Tim Rapley

Professor

Research interests

Tim is a Professor of Applied Health Care Research in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing. He is a medical sociologist with an interest in social studies of medical work, research and practice.  He undertakes detailed empirical studies that seek to understand the everyday, taken-for-granted, aspects of medical work.  A focus on what people actually do, as opposed to only what they think they do, or they tell you they do, can offer unique, practical and tailored solutions

 

His work focuses on three substantive areas:

The implementation of care: His work on the implementation of care covers a range of phases, from initiation, scoping and development of novel ideas, to process evaluations of feasibility studies, pilot and full trials. It takes place in a range of settings, including community, primary, secondary and tertiary health care as well as dental care.  Theoretically, this work is often driven by his interest in Normalization Process Theory (NPT).  See http://www.normalizationprocess.org- for an introduction to Normalization Process Theory, that offers an interactive toolkit and structured instrument to help people think through implementation issues.

 

The organisation of care: His work on the organisation of care seeks to identify, describe and understand the experience of care in paediatric, adolescent and adult contexts.  This work engages with a broad range of stakeholders, from patients, carers and the general public to the diverse group of health professionals and managers. It seeks to use the findings of the studies to develop practical, tailored solutions to the problems that are identified as well as exploring how to embed organisational policy initiatives. See http://pmmonline.org- for an example of an output from this work.  This a site for all clinicians whom may encounter children with serious musculoskeletal problems. It aims to raise awareness, knowledge and skills to facilitate early diagnosis and referral to specialist care.

 

Social studies of qualitative research: When not conducting research on medical work, research and practice, he’s interested in thinking, talking, and teaching about the practical, taken-for-granted, ways that qualitative research gets done.  He’s written about the (extra)ordinary work we undertake in relation to qualitative interviews and analysis.  He has also written a book, Analysing Conversations, Discourse and Documents (Sage).     

He has an honorary appointment at Newcastle University.

ORCID

0000-0003-4836-4279

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • BA (Hons)

    Human Geography, University of London

  • MA (Hons)

    Sociology with Special Reference to Qualitative Research, University of London

  • PhD

    Sociology, University of London