Hayley obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University Hospital of Wales in 1996. Her clinical experience includes general medical and general surgical nursing as well as community nursing. She also holds a Master of Philosophy degree in male sexual health promotion and specialises in qualitative research methods.
She joined the Department in November 1999 working as a Research Nurse on the SAVIT Study, a MRC funded project led by Prof Christopher Butler. This study evaluated the efficacy of a nose spray for the use of children with upper respiratory tract infections. Since then, she has worked as a Research Fellow on a variety of projects which include the following topics:
Exploring perceptions, expectations and illness behaviour of parents of children with respiratory tract infections in primary care
Risk factors for pneumonia and empyema in children and the role of community antibiotics
Identifying barriers to influenza immunisation in older people
Interventions before consultations for helping people to address their information needs
The early detection and minimisation of complications of coeliac disease
Transitions from tablet to insulin controlled diabetes
Exploring the health beliefs and behaviours of working class mothers living on a Cardiff estate
Medical educational research projects focusing on diversity, student career planning and GP benefits of mentoring students
As well as the Doctors Decide Project Hayley is currently working on Building Blocks: A trial of home visits for first time mothers.