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About Joseph Akanuwe

I am a Registered Nurse with clinical training in managing long-term health conditions including renal dialysis, and further training in Primary Care and Public Health research resulting in the following academic awards: a combined Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Psychology and a Master of Public Health (University of Ghana); a Master of Medical Science (MMedSci) in long-term health conditions and an MPhil (University of Sheffield) and a PhD (University of Lincoln). My PhD explored the implementation of cancer risk assessment tools in primary care from the perspectives of practitioners (GPs and Practice Nurses) and service users. I am a Practitioner of the Faculty of Public Health (PFPH) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). My research interest focusses on quality improvement and implementation science using a range of methods to identify important gaps in primary healthcare and addressing the gaps by implementing the findings or recommendations to make a positive difference to quality of healthcare and outcomes. Based at the Community and Health Research Centre (CaHRU), University of Lincoln, Joseph is currently working on a Guillain-Barré and Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN) project in primary care, with a team of researchers led by Professor Niro Siriwardena. The GAIN project aims to explore the experiences of the illness, its care and how people with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) living in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland can return to their lives following discharge from hospital, functioning as well as possible from a physical, psychological and social perspective.

Subject Specialism

Quality Improvement and Implementation Science in Primary Healthcare


  • PhD — University of Lincoln, 2018
  • AFHEA — Higher Education Academy, 2014
  • University of Lincoln Initial Teaching Award (TLHE) — University of Lincoln, 2014
  • MMedSci (Long-term health conditions) — University of Sheffield, 2013
  • MPhil — University of Sheffield, 2012
  • MPH — School of Public Health, University of Ghana, 2003
  • BSc (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,
  • £100: Bursary to support PhD project on early diagnosis of cancer risk — A supporter of the University of Lincoln,
  • £200: Early Career Researcher (ECR) bursary to attend early diagnosis of cancer conference — Cancer Research UK,
  • £8280: Funding for MMedSci programme — NHS Learning Beyond Registration (LBR),

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Research Interests

  • Improving quality in healthcare through implementation of innovations and impact evaluation

  • Early detection of long-term health conditions (e.g cancer, diabetes, CHD etc) through implementation of risk assessment tools

  • Tackling inequalities for health quality improvement

  • Managing long-term health conditions

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
  • Faculty of Public Health — Practitioner (PFPH)
  • European Public Health Association — Member
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN) — Member
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 Registered Nurse - acitve) — Registrant


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