Dr Tracey Williamson

Dr Tracey Williamson

Research Fellow Public Engagement/User Involvement in Research

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Office Times

Mon 9:30 – 4:45pm

Tue 9:30 – 4:45pm

Wed 9:30 – 4:45pm

Thur 9:30 – 4:45pm

Fri 9:30 – 4:45pm


Tracey is a qualitative researcher with a clinical background in predominantly acute NHS care of older people settings, latterly as a Nurse Consultant (intermediate care & older adults). Tracey currently leads on Public Involvement in Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work at the University of Salford. She has extensive experience as a Co-Applicant on large NIHR funded studies (Health Technology Devices; HTD/i4i; New & Emerging Applications of Technology) and Research Council funded studies (Economic & Social Research Council) is Primary Investigator on many more (e.g. Evaluation of Partnerships for Older People).

Tracey leads the public involvement aspects on all of her projects and has considerable experience of preparing members of the public for involvement (training and support) as well as other members of the multi-professional research team.

She 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. Her PhD used a multi-methods action research approach to evaluate and strengthen multi-disciplinary team decision-making (shared governance) throughout an NHS Trust.

Tracey is an NIHR North West Research Design Service Public & Patient Involvement adviser; has just completed 8 years as an invited member of INVOLVE. She was previously a Vice-Chair of North Manchester NHS Local Research Ethics Committee.

She has led development of national guidance for both the RCN and NIHR on public involvement in research (http://www.rds-nw.nihr.ac.uk/PI/how_to_guide.php), written journal articles and presented extensively by invitation on public involvement at national and international conferences. Particular areas of interest are public involvement in technology co-design; built health environments for people with dementia, the research careers of the public involved in research and impact of public involvement.


Module team member Professional Doctorate Researcher Practitioner double module. Bespoke and sessional staff development at School, College and University level including action research, data displays as aids to qualitative analysis, public involvement, developing presence etc. PhD supervision which incorporates teaching.

Sessional teaching:

Public involvement in research - Post Doctoral, Doctoral, Masters, Pre-Reg

Research bidding - Post Doctoral, Doctoral, Masters
Evidence based practice - Doctoral, Masters, Pre-Reg

Qualitative methods - Doctoral. Masters
Action research - Doctoral, Masters
Data displays/qualitative data analysis - Doctoral, Masters
Developing profile and presence - Doctoral
Case study - Doctoral
General research methods - Doctoral
EBP for non-medical prescribers - Post-Reg
Public involvement in service development/practice - Pre-Reg

Research Interests

I have a strong interest in health and social care research in relation to older adults that concerns enhancement of their experience, health, wellbeing and independence throughout the life course and including end of life. I am cultivating an emphasis on dementia care as this builds on my clinical career, research interest in the interface between care environments and practice, and personal caring experience with an elderly relative.

I am a participatory researcher and seek projects that work in close partnership with the public and other stakeholders. The impact of public involvement in research is a strong interest.

I have a significant interest in evaluation and now build it in from the outset in all projects I undertake. I have a particular interest in relation to impact of public involvement on research quality, experiences of researchers and the public, and impact on research outcomes and on communities.

A growing strand of my work is concerned with inclusive/co-design of assistive technology, which is demonstrated in my successes as a co-applicant in many large technology related projects.

Qualifications and Memberships

1989 RGN - Registered General Nurse

1994 BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - Nursing Studies (2:2), Manchester Metropolitan University

2001 MSc - Master of Science - Healthcare  Practice (Dissertation: Exploration of the Clinical Nurse Practitioner Role), Liverpool John Moores University

2001 City & Guilds 7307 - Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificate), Oldham College of FE

2004 PhD - Doctor of Philosophy - Health Services Research (Thesis: Strengthening Shared Governance Decision Making: an Action Research Study), University of Salford


2012-Editorial Board Journal of Assistive Technology

2012-July onwards NIHR INVOLVE Associate - invited

2011-onwards 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 (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



Williamson, T; Howarth, M; Greene, L & Prashar, A (2010) Older People's experiences of changed appearance of medications due to generic prescribing: a qualitative study, Greater Manchester Older Peoples Network (Greater Manchester PCT Alliance), University of Salford, Salford, UK

Williamson, T; Ryan, J; Hogg, C & Fallon, D (2009) 'Younique voices'- A study of health and wellbeing: experiences, views and expectations of seldom heard and marginalised groups in Rochdale Borough, Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale PCT, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Williamson, T; Prashar, A; Hulme, C & Warne, T (2009) Evaluation of Rochdale Partnerships for Older People Project (POPP: Building Healthy Communities for Older People), Rochdale Borough Council (funded by Department of Health), University of Salford, Salford, UK

Williamson, T; Greene, L; Prashar, A & Schafheutle, E (2009) Older people's experiences of changed medication appearance: a survey, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Ryan, J; Williamson, T; Williams, C & Ratcliffe, S (2008) Older people, regeneration and health and well-being. Case study of Salford Partnership Board for Older People, University of Salford, Salford, Manchester

Walmsley, B; Williamson, T; Johnson, M; Yates-Bolton, N; Ryan, J & Shardlow, S M (2007) The Saying Hello Project, Big Lottery, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Williamson, T; Owens, D; Rosen, L & Rutherford, J (2007), Missed opportunities: Module design to meet the learning and access needs of practitioners - A work based learning pilot in the rehabilitation setting, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Williamson, T; Rawle, A; Bacon, E; Cooper, E; Davies, N; Eastwood, J; Evans, A; Freeman, S; Green, J; Hindley, G; Jeffreys, J; Johnson, J; Lee, N; Low, J; Martin, J; Rayner, J; Reynolds, P; Richardson, M; Sewell, B; Tickner, D & Whitworth, J (2006) An evaluation of a nurse led unit: an action research study, University of Salford, Salford, UK

Publishing in Books

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 (Chapter - contracted and under development - to be published in 2013) Public involvement in co-design of technology integrated garments for older walkers, Woodhead Publishing, UK.