Gail Mann

PhD Student
Gail Mann


I am a full time PhD student,  Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship funded (2017-2020).


I  qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1993, and have over 20 years’ experience working as a clinician in Education and Health services in both the UK and Australia.  I have held clinical, managerial and clinical leadership roles in children’s services in the NHS and achieved a Master's degree in Healthcare Leadership (with distinction) in 2016. 

My clinical and leadership roles and research practice within the NHS have enabled me to acquire a detailed insight into service development and the roles and practice of evaluation.  I have experience in initiating, planning and implementing projects/services, in particular those with a focus on the implementation and evaluation of person and family centred care.  My practice reflects my belief in an open culture of public involvement and that those on the receiving end of services are an integral part of understanding what works and how best to progress thinking about health and social care.  

I have adopted further (and ongoing) voluntary leadership roles; currently leading the steering group for 'Expert in Me', a mixed collaboration of citizens and practitioners interested in promoting better health and care conversations in the public sector in Warrington, and also as a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists North West Regional Hub Committee, promoting effective networking across the profession.  

Research Interests

  • Person and family centred care /personalisation
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures 
  • Health and social care 
  • Qualitative research methods 
  • Critical Realism 
  • Realist evaluation 
  • Evaluation appropriate for small ‘n’ 

Research Activity

My PhD is underpinned by Critical Realism; exploring the potential of Margaret Archer's Realist Social Theory to provide a framework for the realist evaluation of person centred interventions in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.  


Back to the team