Dr Hossain is the Research Assistant in Health Services Research for an NIHR School for Primary Care (SPCR) funded study: Optimising Management of Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction in Primary Care (Optimise HFpEF). 

We aim to develop a programme of optimised management by improving our understanding of needs and experiences of patients with HFpEF, clinical decision making and management in primary care, and integrating research findings with patient and clinical expertise. 

Dr Hossain is working on the qualitative study with patients and carers. 

Prior to joining Keele, Dr Hossain worked at the University of Portsmouth as a research assistant. He was involved in two research projects, two qualitative evaluations studies funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme. Followed by the UoP, he also worked as a Research Assistant on another NIHR funded project led by Bournemouth University. The project was about a trial to test whether Tai Chi (an ancient gentle form of exercise) could improve health and well-being in people with dementia. 

Dr Hossain completed his Honours (4 years) and Masters in Sociology at the University of Rajshahi, after which he attained an MA in Health and Social Care at Middlesex University London. In 2017, he completed a Ph.D. in dementia with a thesis 'understanding dementia among the Bangladeshi community in England' at the University of Portsmouth. 

Research and scholarship

Dr Hossain's main areas of research include ageing and older people, dementia, mental health, heart failure, ethnicity, culture, and religion. 

In particular, his previous research focussed on disadvantaged older people from Black and ethnic minority groups in the UK. However, he was keen to undertake a research study into older people from the wider UK population, not just among older adults from a particular ethnic group. 


Dr Hossain is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA):

He has achieved professional recognition as an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He also completed the Graduate Professional Development (GPROF) programme as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Action Plan. This professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy are both nationally and internationally recognised as standards of excellence in teaching and support in higher education. 

Dr Hossain's teaching experience started when he was an undergraduate student at the University of Rajshahi. However, he held several more voluntary teaching positions as part of his doctoral research training.

Whilst a Ph.D. student, he had a voluntary teaching assistant position for more than two years at the University of Portsmouth (UoP) teaching ‘Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice' module unit, Level 4, with his Ph.D. supervisor and course co-ordinator.

In addition, he taught MSc 2nd year student for Literature Review and Systematic Review sessions and ran several workshop sessions at the graduate school of UoP, where he delivered lectures on how to conduct a systematic review of qualitative synthesis and had a large audience.

Dr Hossain also had another teaching assistant position at the learning centre of Portsmouth City Council and worked there for two years where he taught English as a foreign language. 

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