Research and Innovation

We work closely with a number of academics at Keele University as well our Associate Director of Research and Innovation, Professor Eleanor Bradley from the University of Worcester.

Eleanor Bradley sml

Professor of Health Psychology
Institute of Health & Society, University of Worcester

Associate Director of Research and Innovation
South Staffordshire & Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Eleanor Bradley is a Professor of Health Psychology. Her research interests focus on the experiences of people diagnosed with serious mental illness and she has a particular interest in communication about treatment options, admission to acute care and the impact of non-medical prescribing in practice.  

She is an experienced qualitative researcher and has spent the last 10 years working closely with clinicians to develop their research skills.  She is currently engaged in a number of collaborative research projects and advises on research design and methodological approaches.  

She also works closely with colleagues to develop their publication and writing skills, with a view to enhancing dissemination of research.  At the University of Worcester, she jointly leads a post-graduate certificate in professional practice (leadership and organisational research) and is the course leader for a professional doctorate in health science, in addition to supervising 7 PhD students.

Tel: Please contact the Stafford office on 01785 783183

Prof Athula smlProfessor of Psychiatry
Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University

Athula Sumathipala is Professor of Psychiatry at Keele University. His research interests are centred on inter-connected disciplines. These are the epidemiology of chronic disease and multi-morbidity, especially physical and mental illness combinations; evaluation and implementation of complex interventions, using twin methods in the study of illness aetiology and ethics related to research.

Tel: Please contact the Stafford office on 01785 783175

Dr Farooq sml

Senior Clinical Lecturer
Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist
South Staffordshire & Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust

Visiting Professor
University of Chester


Saeed Farooq established an academic department of psychiatry in Pakistan which is well reputed for research on treatment of mental illness in developing countries.

He developed a Research Methodology and Medical Writing Workshop for the College of Physicians and Surgeons which later became a mandatory requirement of the Fellowship programme of the College

He developed an innovative approach for treatment of Schizophrenia in developing countries, termed as STOPS (Supervised Treatment for Schizophrenia in Outpatients) and developed a CPD module on how to work effectively through interpreters for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. He is a member of the WHO Working group on classification of Psychosis in the ICD -11.


Tel: Please contact the Stafford office on 01785 783175

Carolyn Chew Graham smlGP Principal
Central Manchester

Professor of General Practice Research
Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University

Honorary Professor of Primary Care Mental Health
South Staffs and Shropshire Foundation Trust


My main areas of interest and expertise include the primary care management of patients with depression, multimorbidity and unexplained symptoms. I have qualitative research methods expertise, drawing on theories from both social sciences and psychology, but always with a focus on clinical practice.

I am Royal College of General Practitioners ‘Curriculum Advisor, Mental Health’, a member of a number of National Institute for Health Research funding panels, and currently a member of the NICE Clinical Guideline Groups Depression (update) and Multimorbidity - work which directly impacts on commissioning decisions and patient care.

I am Editor of the journal Health Expectations and Associate Editor of BMC Family Practice.

Kingstone Tom smlResearch Associate
Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University

I am a Research Associate in Mental Health at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University (Staffordshire). My role is supported by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust. I am also currently studying for a Ph.D. at Keele.

My research interests include exploring experiences of mental and/or physical chronic conditions, ageing, and the role of the environment in health and well-being. My expertise lies in applying qualitative and mixed methods. I also actively encourage patient and public involvement throughout the research process.

I enjoy collaborating on research with external organisations. I have worked with various third sector organisations and also with Staffordshire Country Council as part of their work on Healthy Ageing.
And when I am not busy with research you can usually find me walking my dog, Mo.