Rachel is a Research Officer in public health economics at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicine Evaluation (CHEME). Since joining CHEME in January 2022 her work has focused on the role of welfare and legal advice services in public health. She is currently investigating the impact of a targeted Citizens’ Advice intervention on physical health, mental wellbeing and healthcare usage. Rachel is particularly interested looking at the wider picture of intervention impacts, which includes using the Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation method, mixed methods evaluations and the role of qualitative research in health economics.
Previous to this post Rachel completed a Masters by Research in Sports and Exercise Physiology at Bangor University, with a focus on exercise rehabilitation and preventative health. She still provides support for exercise rehabilitation trials run in Bangor University School of Behavioural Sciences, by developing exercise programmes for trial participants.
Rachel’s initial scientific training was in Biochemistry at Cardiff University, where she completed a MSc in Biochemistry and a PhD studying the effects of inflammation on gene expression in kidney cells. After leaving Cardiff University she worked for 8 years in commercial healthcare/retail settings, including in product development, customer analysis, and financial analysis and strategic planning roles. Since moving back to Wales and learning Welsh as an adult she has also worked as a part-time Welsh language tutor.