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Philip Hodgson


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Dr Philip Hodgson is a social scientist and a lecturer in health research in the department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His primary research interests focus on the relationship between home and health, older populations, health inequalities, advice services and mixed methods methodologies. Having previously worked as a senior research assistant, he has a diverse methodological experience, and has experience on a variety of health-related topics. He was previously chair of a Home and Healthy Ageing research group across all of the North East universities, which worked with a range of stakeholders to identify priorities for future research policy. He has also worked with an array of partners developing services which integrate housing issues into health and social care. He also has teaching and supervision expertise in the fields of health research and research methodologies.

Philip Hodgson

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Philip Hodgson’s primary research interests include the relationship between home and health, older populations, health inequalities, advice services and mixed methods methodology. Examples of recent projects include a mixed methods evaluation of the quality-of-life impacts of HenPower (combining creative activities and hen keeping in UK care homes) on care home residents with dementia. This project used both qualitative interviews to explore staff experiences of implementation issues and the ASCOT CH-3 tool to evaluate the quality of life of participating residents. Significant previous projects include a realist evaluation of the health impacts of Citizens Advice services, a feasibility study of hydration interventions in care homes UK, evaluations of fuel poverty and housing advice services, and a pilot of the implementation of technologically enhanced National Early Warning Scores (NEWS) measures in care homes. Theoretical interests include housing/home as a wider determinant of health and the concepts of facework, the capabilities model and the Third Space as improving access / addressing inequalities within advice services. Following a diverse range of projects as senior research assistant, his methodological interests include the use of mixed methods approaches within health and social care research, although he has a background in both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Key Publications

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  • A study to introduce National Early Warning Scores (NEWS) in care homes: Influence on decision‐making and referral processes, Hodgson, P., Greaves, J., Cook, G., Fraser, A., Bainbridge, L. 1 Jan 2022, In: Nursing Open
  • Using computer assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS; NVivo) to assist in the complex process of realist theory generation, refinement and testing, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 2 Jan 2021
  • ‘Everything takes too long and nobody is listening’: Developing theory to understand the impact of advice on stress and the ability to cope, Mustafa, J., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Forster, N., Carr, S., Dalkin, S. 23 Apr 2020, In: PLoS One
  • Scoping the application of primary care advanced clinical practice roles in England, Thompson, J., Tiplady, S., Hodgson, P., Proud, C. 27 May 2020, In: International Journal of Health Governance
  • Energy advice for Traveller Communities in the context of ethnic and spatial premiums: 'paying the price' for other people's choices, Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Bailey, C. 28 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
  • Exposing the impact of intensive advice services on health: a realist evaluation, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Philipson, P., Carr, S. 1 May 2019, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Hydration Interventions for older people living in residential and nursing care homes: overview of the literature, Cook, G., Hodgson, P., Thompson, J., Bainbridge, L., Johnson, A., Storey, P. Sep 2019, In: British Medical Bulletin
  • Hydration practices in residential and nursing care homes for older people, Cook, G., Hodgson, P., Hope, C., Thompson, J., Shaw, L. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • The hidden impact of home adaptations: Using a wearable camera to explore lived experiences and taken-for-granted behaviours, Wilson, G., Aitken, D., Hodgson, P., Bailey, C. 1 Nov 2019, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • “What? That’s for Old People, that.” Home Adaptations, Ageing and Stigmatisation: A Qualitative Inquiry, Bailey, C., Aitken, D., Wilson, G., Hodgson, P., Douglas, B., Docking, R. 8 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

PGR Supervision

  • Tracy Ord Impostor Phenomenon in nurses working in specialist roles; does personality type affect the prevalence and effect? A qualitative study Start Date: 01/03/2022
  • Zoe Brown A qualitative exploration of nurses’ experiences when seeking to implement creative interventions to gain clinical and social care outcomes, when caring for older adults aged over 65. Start Date: 01/02/2022
  • Alexandra Kirton An exploration into experiences of people with dementia (PWD) and their informal carers and the meanings they attribute to using smart things at home. Start Date: 01/03/2020

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