Dr Jill Russell, BSc Econ MSc FHEA
Senior lecturer in Health Policy and Evaluation
Jill has a first degree in Social Policy from Cardiff, an MSc in Information Technology from QMUL, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has a broad background in health policy research and evaluation from a variety of research and evaluation posts in academic, local government and voluntary sector organisations, including the Institute of Education, Cardiff University, the London Research Centre, and Charities Evaluation Services. In 2000 Jill was appointed to the UCL Open Learning Unit, working with Trisha Greenhalgh to develop an online MSc in International Primary Health Care. She developed a particular interest in e-learning and from 2005-9 was a Distance Education Fellow at the University of London Centre for Distance Education. She joined the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at QMUL in 2011. She has been an advisor for the Research Design Service London since 2013 and is currently the RDS London qualitative methods lead.
Jill’s work focuses on developing and applying qualitative approaches to studying health policy. She has a particular interest in the methodologies of linguistic ethnography, discourse analysis, action research, and interpretive policy analysis. She is currently engaged in an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funded project exploring deliberations about the funding of NHS treatments (the so called ‘postcode lottery’ in health care). She is undertaking a PhD on rationality, judgement and rationing, supervised by Clive Seale and Trisha Greenhalgh.
Recent research projects include:
- SCRIE (Summary Care Record Independent Evaluation): Evaluation of Summary Care Record and HealthSpace as part of the Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme (funding: Department of Health)
- HERO (Healthcare Electronic Records in Organisations): Ethnographic study of impact of electronic records on work routines and interpersonal interaction in general practice (funding: Medical Research Council)
- Rhetoric, evidence and policymaking: a case study of priority setting in primary care (funding: Leverhulme Trust/ESRC)
- Evaluation of the University of London Centre for Distance Education (funding: University of London External System)
Course team member International MSc Programme in Primary Health Care, Global Health and Public Health
Jill's research interests include qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, and a particular interest in linguistic ethnography and discourse analysis. Recent projects include a rhetorical policy analysis of deliberations about resource allocation in the NHS, and a mixed methods evaluation of an e-learning intervention to improve employee well-being.
Russell J, Berney L, Stansfeld SA, Lanz D, Kerry S, Chandola T and Bhui K. (2016) The role of qualitative research in adding value to a randomised controlled trial: lessons from a pilot study of a guided e-learning intervention for managers to improve employee wellbeing and reduce sickness absence. Trials DOI 10.1186/s13063-016-1497-8. 17:396.
Russell J, Swinglehurst D, Greenhalgh T (2014) ‘Cosmetic boob jobs’ or evidence-based breast surgery. An interpretive policy analysis of the rationing of ‘low value’ treatments in the English National Health Service. BMC Health Services Research. 14: 413.
Dhedhi SA, Swinglehurst D, Russell J. (2014) ‘Timely’ diagnosis of dementia: what does it mean? A narrative analysis of GPs’ accounts. BMJ Open. 4:e004439. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004439
Russell J and Greenhalgh T. (2013) Being ‘rational’ and being ‘human’: How NHS rationing decisions are constructed as rational by resource allocation panels. Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, DOI: 10.1177/1363459313507586.
Russell J and Greenhalgh T (2012) Affordability as a discursive accomplishment in a changing National Health Service. Social Science and Medicine 75: 2463-2471.
View all Jill Russell's Research Publications at: http://www.researchpublications.qmul.ac.uk