TK2A Team

Core Team 

Professor Kate Gerrish

Kate leads the Translating Knowledge into Action theme and is implementation lead for the CLAHRC SY as a whole.  She holds a joint post as Professor of Nursing Research with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she contributes to the strategic leadership of nursing research and implementation of evidence-based practice.

Dr 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.


Dr Irene Ilott

The CLAHRC-SY post means that evidence-based practice / implementation science can be examined in a practical and scholarly way. Irene is interested in sustaining change to benefit patient, staff and organisational outcomes.


Dr Sara Laker 

Sara Laker is the Project Manager for the Translating Knowledge into Action theme. This role involves the monitoring, reporting and day to day budgeting for all the theme projects. She is also project lead for the Enhancing the Quality of Oral Nutrition Support (EQONS) and Medicines Re-ablement projects.


Dr Jane McKeown

Jane is a Senior Nurse for Service User and Carer Involvement at Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) NHS Foundation Trust and Nurse Teacher at University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery.  She is match funded from SHSC to lead a project around how people with dementia can be best involved in service feedback, evaluation and planning.

Dr Malcolm Patterson

Malcolm provides academic support to the theme in relation to organisational change. Malcolm is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Work Psychology and the Management School at the University of Sheffield. His current research interests include: Investigating links between Human Resource Management, Learning Practices and Organisational Performance, Implementation of Protocol Based Care in the NHS, and Organisational climate and culture change in the NHS.

Seconded Team 

Lizzie Dinsdale-Research Assistant

Dr Ismail Hanif-Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University

Faye Mellors-Knowledge Translation Facilitator

Wendy Stainrod-Pharmacy Technician/Project Facilitator– Community Intermediate Care Services (CICS) and STIT (Short Term Intervention Team)    

Ingrid Wragg-Project Facilitator – Tissue Viability Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT)

Emma Bishop

Emma Bishop is the administrator for the translation knowledge into action theme since June 2009. She is the first point of contact for the theme and her main roles and responsibilities are providing support to the theme lead, and to the other members of the team.

Katy Bray 

Kate is a Knowledge Translation Project Lead, her background is acute and critical care nursing.  Her extensive clinical experience has been as a ward sister in medicine and critical care, and a clinical educator, practice development nurse and consultant nurse in critical care.

Dr Fiona Kennedy 

Fiona is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research (CHSCR), Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). 

Professor Ann McDonnell

Ann is a Professor in Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University.  She leads the 'Professional Development, Technology and Research into Practice' theme in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.

Dr Simon Palfreyman

Simon’s clinical background is in nursing.  He has worked in both the UK and USA.  He is currently on a post-doctoral lectureship funded as part of the NIHR Clinical Academic Training Programme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals.  The lectureship has both a clinical and research component.  His clinical time is spent within the tissue viability team and his research focus is on measuring the impact of pressure ulceration.

Sabrina Elteringham-Knowledge Translation Research Associate

Carol Keen-Project Facilitator 

Dr Louise Preston -Information Specialist

Carolyn Taylor-Project Facilitator, Dietitian (STH)

Sarah Wright-Specialist Pharmacy Technician/Project Lead – Community Intermediate Care Services (CICS) and STIT (Short Term Intervention Team)