Dr Caroline Flurey

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  • Qualifications:CPsychol PhD SFHEA
  • Position:Associate Professor of Men's Health and Long Term Conditions
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 81795
  • Email:Caroline2.Flurey@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

My research particularly focuses on men's health in relation to long term conditions, specifically rheumatic diseases. I've recently published the findings from a World Scleroderma Foundation funded project to understand experiences and support needs of men with systemic sclerosis, and my previous Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) foundation (post-doctoral) fellowship enabled me to explore the experiences, coping styles and support needs of men with rheumatoid arthritis.  My future plans for this work are to develop and test an appealing and effective self-management intervention targeted towards men with inflammatory auto-immune rheumatic diseases.
I am currently working on an Arthritis Australia funded study to explore how patients define independence in the context of rheumatoid arthritis remission to inform the development of a patient reported outcome measure.
Methodologically, my expertise is within qualitative methods and Q-methodology.

I am currently a Trustee of the Men and Boys Coalition, and member of the research advisory board for Royal College of Occupational Therapists. I am co-chair of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Remission in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Patient Perspective working group, and Drug Safety working group. I was previously the President of British Health Professionals in Rheumatology from 2018-2020, and within this role Trustee of British Society of Rheumatology.

I am currently supervising three UWE PhD students, with two as Director of Studies:
Ruben McNeil-Walsh (ESRC SWDTP funded) focusing on support needs and masculine identities of young men with inflammatory arthritis
Beatrice Payne (Lupus UK and UWE partnership funded) focusing on developing psychosocial support for people with systemic lupus erythematosus through co-creation

And three Health Psychology Prof Doc students, with one as Director of Studies:
Mbasan Jallow: focusing on Adapting an online education and group coaching program for Black British individuals with type-2 diabetes

I also teach on the Health Psychology MSc programme. Current module leadership: Health Psychology in Action, MSc/MA Psychology Dissertation

I hold Chartered Status with British Psychological Society (CPsychol) and Senior Fellowship of the HEA (SFHEA).

I am open to enquiries to supervise PhDs focusing on aspects of men's health or self-management of rheumatic diseases, and would be happy to support student led applications to ESRC SWDTP funding (two previously successful candidates).


Area of expertise

My areas of expertise are men's health and rheumatology, centred around the patient perspective.

My particular areas of expertise and interest are: men's experiences and perceptions of illness; fluctuating symptoms in daily life, disease flare, self-management, help-seeking behaviours, remission and equity.

I am a mixed methods researcher with particular expertise in qualitative methodologies and Q-methodology (a quasi-quantitative method)   


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