Sue BrownSue is a Research Fellow with a dual role in MindTech, working both as a researcher in the area of implementation of new technologies, and as lead for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) across MindTech and the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre’s (BRC) Mental Health and Technology theme. Sue is a medical sociologist and qualitative researcher.

As a researcher, Sue works on studies that are testing new technologies within healthcare delivery, and conducts nested studies exploring factors that might affect their implementation during the trial (with a view to highlighting what could affect potential roll out). The nested studies are guided by theories from implementation science – predominantly normalisation process theory – and use qualitative methods to explore the use of new technologies, and the perspectives of both healthcare staff who are using them, and patients whose care is being shaped by them. Sue is working on multiple projects, including the P1vital PReDicT trial, gameChangeORBIT, and QUOTA.

As lead for PPI, Sue works alongside Debbie Butler (Involvement Team Leader) and the Technology and Mental Health Involvement Team to keep an overview of PPI across the work of MindTech and also the BRC’s mental health and technology theme, and guide the approach where appropriate. This includes helping volunteers to shape involvement at MindTech (such as via its involvement strategy; oversight of project involvement; measuring impact) and facilitating them joining and contributing to individual projects, as well as the work of MindTech more generally. The Involvement Team bring a lively, committed, enthusiastic and compassionate approach to their work, and are a pleasure to work with.

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