Elaine’s background is in sociology and social research; she has undertaken a range of research projects in a variety of sectors (academic, charitable, local government, and museums).
Elaine is the University of Cumbria’s Senior Research Fellow for The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC). ARCs aim to tackle key issues facing health and social care systems, that contribute to health and care inequality, with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of people in the area. Elaine is currently working on scoping health and social inequalities in North Cumbria. Prior to taking up this role, Elaine was Senior Lecturer in Digital Health and a Research Fellow for the Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies where she researched digital innovation in healthcare.
Qualifications and memberships
1995 University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne
MSc Social Research
1997 University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 Durham University, Durham
PgC Learning and Teaching for Higher Education
2017 University of Cumbria
Academic and research interests
Qualitative research in health and social inequality, and in digital innovation in health and care. Elaine has a particular interest in involving and engaging communities and user-groups as partners in the research and development process.
Conferences and Presentations
Bidmead, E., Robson, S.C., Snaith, V., Lie, M. and Marshall, A. (2017) Fetal Telemedicine Pilot – A study of clinical stakeholder acceptance of a telemedicine innovation linking a rural district general hospital with a fetal medicine unit at a major teaching hospital in Northern England [Poster]. The British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society 19th Annual Conference. 30th-31st March 2017, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Bidmead, E., Snaith, V., Robson, S.C., Lie, M. and Marshall, A. (2017) Fetal Medicine: a mixed methods evaluation. The Kings Fund Digital Health and Care Congress 2017: Embedding technology in health and social care. 11th-12th July 2017, London.
Bidmead, E. (2016) The work of the Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies (CaCHeT) at University of Cumbria. Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust Annual Clinical Research Conference, 11th May 2016, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria.
Bidmead, E. (2015) Teleswallowing - from pilot to service transformation: barriers to the adoption of successful telehealth solutions. Digital Health and Care Congress 2015: Enabling patient-centred care through information and technology, 17th June 2015, Kings Fund, London.
SC Robson, A Marshall, VJ Snaith, B Beckwith, M Lie, E Bidmead, E Van Oudgaarden, A Henderson. (2016) Improving prenatal diagnosis and management in Cumbria by telemedicine. AHSN NENC Stakeholder Engagement Event, 2nd March 2016, Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle.
Bidmead, E. and McShane, C. (2021) Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation of Digital Solutions. Health, 13, 1330-1345. doi: 10.4236/health.2021.1311097.
Bidmead, E. and Marshall, A. (2020) ‘Covid-19 and the ‘new normal’: are remote video consultations here to stay?’ British Medical Bulletin, ldaa025, https://doi.org/10.1093/bmb/ldaa025.
Bidmead, E, Lie, M, Marshall, A, Robson, S.C, and Smith, V.J. (2020) ‘Service user and staff acceptance of fetal ultrasound telemedicine’. Digital Health. 6(1-12) pp1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/2055207620925929
Bidmead, E. & Marshall, A. (2016) “A case study of stakeholder perceptions of patient held records: the Patients Know Best (PKB) solution”, Digital Health. 2 pp1-15 (DOI: 10.1177/2055207616668431). (Click here to view)
Bidmead,E., Reid, T., Marshall, A. and Southern, V. (2015),'“Teleswallowing”: a case study of remote swallowing assessment', Clinical Governance: An International Journal. 20(3) pp.155-168. (https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/CGIJ-06-2015-0020)
Bidmead, E. & Clough, R. (2013) Engagement: A guide to practice and strategy, Problems and Possibilities. Age UK Lancashire.
Grimwood, S., Stuart, K., Browning, R., Bidmead, E., Winn-Reed, T. (2021) The Perception of Biopsychosocial Impacts of COVID-19 During Lockdown Restrictions over time in the UK – A Mixed Methods Study, The Journal of Ideas in Health, 14(2), pp.131 https://www.jidhealth.com/index.php/jidhealth/article/view/131
Marshall, A. & Bidmead, E. 'Using Telemedicine in Practice and Implications for Workforce Development'. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care. Vol. 6 No 2 December 2018, pages 111-124. (https://doi.org/10.18552/ijpblhsc.v6i2.433)
Smith, V.J., Marshall, A., Lie, M. Bidmead, E, Beckwith, B, Van Oudgaarden, E and Robson, S.C. (2021)l. Implementation of a fetal ultrasound telemedicine service: women’s views and family costs. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 21, 38 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-020-03532-4
Stuart, K. Faghy, MA. Bidmead, E. Browning, R. Roberts, C. Grimwood, S. and Winn-Reed, T. (2020) ‘A biopsychosocial framework for recovery from COVID-19’. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJSSP-07-2020-0301/full/html