Elaine’s background includes over 18 years’ experience of working in the NHS Health and Research sector. Her qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Health, a BSc in psychology and communication studies. Initially, Elaine worked as a researcher before moving on to research facilitation, co-ordination and later on to consultancy work. Working mainly within primary care research networks in London (later part of the National Institute of Health Research – NIHR) she developed schemes and initiatives to increase research training, research uptake and involvement in the primary healthcare community. The successful schemes including small grants funding, innovative training and mentoring programmes, and outreach to primary care practitioners who had previously not been engaged in supporting research. In addition Elaine has helped organize and manage research conferences and training events. During 2012-14 she successfully involved general dental practices in national, high quality, externally funded oral and dental research projects, recruiting patients and gathering data, something which until then was highly unusual in this sector. Elaine has had similar success involving local community pharmacists in research.
Elaine brings her skills to Work Package 6 of ADVOCATE: Exploitation and Dissemination.