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Joanna Nichols

Part time PhD student

Joanna Nichols

Research title: How can the reductions in under 18 conceptions achieved through the 2000-2010 national strategy (England) be sustained, with a particular focus on policy development, leadership and multi-agency approaches?

Supervisors: Professor Gwendolen Bradshaw, Dr Julia Pansini-Murrell and Dr Julie Prowse.

Alongside my role as a part-time student I am also a lecturer at the University of Bradford within the School of Service Development and Improvement in the Faculty of Health. I specialise in areas of Quality/Service Improvement, Health Management and Leadership.

Previous to joining the University in an academic role I worked in various roles related to the national Teenage Pregnancy Strategy at local, regional and national levels across local government and health bodies. The Strategy was a systemic change programme designed to deliver reductions in teenage conceptions and to support reductions in wider inequalities outcomes.

Part of my role as a Delivery Manager with the Department of Health’s National Support Teams was to gather and assess promising practice in relation to this field and my passion for this area of work continues. It is my hope that by studying approaches taken to maintain the reduction in teenage conceptions, following the end of the original 2000-2010 term, I will be able to help develop future policy in regard to sustaining those gains nationally.

I am hopeful that any mechanisms for sustainability identified through my research will also be appropriate for delivery of other public health and wider inequalities outcomes policies, both in the UK and abroad.