Dr Sarah Damery BA, MA, PhD

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 3343
+44 (0)121 414 6571
Murray Learning Centre, Room 148
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sarah Damery has been a Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Health Research since September 2008. She was initially part of the cancer research team within the Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences and worked on a number of projects centred on cancer and chronic disease early diagnosis and screening uptake. 

Since March 2014 she has been part of the Chronic Diseases theme within the West Midlands CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care). She is currently working on several projects evaluating integrated care initiatives and other changes to health and social care service delivery within and across the West Midlands. 

She has extensive experience of working in multidisciplinary contexts and with mixed methods, including quantitative, literature review and qualitative research methodologies.  


  • PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge, 2006
  • MA in Geography, University of Cambridge, 2002
  • BA(Hons) in Geography, University of Cambridge, 1999


Sarah Damery began her career in Geography after qualifying with a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge in 1999. She went on to gain her PhD in 2006, and joined the Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences as a Research Fellow in 2008, where her work focused on the early diagnosis of cancer, interventions to increase the uptake of cancer screening, and on cancer survivorship. She undertook a number of projects in these areas, including work investigating the use of herbal medicines by people with cancer, work to develop a set of core messages to facilitate informed consent for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, assessing the optimal duration and intensity of follow-up for patients with soft tissue sarcoma, and the use of GP endorsed reminders to improve the uptake of screening for colorectal cancer. 

In March 2014 she joined Theme 4 (Chronic Diseases) of the West Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC-WM) as a research fellow. This role, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research, involves working alongside clinicians, commissioners and academics to develop collaborative projects that aim to improve the management of patients with chronic disease and multimorbidity, promote integrated care and provide new and improved ways to deliver health and social care services. 

Postgraduate supervision

Sarah is currently supervising several postgraduate students:

  • ‘Bridging the gap between hospital and community care for elderly patients being discharged from hospital’ Elaine O’Connell Francischetto, CLAHRC-funded part-time student, registered November 2014
  • ‘Multimorbidity: understanding the patient perspective in order to empower patients to effectively navigate the health and social care system’ Prabneet Gill, CLAHRC-funded full-time student, registered January 2016
  • ‘Parental knowledge and attitudes towards the HPV vaccine in a diverse multi-ethnic population in Birmingham’ Salma Iqbal, full-time MSc in Clinical Primary and Community Care, registered January 2016



CLAHRC West Midlands 

  • The effectiveness of interventions to achieve co-ordinated multidisciplinary care and reduce hospital use for people with chronic diseases. Systematic review of reviews. 
  • Evaluating the predictive strength of the LACE index at identifying patients at high risk of readmission to hospital following an inpatient episode. With Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. 
  • Evaluation of the Supported Integrated Discharge Service (SID). With Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. 

Other current research: 

Introduction of a pharmacy and psychosocial intervention in care homes to limit the use of psychotropic medication to treat Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) feasibility study. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, 2015-17. 


Evaluating the effectiveness of GP endorsed reminders on increasing participation in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. NIHR School for Primary Care Research, 2010-12. 

Development and validation of a model investigating repeated patient presentation to primary care as a means of identifying general practice patients at high risk of being HIV positive. Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT, 2010-11 

The evaluation of Serum Lysyl Oxidase as a blood test for colorectal cancer. Shire Innovation Fund, 2013. 

Exploration of women’s and health professionals’ information needs in the NHS Cervical Screening HPV Triage Programme. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, 2011-12. 

Sarcoma Optimum Follow-up Investigation (SOFI). NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, 2010-13. 

Development of a set of core HPV messages to promote informed choice for both tests and vaccines for use in primary care and broader UK settings. Cancer Research UK, 2008-11. 

The use of herbal medicines by people with cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support, 2008-10. 

Healthcare workers’ attitudes to working during pandemic influenza. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, 2008-10.


O’Connell Francischetto E, Damery S, Davies S, Combes G (2016). Discharge interventions for older patients leaving hospital: protocol for a systematic meta-review. Systematic Reviews [in press]. 

Damery S, Flanagan S, Combes G (2015). The effectiveness of interventions to achieve co-ordinated multidisciplinary care and reduce hospital use for people with chronic diseases: study protocol for a systematic review of reviews. Systematic Reviews, 4(1):64. 

Parry H, Damery S, Pratt G, Milligan D (2015). Management of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia in primary care is safe and effective: retrospective cohort study. QJM, 108(10): 789-794. 

Shneerson C, Taskila T, Holder R, Greenfield S, Tolosa I, Damery S, Gale N (2014). Patterns of self-management practices undertaken by cancer survivors: variations in demographic factors. European Journal of Cancer Care, 24(5): 683-694. 

Damery S, Biswas M, Billingham L, Barton P, Grimer R (2014). Patient preferences for clinical follow-up after primary treatment for soft tissue sarcoma: a cross-sectional survey and discrete choice experiment. European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 40(12): 1655-1661. 

Hendry, M, Lewis R, Damery S, Clements A, Wilkinson C (2013). HPV? Never heard of it! A systematic review of girls’ and parents’ information needs, views and preferences about human papillomavirus vaccination. Vaccine, 31(45): 5152-5167. 

Damery S, Nichols L, Holder R, Ryan R, Wilson S, Warmington S, Stokes-Lampard H, Manavi K (2013). Assessing the predictive value of HIV indicator conditions using the THIN general practice database. British Journal of General Practice, 63(611): e370-e377. 

Damery S, Nichols L, Holder R, Ward S, Warmington S, Wilson S, Wakelam M, James J, Ismail T (2013). Assessing the value of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) in improving the appropriateness of referrals for colorectal cancer. British Journal of Cancer, 108(5): 1149-1156.