Meet the team

Suzanne Mason 

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Theme Lead

Suzanne joined Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2001, was promoted to Reader in 2007 and Professor in 2010. She divides her time between the university and as a consultant at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust emergency department. Her main research interests include evaluating complex interventions in emergency and urgent care. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of new roles and alternative pathways of patient care. Professor Mason has extensive experience in multi-centre mixed methods studies which can directly inform the delivery of high quality emergency care to patients.



Colin O'Keeffe

Research Fellow
Theme Manager

Colin is the Theme manager and is working on each of the different work packages and coordinating the work of the theme. Colin joined the University of Sheffield in 1997 and has been working in research related to emergency and urgent care at ScHARR since 2000.  The majority of Colin's research has been into the ambulance service including the effectiveness of new roles such as the Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP). Colin's current research interests include developing new roles and methods of working in the emergency and urgent care system to improve the patient experience and system performance.  He will continue to develop his interest in the pre-hospital emergency field with ongoing research into alternative pathways of care for patients with long term conditions.



Maxine Kuczawski

Programme Manager

Maxine is an Improvement Programme Manager for the Senior Doctor Triage project, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the Improvement Academy (Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network). As part of the Communities of Improvement, the project is working with Emergency Medicine Clinicians across the region to improve patient care and flow in Emergency Departments by investigating the use of senior doctors in triage. Maxine has a background as an epidemiological scientist and joined the University of Sheffield in 2011 to manage the AHEAD Study, a prospective multicentre study monitoring anticoagulated patients who suffer head injury. Prior to this, Maxine worked for a number of years at the Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections in HIV New Diagnoses and at the Royal College of Surgeons of England working on the Patient Outcomes in Surgery (POiS) AuditMaxine’s research interests include improving quality and patient outcomes in emergency and urgent care. She is particularly interested in big data and complex data linkage.



Dr Angela Carter

Theme Researcher

Angela is an Occupational Psychologist who has a portfolio career of research, teaching, consultancy and voluntary work. She is a Lecturer at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, and Principal of Just Development.

Angela worked in the health service for 23 years as an Allied Health Professional, manager, teacher and internal consultant. Her research concerns the management and effective co-ordination of complex systems (e.g., heart attack pathway; emergency and urgent care systems). 




Sarah Credé

Theme Researcher 

Sarah is based in the Emergency Medicine Research in Sheffield group at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.  Sarah has a background in physiotherapy and Public Health and is a University Teacher at ScHARR.

Sarah’s work is focusing on a literature review that aims to examine the current evidence of interventions in pre-hospital, emergency care and acute care settings that prevent unnecessary attendance or hospital admissions in people with long term conditions.




Suzanne Ablard

Theme Researcher 

Suzanne started working for the University of Sheffield in September 2014. 

Prior to this she spent 4 years working for the NHS whilst also studying for her MA in Social Research.

Her main research interests involve developing new and innovative pathways of care for patients attending the emergency department.

She is currently working on two projects. The first is looking at improving care pathways for frequent users of emergency care. The second is evaluating the impact of GP colocation across Yorkshire and the Humber on Emergency department workload.


Theme Lead

Professor Suzanne Mason
Avoiding Attendance and Admission in Long Term Conditions, NIHR CLAHRC YH
Health Services Research Section
ScHARR
University of Sheffield

s.mason@sheffield.ac.uk  

Theme Project Manager

Colin O'Keeffe, Research Fellow
Avoiding Attendance and Admission in Long Term Conditions, NIHR CLAHRC YH
Health Services Research Section
ScHARR
University of Sheffield

c.okeeffe@sheffield.ac.uk

Theme Project Administrator

Tanya Shvab
Avoiding Attendance and Admission in Long Term Conditions, NIHR CLAHRC YH
Health Services Research Section
ScHARR
University of Sheffield

Tel: 0114 222 5448

t.shvab@sheffield.ac.uk