Dr Louise Isham PhD, MSc, BA, QSW

Dr Louise Isham

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Louise is research fellow and registered social worker. Her principal research interests are violence and abuse within familial, intimate partner and caring relationships and ethical and methodological issues carrying out ‘sensitive’ qualitative research. Her PhD explored the experiences and needs of family carers affected by violent, abusive or harmful behaviour by the older person for whom they care. Louise has also worked as a research fellow on a number of projects with the Risk, Abuse and Violence research programme (University of Birmingham) and taught on the Nursing undergraduate programme.

Louise is currently working as research fellow on a NIHR study led by Dr Gill Combes, Supporting survivors of sexual violence: a mixed-methods, co-research study of the role, funding and commissioning of specialist services by the voluntary sector in England.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Birmingham (2019) Exploring the experiences and needs of family carers affected by harmful, violent or abusive behaviour by the older person for whom they care
  • MSc Social Work, University of Bristol (2012)
  • BA (hons) History, University of Cambridge (2007)
  • Registered social worker (Health and Care Professionals Council)

Other activities

  • Principal investigator for a seed research project: Addressing sexual assault and harassment of women when travelling in India: developing a community-based education intervention for young men and boys, Jan-Sept 2019, funded by the Institution of Global Innovation (UoB).
  • College of Medical and Dental Sciences (UoB) endowment fund PhD studentship, Oct 2015 to Sept 2018.

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Bradbury-Jones, C & Isham, L (eds) 2021, Understanding Gender-Based Violence: An Essential Textbook for Nurses, Healthcare Professionals and Social Workers. 1 edn, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65006-3

Article

Isham, L, Scott, J & Taylor, J 2021, 'Feasibility and acceptability of the ‘Never Events’ method in the context of multi-agency child protection: findings from an exploratory study', Journal of Interprofessional Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2021.1884053

Bradbury-Jones, C, Aveyard, H, Herber, OR, Isham, L, Taylor, J & O’malley, L 2021, 'Scoping reviews: the PAGER framework for improving the quality of reporting', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol. 2021, no. 00, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2021.1899596

Taylor, J, Bradbury‐jones, C, Held, J, Isham, L & Mcconnell, N 2021, 'Working with British Army Families: A Qualitative Study of Child Protection Practitioners' Views and Experiences', Child Abuse Review, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 166-173. https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2682

Isham, L, Bradbury-Jones, C & Hewison, A 2020, 'Female family carers’ experiences of violent, abusive or harmful behaviour by the older person for whom they care: a case of epistemic injustice?', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 80-94. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12986

Gunby, C, Isham, L, Damery, S, Taylor, J & Bradbury-Jones, C 2020, 'Sexual violence and COVID-19: all silent on the home front', Journal of Gender-Based Violence. https://doi.org/10.1332/239868020X15984631696329

Isham, L, Bradbury-Jones, C & Hewison, A 2020, '“This is still all about love”: practitioners’ perspectives of working with family carers affected by the harmful behaviour of the older person for whom they care', British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa129

Combes, G, Damery, S, Gunby, C, Harlock, J, Isham, L, Jones, A, Maxted, F, Parmar, P, Schaub, J, Smith, D, Taylor, J & Bradbury-Jones, C 2019, 'Supporting survivors of sexual violence: protocol for a mixed methods, co-research study of the role, funding and commissioning of specialist services provided by the voluntary sector in England', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 12, e035739. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035739

Bradbury-Jones, C, Isham, L, Morris, A & Taylor, J 2019, 'The “neglected” relationship between child maltreatment and oral health? an international scoping review of research', Trauma, Violence and Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838019841598

Isham, L, Bradbury-Jones, C & Hewison, A 2018, 'Reflections on engaging with an advisory network in the context of a ‘sensitive’ research study', International Journal of Social Research Methodology .

Bradbury-Jones, C, Isham, L & Taylor, J 2018, 'The complexities and contradictions in participatory research with vulnerable children and young people: A qualitative systematic review', Social Science and Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.08.038

Isham, L, Hewison, A & Bradbury-Jones, C 2017, 'When older people are violent or abusive toward their family caregiver: a review of mixed-methods research', Trauma, Violence and Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838017726425

Editorial

Bradbury-Jones, C & Isham, L 2020, 'The pandemic paradox: the consequences of COVID-19 on domestic violence', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 29, no. 13-14, pp. 2047-2049. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15296

Poster

Isham, L, Bradbury-Jones, C & Hewison, A 2016, 'Family carers affected by harmful behaviour from the older person for whom they care: Investigating their needs and experiences', Clinical Research Network, National Institute for Health Research, West Midlands Ageing Event. Birmingham Research Park, 21/10/16 - 21/10/16.

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