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Dr Vicky Ward

Dr Vicky Ward

BA, MA, PhD

Reader in Management

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 1334 46 1854

Location: Room 227, The Gateway, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9RJ

Web links

Blog www.kmbresearcher.wordpress.com
Twitter @VLWard

Biography

My area of research is 'knowledge mobilisation' – focusing on how groups of people (including healthcare practitioners, managers and researchers) create and share knowledge with one another.

My recent work has focused on developing a service user feedback framework for improving integrated care, how health and wellbeing managers from different organisations share and create knowledge, how collaborative relationships between academics and NHS managers develop and how knowledge is exchanged within service delivery teams. I have recently completed an National Institute for Health Research Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship on how knowledge is mobilised across health and social care boundaries in community settings.

I have a passion for bringing people working in knowledge mobilisation together. I currently lead the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, an annual two-day event for knowledge mobilisation researchers and practitioners. I was a founding member of the international Knowledge into Practice Learning Network.

I joined the School of Management in May 2018. Prior to joining the School I spent 10 years at the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Leeds, working my way up from a research fellow to Associate Professor in Knowledge Mobilisation. Before branching out into knowledge mobilisation research, I had a career as a clarinet teacher and ran my own teaching practice. Find out how (and why) I made the move into knowledge mobilisation on my blog.

Potential PhD applicants interested in working with me in any of the research areas outlined below are very welcome to contact me.

Research interests

  • Knowledge mobilisation
  • Inter-professional working
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge brokering
  • Co-creation
  • Creative research methods

Current and recent grants

Optimising the impact of health services research on the organisation and delivery of health services; a study of embedded models of knowledge co-production in the NHS (Embedded), Marshall, M, Davies, H, Fulop, N, Ward, V, Waring, J, O'Brien, B, Mear, L. NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research. £664,406; January 2018-June 2020

REasonable adjustments to MAINstream diabetes and obesity care for adults with a learning disability (REMAIN), Bryant, L, Russell, A, House, A, Ward, V, Stones, C, Slowie, D, Hoghton, M, Browning, S. Health Foundation Evidence into Practice Award. £46,981; February 2017-February 2018

Mobilising knowledge across health and social care boundaries in community settings: understanding and developing the role of knowledge brokering, NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship, £203,259, June 2014-May 2017

Developing interventions for gender equality in the School of Medicine, Bryant, L, Ward, V, House, A. School of Medicine, University of Leeds. £20,000; January- December 2014

Developing a sustainable evaluation framework for Integrated Health and Social Care Teams, Ward, V, House, A. NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford (£78,000) and NHS Leeds South & East CCG (£40,448) January 2013-June 2014

Targeted and sustainable implementation of high impact clinical practice recommendations in general practice, Foy R, Lawton R, Glidewell L, Ward V, West R, McEachan R, Farrin A, Rathfelder M, Clamp S, McCabe C, Seymour C, Richardson J, Stokes T, Taylor-Whilde E, Watt I, Hartley S. NIHR Programme Grant. £1,995,432; 2012-17

The role of informal networks in spreading knowledge between healthcare managers, V Ward, J Keen, R Pawson, R West,  A House. NIHR Service Delivery & Organisation Programme (SDO). 2010–2012; £298,917

Review and synthesis of 'Knowledge to Action' frameworks and implementation strategies, Davies, H, Ward, V. NHS Education for Scotland. £26,040; June-December 2011

Evaluating collaborative processes in the vascular prevention theme of the NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford. 2009–2013; internal funding

Antenatal mental health in a bi-ethnic population - understanding and responding to emotional and somatic distress in pregnancy. A House, J Horrocks, A Madill, S Ahmed, P Raynor, V Ward, R West, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. 2009–2011; £240,109

Selected publications

Chapters

Knowledge Translation: Key Concepts, Terms and Activities
Rushmer, R., Ward, V., Nguyen, T. & Kuchenmüller, T., 2019, Population health monitoring: Climbing the information pyramid. Verschuuren, M. & van Oers, H. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 127-150 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76562-4
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Using frameworks and models to support knowledge mobilization
Ward, V., 2019, The Role of Knowledge Brokers in Education. Malin, J. & Brown, C. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 168-181
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Articles

Creating and implementing local health and wellbeing policy: networks, interactions and collective knowledge creation amongst public sector managers
Ward, V., Smith, S., Keen, J., West, R. & House, A., Aug 2018, In : Evidence & Policy. 14, 3, p. 477-498 22 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426418X15314036922151
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

To what extent can behaviour change techniques be identified within an adaptable implementation package for primary care? A prospective directed content analysis
ASPIRE programme team, 17 Feb 2018, In : Implementation Science. 13, 1, 32. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-017-0704-7
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Good practice or positive action? Using Q methodology to identify competing views on improving gender equality in academic medicine
Bryant, L. D., Burkinshaw, P., House, A. O., West, R. M. & Ward, V., 22 Aug 2017, In : BMJ Open. 7, 8, 9 p., e015973. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015973
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Why, whose, what and how? A framework for knowledge mobilisers
Ward, V., Aug 2017, In : Evidence & Policy. 13, 3, p. 477-497 21 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426416X14634763278725
Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Variations in achievement of evidence-based, high-impact quality indicators in general practice: An observational study
ASPIRE programme team, 13 Jul 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 7, e0177949. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177949
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Developing a framework for gathering and using service user experiences to improve integrated health and social care: the SUFFICE framework
Ward, V., Pinkney, L. & Fry, G., 8 Sep 2016, In : BMC Research Notes. 9, 11 p., 437. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-016-2230-0
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Action to Support Practices Implement Research Evidence (ASPIRE): protocol for a cluster-randomised evaluation of adaptable implementation packages targeting 'high impact' clinical practice recommendations in general practice
Willis, T. A., Hartley, S., Glidewell, L., Farrin, A. J., Lawton, R., McEachan, R. R. C., Ingleson, E., Heudtlass, P., Collinson, M., Clamp, S., Hunter, C., Ward, V., Hulme, C., Meads, D., Bregantini, D., Carder, P., Foy, R. & ASPIRE programme, 29 Feb 2016, In : Implementation Science. 11, 11 p., 25. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-016-0387-5
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Using the structure of social networks to map inter-agency relationships in public health services
West, R. M., House, A. O., Keen, J. & Ward, V. L., Nov 2015, In : Social Science and Medicine. 145, p. 107-14 8 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.10.002
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The role of boundary maintenance and blurring in a UK collaborative research project: how researchers and health service managers made sense of new ways of working
Smith, S. & Ward, V., Apr 2015, In : Social Science and Medicine. 130, p. 225-233 9 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.023
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The development and application of audit criteria for assessing knowledge exchange plans in health research grant applications
Ruppertsberg, A. I., Ward, V., Ridout, A. & Foy, R., 14 Jul 2014, In : Implementation Science. 9, 1, 6 p., 93. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-014-0093-0
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Critically evaluating collaborative research: why is it difficult to extend truth tests to reality tests?
Smith, S., Ward, V. & Kabele, J., 8 May 2014, In : Social Science Information. 53, 3, p. 374-402 29 p. https://doi.org/10.1177/0539018414525292
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The role of informal networks in creating knowledge among health-care managers: a prospective case study
Ward, V., West, R., Smith, S., McDermott, S., Keen, J., Pawson, R. & House, A., May 2014, In : Health Services and Delivery Research. 2, 12, p. 1-132 https://doi.org/10.3310/hsdr02120
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Exploring knowledge exchange: a useful framework for practice and policy
Ward, V., Smith, S., House, A. & Hamer, S., Feb 2012, In : Social Science and Medicine. 74, 3, p. 297-304 8 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.09.021
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'Impact' in the proposals for the UK's Research Excellence Framework: shifting the boundaries of academic autonomy
Smith, S., Ward, V. & House, A., Dec 2011, In : Research Policy. 40, 10, p. 1369-1379 11 p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2011.05.026
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The challenges of evaluating large-scale, multi-partner programmes: the case of NIHR CLAHRCs
Martin, G. P., Ward, V., Hendy, J., Rowley, E., Nancarrow, S., Heaton, J., Britten, N., Fielden, S. & Ariss, S., 1 Nov 2011, In : Evidence and Policy. 7, 4, p. 489-509 21 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426411X603470
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Planning for knowledge translation: a researcher's guide
Ward, V., Smith, S., Foy, R., House, A. & Hamer, S., Nov 2010, In : Evidence and Policy. 6, 4, p. 527-541 15 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426410X535882
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knowledge brokering: the missing link in the evidence to action chain?
Ward, V., House, A. & Hamer, S., Aug 2009, In : Evidence and Policy. 5, 3, p. 267-279 13 p. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426409X463811
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Developing a framework for transferring knowledge into action: a thematic analysis of the literature
Ward, V., House, A. & Hamer, S., 1 Jul 2009, In : Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. 14, 3, p. 156-164 9 p. https://doi.org/10.1258/jhsrp.2009.008120
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knowledge brokering: exploring the process of transferring knowledge into action
Ward, V. L., House, A. O. & Hamer, S., 16 Jan 2009, In : BMC Health Services Research. 9, 6 p., 12. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-9-12
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

You & your body: a case study of bioscience communication at the University of Leeds
Ward, V., Howdle, P. & Hamer, S., 1 Dec 2008, In : Science Communication. 30, 2, p. 177-208 https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547008324385
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Other publications

Development of REsources based on reasonable adjustments to MAINstream diabetes and obesity care for adults with a learning disability: The REMAIN project
Russell, A. M., Bryant, L., House, A., Ward, V., Stones, C. & Witty, K., Mar 2019, In : Diabetic Medicine. 36, S1, p. 112-112 1 p., P250. https://doi.org/10.1111/dme.26_13883
Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract

Whose evidence is it anyway?
Boaz, A., Locock, L. & Ward, V., May 2015, In : Evidence & Policy. 11, 2, p. 145-148 https://doi.org/10.1332/174426515X14313738355534
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Commentaries
Ward, V., 1 Jan 2010, In : International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 17, 4, p. 208-209 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate