Nicky Britten

Nicky Britten

Nicky Britten is Professor of Applied Health Care Research. She specialises in the ways in which evidence-based treatments are used in patients’ everyday lives; in qualitative methods in health care; and in patient and public involvement in research. Her work aims to promote good communication and to enable health professionals in supporting patients more effectively. Her work has been widely recognised, as illustrated by her proudest professional moment to date. She said: “It was when I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of General Practitioners, nearly ten years ago. As a sociologist without medical qualifications, this was a great honour.”

Nicky plays a crucial role within the University in fostering an environment where inspiring change is the rule, and not the exception. As well as chairing both the University’s Gender Equality Group and the Positive Working Environment Support and Challenge Group, she is also a member of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group.

These roles play an integral role in Nicky’s day-to-day life, and have greatly influenced her interpretation of what the theme of this year’s International Womens Day, inspiring change, may mean. She said: “I am inspired by imaginative initiatives such as the Everyday Sexism Project, which helps to highlight and resist some of the casual sexism that many women have to endure on a daily basis.

I think it is so important that we should have belief in ourselves and each other, and if I could offer one piece of advice to others it would be to make sure that other people’s casual remarks do not undermine your own confidence in yourself, and what you are trying to achieve.”

Although the work environment is where Nicky has made exceptional strides in inspiring change, her own inspiration is drawn from someone who had overcome personal tragedy to champion justice and equality. Nicky explained: “My greatest inspiration has come from Doreen Lawrence, the mother of teenager Stephen who was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack in the early 1990s. Her persistence and bravery in seeking justice for her son is both incredibly moving, and has had a powerful effect in identifying institutional racism .”