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Rosemary Rushmer

T:
01642 342756
Job title:
Professor in Knowledge Exchange & Public Health
E:
r.rushmer@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Health & Social Care
 
 
Research institute:
Health and Social Care Institute
 
 

About Rosemary Rushmer

Rosemary Rushmer

Rosemary Rushmer
Professor in Knowledge Exchange & Public Health, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 342756
E: r.rushmer@tees.ac.uk
Research institute: Health and Social Care Institute

Rosemary is an organisational theorist and has spent nearly 20 years researching how people work collaboratively, across professional, organisational and sector boundaries to achieve complex tasks in health and social care settings and on well-being issues. She is interested in exploring if the way people are organised to work together, permits or constrains, their capacity to do a ‘good job’.  

Rosemary worked closely with NHS Tayside on the Safer Patients Initiative.  Supported by the Health Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, USA, this was the first patient safety initiative in the UK focused on the acute sector.  She has multiple articles published from this work as well as two national reports on quality improvement initiatives.  

Rosemary has recently finished a National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR: HS&DR) funded research project looking at how evidence is used (or not) in decision-making and commissioning to reduce alcohol-related harms. This project highlights the complexities of undertaking evidence-informed practice given contextual and performance pressures.

In addition to her academic career, Rosemary has worked in a policy context with the Scottish government, to design the research programme to support the 2003 Mental Health Act, and in practice, as joint head of R&D at NHS 24 (the out-of-hours emergency telehealth advice and referral service in Scotland).

Rosemary is currently the chair of the planning committee for the 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health, which will take place in Gateshead in April 2016.

Research interests

Rosemary investigates the way research evidence enters practice and policy contexts, how it is used, and if it is useful (to help people to do a ‘good job’) given other contextual factors. She is interested in complexity; ‘wicked issues’ and the non-linearity of change programmes in healthcare settings and on well-being issues. This includes: quality improvement initiatives; patient safety; collective and organisational learning, inter-professional working and public health initiatives. 

She is currently PI on an NIHR:HS&DR funded project to investigate how research evidence is used in both commissioning services to reduce alcohol consumption in pregnancy and in making licensing decisions. Within Fuse (http://www.fuse.ac.uk/), she is chair of the Knowledge Exchange Group (KEG) and lead for the Translational Research work programme. 

Research Funding
External
MRC: Fuse the centre for translational research in public health. Co-applicant and lead for the translational work programme. Collaborating organisations: Durham University; Newcastle University; Northumbria University; Sunderland University. 2013-2018.

NIHR:HS&DR ‘Research utilisation and knowledge mobilisation in the commissioning and joint planning of public health interventions to reduce alcohol-related harms – a study in the co-creation of knowledge’. Principal Investigator. Collaborating organisations: Durham University, Sunderland University, Northumbria University, NHS England, The Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the Local Government Association. 2011-2013.

Collaboration of Association of North East Councils (ANEC)/Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership/ (RIEP), Centre for Translational Research in Public Health (Fuse) /Strategic Health Authority (SHA) ‘Evaluation of the Research to Reality Project’ 2009 -2011 Principal Investigator. Collaborating organisations: Durham University, Newcastle University.

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland: ‘Systematic Narrative Literature Review of Models of Quality Improvement ‘March – August 2008 Joint Principal Investigator Collaborating Organisations: St Andrews University.

Research collaborations
Development and launch of askfuse (www.fuse.ac.uk/askfuse ) the Fuse rapid and responsive research unit in public health to provide timely and tailored research answers to practice needs (drawing upon input from across the Fuse family from the 5 UK north east Universities – Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside) 2011 – date

Board Member of the National Institute for Health research Public Health Research Funding Board (June 2010 – date)

Lead author of the pan UKCEC Centres of Excellence in Public Health Draft Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2013.

Public Health member of the Children’s Foundation Ltd. (Reg.Charity Number: 1000013) PO BOX 2YB Sir James Spence Institute of Child Health Victoria Wing Royal Victoria Infirmary Queen Victoria Road Newcastle upon TyneNE99 2YB

Lead of the planning committee for the Fuse Knowledge Exchange in Public Health Conference Durham 2011.

Opening address to the second Knowledge Exchange in Public Health conference, Leeuwenhhorst, Noordwijkerhout, Holland April 22-23, 2013and co-host

Member of the advisory board for NIHR:SDO project entitled: The Role of Unlearning in Healthcare Managers, Lancaster University(2010-2012).

Speaker on the Leading Improvement for Health and Wellbeing Programme (April 2010 -12)

Speaker on the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (Oct 2008; April 2009)

Speaker on the Health Foundations Leadership Fellows Programme (April 2008)

Current projects
MRC: Fuse the centre for translational research in public health. Co-applicant and lead for the translational work programme. Collaborating organisations: Durham University; Newcastle University; Northumbria University; Sunderland University. 2013-2018.

NIHR: HS&DR ‘Research utilisation and knowledge mobilisation in the commissioning and joint planning of public health interventions to reduce alcohol-related harms – a study in the co-creation of knowledge’. Principal Investigator. Collaborating organisations: Durham University, Sunderland University, Northumbria University, NHS England, The Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the Local Government Association. 2011-2013.


 

Publications

Selected publications since 2008

  • Rushmer R, Themessel-Huber M, Coyle J,  Humphris G, Dowell J, Williams B. Is the Routine Recording of Primary Care Consultations Possible…and Desirable? Lessons for researchers from a consultation with multiple stakeholders. Patient Education & Counselling 82:2  pp247-253 Feb 2011
  • E Burnett, K Lee, R Rushmer, M Noble, M Ellis, P Davey Healthcare associated infection and the patient experience: A qualitative study using patient interviews Journal of Hospital Infection (Volume 74, Issue 1, January 2010, Pages 42-47) 
  • Williams, M Themessel-Huber, R Rushmer, G Humphris, J Coyle, J Dowell Developing a Longitudinal Database of Routinely Recorded Primary Care Consultations Linked to Service Use and Outcome Data: Results of a Pilot Study for the Scottish Clinical Interactions Project (SCIP) Social Science & Medicine (online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.025 ) 2009  70 (2010) 473–478
  • Powell, A. E., Rushmer, R. K. and Davies, H. T. O. 2009 A systematic narrative review of quality improvement models in health care. NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, Edinburgh http://www.nhshealthquality.org/nhsqis/files/CorporateDocument_SystematicNarrativeReviewOfQualityImprovementModelsInHealthCare_FEB09.pdf  Feb 2009

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In the news

  • World-leading public health experts gather to discuss evidence Public Health
    Fuse online, 26/04/2016
    Professor Rosemary Rushmer was one of the presented at the Third International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.


  • WHO/Europe sponsors Fuse Conference
    Fuse online, 09/02/2016; Fuse online, 15/02/2016
    Professor Rosemary Rushmer is leading the organisation of the Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.