Dr Sarah Flanagan

Dr Sarah Flanagan

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

The Learning Centre
Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sarah joined the University of Birmingham in 2006 to pursue a Research Support Facility fellowship. She spent two years as a research associate working on various projects including a study examining the barriers and facilitators for 'hard to reach' groups accessing health and social care services.

Sarah completed a Cancer Research UK funded PhD in 2012 looking the adverse outcomes of undergoing a colposcopy.

Following this, she spent a year as research fellow on a project exploring data methods collection utilised with teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham Sarah spent 10 years working in the Voluntary and statutory sector (BSMHFT) in the field of addictions.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Literature) University of Warwick 1994
  • Master of Arts (Philosophy and the Ethics of Mental Health) University of Warwick 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Adverse outcomes after Colposcopy) University of Birmingham 2013


Sarah is currently an honorary research fellow working on CLAHRC West Midlands Theme 4 (Chronic Disease).


Draper H, Wilson S, Flanagan S, and Ives J. Offering payments, reimbursement and incentives to patients and family doctors to encourage participation in research. Family Practice. 2009, 10.1093/fampra/cmp011.

Flanagan S, Hancock B. ‘Reaching the Hard to Reach’ - lessons learned from the VCS (voluntary and community sector). A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:92.

Mathers J, Greenfield S, Metcalfe A, Cole T, Flanagan S, Wilson S. Family history in primary care: understanding GP’s resistance to clinical genetics - qualitative study BJGP 2010. 60:574, 221-230.

Flanagan S, Wilson S, Luesley D, Damery S, Greenfield S. Adverse outcomes after colposcopy - Study Protocol BMC Women’s Health 2011, 11:2.