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Dr Siobhan Reilly

Senior Lecturer

Siobhan Reilly

Furness Building

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YG

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594367

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Research overview

My background is in health services research. My research is concerned with improving the evidence base for the delivery of health and social care services  for people with severe mental illness, people with dementia and older people with long term conditions. I am a co-applicant on two major 5 year grants: PARTNERS-2 (NIHR) & Neighbourhoods and Dementia (ESRC/NIHR http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2013/making-dementia-friendly-neighbourhoods/) which both begin in 2014. I teach research methods, supervise PhD students and have published in academic journals and with the Cochrane Collaboration. I am an honorary senior research fellow at University of Manchester.

Current Research

  • Exploring the physical health and primary care management of people with serious mental illness (SMI) using the General Practice Research Database. Funding: NIHR School for Primary Care Research  2012-2014 (Reilly S, Kontapantelis E - co-PIs, Olier I, Planner C, Doran T, Ashcroft D, Reeves D, Gask L)
  • PARTNERS-2: development of primary care based collaborative care for people with severe mental illness. Funding: NIHR Programme Grant. 2014-2019 (Birchwood M, England E, Reilly S,  Byng R, Britten N, Pinfold V, Calvert M, Davies L, Gask L, Roalfe A,  Clark M,  Huxley P, Love S, Lewis P, Jones P, Waheed W.)
  • Neighbourhoods and dementia: a mixed method study. Funding: ESRC/NIHR. 2014-2019 (Keady, J et al.,)

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the organisation and delivery of primary care services  and the interface with secondary care and social care. My work utilises mixed methods approaches. I am currently working with colleagues from the University of Manchester and  University of York. My focus recently has been on conducting studies which examine the health and primary health care for people with severe mental illness. I am joint PI on a NSPCR funded project (2012-2014): Exploring the physical health and primary care management of people with severe mental illness using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. In this epidemiological study, covering the period 2000 to 2012 the research team aim to determine the frequency of primary care usage number and pattern of comorbidities in patients with SMI compared with those without SMI, establish the extent of the relationship between different aspects of SMI and comorbidity and assess quality of care following the introduction of incentives in 2004/5.

My interest in the delivery of mental health services started in the early 1990s when I worked as a support worker in a health centre in Toxteth, Liverpool on a project for homeless people and began working on my PhD on health services for homeless people. I subsequently worked on other mental health projects with Professors Peter Huxley at the Psychiatric Social Work Research Unit and David Challis at the Personal Social Services Research Unit. More recently I worked at the Centre for Primary Care with the late Professor Helen Lester also at the University of Manchester where I began work on NIHR school for primary care research (SPCR) funded PARTNERS-1 project in 2009. I led the Cochrane review of collaborative care for people with severe mental illness and managed a large scale epidemiological study which involved 64 primary care practices across England. The results have helped to define the number of people seen and treated in primary care and secondary care; level of health need and use of services, continuity of care for people with severe mental illness.

This work has been pivotal in the development of the NIHR 5 year multi-centre programme grant for PARTNERS-2: development of primary care based collaborative care for people with severe mental illness which is due to start in Spring 2014. I am a coapplicant and will be site lead for collecting research data in Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.

My doctoral and post doctoral research have provided good methodological training in various health and social care settings and has enabled the development of strong analytical and research synthesis skills.  In the last few years I have also led two Cochrane systematic reviews: “Collaborative care approaches for people with severe mental illness” (published) and “Case management approaches to home support for people with dementia” (to be published shortly). These have continued my interest is in the evaluation of complex interventions and the importance of implementation research and process evaluations. I have led a number of other reviews and evidence syntheses and have supervised Master of Public Health systematic review dissertations.

Current Teaching

I draw upon my background in health service research to teach research methods. I teach the core module  ‘Systematic reviews and evidence synthesis’ DHR523 and at the PhD Autumn Academy, a core component of the part time distance learning doctoral programmes in Palliative Care, Organisational Health and Well Being, Public Health, and Mental Health.  

I also teach a core module for the Division of Biomedical Sciences first year undergraduate course  ‘Experimental design and analysis’ BIOL132.  

I supervise the research of both traditional route PhD students and students on the PhD in Public Health.

Additional Information

Senior Lecturer in the Division of Health Research, Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University.

Associate Director, Cumbria and Lancashire Local Team, The National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service North West.

Prior to joining the Division of Health Research in September 2013, I worked as a health service researcher in a range of settings since 1993 funded by the Department of Health or the NIHR, including a NIHR School for Primary Care training fellowship (2010-13). I was previously Research Fellow based in the Centre for Primary Care and Personal Social Services Research Unit (University of Manchester).  I completed my PhD in Health Service Research in 2000 from Liverpool John Moores University whilst working full time as a researcher on other research projects.  I have obtained extensive knowledge of the policy, practice, organisation and delivery of health and social care services, particularly in relation to the integration and coordination of health and social care services for people with mental health problems, for older people with long term conditions including those with dementia.

Peer reviewer for:

Journals/ publications:

  • Ageing and Society;
  • Health and Social Care in the Community;
  • Psychosomatics;
  • Geriatric Nursing;
  • Ageing and Mental Health;
  • International Journal of Family Medicine
  • Evidence-based Mental Health
  • International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • Dementia: the International Journal of Social Research and Practice
  • BMC Health Services Research
  • Cochrane Collaboration
  • British Medical Journal

 Funding bodies:

  • NIHR research central commissioning facility for UK Department of Health (Rfpb, Programme Grant, I4I)
  • Alzheimer’s Society

Membership of professional bodies:

  • Health Services Research Network
  • Cochrane Collaboration Schizophrenia Group
  • Cochrane Collaboration Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group
  • Society of Academic Primary Care
  • European Psychiatric Association

 

Books chapters and published reports

Fox C, Reilly S, Illiffe S and Manthorpe J. (2012) Age Specific Service Lines.  In: Phillips P, Sandford T and Johnston C (Eds). Working in Mental Health: Practice and Policy in a Changing Environment. Routledge

Challis D, Hughes J, Berzins K, Reilly, S and Abell J. (2010) Self-care and case management in long-term conditions: the effective management of critical  interfaces. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme.

http://www.sdo.nihr.ac.uk/projdetails.php?ref=08-1715-201

Challis D, Hughes J, Reilly S, Sutcliffe C and Xie C. (2007) Coordinated care, care management, service integration and partnerships. PSSRU Bulletin 17. Personal Social Services Research Unit: Canterbury, London and Manchester.

Venables D, Hughes J, Reilly S, Abendstern M and Challis D. (2006) Quality of dementia care services in North West England. PSSRU Bulletin 16. Personal Social Services Research Unit: Canterbury, London and Manchester.

Venables D, Hughes J, Reilly S, Stewart K and Challis D. (2006) Mapping and evaluation of care management arrangements for people with mental health problems in England. PSSRU Bulletin 16. Personal Social Services Research Unit: Canterbury, London and Manchester.

Challis D, Hughes J, Jacobs S, Reilly S, Venables D and Xie C. (2005) Coordinated care, care management, service integration and partnerships. PSSRU Bulletin 15. Personal Social Services Research Unit: Canterbury, London and Manchester.

Huxley P, Reilly S and Robinshaw E. (2000) Matching resources to care needs: targeting people with severe mental illness in health and social services. In: Cotterill L and Barr W (Eds) Targeting in mental health services: a multi-disciplinary challenge. Ashgate: Aldershot

Graham-Jones S and Reilly S. (2000) Effective primary health care for homeless women in Liverpool. In: Ledwith, Woods and Darke (eds) Women and the city: visibility and voice in urban space. Palgrave: Hampshire

Reilly S, Gaulton L, Graham-Jones S and Davidson L. (1996) Effective primary health care for homeless people: An evaluation of the Family Health Project. Liverpool health authority.

Conferences and seminars

Orrell M, Reilly S, Miranda-Castillo C, Sandhu S, Hoe J, Challis D. (2013) Prevention of institutionalisation and hospitalisation: What place for case management? – Findings of a Cochrane Review (Plenary) The 23rd Alzheimer Europe Conference in St. Julian's, Malta

Reilly S, Miranda-Castillo C, Sandhu S, Hoe J, Challis D, Orrell M. (2013) Case management approaches to home support for people with dementia. Emerging findings. Academic Primary Care Making a Difference: Society for Academic Primary Care 42nd Annual conference, Nottingham 2013

Reilly S, Planner C, Hann M, Reeves D, Lester H.   Patient characteristics, service usage and continuity-of-care over one year of a representative cohort of people with a diagnosis of severe mental illness across England, (poster) at the 21st European Congress of Psychiatry in Nice 2013.

Reilly S, Planner C, Knowles S, Gask L, Hann M, Druss B, Lester H.   Collaborative care approaches for people with severe mental illness: the results from a Cochrane Collaboration review  (poster) at the 21st European Congress of Psychiatry in Nice 2013.

Reilly S, Planner C, Hann M, Reeves D, Nazareth I and Lester H (2012). The role of primary care in service provision for people with severe mental illness. Presented at NIHR School for Primary Care Showcase. London.

Reilly S, Planner C, Hann M, Reeves D, Nazareth I and Lester H (2012). The role of primary care in service provision for people with severe mental illness. Health Service Research Network Conference, Manchester

Reilly S, Planner C, Hann M, Reeves D and Lester H (2011). The health and health care of people with serious mental illness (SMI) in England: implications for policy and practice. Society for Academic Primary Care, Annual Scientific Meeting Bristol

Reilly S, Planner C, Hann M, Reeves D and Lester H,  (2011) The health and health care of people with serious mental illness (SMI) in England. World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference: Rethinking quality in psychiatry: Education, research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Istanbul. Abstract published in:Turkish Journal of Psychiatry, Vol 22, Issue 2, Supplement 1.

Lester H, Reilly S, Planner C, Hann M and Reeves D (2010) The primary care experience of people with serious mental illness in England. 7th biennial conference of the International Early Psychosis Association, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Early Intervention in Psychiatry Vol 4, Supplement 1.

Reilly S and C Planner (2010) Long-term mental health illness and primary care. Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust Primary Care Mental Health Research Day, University of Manchester

Sten Anttila Sweden, Tony Barnett (Australia), Lars Benjaminsen (Denmark), Mats Blid (Sweden), Lars Brännström (Sweden), Siri Jung (Norway), Kevin Marsch (UK), & Siobhan Reilly (UK) (2009),The Campbell Collaboration Colloquium – Better evidence for a better world, Oslo

Reilly S. (2008) Case management for people with long-term conditions: impact upon emergency admissions and associated length of stay. British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting. Platform presentation. Birmingham.

Reilly S. (2008) Methodolgocial quality of adult social care research. (Seminar) Social work research group. University of Manchester

Reilly S, Abell J, Berzins K and Brand C. (2008) Case management for people with long-term conditions in Greater Manchester: implementation and impact. (Seminar) PSSRU (Manchester)

Reilly S. (2007) The state of adult social care research. (Seminar) PSSRU (Manchester)

Abendstern M and Reilly S. (2006) Assessing quality in long-term care homes for people with dementia. (Seminar)  PSSRU (Manchester)

Reilly S (2001) Assessing the validity of evaluation studies:  A systematic review of health and social care for homeless people. (Seminar) School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

Reilly S and Graham-Jones S. (2001) A systematic review of health and social care for the homeless. (Poster presentation), 7th Annual meeting: Cochrane Collaboration, Oxford.

Reilly S, Challis D and Hughes J. (2001) Mapping specialist services for people with dementia.  (Poster presentation) Improving care for people with dementia: creative approaches. Dementia Care, University of Leeds.

Reilly S, Challis D, Hughes J, Burns A and Wilson K. (2001) Integration, community orientation and medical focus of old age psychiatry in England.  (Poster presentation) Developing Research in Old Age Psychiatry, Academic Old Age Psychiatry Association, Oxford.

Reilly S and Challis D. (2000) Integration, community orientation and medical focus of old age psychiatry in England. Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment: An international Journal for Research and Clinical Practice: Volume 1 Part 6. (Conference presentation) First International Quality Research in Dementia Conference, Westminster, London.

Reilly S, Challis D, Hughes J, Bagley H and Burns A. (2000) Mapping specialist dementia services in the North West of England. Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment: An international Journal for Research and Clinical Practice: Volume 1 Part 6. (Poster presentation) First International Quality Research in Dementia Conference, Westminster, London.

Challis D, Reilly S, Hughes J, Burns A and Wilson K. (2000) Patterns of organisation of old age psychiatry: a key element in dementia care. (Poster presentation) The UK Dementia Research Group Annual Meeting: Implementing advances in dementia research Cardiff.

Reilly S and Robinshaw E. (1999) Can a simple census method be used in both health and social services to identify people with the characteristics of severe mental illness? (Conference presentation) VIII Congress of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Taipei, Taiwan.

Reilly S. (1999) Prevalence rates of severe mental illness in the North West of England. Department of Psychiatry, University of Manchester. Presentation to Local Authorities in the North West.

Reilly S. (1999) Regional comparison of rates of severe mental illness in the North West of England. Stockport Symposium Social Services. (Symposium presentation)

Reilly S (1997). Effective health care for homeless people.(Seminar) Department of public health and primary care, University of Oxford.

Reilly S (1995). Evidence of effectiveness: health care for homeless people. (Seminar)  National Primary Care and Development Centre, University of Manchester.

Reilly and Graham-Jones (1994). Evaluation of a health advocacy project for homeless people in Liverpool. Department of public health and primary care, (Seminar) University of Oxford.

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