Meet the Translating Knowledge into Action (TK2A) team

Professor Angela Tod - Theme Lead

Angela is currently Professor of Older People and Care in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this post I have had many years of experience conducting and applying research into healthcare. She has extensive academic, research, managerial and strategic experience gained from within both healthcare and University sectors and a legacy of research capacity building, working in and across settings and I am committed to developing evidence based healthcare practice.

Angela's research has mainly focused on care for adults and older people. The particular research focus is in patient experience studies, especially in areas of public health, health inequalities and health care access. Recent work of international quality, with a clear narrative of impact, includes a growing portfolio of older people’s research, specifically lung cancer early diagnosis/treatment access, cold homes and health, intermediate care for older people, Parkinson’s, and neutropenic sepsis. In addition, she has a current interest in patient experience of obesity and obesity related health services as well as evaluations of new clinical nursing roles. 

 Methodologically Angela's expertise lies in qualitative research, in stand-alone and mixed method studies.

Dan Wolstenholme - Theme project manager

As project manager Dan is responsible for the project management of the TK2A theme.  Dan is also a researcher on the theme.

Dan undertook a first degree in Neuroscience before training as a nurse. During this time Dan completed an MMedSci in nursing and healthcare studies and lectured on pre- and post-registration nursing courses within the School of Nursing at the University of Sheffield. Following this Dan worked in Research management and governance in Chesterfield and Sheffield hospitals before taking up his role as project manager and clinical researcher on the User-centred Healthcare Design project within CLAHRC SY.

Dan's own research interests lie in exploring the potential or the theory and practice of design in healthcare.

Andrew Booth

Andrew provides academic input into the Translating Knowledge into Action theme. He is Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield where he leads on systematic review and evidence synthesis activities.

Andrew's longstanding interests in both evidence based practice and knowledge management combine naturally within the emerging field of knowledge translation and implementation science. Andrew has been the creative force behind a number of knowledge products such as Management Briefings for the National Library for Health, Social Care Briefings for the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Research Bulletins for the National Assembly of Wales. Andrew is particularly interested in the contribution of findings from qualitative research to the effectiveness of health care interventions and programmes.

Jane Mckeown 

Jane is a Senior Nurse at Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) NHS Foundation Trust and Nurse Teacher at University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She has almost 30 years of clinical experience as a Registered Mental Nurse, with a specialist interest in dementia care and practice development. She completed her PhD in January 2012 with research focused on understanding the experience of using life story work in the care of people with dementia in health and social care environments. Jane’s research and knowledge mobilisation interests relate to exploring the ways that the knowledge and experiences of people with dementia can be accessed and used to improve care.

Jane is a Clinical Research Academy Fellow a day a week for 2 years with the University of Sheffield, School of Health and Related Research

Rachel King

Rachel completed a Pharmacology degree at the University of Sheffield in 1998, followed by an MMed Sci with registration as a nurse. Her research experience includes using qualitative interviews to explore the perceptions of nurses on their pharmacology educational preparation. She looks forward to developing her research skills and gaining experience in presenting research ideas.

Title of PhD: An ethnographic study of the knowledge mobilisation (KM) activities of advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) in discharging patients with exacerbations of long term conditions (LTCs) from the emergency department (ED)

Rachel's research interests are in nurse education, advanced nursing practice, and knowledge mobilisation. She also have an interest in researching the physical harm caused by substance misuse.

Joe Langley

Joe is a researcher in Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research cluster where he is a Senior Research Fellow in Healthcare Innovation.
He is a design engineer with a broad experience, industrial and academic, of applying technical and creative design methods in developing interventions with a focus on the healthcare sector. His experience is user centric, using inclusive and participatory design methods along with numerical engineering, experimental methods, prototyping and user testing. His work is by nature interdisciplinary and applied, working with clinicians, industry and users to co-develop interventions, test them, implement them and evaluate them. He is testing out models for open innovation as a means to break down market failure barriers to innovation in some healthcare markets.

Joe is a NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow

Cheryl Grindell - Clinical Researcher

Cheryl joined the team in September 2014 following her placement, completed as part of the NIHR Masters in Clinical Research at Sheffield University, with the User Centered Health Care Design team within CLAHRC SY.

She is a physiotherapist by background and continues to work clinically as well as in her role as a clinical researcher in the TK2A theme. She is currently focusing on the evaluation of the TK2A approach :The added value of creative practices in knowledge mobilisation: A qualitative study of the ‘Translating knowledge into action’ projects.

Her research interests lie in the role co-design and creative methods can play in knowledge mobilisation in healthcare and she is to embark on a PhD exploring this specifically in relation to musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Tony Ryan

My work in the field of older people and family care spans 20 years having worked on a number of large scale research studies and service development projects in the field of dementia, stroke and palliative and supportive care. My PhD in the field of stroke rehabilitation was undertaken in ScHARR before a move to the School of Nursing & Midwifery in 2004 as a Lecturer in Rehabilitation and Family Care. I led the Stroke theme of the CLAHRC South Yorkshire between 2009 and 2013. I continue to undertake research and teaching activities in the field of long-term conditions and ageing, with current grants focusing upon dementia and advance care planning and older people & sexuality and intimacy

I am Director of Research in the School of Nursing & Midwifery with responsibility for leading the Department’s strategy, capacity development and research innovation and impact.

Christine Smith-  Programme Manager

As programme manager, Christine is responsible for the programme’s delivery and engagement with key partners.

Christine has a background in project and programme management. She obtained a PhD in Biomedical Science from the University of Sheffield in 2000, and has worked as a research and research manager in both the University and NHS sectors. Christine is the Director of Research and Development in Barnsley Hospital NFT. Her research interests are obesity, the process of translating research into practice and the evaluation of complex programmes.

Barbara Johnson Project Manager and Researcher for WICKED project

Barbara Johnson works as the Project Manager and researcher on the WICKED implementation and evaluation study. She is based at the Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield. She is involved in the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the WICKED education course in two new centers (Leeds and Harrogate).

Remi Bec - Design Researcher 

I studied model making and interior design in France & I switched to product design when I moved to the UK. I studied at Sheffield Hallam University and graduated from a Master and a PhD in Design, and during which I was part of the User-Centred Healthcare Design team (UCHD) which was part of CLAHRC. Now I have joined TK2A (part of CLAHRC SY) & I am the design researcher based in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

My research explored the use of games to promote engagement & behaviour change. I have co-developed, prototyped and evaluated iteratively Boost Up!, a board and card game that aim to promote physical activity. I am currently trying to develop the game further and incorporate Boost Up! as part of a wider service delivery system offered by GoFit4Fun CIC 😎.

The games were also used within the research process to engage participants and encourage different thinking (eg. Dice, role play, actual games, sometimes hacked for the purpose).

My role within TK2A - and the service I offer as a freelance design researcher ( - consists of applying design thinking and skills to plan and drive workshops with diverse stakeholders to help utilise research knowledge to improve healthcare services. According to the nature of the projects, stakeholders might be patients, NHS staff, GPs, health researchers and other health professionals.

Beth Stevenson - 
Theme Administrator

Beth is the administrator for the Translation Knowledge into Action Theme.
She is the first point of contact for the theme, her main roles and responsibilities are providing support to the theme lead, and other members of the team.

Beth also provides administration support for the WICKED team, including running courses in Sheffield, Leeds and Harrogate.

Previous collagues
Tom Sanders Senior research fellow: Tom is a sociologist and senior research fellow with expertise in qualitative methods and research interests in knowledge mobilisation in healthcare. Tom’s role in CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber is to improve the quality of patient care through facilitating step change in the implementation of research into healthcare practice. This role involves working across CLAHRC themes to ensure an integrated approach to knowledge translation/mobilisation and working with NHS partners and YH AHSN to increase the uptake of research.