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Albert joined the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Dundee in 2019, following 6 years in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, first as Research Associate at the Institute of Child Health and then as Research Fellow at the Institute of Applied Health Research, working across the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Albert has a background in social psychology and applied qualitative health research, with a particular interest in implementation science and child and adolescent health. His work relates to the psychosocial aspects of health/illness and healthcare behaviours, focusing on the experiences of patients and health professionals to inform the delivery of health services and public health programmes.

Albert’s current research interests are informed by two broad interrelated concerns: (1) How change, innovations and complex interventions are implemented and routinely embedded in health professionals’ everyday work practices; and (2) The role of psychosocial approaches and holistic care practices in medical/clinical work and healthcare provision/delivery.

Research interests

Child and adolescent health; developmentally appropriate healthcare (including transitional care); patient experience; chronic illness/long term conditions; quality improvement; implementation science and development/evaluation of complex interventions; qualitative and mixed methods; multidisciplinary team/work dynamics; healthcare information systems/technologies; parenting experiences; health promotion and communication; contextual and material aspects (spaces and places) of health/illness/care behaviours; ethnographic research in healthcare settings; patient and public involvement and engagement in research and care.


Albert has recently led and completed a study exploring the implementation of electronic prescribing in paediatric hospital settings, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) in the West Midlands, under its Maternity and Child Health theme.

He is also a co-investigator on the following studies:

  • What role can hospitals play in protecting children and young people from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke? Developing a novel intervention to support families to change their smoking behaviours. Study funded by the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and led by Dr Laura Jones, University of Birmingham.
  • Magnolia House: New building, new service? Evaluating the early implementation and impact of Magnolia House on sharing life-altering information and bereavement care within a paediatric acute hospital. Study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) in the West Midlands (Maternity and Child Health theme) and led by Dr Karen Shaw, University of Birmingham.


Albert teaches on qualitative research methods and health/illness/care behaviour at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervises Masters and PhD students.

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Research Output

Can we normalise developmentally appropriate health care for young people in UK hospital settings? An ethnographic study

The Transition Collaborative Group, Rapley, T., Farre, A., Parr, J. R., Wood, V., Reape, D., Dovey-Pearce, G. & McDonagh, J. E., 9 Sep 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 9, p. 1-9 9 p., e029107.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    How do stakeholders experience the adoption of electronic prescribing systems in hospitals? A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies

    Farre, A., Heath, G., Shaw, K., Bem, D. & Cummins, C., Dec 2019, In : BMJ Quality & Safety. 28, 12, p. 1021-1031 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Transitional Care in Rheumatology: a Review of the Literature from the Past 5 Years

    McDonagh, J. E. & Farre, A., Oct 2019, In : Current Rheumatology Reports. 21, 10, p. 1-10 10 p., 57.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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    Are we there yet? An update on transitional care in rheumatology

    McDonagh, J. E. & Farre, A., 11 Jan 2018, In : Arthritis Research and Therapy. 20, 1, 3 p., 5.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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