Dr Dawn Swancutt

Dr Dawn Swancutt

PenARC Research Fellow

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Dawn Swancutt is an applied health services researcher with an interest in patient experience of their care. She has been in the Community and Primary Care research group at the University of Plymouth University since 2014, following 10 years in research at the University of Birmingham. Her main role is as the manager for the NIHR funded PROGROUP research programme, 'Improving group treatment for people with severe obesity'.

She works across multi-disciplinary teams to lead delivery of practical research that is valued by patients and NHS service delivery staff. Her recent work includes studying patient pathways to avoid hospital admissions. She is currently leading evaluations of: a learning technique for GPs on multimorbidity consultations, attitudes towards recovering from a fall, and delivery methods for weight management services.

Dawn is leading a national survey of specialist weight management services. If you lead, or work in Tier 3 services, take a look at our survey.

Dawn is also a member of the Evidence Based Medicine PenARC teaching team, the Research Staff representative on the Researcher Forum and the University Research Excellence Framework steering group.


  • PhD Primary Care, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH), University of Birmingham, 2005
  • BSc. (Hons). Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, 1998

Professional membership

  • Association for the Study of Obesity

  • Teaching interests

    • Evidence Based Medicine
    • Introduction to Qualitative Research
    • SHERPA for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
    • Qualitative Research in Clinical Trials

    Research interests

    • Mixed-methods research
    • Health services research
    • Research into patient experience of their care
    • Format and delivery of weight-management services
    • Patient care pathways
    • Attitudes to teaching and learning techniques to get up following a fall
    • Methods to consult with patients who have multi morbidity

    Key publications

    Key publications are highlighted

    Swancutt DR, Hope SV, Kent BP, Robinson M & Goodwin VA 2020 'Knowledge, skills and attitudes of older people and staff about getting up from the floor following a fall: a qualitative investigation' BMC Geriatrics 20, (1) , DOI PEARL
    Swancutt D, Tarrant M & Pinkney J 2019 'How Group-Based Interventions Can Improve Services for People with Severe Obesity' Current Obesity Reports 8, (3) 333-339 , DOI PEARL
    Swancutt D, Joel-Edgar S, Allen M, Thomas D, Brant H, Benger J, Byng R & Pinkney J 2017 'Not all waits are equal: an exploratory investigation of emergency care patient pathways' BMC Health Services Research 17, (1) , DOI PEARL
    Apenteng PN, McCahon D, Murray ET, Jowett S, Murray KA, Swancutt D & Fitzmaurice DA 2015 ''The best thing since sliced bread’: patients’ perceptions of self-management of oral anticoagulation' Thrombus 2, (19) 45-47
    Croker JE, Swancutt DR, Roberts MJ, Abel GA, Roland M & Campbell JL 2013 'Factors affecting patients' trust and confidence in GPs: evidence from the English national GP patient survey' BMJ Open 3, (5) Author Site , DOI PEARL
    Coast J, Al-Janabi H, Sutton EJ, Horrocks SA, Vosper AJ, Swancutt DR & Flynn TN 2012 'Using qualitative methods for attribute development for discrete choice experiments: issues and recommendations' Health Economics 21, (6) 730-741 , DOI
    Swancutt DR, Greenfield SM, Luesley DM & Wilson S 2011 'Women's experience of colposcopy: a qualitative investigation' BMC WOMENS HEALTH 11, Author Site , DOI PEARL
    Swancutt DR, Luesley DM, Eastaugh JL & Wilson S 2008 'Anaesthetic choice in the colposcopy clinic: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data - Reply' BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY 115, (9) 1190-1190 Author Site , DOI
    Swancutt DR, Luesley DM, Eastaugh JL & Wilson S 2008 'Anesthetic Choice in the Colposcopy Clinic: A Retrospective Analysis of Routinely Collected Data' Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 63, (8) 504-505 , DOI
    Swancutt DR, Luesley DM, Eastaugh JL & Wilson S 2008 'Anaesthetic choice in the colposcopy clinic: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data' BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY 115, (5) 646-652 Author Site , DOI
    Swancutt DR, Greenfield SM & Wilson S 2008 'Women's colposcopy experience and preferences: a mixed methods study' BMC Womens Health 8, Author Site , DOI PEARL
    Swancutt DR, Hobbs R, Fitzmaurice D, Mant J, Murray E, Jowett S, Raftery J, Bryan S, Davies M & Lip G 2004 'A randomised controlled trial and cost effectiveness study of systematic screening (targeted and total population screening) versus routine practice for the detection of atrial fibrillation in the over 65s: (SAFE) [ISRCTN19633732]' BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 4, , DOI PEARL
    Pinkney J, Rance S, Benger J, Brant H, Joel-Edgar S, Swancutt D, Westlake D, Pearson M, Thomas D & Holme I 2016 How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? A mixed-methods study of four acute hospitals. National Institute for Health Research Publisher Site , DOI PEARL