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Joy Adamson
Mary Kinross Trust & Royal College of Surgeons Chair in Surgical Trials and Health Sciences



Joy is a social scientist by background, her qualifications have put her in the rare position of having in-depth training in both qualitative (PhD) and quantitative (MSc Epidemiology) methods that Joy has applied in a range of applied health research projects. Having won a prestigious MRC post-doc Special Training Fellow award she experienced high quality training as part of the MRC’s vision for the development of outstanding researchers for multi-disciplinary collaborative working. Joy has utilised this and demonstrated a long-standing ability to carry out internationally outstanding applied health research.

Joy has worked with many UK collaborators (University of Glasgow, UCL, Bristol, UWE, LSHTM, Newcastle and HYMS) on various topics including health of older people, illness behaviour and the factors associated with utilisation of health services, health services delivery and the qualitative components of various pilot and full-scale trials.

Joy is currently the Mary Kinross Trust and Royal College of Surgeons Chair in Surgical Trials and Health Sciences.


  • MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • PhD Health Services Research, Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol.
  • BSc (Hons), Psychology, University of Manchester



Joy's areas of experience are:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Epidemiology
  • RCTs
  • Ageing


  • ACTIVE - A RCT assessing the effectiveness of internal plate fixation versus external fine wire fixation for the management of Type C, closed pilon fractures of the distal tibia
  • Experiencing health at 95+
  • CASCADE - Case finding for depression in primary care: a regression discontinuity design
  • FIREFLI - An RCT to establish the effectiveness of safe and well visits by the Fire and Rescue Service in preventing falls and improving quality of life for people aged 70+
  • GPED
  • NEWS2
  • Older People and Frailty PRU
  • OPAL2 - A multi-centre RCT comparing the OPAL occupational support programme with usual care on the time to return-to-work in patients undergoing elective hip or knee replacement surgery.
  • OSTRICH - An RCT of the effectiveness of two types of orthotics for treatment of symptomatic flat feet in children
  • OTIS - An RCT examining the effectiveness of Occupational Therapist led home environmental assessment and modification for the reduction of falls among high-risk older people
  • PRESTO - Pragmatic Randomised Evaluation of Stable Thoracolumbar fracture treatment Outcomes
  • PriDem
  • REFORM - Improving balance to prevent falls in older people: an RCT

Research group(s)


Joy would be interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas: response to symptoms, health and healthcare of older people, using qualitative work in RCTs. Methods would include: mixed methods, epidemiology, qualitative research, and RCTs.


Full publications list



Contributes sessions to a number of modules including, Research Methods, Qualitative Methods, Randomised Controlled Trials and Society Health and Illness.

Contact details

Dr Joy Adamson
Mary Kinross Trust & Royal College of Surgeons Chair in Surgical Trials and Health Sciences

Tel: 01904 32(5881)