Christina formed Health Evidence Matters in 2018. She is a highly competent and professional evidence-based practitioner and clinical effectiveness researcher.
She has had over 40 years’ experience in health-related roles, initially working as a hospital pharmacist, with a special interest in rheumatic diseases. This led to her undertaking a PhD in pharmacology with a focus on inflammatory diseases.
She became interested in how research gets into clinical practice and health services delivery, undertaking a Masters in Evidence-Based Healthcare at the University of Oxford, where she gained a distinction. Since then she has held various clinical effectiveness and evidence reviewer posts in NHS primary care commissioning and in secondary care, working alongside multi-disciplinary clinical teams to ensure decisions about care are based on robust evidence.
She has worked as a reviewer on the development of cancer service guidance for NICE and most recently has worked within public health in Bristol, leading an evidence service which provided rapid evidence reviews to support decision-making by NHS CCG colleagues and public health specialists as well as wider Bristol City Council colleagues. She also produced weekly evidence briefings which provided a digest of policy, news, analysis and research evidence on a broad range of topics of relevance to those with an interest in public and population health. She is delighted to continue to produce these briefings on this website!
Christina brings an academic rigour to her work, having also held a post-doctoral research post and a post as Teaching Fellow, both at the University of Bath. The latter involved teaching of evidence-based practice (theory and skills) and research design and methods to post-graduate students at Masters and Doctoral level both face-to-face and through distance on-line tutoring and e-moderation via an asynchronous online learning platform. She has skills in education course design which involves constructive alignment; taking a systematic approach based on curriculum design principles.
She has extensive experience of training others in evidence-based practice skills such as effective searching and the critical appraisal of all kinds of evidence. She thoroughly enjoys delivering this bespoke training to individuals or to groups.