During her Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Health Services Research, Mags Watson will discuss examples of studies which have sought to optimise the health of patients with chronic conditions. Plus others that have aimed to improve the management of more minor conditions.
Current increasing demand and restricted funding are placing an unsustainable burden upon existing health systems. Evidence-based solutions are needed which increase healthcare capacity and capability, including service redesign and new roles for health service providers. Most solutions rely upon behaviour change, either healthcare professionals, patients or both, and complex interventions are often required to achieve the desired changes.
As a health services researcher with a clinical background in pharmacy, Mags' research focusses upon the development and evaluation of complex interventions to improve patient outcomes through the evidence-based use of pharmacists, other pharmacy personnel and medicines.
In October 2016, Mags was recruited as Professor of Health Services Research in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, moving from a government-funded Health Services Research Unit in Aberdeen.
As a registered pharmacist, Mags worked for eight years in various hospitals across the UK and spent three years in pharmaceutical public health. Working with an internationally renowned team in Bristol, inspired her to undertake a PhD in their department of Social Medicine.
Mags continued to develop her knowledge and research portfolio, obtaining an MSc Epidemiology (2003) and Certificate in Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology (2001) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as leading her own research programme.
A big part of her academic career has been supported by several Fellowships awarded to her from the Medical Research Council, Leverhulme Foundation and South West Regional Health Authority.