Mr Joseph Akanuwe

    Research Assistant

    School of Health and Social Care
    College of Social Science

    About Joseph Akanuwe

    Joseph has a nursing and public health background. After qualifying as a registered general nurse (RGN), Joseph worked within primary and secondary care settings as a staff nurse and a casualty and emergency unit manager in Bawku, Ghana. He went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Psychology and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Ghana. Returning to his former Nurses Training College, he worked as a lecturer before moving to the UK.

    In the UK, Joseph has worked as a staff nurse (RN) in the Dartford and Gravesend NHS Trust, and as a renal nurse (specialising in renal haemodialysis) at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. While working as a renal nurse in Sheffield, Joseph studied at the University of Sheffield and achieved a Master of Medical Science (MMedSci) specialising in the management of long term health conditions, and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) with training in Public Health research. His MPhil thesis explored the impact of the UK Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) on the quality of diabetes care and health care inequalities in primary care settings in England. Joseph then moved to the University of Lincoln for his PhD studies. His PhD thesis explored the perspectives of service users and practitioners about the use of QCancer, a novel cancer risk assessment tool, for early detection of cancer in primary care settings.

    Joseph is a Practitioner Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), a member of the European Public Health Association, a registered member of the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

    Joseph is currently a research assistant at the Community and Health Research Unit
    (CaHRU), University of Lincoln, working on a range of quality improvement and
    implementation science projects in primary care.  In addition to his research activities,
    Joseph contributes to the teaching of the health promotion module, as part of the
    the Health and Social Care and Nursing programmes at the University of Lincoln.

    Department Responsibilities

    Research Assistant working on a range of quality improvement and implementation science projects.

    Subject Specialism

    Quality Improvement and Implementation Science in Primary Health Care, Public Health and Nursing.


    • PhD Candidate — University of Lincoln, 2016
    • AFHEA — Higher Education Academy, 2014
    • MMedSci (Long Term Health Conditions) — University of Sheffield, 2013
    • MPhil — University of Sheffield, 2012
    • MPH — School of Public Health, University of Ghana, 2003
    • BA (Nursing and Psychology) — University of Ghana, 1999
    • RN — Presbyterian Nursing Training College, Bawku, Ghana, 1991


    • £467.50 Early Career Researcher (ECR) bursary to attend Early Diagnosis of Cancer Conference — Cancer Research UK, 2017
    • £100 Bursary to support PhD Project on Early Daignosis of Cancer — A supporter of the University of Lincoln, 2016
    • £8280 Bursary for MMedSci — NHS Learning Beyond Registration (LBR), 2012

    Professional Affiliations

    • Faculty of Public Health — Practitioner (PFPH)
    • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
    • European Public Health Association — Member
    • Royal College of Nursing (RCN) — Member
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK — Member
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Ghana — Member

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Peer Reviewer- The British Journal of General Practice (BJGP)

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Mortality review in pre-hospital care — NIHR
    • PhD project: early detection of cancer risk in primary care

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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