to public and professional interests in health sciences and research. My doctoral research in Cardiff considered professional and user influences on the construction of commercial genomics in the UK’s context of the NHS healthcare provision. Subsequently I worked on The Waiting Room, a project to involve and engage the public in biobanking governance using digital medial in clinical waiting rooms.

Previously I have enjoyed a varied clinical and teaching career with extensive experience of cancer and critical care nursing, leading nursing practice development and lecturing postgraduate health care students.

Teaching and Supervision

I have extensive experience of curriculum development and teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Professional Education. I teach on a number of postgraduate modules in the Department and have contributed to the curriculum development for the MSc in Translational Health Sciences.

Qualitative Research Methods; MSc Evidence Based Health Care

Knowledge into Action; MSc Evidence Based Health Care

Patients, Citizens and the Politics of Evidence; MSc Translational Health Sciences.

I supervise and examine doctoral students undertaking qualitative research in health care settings at Oxford and at Oxford Brookes Universities.