Gillian is a research fellow working across Primary Care and Nursing and Physiotherapy. Formerly a social worker, Gill’s interests include psycho-social aspects of genetics, children and families, end-of-life care and the involvement of minority ethnic groups in research.
Gillian qualified as a social worker in 1989 and worked with children and families in a number of different front-line and management roles for 15 years. Undertaking a Masters degree in social research and social policy (2003-2004) led to a career change to researcher. Her first post was working on the large National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund. Following this she secured a research post in the school of nursing, working on ‘FamilyTalk’, a project looking at family communication, particularly to children and young people, in families affected by a genetic condition. Since this she has worked on a number of projects relating to end-of-life care, student mentoring, psycho-social aspects of genetics and the involvement of ethnic minority communities in research.
Plumridge G, Metcalfe A, Coad J, Gill P. (2010) The role of support groups in facilitating family discussion of genetic risk information. Health Expectations. Published online: DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00663.x
Metcalfe A, Plumridge G, Coad J, Shanks A, Gill P. (2011) Parents’ and children’s communication about genetic risk: qualitative study learning from families’ experiences. European Journal Human Genetics. 19, 640-646 (June 2011) doi:10.1038/ejhg.2010.258
Plumridge G, Metcalfe A, Coad J, Gill P (2011) Siblings’ experiences in families affected by genetic conditions Journal of genetic counselling. Published online: DOI: 10.1007/s10897-011-9361-1
Plumridge G. Metcalfe A. Coad J. Gill P. (2010) Family communication about genetic risk information: particular issues for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A. 152A(5):1225-32
Coad J, Plumridge G, Metcalfe A. Involving children and young people in the development of art-based research tools. Nurse Researcher 2009; 16(4): 56-64.
Metcalfe A, Coad J, Plumridge G, Gill P, Farndon P. (2008) Family Communication between children and their parents about inherited genetic conditions: A meta-synthesis of the research. European Journal of Human Genetics 16 (10): 1193 -2000
Plumridge G, Metcalfe A, Coad J. (2007) The World Wide Web as an Information Source for Parents in Talking to Children about Genetic Conditions. Journal of Children’s and Young People’s Nursing 1 (5): 219 – 224
Evans R & Plumridge G. (2007) Inclusion, Social Networks and Resilience: Strategies, Practices and Outcomes for Disabled Children and their Families. Social Policy and Society 6 (2) 231 - 241