Patricia, whose research focus is on the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers, was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Travel Fellowship. She has also received an award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) to undertake an intensive course in Systematic Reviews.
The WCMT Travel Fellowship will see Patricia travel to California, Chicago, Sydney and Melbourne in 2017, to investigate mental health programmes underway in those areas and how they could be implemented in the UK.
“I hope to gain an understanding of the work that is being carried out on mental health stigma and reducing mental health stigma, and to learn about the anti-stigma campaigns that are being promoted in the USA and Australia,” Patricia says.
“The purpose of the award is to return from the Fellowship with innovative ideas that will benefit individuals in the UK. I also hope to network and develop partnerships with researchers and clinicians from both countries, with the view to collaborate on further work.”
The NCRM award will allow Patricia to develop her skills in research methods through the conduction of a rigorous systematic review (SR), with ongoing mentorship through the Joanna Briggs Collaboration.
Both awards, she says, will be invaluable to her work for the Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery (CCRNM), which sets out to push boundaries and challenge norms in healthcare.