Sarah Hanson

Sarah HansonPhD Student



  • RGN, Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Community Health specialist (DipOH), University of Bedfordshire
  • PGCE, University of East Anglia
  • MA, Learning and Teaching, University of East Anglia
  • PGDip Clinical Research, University of East Anglia

Sarah has had a career as a health practitioner, trainer and lecturer within the NHS, industry and higher education and recently completed a PG diploma in Clinical Research at the UEA. She started her PhD programme in January 2013 with a studentship from Norwich Medical School.

Current work
Sarah’s interest is in the use of walking groups within the natural environment to improve health behaviours. Her data collection involves working with the Macmillan Ramblers ‘Walking for Health’ scheme; a NHS exercise referral scheme and Norwich City Council. She has completed a Systematic Review and meta-analysis of the health benefits of group walking. Additionally she is using mixed methods to research walking groups as NHS provision and as a DoH funded community scheme. Her lead supervisor is Professor Andy Jones. She is also working with Dr Cornelia Guell using photo-elicitation methods with participants in a walking group who reside in an area with poor health and physical activity indicators aiming to have a better understanding of the motivators and barriers to walking and walking groups.


Professional Membership

  • NMC
  • RSPH

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