Professor Tracey Williamson
Professor of Family Care
Association for Dementia Studies
tel: 01905 54 2557
Professor Williamson is a Registered Nurse with a background in the NHS (1985 to 2004) working in older people’s care settings latterly as a Nurse Consultant. Following a Department of Health PhD fellowship, she became a full-time researcher of the experiences of older adults and family carers of health and social care. Her expertise is around patient and public involvement in research, technology co-design and evaluation of services. In recent years Professor Williamson has focused in the dementia field including evaluation of dementia environments (hospital and care home) and experiences of people living with young onset dementia. She is an action researcher and advocate of participatory methods.
In her joint-funded post, Professor Williamson is working closely with the charity ‘Dementia Carers Count’, to establish a programme of research with an emphasis on family carers of persons with dementia.
Her focus on family members and friends will ensure much needed research on their needs and experiences, interventions and outcomes, in the hope of making these more positive experiences wherever possible and helping family carers to be better supported and more resilient. Professor Williamson is keen to hear from people interested in undertaking self-funded doctorates or jointly applying for funded studentships concerning family carers of persons with dementia. Similarly if any individual or organisation wishes to sponsor a PhD student please do get in touch.
- PhD (2004) Strengthening decision-making within shared governance: an action research study, University of Salford.
- MSc (2001) Health Care Practice, Liverpool John Moores University.
- BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (1994), Manchester Metropolitan University
- City & Guilds 7307 (2001) (Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificate), Oldham College of Further Education
Research, Teaching and Knowledge Transfer
Professor Williamson has extensive experience in health and social care research including exploratory studies and service evaluations. She is active at income generation having been Principal Investigator or Co-applicant/Work Package Lead on numerous studies funded by research councils, National Institute for Health Research, charities and Local Authorities. To-date she has been Primary Investigator on successful bids in excess of £720K and a co-applicant on successful bids in excess of £4M including a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.
Professor Williamson has a strong emphasis on researching issues of importance to patients and carers, usually in NHS or social care settings, including older peoples experiences of changed medication appearance; strategies older people use to manage loneliness; experiences of e-health engagement; evaluation of Partnerships for Older People (POPPs); views of health and wellbeing of seldom heard young people; experiences of people with young onset dementia and evaluation of various services (carers, intermediate care, partnership groups, nurse practitioner roles).
- 2017-2017 Co-applicant (PPI Work Package Lead) - NIHR Brain Injury HTC Seedcorn - Development of sensory stimulating orthotic insoles to aid balance and independent walking following brain injury, NIHR. Total funding £10K
- 2017-2020 Co-applicant/Research Lead - Evaluation of empowered conversations communications training for family carers of people living with dementia, Big Lottery. Total funding £349K
- 2016-2017 Co-applicant - A novel body-worn falls detection system: development and evaluation in the frail elderly population, Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust. Total Funding £73K
- 2015-2016 NIHR NW Research Design Service, Public and Patient Involvement Regional Strategic Lead NW, NIHR. Total funding £12K
- 2015-2018 Co-applicant/Academic supervisor - Empowered Conversations dementia communication Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Innovate UK. Total funding £168K
- 2015-2018 Principal Investigator - Exploration of the experiences of people with Young Onset Dementia, Booth Charities. Total funding £325K
- 2014-2019 Co-applicant (PPI Work Package Lead) - Improving the effectiveness of psychological interventions for depression and anxiety in the cardiac rehabilitation pathway (PATHWAY), NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGgfAR). Total funding £1.7M
- 2014-2017 Co-applicant - A practical, yet flexible functional electrical stimulation system for upper limb functional rehabilitation, NIHR i4i. Total funding £598K
- 2014-14 Principal Investigator - Evaluation of Salford Citizen Scientist project, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Total funding £8K
- 2013-14 Principal Investigator - Salford City Council. Evaluation of Dementia Environments, Total funding £29K
- 2013-14 Co-applicant - Evaluation of Dementia Environments, University Hospitals South Manchester. Total funding £29K
- 2010-15 Lead Applicant - NIHR NW Research Design Service, Public and Patient Involvement Specialist Adviser. NIHR. Total funding £46K
- 2009-2012 PPI Partner/Work Package Lead - ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing, Design Innovation Enabling Autonomy and Independence through Smart Clothes and Wearable Technology. Total funding £738K (+ 3 year PhD studentship)
- 2009-2013 PPI Partner/Work Package Lead - NIHR NEAT New & Emerging Applications of Technology, An advanced FES rehabilitation tool for upper limb therapy after stroke. Total funding £470K
- 2008-2011 PPI Partner/Work Package lead - NIHR i4i Innovation for Improvement (formerly Health Technology Devices), Dynamic orthosis with virtual electrodes for the lower limb. Total funding £426K (matched funding role 0.5% WTE)
- 2008-10 Co-applicant - Burdett Trust for Nursing, A study of end of life care planning in nursing homes/care homes in Salford and Trafford. Total funding £49K
- 2008-2009 Principal Investigator - Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale PCT, Health & Wellbeing: experiences of seldom heard and marginalised groups in Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale: Younique Voices. Total funding £31K
- 2007-2009 Principal Investigator - Rochdale MBC/DoH, Evaluation of Rochdale Partnerships for Older People (POPPS). Total funding £67K
- 2007-2008 Co-applicant PPI Lead - ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing Preparatory Network, Design innovation enabling autonomy and independence through smart clothes and wearable technology. Total funding £20K
- 2007-2008 Co-applicant PPI Lead - ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing Preparatory Network, People ageing in a changing technological environment. Total funding £20K
- 2006-2009 Principal Investigator - Greater Manchester PCT Alliance, Older People's Experiences of Changed Appearance of Medication due to Generic Prescribing Practices: A qualitative study and survey. Total funding £25K
- 2004-2005 Principal Investigator - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Missed opportunities: Work Based Learning module design to meet the learning and access needs of practitioners. Total funding £13.5K
- 2004-2006 Principal Investigator - Chesterfield PCT, An evaluation of a nurse led intermediate care unit: an action research study. Total funding £10K
- Professor Williamson teaches sessionally on research methods, research ethics and research impact. She previously helped set up a Professional Doctorate Programme and was team member on the double module Practitioner-researcher for 12 years.
- Professor Williamson has 3 PhD completions, 2 DProf completions and 1 MSc completion.
- Internal doctoral viva examinations (3) and external PhD viva examinations (7).
- Self-funded applications or requests to jointly apply for PhD studentships are welcome from high quality applicants interested in experiences of family carers/members of persons living with dementia.
- PhD Project Ideas.
- Highly Commended (May 2016) National Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing Awards.
- Vice Chancellors (individual) Award for Research Excellence (2015) Winner - University of Salford.
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Enabling Technology - awarded Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Emerald Literati Network in 2014.
- RCN Political Leadership Programme (2007). Nominated and awarded place.
- Health & Social Care Awards (2006) Winner - Queen Mothers Award for Dignity in the Care of Older People for the Rochdale anti-ageism video project.
Department of Health NHS Research Training Fellowship (1998) (£80K).
- Principals Award for Academic Excellence (2000). Awarded at the discretion of the College Principal, Oldham College, for C&G 7307 coursework (Further & Adult Education Training Course).
Unfunded work for social good
- Co-production and implementation of a Public Involvement Strategy for Six Degrees Social Enterprise, Salford (2016).
- Evaluation of Salford Carers Service, Unlimited Potential, Salford (2010).
- As a development opportunity for colleagues, funding secured to evaluate University User Carer Forum after seven years, having been a co-founder, using HEFCE Public Engagement Beacon funding (£3.5K).
- Conceived and facilitated 8 study days on public involvement in research. This runs for 10-20 participants from around the UK as an intensive master class (evaluated as 100% very good or excellent).
- Bespoke master class run for the University of Manchester Patient Safety and Translational Research Centre (£1500).
- Co-applicant (2005) Including everyone in electronic health information services - an e-health study, Connecting for Health (£67K) (£6K consultancy)
- Currently an unmet need idea is being progressed through MIMIT (Manchester: Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology) Stage 2 for designers to devise a walking aid.
Income generating conferences
- 2005 NW Evaluation Network (UK Evaluation Society NW regional group). Engaging Young People in Evaluation Conference Organisation Committee - Chair
- 2004 Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Older People are we getting it right Conference Organising Committee - Chair
- 2002 Rochdale Healthcare NHS Trust, Intermediate Care moving forward Conference Organising Committee - Chair
Publications and Dissemination
Publications refereed journals
- Morris, L; Mansell, W; Williamson, T; Wray, A and McEvoy, P (2018) Communication Empowerment Framework: An integrative framework to support effective communication and interaction between carers and people living with dementia, Dementia.
- Rabanal, L; Chatwin, J; Walker, A; OSullivan, M and Williamson, T (2018) Understanding the needs and experiences of people with young onset dementia: a qualitative study, BMJ Open
- Funnell, L; Garriock, I; Shirley, B and Williamson, T (2018) Dementia-friendly design of television news broadcasts, Journal of Enabling Technology
- Morris, L; Horne; M; McEvoy, P and Williamson, T (2017) Communication training interventions for family and professional carers of people living with dementia: a systematic review of effectiveness, acceptability and conceptual basis, Aging and Mental Health (online).
- McEvoy, P; Williamson, T; Kada, R; Frazer, D; Dhliwayo, D and Gask, L (2017)
Improving Access to Mental Health Care in an Orthodox Jewish Community: A Critical Reflection upon the Accommodation of Otherness, BMC Health Services, 17:557, 1-15
- Leigh, J and Williamson, T (2017) Stakeholder perspectives of an approach to healthcare leadership development through use of a Multidimensional Leadership Development Conceptual Model, International Journal of Practice Based Learning, 5 (1), 77-97
- Darby, J, Williamson, T; Logan, P and Gladman, J (2017) Comprehensive geriatric assessment on an acute medical unit: a qualitative study of older peoples and informal carers perspectives of the care and treatment received, Clinical Rehabilitation, 31 (1), 126-134
- Prenton, S; Kenney, LPJ; Stapleton, C; Cooper, G; Reeves, ML; Heller, BW; Sobuh, M; Barker, AT; Healey, J; Good, TR; Thies, SBA; Howard, D and Williamson, T (2014) Feasibility study of a take-home array-based functional electrical stimulation system with automated setup for current functional electrical stimulation users with foot-drop, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1870-1877.
- Williamson, T; Kenney, L; Barker, A; Cooper, G; Good, T, Healey, J; Heller, B; Howard, D; Matthews, M; Prenton, S; Ryan, J and Smith, C (2014) Enhancing public involvement in assistive technology design research, Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 258-65
- Williamson, T (2013) Public involvement in research, Nurse Researcher, 20 (3), 4-5
- Staniszewska, S; Adebajo, A; Barber, R; Beresford, P; Brady, L; Brett, J; Elliott, J; Evans, D; Haywood, K; Jones, D; Mockford, C; Nettle, M; Rose, D & Williamson, T (2011), Developing the evidence base of patient and public involvement in health and social care research: the case for measuring impact, International Journal Of Consumer Studies, 35 (6), 628-632
- Williamson, T; Brogden, J; Jones, E & Ryan, J (2010), Impact of public involvement in research on quality of life and society: a case study of research career trajectories, International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34, 551-557
- Williamson, T (2008) Strengthening group decision making within shared governance: a case study, Groupwork, 18 (2), 101-120
- Williamson, T (2006) Involving patients in research, Nursing Management 13, (1), 10-11
- Williamson, T and Long, AF (2005) Qualitative data analysis using data displays. Nurse Researcher 12 (3), 7-19
- Williamson, T (2005) Work based learning: a leadership development example from an action research study of shared governance implementation, Journal of Nursing Management 13, 1-10
Articles in non-refereed journals
- Sun, M; Howard, D; Kenney, LPJ; Luckie, HM; Waring, K; Williamson, T; Hardiker, NR; Smith, C; Taylor, P; Finn, S; Merson, E; Sadhoo, A & Nolan, FES-UPP : an advanced functional electrical stimulation system for upper limb rehabilitation, in: STEM for Britain 2017 (poster competition), Westminster, June 2017
- Laurence, K; Taylor, P; Finn, S; Smith, C; Waring, K; Luckie, HM; Hardiker, NR; Williamson, T & Howard, D (2015), A practical, yet flexible functional electrical stimulation system for upper limb rehabilitation following stroke, in: Medical technology of the future (published abstract), Manchester, January 2016
- Williamson, T (2007) Commentary on Glasson et al, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16 (10), 1981-4
- Williamson, T; Taylor, J; & Hirst, V (2007), Rooting out Ageism, Practice Management, 17 (7), 14-16
- Williamson, T (2006) Making user engagement meaningful, The Evaluator the official publication of the UK Evaluation Society, Autumn 2006, 8-9
- Williamson, T (2001) Shared benefits of funding research. Nursing Management, 7 (9), 20-21
- McCann, J & Williamson, T (2018) Design for Ageing Well, in: The New Dynamics of Ageing (Walker, A; Ed), Policy Press, UK
- Williamson, T (2003) Building the evidence base for Shared Governance: The Rochdale experience. In: Edmonstone, J (Ed). Shared Governance: Making it Work. Kingsham Press. UK, 81-89
- Williamson, T (2006) The individual in research. In: Long, T and Johnson, M (Eds). Research Ethics in the Real World: issues for health and social care. Elsevier. London, 9-28
- Williamson, T & Hinder S (2015) Public involvement in co-design of technology integrated garments for older walker. In: Textile-led design for the active ageing, Woodhead Publishing, UK.
- Williamson, T (2016) Public involvement in research. In: Healthcare research at a glance, Wiley Publishing, UK.
Invited external lectures
- Afzal, C & Williamson, T Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement (PPI/E) Call to action, Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) Patient & public Involvement & Engagement Strategy Scoping meeting (regional), Manchester, July 2017
- Williamson, T (2014) Maximising public involvement in research design and the role of the NIHR Research Design Service NW, Manchester Universitys Arthritis Research UK Scientific Meeting (invited speaker), Manchester, Feb (2014)
- Williamson, T (2014) Public involvement in assistive technology design, MEDTEC (invited master class), London, May (2014)
- Williamson, T (2012) Data displays as aids to qualitative data analysis: a Master class, Qualitative Research Methods Summer School (international)(invited workshop), Dublin City University, June 2012
- Williamson, T (2011) Practical impact of public involvement, ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing Early Careers Workshop (invited speaker), London, December 2011
- Williamson, T & Greene, L (2010) Older Peoples Experiences of Changed Medication Appearance, International Prescribing for Success conference (international) (invited speaker), Manchester, March 2010
- Williamson, T (2006) Improving decision-making within interprofessional teams: enhancing evaluation through participation, (invited paper) Danish Evaluation Society Journal, 11, 32-40
- Williamson, T (2005) Developing rehabilitation staff through Work Based Learning: An evaluation study, RCN International Rehabilitation & Intermediate Care Conference, (invited Keynote speaker), Warwick, November 2005
- Williamson, T; McCormack, B; Gelling, L; and Bond, S (2004) Debate: This house believes that the future of nursing research should lie in Centres of Excellence, RCN International Nursing Research Conference (invited speaker), Cambridge, March 2004
- Williamson, T (2003) Shared Governance: empowering nurses to lead on decision making, Health Care Events national conference (invited speaker), London, January 2003
- Williamson T (2002) Shared Governance - Understanding the Principles, RCN Political Leadership Forum (invited speaker), London, January 2002
- Horne, M; Hylton, K; McEvoy, P; Smith, E; Collier, E; Morris, L; Williamson, T; Yates-Bolton, N; & McEachern, M (2018) A communication training intervention for carers of people living with dementia: a framework for learning and its application to online learning, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference (international), Manchester, July 2018
- Williamson, T; Rabanal, L; Walker, A; Chatwin, J; Sewards, C; OSullivan, M; Griffiths, C; Vasilica, C; & Clausner, C (2018) Findings from a three year study: Experiences of dementia services by people living with young onset dementia, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference (international), Manchester, July 2018
- Morris, L; Mansell, W; Williamson, T; Yates-Bolton, N; Wray, A; & McEvoy, P (2018) Empowered conversations: a communication training and approach for carers of people living with dementia, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference (international), Manchester, July 2018
- Yates-Bolton, N; Williamson, T; & Johnson, M (2018) Care homes as places for empowered living, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference (international), Manchester, July 2018
- Horne, M, McEvoy, P, Smith, E, & Williamson, T Social aspects of communication training for carers of people living with dementia, British Society of Gerontology Conference (international), Swansea, July 2017
- Sun, M; Kenney, L; Howard, D; Smith, C; Waring, K; Luckie, H; Williamson, T; Hardiker, N; Taylor, P; Finn, S & Merson, E The design of an advanced functional electrical stimulation system (FES-UPP) for upper limb rehabilitation, 21st Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society, IFESS, London, 2017
- Smith, C; Kenney, L; Howard, D; Sun, M; Luckie, H; Waring, K; Williamson, T; Hardiker, N; Taylor, P; Finn, S & Merson, E The feasibility of using a novel functional electrical stimulation system (FES-UPP) in clinical environments, to support upper limb functional task practice following stroke, 21st Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society, IFESS, London, 2017
- Williamson, T; Seppala, L; McCann, J & Ryan, J Public involvement in wearable technology design research, Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research conference, Belfast, March 2013
- Williamson, T; Ryan, J; McCann, J & Seppala, L Involving older people in inclusive design: Approach and learning from an ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing Research Study (Design for Ageing Well), INVOLVE conference (national), Nottingham, November 2012
- Williamson, T Inclusive design of technical outdoor walking clothing for older people: Insights from an ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing Research Study, British Society Gerontology conference (international), July 2012, Keele, UK
- Williamson, T Public involvement in the development of a new functional electrical stimulation system, IFESS UK (national), Dublin, April 2011
- Williamson, T & Morrice D Impact of public involvement on assistive technology design: Experiences and formative evaluation findings, INVOLVE conference (national), Nottingham, November 2010
- Williamson, T Public Involvement in Assistive Technology Research: Evaluation of the impact of a user advisory group on the design of Functional Electrical Stimulation for the lower limb, AAATE conference (national), Sheffield, October 2010
- Smith, C & Williamson, T Gathering users views for the design of rehabilitation technology devices, AAATE conference (national), Sheffield, October 2010
Williamson, T; Greene, L & Prashar A Older Peoples Experiences of Changed Medication Appearance: a survey, International Prescribing for Success conference, Manchester, March 2010 (poster)
- Williamson, T; Greene, L & Prashar A Older Peoples Experiences of Changed Medication Appearance: a survey, RCN Older People conference (national), Salford, April 2009
- Ryan, J & Williamson, T Great expectations: Working with older people as co-researchers, British Society of Gerontology conference (international), Bangor, September 2006
- Williamson, T & Rawle, A A to B via PPI: the non-linear path to study design with public and patient involvement, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, York, March 2006
- Williamson, T & Taylor, J Development of an anti-ageism video: a collaborative approach, RCN Nursing Older People Conference (national), York, November 2005
Lee, NJ & Williamson, T Action planning: career development for future leaders (workshop), RCN International Rehabilitation & Intermediate Care Conference, Warwick, November 2005
- Williamson, T Meet the NW Research Society Group fringe and poster presentation, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Belfast, March 2005
Williamson, T Nurse Consultant as Educator: a collaborative approach to developing evidence based practice, Education in Practice Conference (national), University of Salford, Worsley, June 2003
- Williamson, T The nurse consultant research & development: progress one year on, RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Manchester, April 2003
- Williamson T Strengthening Shared Governance Decision Making Through Action Research, RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Exeter, April 2002
- Williamson T Data Displays as an Aid to Qualitative Data Analysis, RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, Exeter, April 2002
- Williamson T Identifying the Impact of LEO on Shared Governance, Leading an Empowered Organisation Conference (national), University of Leeds, March 2002
- Williamson T Shared Governance: Developing Learning and Practice through Action Research, 4th RCN Joint Education Forums Conference (national), Blackpool, February 2002
Non-refereed conference presentations
- Williamson, T; Rabanal, L; Walker, A; Chatwin, J; Sewards, C; OSullivan, M; Griffiths, C; Vasilica, C; & Clausner, C (2018) Methodological approaches to involving people with dementia and family carers in research advisory roles, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference (international), Manchester, July 2018
- Williamson, T; & Tetley, J (2017) Are dementia services fit for purpose? ESRC Festival, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, November 2017 (https://vimeo.com/246099986 )
- Williamson, T; Yates-Bolton, N; Codinhoto, R; Yates, K; Ormerod, M; & Ruddock, S How evaluation can benefit care homes: creating dementia friendly environment, Care Homes Listening Event (national), University of Salford, July 2017
- Williamson, T; Rabanal, L; Walker, A; & OSullivan, Overview of the Young Onset Dementia Study, Salford Institute for Dementia Showcase (national), University of Salford, May 2017
- Funnell, L; & Garriock, I, Findings from a Dementia Friendly TV study, Salford Institute for Dementia Showcase (national), University of Salford, May 2017
- Horne, M; McEvoy, P; Morris, L; Smith, E; Dyke, G; Farragher, C; Williamson, T; & Yates-Bolton, N Roots to engagement: meeting carers of people living with dementia on Facebook, at Slimming World and Bat n Chat. Arts and Public Engagement (national), York, March 2017
- Williamson, T; Yates-Bolton, N; Codinhoto, R; Yates, K; Ormerod, M & Ruddock, S (2016) Dementia Environments Seminar, ESRC Festival, Salford Museum, Manchester, November 9th 2016 (workshop)
- Williamson, T, Rabanal, L, & Walker, A Living well with young onset dementia. Dementia awareness Week (regional), The Lighthouse, Salford, May 2016
- Rabanal, L; Williamson, T; & Walker, A Living well with young onset dementia Humphrey Booth Resource Centre as a hub of excellence in a system of support. Joint Dementia Research Showcase, University of Manchester (regional), January 2016
- Williamson, T; Rabanal, L; & Walker, A Living well with young onset dementia, Joint Dementia Research Showcase (regional), University of Manchester, January 2016 (poster)
- Williamson, T; Yates-Bolton, N; Codinhoto, R; Yates, K; Ormerod, M & Ruddock, S Learning points for clinical professionals following a multi-site dementia environments evaluation, Lets Talk conference (regional), NW NHS R&D, Manchester, September 2015
- Pearson, M; Williamson, T; & Rabanal, L Living well with young onset dementia Humphrey Booth Resource Centre as a hub of excellence in a system of support, Higher Education for Dementia Network (HEDN) meeting (national), University of Salford, August 2015
- Williamson, T; Johnson, A; Yates-Bolton, N; Codinhoto, R; Yates, K; Ormerod, M & Ruddock, S Experiences of researching dementia environments WITH people with experience of dementia, Dementia Research: Impact in Practice conference, NW NHS R&D (regional), Bolton, May 2015
- Williamson, T Public engagement in design: developing outdoor technical clothing for older people, Community Engagement Conference, University of Salford, Manchester, January 2012
- Williamson, T Lessons from an action research study, Bolton Festival of Research, Bolton, May 2005
- Williamson, T Involving Older People in Research & Development: principles and insights, Bolton Festival of Research, Bolton, May 2005
- Williamson, T Nurse Consultants: The Evidence Base. Consultant Masterclass, Pennine Hospitals NHS Trust, Rochdale, May 2004
- Williamson, T Shared Governance: Final Findings, Best Practice Day, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, November 2002
- Williamson T Training for Research: the value of a research training fellowship, RCN Jobs Fair, Reebok Stadium Bolton, June 2002
Professional Bodies and experience
Professor Williamson is a Registered General Nurse and gained a PhD Health Services Research in 2004 having been a Department of Health Research Training Fellow - a scheme aimed at developing future health research leaders. This experience prompted a long-standing relationship and roles with organisations including the National Institute for Health Research, Royal College of Nursing and INVOLVE. She went on to be a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North West Research Design Service Public & Patient Involvement (PPI) adviser and a few years later became its Regional PPI Lead. This PPI work was underpinned by an eight-year role as invited member of INVOLVE main group and sub group (Evidence, Knowledge & Learning). Professor Williamson also led on public involvement in research for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Research Society which led to the RCN awarding her a place on its prestigious Political Leadership Programme. She led development of national guidance for both the RCN and NIHR on public involvement in research (http://www.rds-nw.nihr.ac.uk/public-involvement/how-to-guide/) and was previously a co Vice-Chair of North Manchester NHS Local Research Ethics Committee.
2017 present day Panel member NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Panel NW
2017 present day Steering Group member Empowered Conversations Big Lottery Study
2017 Trained as an Alzheimers Society Research Fellow mentor
2015-2016-Co-Chair NW People in Research Forum
2015-2016 NIHR Research Design Service North West PPI Regional Lead
2012-onwards NIHR INVOLVE Associate
2011-2015 NW People in Research Forum - Training Sub-group Co-Chair
2011-2013 RCN International Nursing Research Conference Scientific Committee - PPI Lead
2010-2015 NIHR Research Design Service North West PPI Specialist Adviser (0.5 WTE)
2007-2008 UKCRC (UK Clinical Research Collaboration) PPI Project Group - invited member
2007-2008 RCN Nursing Older People National Steering Group - invited member
2006-2009 RCN Nursing Older People NW Group - founder and co-Chair
2006-2008 UK Evaluation Society Council - elected member
2006-2010 RCN Research Society Steering Group - elected member
2005-2010 NW Users Research Advisory Group (NWURAG) - invited member
2004-2012 NIHR INVOLVE full member (NIHR advisory group on public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research) - invited member
2004-2007 RCN Research Society NW Group - Chair
2003-2006 North Manchester LREC - member and latterly Alternate Vice Chair
2000-2006 North West Evaluation Network - member/co-Chair