Dr Lorraine McFarland PhD, BSc(Hons), MRBPsS

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

Primary Care Clinical Sciences
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Lorraine is a Research Fellow working on an NIHR funded study, ExPeKT: to explore the knowledge and barriers to venous thromboembolism  prevention.


  • PhD Psychology 2007
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology 2003
  • Cert Ed. Geography



Venous thromboembolism (VTE)  

Qualitative researcher on the ExPeKT study to explore existing knowledge and the perceived role of primary care in thromboprophylaxis. The research aims to identify barriers to providing thromboprophylaxis in primary care and the results will be used to develop educational initiatives to help the adoption of safe practice outside the hospital setting.


Lorraine is an experienced researcher in emotional expression, the experience of chronic illness, self-care, the self-management of long-term health conditions, behaviour change, and the evaluation of health care interventions including, the Expert Patient Programme.  

Previously Lorraine worked at the Health Design & Technology Institute on the Intelligent Design Engine for Assisted Living project with specific responsibility for liaison with Small to Medium Enterprises for the evaluation of assistive technologies.

Lorraine used her psychology background and research knowledge to advise business partners on suitable research methods that could be used to involve experts and end-users including people with physical and cognitive disabilities, and those requiring health care in the research process that would inform the prototype, installation, and redesign process.

Research interests include;

  • The interplay between fatigue, sleep disturbance, psychological factors, and disease activity among patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis for the improved management of fatigue.
  • The perceived benefits of group singing for health and well-being.
  • Review of BSc Dietetics and Physiotherapy Inter-professional Learning Programme.
  • Evaluation of the experiences of carers.

Other activities

  • Guest Lecturer- Advanced Research Methods, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and Discourse Analysis, for University of Warwick & Coventry University Doctorate Course in Clinical Psychology

Reviewer for:

  • Patient Education & Counseling
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Research for Patient Benefit Programme (RfPB)
  • Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Coventry University Ethics Committee


Member of :

  • British Psychological Society
  • Division of Health Psychology, (BPS)
  • Midlands Health Psychology Group
  • European Health Psychological Society
  • Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Group
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Lay Expert Advisory Panel.


McFarland L, Barlow J, Nwokolo C. (in press). Why patients take part in the Royal College of Physicians Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills (MRCP PACES). Clinical Medicine.

Earland, J., Gilchrist, M., McFarland, L., & Harrison, K. (2011). Dietetics Students’ Perceptions and Experiences of Interprofessional Education. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 24(2) 135-143

Tindall L., Barlow J, McFarland L. (2010) Perspectives on the Expert Patient Programme delivered by bilingual tutors. International Journal of Health Promotion & Education

Harrison, K., & McFarland, L. (2010). Achieving interprofessional health education through the use of e-resources: Exploring the experience of two different undergraduate professional groups. In, A. Bromage, D. L. Clouder, F. Gordon & J. Thistlethwaite (Eds.) Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies’. IGI Global.

McFarland, L., Barlow, J. & Turner, A. (2009). Understanding metaphor to facilitate emotional expression. Patient Education and Counseling, 77, 255-259.

McFarland, L & Gilchrist, M. (2009). An appreciation of Charles de Coti-Marsh’s actual methods of treatment for overcoming arthritis. Available on line http://www.arthriticassociation.org.uk/

Savin-Baden, M., McFarland, L., Savin-Baden, J. (2008). Learning spaces, Agency and Notions of improvement. What influences thinking and practices about teaching and learning in higher education? An interpretive meta-ethnography. London Review of Education, 6, 3, 211-227.

Savin-Baden, M., McFarland, L., Savin-Baden, J. (2007) Influencing thinking and practices about teaching and learning in higher education. An interpretive meta-ethnography, Literature review. The Higher Education Academy available on-line http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/detail/lr_2007_savinbaden