Ms Alison Bravington

BA, BSc, MSc

Research Associate


Alison currently works on a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study looking at uptake of cervical cancer screening in women aged 55-64.

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. After requalifying with a BSc in psychology (1stClass), Alison worked as an academic research assistant while taking a Masters in Social Research and Evaluation (Distinction), and subsequently as a qualitative methods tutor and undergraduate research project supervisor. She has also worked as a research assistant and campus working partner 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. 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 has a special interest in visual research methods. 


Alison is currently working on the Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study looking at Cervical Cancer Screening in Older Women aged 55-64. Her PhD is examining the effects of social context on the experiences and expectations of people who have recently undergone primary treatment for breast, colorectal or prostate cancer. The doctoral study involves longitudinal in-depth interviews using photo-elicitation, with constructivist grounded theory as its method of analysis. Date for submission is March 2018.


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

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.

Brooks, Joanna, Bravington, Alison, Rodriguez, Alison, King, Nigel and Percy-Smith, Barry (2015) Public Health Participatory Research Project using an Assets Approach: Final report to funder. Project Report. University of Huddersfield. Project Report: University of Huddersfield. 

King, N., Brooks, J. and Bravington, A. (2014) The Pictor technique: Exploring collaborative working in nursing, Methodspace: Sage Cases in Methodology, London: Sage Publications.

Noble, B., King, N., Woolmore, A., Hughes, P., Winslow, M., Melvin, J., Brooks, J., Bravington, A., Ingleton, C. and 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, 5 (2014). doi: 10.1111/ecc.12195.

King, N., Bravington, A., Brookes, 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. (2013) Social capital and community group participation: Examining ‘bridging’ and ‘bonding’ in the context of a Healthy Living Centre in the UK, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 23, pp271-285. doi: 10.1002/casp.2118.  

Ward, L.J., Bravington, A., McAdie, T.M. and King, N. (2013) Challenges of Developing and Sustaining a Research Partnership for Work Integrated Learning, Proceedings of the 18th WACE World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education, June 24-27, Durban, South Africa.

Ward, L.J., McAdie, T.M., Bravington, A. and King, N. (2012) The Process of Designing a Qualitative Study into Multiple WIL Experiences, Proceedings of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Conference, ACEN, Australia, pp302-306, ISBN 978-0-9805706-2-5

Bravington, A. (2011) Using the Pictor technique to reflect on collaborative working in undergraduate nursing and midwifery placements (Masters thesis), University of Huddersfield,