Frances Early


CLAHRC Fellow 2017


Frances completed her PhD in psychology at University College, Cardiff in 1989 and worked in information technology before practising as a business psychologist, mentor and coach. After gaining an MSc in Health Psychology in 2009 she began her current role working with the Centre for Self Management Support at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. She led the Trust’s evaluation of Co-creating Health, a programme funded by The Health Foundation to implement self-management support for people living with COPD and went on to evaluate other projects to support self-management including a web-based approach and co-production to inform clinical commissioning. In 2015 she became affiliated with the Clinical Nursing Research Group in the Primary Care Unit at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health where she collaborates on developing research projects to promote behaviour change within rehabilitation settings. She is a co-applicant on an NIHR (Research for Patient Benefit) funded project to develop a toolkit of resources to increase referral to and uptake of pulmonary rehabilitation in primary care. Her CLAHRC project complements this work and will explore how the process of inclusive design can incorporate an understanding of patient motivation in order to support the design of pulmonary rehabilitation services that encourage participation.