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Dr Georgia Black
1-19 Torrington Place
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3157
Fax: +44 (0)20 7813 0242
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

My work has covered several areas of healthcare improvement studies, with two main foci: (1) the impact of GP-patient communication on patient safety in cancer pathways and (2) the effect of socioeconomic inequalities and specifically exclusion from healthcare. My research has exposed unintended consequences of patients’ communication with services such as delayed diagnosis, restricted access to services and exacerbation of illness. I have developed a programme of research addressing specific aspects such as emergency pathways (Black et al., 2015), educational differences in relation to cancer, psychological impact of and fear of cancer, and public attitudes to changes in cancer policy. 

I also have a programme of work relating to inclusion health. This includes supervision of a PhD project (student Chantal Edge) relating to the feasibility of telemedicine in prisons, prisoner experiences of secondary care, general practice with homeless populations (Zana Khan) and the stigma associated with personality disorders in forensic and mental health services. 

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I am currently leading four projects that relate to improving early diagnosis of cancer:

1. THIS Institute fellowship: What can we learn about diagnostic safety culture in cancer referral pathways, which will inform future improvement and service design of diagnostic pathways across the NHS? (Black) THIS Institute postdoctoral fellowship grant, 1 June 2020 – 31 May 2020

2. PEARL study: Patient Experience of symptoms, help-seeking And Risk factors in Lung cancer in never, current and former smokers (Black, Quaife, Van Os) 1 June 2020 – 30 May 2021, Cancer Research UK, £71,064.98

3. BLood cancer: understanding public Awareness, help-seeking behaviours and Diagnostic managEment: the BLADE study (Black, Bhuiya, Whitaker) Sep 2020 – Aug 2022, Blood Cancer UK, £TBD

4. Safety netting and re-consultation for lung cancer symptoms: GP and patient perspectives (Black, Whitaker, Walter) 31 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2020, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, £112,522.00

Teaching Summary

I am open to new supervision opportunities particularly in the fields of early diagnosis of cancer, healthcare inequalities and inclusion health.

PhD students:

  • Stephanie Kumpunen (2019-2024) A critical analysis and development of rapid ethnographies in healthcare quality improvement
  • Chantal Edge (2018-2021) Using telemedicine to improve access, cost, and quality of secondary care for people in prison
  • Jennifer Martin (2015-) Interventions to optimise nutrition in Bangladeshi children aged 6 months to 2yrs: translation of women’s group approach from resource poor countries to the UK (with Monica Lakhanpaul and Ed Fottrell)
  • Caoimhe Nic A Bhaird (2011-2015) "Improving the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Team Meetings for Patients with Chronic Diseases" (with Rosalind Raine, Susan Michie and Nora Pashayan

I am a founder member of the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qualitative-health-research-network. This is a a cross-faculty and transdisciplinary initiative to support the use and development of qualitative research in health, illness and care. 

We have hosted three biennial symposia, and the abstracts and summaries of these are available at BMJ Open:


Academic Background
2011   Doctor of Philosophy Institute of Psychiatry
2008   Master of Science University of Surrey
2005   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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