Margaret is a health service user and mother of two junior doctors. In addition she brings a wealth of varied health-related experience. Moving from a cancer and palliative care nursing career in the USA, she obtained a Master’s in Public Health from John Hopkins University. Margaret’s first role in England was as a researcher in a regional Public Health Directorate. Whilst at Cambridge University she obtained a PhD (doctor-patient communication in hospital-based cancer care) and continued to conduct health services research in the primary care setting until joining the regional charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, first as a researcher and then as Director of Education, Training and Research. This led to a move to Manchester University as a lecturer in supportive and palliative care, where she combined her cancer research and experience with terminally ill children and led the Health Services Research Working Party of the National Cancer Research Institute Teenage and Young Adults with Cancer Clinical Studies Development Group.
Margaret is particularly interested in the challenge of engaging those who have helped to create potentially invaluable health data whilst engendering their trust and confidence.