Women in Science
Part-time and flexible working
Video clip: Anushka’s research involved following patients through an NHS treatment path. If she had worked part-time it would have had a negative effect on recruitment.
But in terms of the research do you think that would be more difficult if you were working part-time?
Yeah I think it would be a lot more difficult. For my particular project I was basically following patients through an NHS treatment path and I had to be very opportunistic because the way we designed the study I had to sort of meet them at a certain point in their care and then if they consented to participate I would then follow them through. And so that has meant basically following a lot of patients who are doing that same pathway but at very different times.
So for example when they’re coming up for a clinic appointment I have to then arrange to, to perhaps meet them a little bit beforehand or afterwards, but it, on the same time because we didn’t want them to come and travel extra or have extra time, or in fact when they came in to have the procedure done I would then try and co-ordinate to see them after the procedure, and things like that. And if I had not been around every day, and that has involved coming in on the weekend as well, so for example if someone had their surgery on a Friday I would then come in on a Saturday or a Sunday to meet them afterwards to do the post op assessment with them. And if I wasn’t able to do that which I wouldn’t if I was working part-time and I had two young children, that would have reduced my numbers in the study massively.