Dr Alison Bravington

BA, BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Associate

Role at Hull York Medical School

Alison is currently working on two studies at Hull York Medical School: a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study looking at Cervical Cancer Screening in Older Women aged 55-64, and a Policy Research Unit study exploring the dissemination and uptake of cancer information in GP waiting rooms.


Alison originally took a degree in English literature and a professional diploma in publishing and book production, and worked as a writer, editor and indexer for publishing houses in Oxford and London for fifteen years. After requalifying with a BSc in psychology (1st Class), Alison worked as an academic research assistant while taking a Masters in Social Research and Evaluation (Distinction), and subsequently as a qualitative methods tutor and undergraduate research project supervisor. Alison's PhD used photo elicitation and situational analysis to explore the role of everyday resources in recovery from cancer treatment with curative intent.


Prior to joining Hull York Medical School, Alison began her research career at the University of Huddersfield in 2008, and has worked on projects examining professional collaborative working in end-of-life care, cancer and long term conditions, health and well-being in community group participation, and students’ experiential learning on practice placements across a range of academic disciplines.


Academic papers:

Bravington, A. and King, N. (2018) Putting graphic elicitation into practice: Tools and typologies for the use of participant-led diagrams in qualitative research interviews, Qualitative Research, on-line first: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1468794118781718

Johnston, B., Bravington, A., Patterson, A., Hardy, B., Wilson, E., Almack, K., Seymour, J. (in press) A qualitative evaluation from stakeholders of the Macmillan Specialist Care at Home service using the Pictor interview technique, Palliative Medicine.

King, N., Bravington, A., Brooks, J., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2017) “Go make your face known”: Collaborative working through the lens of personal relationships, International Journal of Integrated Care, 17(4), pp3-14.

Brooks, J.M., Bravington, A., Hardy, B., Melvin, J., King, N. (2015) “It’s not just about the patient, it’s the families too”: End of life care in the home environment, Supportive and Palliative Care, 5, pp114-115.

Noble, B., King, N. , Woolmore, A., Hughes, P., Winslow, M., Melvin, J., Brooks, J., Bravington, A., Ingleton, C., Bath, P. (2014) Can comprehensive specialised end of life care be provided at home? Lessons from a study of an innovative consultant-led community service in the UK, European Journal of Cancer Care, 05/2014. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12195

King, N., Bravington, A., Brooks, J., Hardy, B., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2013) The Pictor technique: A method for exploring the experience of collaborative working, Qualitative Health Research, 23(8), pp1138-1152. doi: 10.1177/1049732313495326

Kirkby-Geddes, E., King, N. and Bravington, A. (2012) Through the lens of social capital: An examination of people's experiences of community group participation in the context of a Healthy Living Centre, Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 23, pp271-285. doi: 10.1002/casp.2118


Book sections:

Brooks, J., King, N., Bravington, A., Hardy, B., Melvin, J. and Wilde, D. (2017) The Pictor technique: Exploring experiences of collaborative working from the perspectives of generalist and specialist nurses, in Brooks, J. and King, N., Applied qualitative research in psychology, London: Palgrave.

King, N., Brooks, J. and Bravington, A. (2014) The Pictor technique: Exploring collaborative working in nursing, in Sage Research Methods Case Series, London: Sage Publications.

External roles

Alison has a special interest in visual research methods, and retains a relationship as a Campus Working Partner at the University of Huddersfield on projects focusing on the theory and practice of visual techniques in qualitative research. Her Masters thesis trialled the application of a visual tool used in qualitative research interviews as a method of reflective practice for nursing and midwifery students, and she is currently undertaking further visual methods writing in relation to her PhD.


2017: Do, delay or DNA? Attitudes towards cervical screening among women over 55 and the professionals who screen them, SEDA Research Group Conference, Hull, UK.

2017: How to consider the social and material resources of cancer ‘survivors’: looking for clues using photo-elicitation, Ca-Pri (The Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network) Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

2015: Picture this: Visual methods for reflecting on experience in undergraduate practice placements, Royal College of Nursing Educational Conference, Nottingham, UK.

2013 [Workshop]: Personal Construct Psychology, with Dr Vivien Burr, British Psychological Society QMiP (Qualitative Methods in Psychology) Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

2013: Pictor – An exploration of the visual analysis of multiple charts, Paper 4 of Pictor Symposium, British Psychological Society QMiP Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

2012: Making sense of work placement learning using visual tools and talk, How Learning Happens: Teaching and Learning Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

2012: Using visuals to reflect on collaborative working in health care, British Psychological Society QMiP (Qualitative Methods in Psychology) Conference, London, UK.

2010: Lens or blinkers? Some challenges in using social capital as a theoretical framework, with Nigel King, British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Nottingham, UK.

2009: “The essential thing is to bring people together…”: Participation in community-based activity groups and perceptions of community, with Nigel King/Emma Kirkby-Geddes, British Psychological Society North East of England Branch annual conference, Sheffield, UK.