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School of Health and Society

Dr Tracey Williamson

Reader in Public Involvement, Engagement & Experience


Tracey took up a research career after being an NHS Nurse Consultant Older People working in acute & rehab settings. Following a Dept of Health Fellowship she gained a PhD in team-decision making. Tracey’s interests are in helping others to engage patients and public in research design, tech co-design and impact of such involvement. A strong evaluator using primarily participative approaches, she usually works with older adults or people living with dementia. Tracey was previously the regional lead in patient and public involvement for the National Institute for Health Research - Research Design Service NW and an invited member of INVOLVE.


I teach sessionally on a range of under grad and post grad programmes. I am on the module team for the double module Practitioner Researcher on the DProf in health and social care. I supervise 5-6 doctoral students at any time.

Teaching interests

  • Leadership,
  • critical reflection,
  • public involvement,
  • research methodology,
  • PhD supervision.

Research Interests

Tracey’s research interests are around understanding the contribution patients and the public can make to research design, delivery and impact. Many of her past and present projects actively involve people affected by dementia and family carers and older adults. Topics have included evaluation of dementia design in hospitals and care homes, experiences of young onset dementia, development of assistive tech after stroke, dementia communication, medicines appearance and loneliness and isolation.

e.g. summary of your research interests / projects / initiatives followed by several bullet points of keywords

  • public involvement & engagement,
  • enabling and assistive technology co-design,
  • dementia,
  • evaluation.

Qualifications and Memberships

RGN, PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons)


Darby, J, Williamson, T; Logan, P and Gladman, J (2017) Comprehensive geriatric assessment on an acute medical unit : a qualitative study of older people’s and informal carer’s perspectives of the care and treatment received, Clinical Rehabilitation, 31 (1), 126-134

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

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

Complete list

Postgraduate research

  • Older people,
  • patient experience,
  • service development,
  • co-design,
  • dementia.