Dr Alison Bravington

BA, BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

Alison is a Research Fellow on RAMBO: Research Assessment Outcome Measures for Malignant Bowel Obstruction, funded by Marie Curie. The aim of this project is to develop an agreed core outcome measurement set for research and clinical practice. The project involves reviewing the published literature, interviewing patients and carers to understand what is most important to them, and using a Delphi survey with patients, family representatives, researchers and clinicians to agree together on what measures should be used.


Alison originally took a degree in English literature and a professional diploma in publishing and book production, and worked as a writer, editor and indexer for publishing houses in Oxford and London for fifteen years. She subsequently requalified with a BSc in Psychology (1st Class), a Masters in Social Research and Evaluation (Distinction) and a PhD in Medical Sciences. She has worked as a researcher in applied health care since 2008, and alongside this as a qualitative methods tutor and research project supervisor with undergraduate psychology students. In her PhD, Alison used photo elicitation and situational analysis to explore the role of everyday resources in recovery from cancer treatment with curative intent.

Alison has previously worked on multi-site studies in the Academy of Primary Care at Hull York Medical School, including a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study looking at cervical cancer screening in older women aged 55-64, and a Department of Health Policy Research Unit study exploring the dissemination and uptake of cancer information in GP waiting rooms.


Prior to joining Hull York Medical School, Alison began her research career at the University of Huddersfield in 2008, and has worked on projects examining professional collaborative working in end-of-life care, cancer and long term conditions, health and well-being in community group participation, and students’ experiential learning on practice placements across a range of academic disciplines.


'Using Behaviour Change Theory for intervention development' session: Implementation science for advanced and chronic care (Postgraduate Module)


Academic papers

Baddeley, E., Bravington, A. (in press), Johnson, M., Currow, D., Murtagh, F., Nelson, A., Boland, E., Obita, G., Seddon, K., Noble, S. and Boland, J. (2020) Development of a Core Outcome Set to use in the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction: Protocol for the RAMBO study, BMJ Open.

Bravington, A. and King, N. (2019) Putting graphic elicitation into practice: Tools and typologies for the use of participant-led diagrams in qualitative research interviews, Qualitative Research, 19(5), pp506-23.

Johnston, B., Bravington, A., Patterson, A., Hardy, B., Wilson, E., Almack, K., Seymour, J. (in press) A qualitative evaluation from stakeholders of the Macmillan Specialist Care at Home service using the Pictor interview technique, Palliative Medicine.

King, N., Bravington, A., Brooks, J., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2017) “Go make your face known”: Collaborative working through the lens of personal relationships, International Journal of Integrated Care, 17(4), pp3-14.

Brooks, J.M., Bravington, A., Hardy, B., Melvin, J., King, N. (2015) “It’s not just about the patient, it’s the families too”: End of life care in the home environment, Supportive and Palliative Care, 5, pp114-115.

Noble, B., King, N. , Woolmore, A., Hughes, P., Winslow, M., Melvin, J., Brooks, J., Bravington, A., Ingleton, C., Bath, P. (2014) Can comprehensive specialised end of life care be provided at home? Lessons from a study of an innovative consultant-led community service in the UK, European Journal of Cancer Care, 05/2014. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12195

King, N., Bravington, A., Brooks, J., Hardy, B., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2013) The Pictor technique: A method for exploring the experience of collaborative working, Qualitative Health Research, 23(8), pp1138-1152. doi: 10.1177/1049732313495326

Kirkby-Geddes, E., King, N. and Bravington, A. (2012) Through the lens of social capital: An examination of people's experiences of community group participation in the context of a Healthy Living Centre, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 23, pp271-285. doi: 10.1002/casp.2118

Book sections

Brooks, J., King, N., Bravington, A., Hardy, B., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2017) The Pictor technique: Exploring experiences of collaborative working from the perspectives of generalist and specialist nurses, in Brooks, J. and King, N., Applied qualitative research in psychology, London: Palgrave.

King, N., Brooks, J. and Bravington, A. (2014) The Pictor technique: Exploring collaborative working in nursing, in Sage Research Methods Case Series, London: Sage Publications.

External roles

Alison has a special interest in visual research methods, and retains a relationship as a Campus Working Partner at the University of Huddersfield on projects focusing on the theory and practice of visual techniques in qualitative research. Her Masters thesis trialled the application of a visual tool used in qualitative research interviews as a method of reflective practice for nursing and midwifery students, and she is currently undertaking further visual methods writing in relation to her PhD.


2019: Setting ‘survivorship’ in context: The role of everyday resources in cancer recovery, Seminar, Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research, University of Hull.

2018: “You won’t get my buy-in with fear”: Co-designing a cervical screening intervention with women over fifty, SAPC North Conference (Society of Academic Primary Care), Kendal, UK.

2017: Do, delay or DNA? Attitudes towards cervical screening among women over 55 and the professionals who screen them, SEDA Research Group Conference, Hull, UK.

2017: How to consider the social and material resources of cancer ‘survivors’: looking for clues using photo-elicitation, Ca-Pri (The Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network) Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

2015: Picture this: Visual methods for reflecting on experience in undergraduate practice placements, Royal College of Nursing Educational Conference, Nottingham, UK.

2013 [Workshop]: Personal Construct Psychology, with Dr Vivien Burr, British Psychological Society QMiP (Qualitative Methods in Psychology) Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

2013: Pictor – An exploration of the visual analysis of multiple charts, Paper 4 of Pictor Symposium, British Psychological Society QMiP Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

2012: Making sense of work placement learning using visual tools and talk, How Learning Happens: Teaching and Learning Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

2012: Using visuals to reflect on collaborative working in health care, British Psychological Society QMiP (Qualitative Methods in Psychology) Conference, London, UK.

2010: Lens or blinkers? Some challenges in using social capital as a theoretical framework, with Nigel King, British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Nottingham, UK.

2009: “The essential thing is to bring people together…”: Participation in community-based activity groups and perceptions of community, with Nigel King/Emma Kirkby-Geddes, British Psychological Society North East of England Branch annual conference, Sheffield, UK.