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Dr Abi Methley, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Manchester, received the 2016 Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for her School funded research "Health care services for multiple sclerosis: The experiences of people with multiple sclerosis and health care professionals."

Abi was chosen by the editorial team of the Journal of Health Organization and Management for the highly commended award in the Healthcare Management category.

I am grateful to the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research whose funding enabled the completion of this research
- Dr Abi Methley

The 2016 Emerald and EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is a prestigious international annual award which celebrates excellence in research. Abi's doctoral research was selected due to its originality and innovation, high quality data and addressing an issue of importance to health care management with significant implications for theory and practice. 

"I am delighted to receive this award and would like to express my thanks to participants of this research and my supervisory team. I am grateful to the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research whose funding enabled the completion of this research. The Emerald/EMDF award has raised the profile of this research and I look forward to the opportunity to complete further research and development of mental health services for people with multiple sclerosis.”

The award body commented on Abi’s research:

“This application was highly commended for the quality of the research and the important insights that it offers into the lived experience of individuals with MS seeking health care and psychological support. It provides important insights into the organizational structure of health care services for multiple sclerosis (MS), mental health care and long term conditions more generally and implications for management and leadership within multiple sclerosis care. The research has garnered impressive interest in a short amount of time having published five peer review papers to date and garnering significant numbers of downloads and citations. The work is theoretically rich and methodologically robust and provides insight into helpful issues that will inform policy and practice.”