Vicky is Reader in Management at the University of St Andrews. She has spent the last 10 years researching aspects of knowledge mobilisation and knowledge sharing across the health and social care sector, with a particular focus on how diverse groups of people (including healthcare practitioners, managers and researchers) create and share knowledge with each other.
She has led NIHR-funded research on knowledge creation among health and wellbeing managers, and collaborative relationships between academics and NHS managers. Between 2014 and 2017 she held an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship which involved supporting health and social care practitioners to share knowledge with each other.
Vicky has a passion for bringing people working in knowledge mobilisation together. She currently leads the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, an annual two-day event for knowledge mobilisation researchers and practitioners.
“Knowledge is an incredibly valuable resource with the power to transform how healthcare services are organised and delivered. This transformation can only be realised if knowledge from different sources is shared and combined, but too often it remains in silos with researchers and practitioners struggling to share their knowledge and insights with one another.”
“Embedding researchers in health service settings can help to address this issue by blurring the boundaries between research and practice. While embedded research is an exciting approach, we need to know more about the role, intentions and practices of embedded researchers and to ensure that those embarking on embedded research initiatives are clear about the options open to them and their potential effectiveness.”