School of Health and Social Care
College of Social Science
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.
Quality Improvement and Implementation Science in Primary Healthcare
— University of Lincoln, 2018
— Higher Education Academy, 2014
University of Lincoln Initial Teaching Award (TLHE)
— University of Lincoln, 2014
MMedSci (Long-term health conditions)
— University of Sheffield, 2013
— University of Sheffield, 2012
— School of Public Health, University of Ghana, 2003
BSc (Nursing and Psychology)
— University of Ghana, 1999
— 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),
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
- Siriwardena, Niro and Akanuwe, Joseph and Crum, A and Coster, J and Jacques, R and Turner, J (2017) Preventable mortality in patients at low risk of death requiring prehospital ambulance care: structured judgment case note review. In: EUSEM Conference.
- Akanuwe, Joseph and Siriwardena, Niro and Black, Sharon and Owen, Sara (2017) Exploring service user and practitioner perspectives of using cancer risk assessment tools in primary care GP consultations. In: Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) ASM Conference, 12-14 July 2017, University of Warwick.
- Siriwardena, Niro and Togher, Fiona and Akanuwe, Joseph and Spaight, A. (2017) Reliability and validity of an Ambulance Patient Reported Experience Measure (A-PREM): pilot study. In: 999 EMS Research Conference, 29th March 2017, Bristol.
- Akanuwe, Joseph and Siriwardena, Niro and Black, Sharon and Owen, Sara (2017) A systematic scoping review of the use of cancer risk assessment tools for early detection of cancer risk in primary care. In: Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Regional Conference, 21 March 2017, Lincoln.
- Akanuwe, J. N. A. and Siriwardena, A. N. (2017) Exploring service user and practitioner perspectives of QCancer use in primary care consultations [Pechakucha]. In: Cancer Research UK Early Diagnosis Research Conference, 23 - 24 February 2017, London.
- Akanuwe, Joseph and Siriwardena, Niro and Black, Sharon and Owen, Sara (2017) Informing use of QCancer in the primary care consultation - perspectives of service users and practitioners. In: Cancer Research Early Diagnosis Research Conference, 23th-24th February 2017, London.
- Akanuwe, J. and Siriwardena, N. and Black, S. and Owen, S. (2016) Exploring service user and practitioner perspectives of QCancer use in primary care consultations. In: College of Social Science Research Conference 2016, 20 July 2015, University of Lincoln.
- Akanuwe, J. and Siriwardena, N. and Black, S. and Owen, S. (2016) Exploring Service User and practitioner perspectives of QCancer use in primary care consultations. In: Trent Regional SAPC Spring Meeting, 15 March 2016, Leicester.
- Akanuwe, J and Siriwardena, N and Black, S and Owen, S (2016) Service user and practitioner perspectives of QCancer use in primary care consultations [workshop]. In: GP Educators Conference, 14 January 2016.
- Akanuwe, J. and Goyder, E. and O'Hara, R. and Julious, S. (2010) Exploring the impact of the quality and outcomes framework on the quality of diabetes care and health care inequalities in England. In: Society for Social Medicine Conference, 6 - 8 September 2010, Belfast.
- Akanuwe, J. and Goyder, E. and O'Hara, R. and Julious, S. (2009) The impact of QOF on inequalities in the process and outcome of diabetes care: a systematic review. In: Society for Social Medicine Conference, 9th -11th September 2009, Newcastle.
Higher Education Academy
— Associate Fellow (AFHEA)
Faculty of Public Health
— Practitioner (PFPH)
European Public Health Association
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 Registered Nurse - acitve)
Peer Reviewer- The British Journal of General Practice (BJGP)