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    Research Interests

    Sarah Atkins is an applied linguist who conducts research in a range of professional settings, including healthcare, business and forensic contexts. She completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham and has subsequently held posts at King’s College London (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) and the University of Nottingham (Economic and Social Research Council ‘Future Research Leaders’), where she worked on projects researching the assessment of spoken communication for postgraduate doctors. She was then a member of Linguistic Profiling for Professionals, University of Nottingham, conducting linguistic consultancy projects with a range of external organisations, and the Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck, University of London, researching spoken interaction in Schwartz Center Rounds®, which are supportive forums for healthcare staff to dicuss the emotional and ethical complexties of their jobs.

    Her work has a strong emphasis on applying findings in practical ways and she has developed a number of successful training interventions, including award-winning workshops and e-learning materials for healthcare professionals. She is interested in the intersection of research methods and approaches through which linguistics is applied to real-world problems across various settings and brings these experiences to bear at the Institute.

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    Research Output

    Learning to manage rapport in GP trainee encounters: A discursive politeness approach

    Harrington, L., Emerson, T., Mullany, L., Atkins, S., Churchill, D., Winter, R. & Patel, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Politeness in Professional Contexts. Amsterdam: John Benjamins

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Pragmatics: Leadership and team communication in emergency medicine training.

    Atkins, S. & Chalupnik, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In Brookes, G. and Hunt, D., eds., Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Team interaction in healthcare settings: Leadership, rapport-building and clinical outcomes in ad hoc medical teams.

    Chalupnik, M. & Atkins, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In Archer, D, Grainger, K. and Jagodzinski, P., eds., Politeness in Professional Settings. John Benjamins

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • Account sequences in emergency care discourse: Comparing conversations with simulated patients and manikins in training sessions

    Tsuchiya, K., Coffey, F., Timmons, S., Atkins, S., Baxendale, B. & Adolphs, S., 20 May 2019, In : Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 12, 1, p. 72-93

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Poster Prize, Royal College of General Practitioners, 2018 Annual Conference

    Atkins, Sarah (Recipient), Oct 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award

    Atkins, Sarah (Recipient), May 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)