health research systems

Since finishing my PhD, I have worked as a Research Fellow in Social Science in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London.  Funded by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, I examine the transformation of the NHS as it moves from an organisation that provides free at the point of delivery care, to one that also has a research focus and agenda. I’m particularly interested in the practices of involving patients in health research and using routine health records as research data. More recently, I have also focused on the broader political economy of the NHS and how research practices fit into wider discussions of assetisation and privatisation.

With Matthias Wienroth (Northumbria University) and Christopher McKevitt (King’s College London), I am currently co-editing a Special Collection for the journal Humanities and Social Science Communications (formerly Palgrave Communications). Entitled, ‘Conceptualising Health Research Participation in the Era of Big Data,’ this Special Collection explores two broad questions:

  • How is the health research participant constituted, valued and assetised in the era of big data?
  • What are the implications of this for health research practices and/or policy making?

If you are interested in contributing, please do get in touch. The deadline for paper submission is December 2020.

publications in this area

For those with university access, the publisher’s link is provided below.  This is followed by an open-access link to the most up-to-date version I can provide without breaching the publisher’s copyright.

Southwell, J., Potter, C., Wyatt, D., Sadler, E. & Sheehan, K. (2020) ‘Older Adults’ Perceptions of Early Rehabilitation and Recovery after Hip Fracture Surgery – A UK Qualitative Study’, Disability & Rehabilitation.
Open access version (final draft post-refereeing) can be found here.

Wyatt, D., Lampon, S. & McKevitt, C. (2020) ‘Delivering healthcare’s ‘triple aim’: Electronic Health Records and the health research participant in the UK National Health Service’, Sociology of Health & Illness.
Published open access.

Sheehan, K. J., Fitzgerald, L., Hatherley, S., Potter, C., Ayis, S. A. M., Martin, F., Gregson, C. L., Cameron, I., Beaupre, L., Wyatt, D., Milton-Cole, R., DiGiorgio, S. & Sackley, C. M. (2019) ‘Inequity in rehabilitation interventions after hip fracture: a systematic review’, Age and Ageing.
Open access version (final draft post-refereeing) can be found here.

Wyatt, D., Cook, J. and McKevitt, C. (2018) ‘Participation in the BioResource: Biobanking and value in the changing NHS’ Tecnoscienza 9(2) 89-108. (Special issue on biobanking).
Published open access.

Wyatt, D., Cook, J. and McKevitt, C. (2018) ‘Perceptions of the uses of routine general practice data beyond individual care in England: a qualitative study’ BMJ Open. 8
Published open access.

Caffrey, L., Wyatt, D., Fudge, N., Mattingley, H., Williamson, C. and McKevitt, C. (2016) ‘Gender Equity Programmes in Academic Medicine: a Realist Evaluation approach to Athena SWAN processes’ BMJ Open 6.
Published open access.