Dr Maureen Twiddy

Dr Maureen Twiddy

Senior Lecturer in Mixed Methods Research

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Leeds)
  • MSc (University of Leeds)
  • PhD (University of Leeds)

Summary

I am a behavioural scientist with over 10 years post doctoral experience. I have a BSc in Psychology (2003) and MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health (2004) from the University of Leeds. I received my PhD from the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. Following my PhD I worked as a post doctoral research fellow at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences and joined the University of Hull in 2017.

I am a mixed methods researcher and lead the Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR) Methods Hub. I work closely with the Hull Health Trials Unit and Leeds Clinical Trials Units. I am a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Leeds.

I have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches (co-design, surveys, observational studies, clinical trials, process evaluations, interviews, and focus groups). Much of my current work involves undertaking process evaluations linked to clinical trials, and conducting embedded qualitative studies aimed at understanding the experience of patients and staff involved, and developing interventions to improve trial recruitment

Undergraduate

Dr Twiddy teaches on the MBBS, and MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

A mixed-method feasibility study of a novel transitional regime of incremental haemodialysis: study design and protocol

Twiddy, M., Hazara, A., Bhandari, S., & Allgar, V. (in press). A mixed-method feasibility study of a novel transitional regime of incremental haemodialysis: study design and protocol. Clinical and Experimental Nephrology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10157-021-02072-1

The role of diagnostic ultrasound imaging for patients with known prostate cancer within an active surveillance pathway: a systematic review

Simms, M., Parker, P., Rigby, A., Whybrow, P., & Twiddy, M. (in press). The role of diagnostic ultrasound imaging for patients with known prostate cancer within an active surveillance pathway: a systematic review. Ultrasound, https://doi.org/10.1177/1742271X21995212

The development of a multilevel intervention to optimise participant engagement with an obesity prevention programme delivered in UK children's centres

Burton, W., Sahota, P., Twiddy, M., Brown, J., & Bryant, M. (in press). The development of a multilevel intervention to optimise participant engagement with an obesity prevention programme delivered in UK children’s centres. Prevention Science, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01205-y

Radical Cystectomy Against Intravesical BCG for High-Risk High-Grade Nonmuscle Invasive Bladder Cancer: Results From the Randomized Controlled BRAVO-Feasibility Study

Brown, J. M., Croft, J., Poad, H., Bell, R., Collinson, M., Gordon, K., …Goodwin, L. (2021). Radical Cystectomy Against Intravesical BCG for High-Risk High-Grade Nonmuscle Invasive Bladder Cancer: Results From the Randomized Controlled BRAVO-Feasibility Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 39(3), 202-214. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.20.01665

Through-knee versus above-knee amputation for vascular and non-vascular major lower limb amputations

Crane, H., Boam, G., Carradice, D., Vanicek, N., Twiddy, M., & Smith, G. E. (2021). Through-knee versus above-knee amputation for vascular and non-vascular major lower limb amputations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2021(1), https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013839

Research interests

Dr Twiddy as a number of research interests

1. Living with chronic illness and the supportive care needs of patients and carers.

2. Improving recruitment and retention to clinical trials through the application of qualitative methods to understand patient and staff perspectives of trial design, new interventions/surgical approaches and how these are embedded into clinical practice.

3. The use of Mixed Methods approaches in health research.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

LAVA: Thermal ablation versus surgery for patients with colorectal liver metastases

Funder

NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Grant

£18,866.00

Started

1 October 2017

Status

Ongoing

Project

BRAVO: High grade bladder cancer: a randomised controlled trial of radical cystectomy against intra-vesical immunotherapy – a feasibility study

Funder

YCR Yorkshire Cancer Research

Grant

£3,407.00

Started

1 October 2017

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Twiddy welcomes PhD/MSc applications in the areas of:

Clinical trial design

Chronic illness management

Patient and Public Involvement

Current PhD students

Hayley Crane - A qualitative study comparing the outcomes of through the knee and above the knee amputation (co-supervisor)

Evangelos Ntanopoulos - Emerging environmental contaminants and health inequalities. (Primary supervisor)

Pam Parker -A proof of concept study evaluating the role of emerging ultrasound technologies in the assessment and monitoring of localised prostate cancer in men on an active surveillance programme. (Primary supervisor)

Adil Hazara - Effect of incremental introduction of dialysis versus standard care in patients with end-stage renal disease (ENDURE): a feasibility study (Primary supervisor)

Lady Akwa - Development of a lifestyle physical activity intervention for women who misuse alcohol (co-supervisor)

Joanne Palmer - Inpatient Exercise for Critical Limb Ischaemia Patients Pre and Post Major Surgery: A Proof of Concept Study (EXERCISE) (co-supervisor)

Completed Students

Dr Santanu Acharya (MSc. 2011)

Dr Claire Mitchell (D.Clin, Psychol, 2013)

Dr Nichola Aspinall (MSc. 2013)

Dr Cheryl Craigs (PhD, 2015)

Dr Saja Al Reyes (PhD, 2015)

Dr Louise Johnson (D. Clin, Psychol., 2015)

Dr Nery Forester (MSc., 2016)

Dr Jessica Drinkwater - Participatory research to strengthen the role of patient and public involvement in general practice service improvement (PhD, 2021)

Dr Wendy Burton - The development and evaluation of an optimisation strategy to support children’s centres to implement a public health programme (PhD, 2021 )

Committee/Steering group role

ATLANTIS - investigating amitriptyline as second-line treatment for IBS Steering committee member

2020

FReSH START - A Randomised Controlled Trial of an intervention to improve quality of life and other outcomes in people who repeatedly self-harm. Steering Committee Member

2020

EMERALD - Improving diabetes outcomes for people with severe mental illness: a longitudinal observational and qualitative study of patients in England - Steering Committee member

2017 - 2020

The 2 Week Wait (2WW) Study steering committee member

2017 - 2019

Conference presentation

Prostate Cancer – unmet supportive care needs of patients and Carers - Prostate Cancer UK

2019 - 2019

IV Therapy Conference, London. HC- UK Conference 2018

2018 - 2018

External examiner role

External Examiner for University of Huddersfield (MSc dissertation)

2019

Honorary position

Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds

2017

Journal editorial role

Associate Editor, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

2018

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Mixed Methods International Research Association

2021

British Psychological Society

2004

Other

External reviewer for AHRC

2021

External Reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research

2012

Research assessment service

Member of the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Advisory Committee

2019

Scholarship role

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2019