After obtaining an MSc in library and information science April’s first professional post was at the Centre for Information Research, University of Central England (Birmingham City University) as lead researcher on a preservation surrogacy research project for the British Library.(1999-2000)
Following a move to the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (2001) April’s interests in health information work developed through providing support to NHS library services across the West Midlands through the work of the West Midlands Library Services Development Unit.
This included a secondment to the West Midlands Public Health Observatory (2003); an NIHR funded knowledge mobilisation project (2005) and working alongside other information specialists and clinicians to develop pilot projects for NHS Evidence. (NICE funded). (2004-2009)
April then moved to the University of Surrey as Project Manager for the NHS Evidence service managing a team of information specialists developing content on stroke and cardiovascular topics. (2009-2011). Information specialist contracting work for the James Lind Alliance then followed supporting their work to identify priorities for further research.(2012-2013)
In 2014 April moved to working for the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham. In the first instance April worked within the Horizon Scanning Research and Intelligence Centre. Here she undertook a variety of research work identifying new and emerging healthcare interventions including a substantial project on use of mHealth technologies for behavioural change for Public Health England (Jan 2014 – 2017)
April joined the Biostatistics, Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation Research Group research group in 2017. She has worked on numerous search strategies for systematic reviews and bid submissions across the research group, the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham and other UK Universities.