Biography

Tom graduated from Keele in 2006 (B.Sc) with a dual honours degree in Criminology and Psychology. He stayed on at Keele to complete an M.Res in Social Science Research Methods the following year. Tom then spent 5 years working in research roles within the public sector (Office for National Statistics), private sector, and also the voluntary sector.

Tom returned to Keele in 2012 having been accepted for an Acorn Studentship. His PhD thesis explored lived experiences of chronic pain among rural dwelling older adults to identify factors to support ageing well. Tom is now a post-doctoral Research Associate in mental health at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences. He is a key member of the Mental Health Research Programme and works to deliver a joint research strategy shared between Keele University and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Research and scholarship

Tom's research expertise lies in exploratory methods, he favours working with qualitative data and enjoys applying novel techniques (e.g. mobile interviews, ‘go-alongs’, photo-elicitation).

His research interests include exploring experiences of mental and/or physical long-term conditions, ageing, and the role of the environment in health and well-being. Tom has conducted research funded by the National Institute for Health Research on themes including: medically unexplained symptoms, multimorbidity, and anxiety and depression in older people. He is also involved in a collection of research studies that explore perinatal anxiety, this is supported by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the maternal mental health patient group.

Tom leads a rural health initiative called FRRESH (Forum for Rural Research on Health and Well-being), funded by a Keele Innovation grant.

Teaching

Teaching

  • Exploratory research as part of the Research methods in health module HLT-40001.
  • Qualitative interviewing as part of Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Rheumatology Nursing module, Haywood Hospital.
  • Qualitative research methods for medical students as part of their Student Selected Components (SSCs) to complement the Keele MBChB course.

Supervision

  • Tom currently supervise MPhil and PhD students and has also provided supervision for INSPIRE/ASPIRE students and for NHS-staff and service users at the Research Clinic at South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Further information

Tom is a member of the Faculty’s Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Steering Group and is passionate about PPIE and that patients and the public be involved throughout the research process. He also actively encourages opportunities to involve third sector organisations in research. Both are important in order to maximise the relevance and impact of research at a community level.

Tom is also a member of the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee and REF Impact Case Study group.

Tom provides peer-review for journals including: Aging and mental health, Ageing and Society, Health Expectations, Biomed Central (BMC) Family Practice and BMC Health Services Research. He has also peer-reviewed funding application for National Institute for Health Research programmes.

Peer-review publications

Burroughs, H., Bartlam, B., Ray, M., Kingstone, T., Shepherd, T., Ogollah, R., Proctor, J., Waheed, W., Bower, P., Bullock, P. and Lovell, K., 2018. A feasibility study for NOn-Traditional providers to support the management of Elderly People with Anxiety and Depression: The NOTEPAD study Protocol. Trials, 19(1), p.172.

Sim, J., Saunders, B., Waterfield, J., and Kingstone, T. 2018. Can sample size in qualitative research be determined a priori? International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 1-16.

Saunders, B., Sim, J., Kingstone, T., Baker, S., Waterfield, J., Bartlam, B., Burroughs, H. and Jinks, C., 2017. Saturation in qualitative research: exploring its conceptualization and operationalization. Quality & Quantity, pp.1-15.

Kingstone, T., Burroughs, H., Bartlam, B., Ray, M., Proctor, J., Shepherd, T., Bullock, P. and Chew-Graham, C.A., 2017. Developing a community-based psycho-social intervention with older people and third sector workers for anxiety and depression: a qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 18(1), p.77.

Chew-Graham, C.A., Heyland, S., Kingstone, T., Shepherd, T., Buszewicz, M., Burroughs, H., and Sumathipala, A. (2017). Medically unexplained symptoms: continuing challenges for primary care. British Journal of General Practice, March 106-7.

Lee, R., Kingstone, T., Roberts, L., Shah, P.R., Edwards, S. and Singh, S. (2017).  A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of healing therapy in a gastroenterology outpatient setting. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 9: 110-119.

Blagden, S. Lee, R. Kingstone, T., Singh, S., Shah, P.R. and Roberts, L (2015) A   comparative study of quality of life in persons with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.  Gastroenterology Nursing Journal, 38(4) July/Aug 2015.

Soundy, A., Lee, R., Kingstone, T., Singh, S., Shah, P.R. and Roberts, L. (2015) Experiences of healing therapy in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 15: 106 DOI 10.1186/s12906-015-0611-x

Soundy, A., Kingstone, T. & Coffee, P. (2012) Understanding the psycho social processes of physical activity for individuals with severe mental illnesses: A meta-ethnography. In L. Abate, ed (2012) Mental Illnesses: Evaluation, Treatments and Implications. InTech, pp 3-20. ISBN 978-953-307-645-4.

Oral presentations

Kingstone, T. Rural older adults with chronic pain and depression. Launch event for National Centre for Rural Health and Care, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London October 2018.

Kingstone, T. The acceptability of a psychosocial intervention delivered by AgeUK Support Workers to older adults with anxiety and depression: a qualitative analysis. Primary Care Mental Health Annual Conference, Southampton, April 2018.

Kingstone, T., Spruce, A., Illidge, M. Perinatal anxiety: working together to establish a research theme. Involvement for impact research workshop. St George’s Hospital, South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, September 2017.

Kingstone, T., Chew-Graham, C.A., Burroughs, H., Buszewicz, Shepherd, T., and Sumathipala, A. The acceptability and appropriateness of metaphors to explain cognitive behaviour therapy principles for people with medically unexplained symptoms: a qualitative study. SAPC annual conference, July 2017.

Kingstone, T. Ageing well with chronic pain in rural environments: a mixed methods exploratory study. BSG annual conference, Swansea University, July 2017.

Kingstone, T., Burroughs, H., Bartlam, B., Ray, M., Shepherd, T., Bullock P, & Chew-Graham, CA. Exploring views about older people with anxiety and depression in the community to refine a psychosocial intervention delivered by non-statutory providers: a UK qualitative study. North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) annual conference, Colorado Springs, USA, November 2016

Kingstone, T., Burroughs, H., Bartlam, B., Ray, M., Shepherd, T., Bullock P, & Chew-Graham, CA. refining a psychosocial intervention for older people with anxiety and depression to be delivered by third sector providers: a qualitative study. SAPC annual conference, University of Dublin, July 2016. Elevator pitch.

Kingstone, T. Understanding experiences of later life chronic pain in rural areas: implications for primary care management and services. Primary Care and Health Sciences Postgraduate Symposium. Keele University. May 2015.

Kingstone, T. Ageing well with chronic pain in a rural environment - findings from a UK-based exploratory mixed methods study. Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. Niagara Falls, Canada. October 2014.

Kingstone, T. Ageing well with chronic pain in rural environments: preliminary findings from an exploratory mixed methods study. BSG annual conference, University of Southampton. September 2014.

Kingstone, T. Ageing well with chronic pain in rural environments: a case study. Primary Care and Health Sciences Postgraduate Symposium. Keele University. May 2014.

Kingstone, T. Ageing well with chronic pain in rural environments. Centre for Social Gerontology: Emerging and Established Researchers in Ageing. Keele University. December 2013.

Kingstone, T. Using ethnographic methods to explore the experiences of rural older people. Emerging Researchers in Ageing Gerontology: Challenging Futures. Oxford University, Sept 2013.

Kingstone, T. Using ethnographic methods to explore the experiences of rural older people. Primary Care and Health Sciences Postgraduate Symposium. Keele University, May 2013.

Poster presentations

Kingstone, T., Chew-Graham, C.A., Burroughs, H., Buszewicz, Shepherd, T., and Sumathipala, A. Exploring the acceptability and appropriateness of metaphors to explain cognitive behaviour therapy principles for people with medically unexplained symptoms: a qualitative study. School for Primary Care Research Showcase: Working better together, Oxford University. September 2017.

Kingstone, T., Chew-Graham, C.A., Shepherd, T., van Marwijk, H., Prince, M., Pincus, T., Garvin, S. and Sumathipala, A. Exploring the illness perceptions of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, with or without depression: a mixed methods study. SPCR Research Showcase: Working better together, Oxford University, September 2017.

Kingstone, T., Chew-Graham, C.A., Burroughs, H., Buszewicz, Shepherd, T., and Sumathipala, A. The acceptability and appropriateness of metaphors in the management of people with medically unexplained symptoms, in a UK healthcare setting: a qualitative study. NAPCRG annual conference, November 2016.

Kingstone, T., Chew-Graham, C.A., and Bartlam, B. Exploring factors that support rural older adults with chronic pain and maintain quality of life: a mixed methods study. SAPC annual conference, University of Dublin, July 2016.

Kingstone, T., Bernadette, B., Chew-Graham, C. Ageing with chronic pain in rural environments: using exploratory ethnographic methods. 8th International Conference on Cultural Gerontology. National University of Ireland Galway, April 2014.