Catherine Perry

Deputy Director
Catherine has been at the Centre for Public Health Research since 1999. During this time she has contributed to numerous research projects, at all stages of the research process, from developing proposals and study design through to writing final reports.

Qualifications

BA, MPhil, RGN, RSCN

Overview

Catherine is the postgraduate programme leader for the Research Methods Masters programme which is offered by the CPHR, teaches on the Masters in Public Health programme, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to working at the CPHR Catherine was employed in health-related fields, originally as a children's nurse. She has worked as a research nurse at the University of Manchester and as a research assistant at the University of Liverpool, gaining her MPhil for a thesis examining the possible role of manganese in Perthes' disease of the hip in children. Following this she was a senior lecturer in the Department of Health and Community Studies at Chester, lecturing in epidemiology and biological aspects of health.

Research

Catherine has a broad range of interests in the fields of primary care and public health, as reflected in the research projects with which she has been involved. These have included explorations of the provision of sexual health information and services for young people; evaluative work with local Healthy Living Centre initiatives; evaluative work with Sure Start Children's Centre programmes; an exploration of the experience of participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme for people with a sensory impairment; and the evaluation of various innovative nursing roles in primary care. More recently she has developed an interest in obesity and has contributed to research projects evaluating the effectiveness of weight management programmes for adults and children. For her PhD she is conducting a study exploring the patterns of early childhood overweight and obesity in Halton, with a particular focus on weaning and how this is managed by mothers.

Published work

Recent publications

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2008). Introduction of the primary care cancer nursing role in a GP practice. British Journal of Community Nursing, 13, 367-372.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2008). Time for Me: the arts as therapy in postnatal depression. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 14, 38-45.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2008). Meeting the sexual health care needs of young people: a model that works? Child: Care, Health and Development, 34, 98-103.

Perry, C. (2007). Evaluation of a Pampering Group. In J. Schneider, M. Avis, & P. Leighton (Eds.). Supporting Children and Families: Lessons from Sure Start for Evidence-Based Practice in Health, Social Care and Education (pp. 21-30). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., Killey, M., & Miller, J. (2005). The nurse practitioner in primary care: alleviating problems of access? British Journal of Nursing, 14, 255-259.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., & Green, K. (2004). Involvement and detachment in researching sexuality: reflections on the process of semi-structured interviewing. Qualitative Health Research, 14, 135-148.

Margetts, B.M., Perry, C.A., Taylor J.F., & Dangerfield, P.H. (2001). The incidence and distribution of Legg-Calve-Perthes' disease in Liverpool, 1982-95. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 84, 351-354.

Perry, C. (2000). A qualitative study of the life experiences of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Warrington and Halton: implications for service providers. Collected Original Resources in Education, 24, 2, fiche 5 E13.

Externally commissioned research reports

Hughes, D., Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (March 2010). A qualitative evaluation of the Western Cheshire community weight management programme - Step by Step healthy weight and lifestyle programme. Interim report. Chester, United Kingdom: Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester.

Alford, S. & Perry, C. (2009). Young people and sunbed usage in Cheshire. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Ward, F., Goldthorpe, J., Alford, S., Thurston, M. & Perry, C. (2009). Mapping and gapping services for children, young people and families in Blacon. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S. & Perry, C. (2008). An evaluation of the delivery and outcomes of Halton Lodge Children's Centre French language teaching service: La Petite École. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., Ward, F. & Thurston, M. (2008). Parents as sex and relationship educators: a local evaluation of ‘Speakeasy 4 Parents'. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2008). Sure Start Halton Children's Centres: User Satisfaction Survey. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., Perry, C., & Mann, F. (2008). Evaluation of the Dads Group at Blacon Children's Centre. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Powell, K., Perry, M., & Thurston, M. (2008). The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Cheshire and Merseyside: perspectives of people with a sensory impairment. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Powell, K., Perry, C., & Alford, A. (2007). Sure Start Widnes Children's Centres: an evaluation of a new programme. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2007). The local evaluation of Knutsford's Healthy Living Network: January 2006 - December 2006. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Mann, F., & Perry, C. (2007). Evaluation of services for younger parents at Halton Lodge Children's Centre. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public
Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2006). The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy Living
Programme. Annual reach Report August 2005 - July 2006. Chester:
University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2006). Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust. NHS
Foundation Trust Consultation. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for
Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2006). Redesigning adult and older people's mental health
services in Cheshire and Wirral. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for
Public Health Research.

Thurston, M., & Perry, C. (2006). Eastern Cheshire Future Healthcare Project
Findings from the Public Consultation Exercise. Chester: University of Chester,
Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2006). North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Better care,
sustainable services. Public consultation. Chester: University of Chester,
Centre for Public Health Research.

Davies, S., & Perry, C. (2006). An evaluation of the play services at Sure Start Dino. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2006). Evaluating the role of the Primary Care Cancer
Nurse: a qualitative study of local implementation in Runcorn. Chester:
University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Mann, F., & Perry, C. (2006). Parental participation in Sure Start Jolly Giraffe. The
role and effectiveness of the Parents' Forum. Chester: University of Chester,
Centre for Public Health Research.

Samuels, T., Thurston, M., & Perry, C. (2006). Review of sexual health services in
central Cheshire. Perspectives of service providers. Chester: University of
Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Samuels, T. (2006). Engaging parents and carers with Sure Start New
Steps. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Caiels, J., & Perry, C. (2006). Evaluation of the Paediatric Home-based Palliative
Care Service. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health
Research.

Perry, C., & May, S. (2006). Increasing awareness of healthy eating through the use
of performing arts. An evaluation of the StarBites project. Chester: University of
Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., Samuels, T., & Perry, C. (2005). The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy
Living Programme: annual reach report August 2004-July 2005. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., & Killey, M. (2005). An evaluation of the Cheshire Sexual
Health Promotion Project. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2005). Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer user satisfaction survey.
Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Alexander, D. (2005). An evaluation of the Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer
Pampering Group. Chester: University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2005). Sure Start New Steps user satisfaction survey.
Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., Perry, C., & Davies, S. (2005). Sure Start Jolly Giraffe user satisfaction
survey. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2005). Providing health care for the homeless population. An
evaluation of Chester City Homeless PMS pilot. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Pearson, C., & Perry, C. (2005). An evaluation of Time for Me: a postnatal
depression and anxiety support group. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Samuels, T., & Perry, C. (2005). A SWOT analysis of Halton's Healthy Living Project: prospects for sustainability. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Manning, R., & Perry, C. (2005). Sure Start Dino parent satisfaction survey. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2004). The local evaluation of Halton's Healthy Living Project: Annual Reach Report August 2003-July 2004. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2004). A survey of antenatal and newborn sickle cell and thalassaemia screening in the North West Region. Chester: University College Chester, Centre for Public Health Research.

Killey, M., Perry, C., Miller. J., & Thurston, M. (2003). An exploration of the role of the nurse clinician in facilitating access to high quality primary care. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Thurston, M., Perry, C., & Kirby, K. (2003). Exploring colorectal cancer patients' perceptions of the quality of their care. A qualitative study in Halton. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C. Kirby, K., Jones, J., & Thurston, M. (2003). An evaluation of the Wallasey Heart Centre. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Killey, C., Perry, C., & Jones, J. (2002). Nurse-led telephone triage in primary care. An evaluation in South Cheshire. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2002). Personal Medical Services pilot sites in south Cheshire. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., Jones, J., & Thurston, M. (2002). An evaluation of Upton Rocks PMS pilot Site. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2002). Supporting parents in Halton: challenges and opportunities for service development. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2001). An evaluation of the Gay and Lesbian Youth Support Services (GLYSS) in Halton and Warrington. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Jones, J., Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2000). An evaluation of ‘Advice 4 Youth': a health and support service for young people. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Jones, J., Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2000). Synergy: an evaluation of a young persons advice and support service. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., & Jones, J. (2000). Providing services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the North West: a consultation exercise on behalf of the Gay Health Alliance Project. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Perry, C. (1999). A qualitative study of the life experiences of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Warrington and Halton: implications for service providers. Chester: Chester College of Higher Education, Centre for Public Health Research.

Conference presentations

Perry, C., Thurston, M., & Bundred, P. (2008, July 14). Exploring patterns of overweight and obesity in Halton children: work in progress. Poster presented at the ASO North West Regional Meeting.

Thurston, M., Powell, K., & Perry, C. (2007, November 29). Recruiting the ‘hard to reach': involving sensory impaired people in research. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, Cambridge.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2006, November 28). Evaluating the role of the Primary Care Cancer Nurse: a qualitative study of local implementation. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, Liverpool.

Caiels, J., & Perry, C. (2006, November 16). Evaluation of the Paediatric Home-based Palliative Care Service. Paper presented at the Association of Children's Hospices Doctors and Heads of Care Conference New Challenges for Palliative Care, Wirral.

Perry, C. (2006, June 14). Evaluation of the Sure Start Widnes Trailblazer Pampering Group. Paper presented at Learning from Sure Start National Conference, Nottingham.

Alford, S., & Perry, C. (2005, November 28). Providing health care for the homeless population: an evaluation of Chester City Homeless PMS pilot. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, Bristol.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2005, March 18). Providing services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people: a consultation exercise. Paper presented at the Community, Work and Family: Change and Transformation Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2005, March 18). ‘We are there and we need mentioning': responding to the needs of the young lesbian, gay and bisexual community. Paper presented at the Community, Work and Family: Change and Transformation Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., Melvin, J., & Miller, J. (2004, December 3). Improving the quality of cancer care through the role of the Primary Care Cancer Nurse: a qualitative study of local implementation in Runcorn. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, York.

Thurston, M., & Perry, C. (2004, December 3). Exploring colorectal cancer patients' perceptions of the quality of their care: a qualitative study in Halton. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the UK Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, York.

Pearson, C., & Perry, C. (2004, June 29). Service evaluation of speech and language therapy services in the Widnes Sure Start area. Paper presented at the Sure Start Speech and Language Therapy Conference, Warwick University.

Perry, C., Kirby, K., Jones, J., & Thurston, M. (2003, September 11). An evaluation of a primary care-based heart centre. Paper presented at the International Collaborative Conversations Conference, Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University.

Perry, C., Thurston, M., & Jones, J. (2003, September 11). The local evaluation of a PMS pilot site: breaking down the hierarchy in general practice. Paper presented at the International Collaborative Conversations Conference, Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University.

Perry, C., & Thurston, M. (2002, April 19). An Evaluation of the Gay and Lesbian Youth Support Services (GLYSS) in Halton and Warrington. Paper presented at the From Child to Adult ... Changes and Challenges Conference, National Family and Parenting Institute, London.