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Dr Rose Rickford

Research Fellow in Qualitative Methods
PhD MA BA(Hons)

Academic and research departments

School of Psychology.


My qualifications

PhD, Sociology. What are the characteristics of organisations that are able to meet need and support flourishing? An explanatory account of grassroots community organising in England and Wales during the Covid-19 pandemic.
University of York
MA Social Research
University of York
BA(Hons) Sociology
University of York

Previous roles

2023 - 2024
Research Associate: Women's Education and Training in Modern Britain
University of Oxford
2019 - 2021
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sociology
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Language and Linguistic Science
University of York
2024 - 2024
Occasional lecturer, Social Research and Social Theory, School of Health and Social Wellbeing
University of the West of England
2023 - 2024
Undergraduate Thesis Tutor, Politics
Brasenose College

Affiliations and memberships

Advance HE
Associate Fellow
British Sociological Association


Research interests

Research projects


Celia Kitzinger, Rose Rickford (2007)VI. Becoming a `Bloke, In: Feminism & psychology17(2)pp. 214-223 SAGE

This article uses conversation analysis (CA) on a single case study (a call to a helpline for women with symphysis pubis dysfunction) to explore how, and why, a speaker produces a non-present third person she has earlier referred to using a non-gendered term (`your partner') as a member of a gendered category (`a bloke') — and why she later seeks to undo this categorization. This contributes to (feminist) CA an understanding of how gender is constructed in talk-in-interaction and, more generally, to understandings of membership categorization and person reference.

Susanna Kola-Palmer, Melanie Rogers, Abigail Halliday, Rose Rickford (2022)"A lot can happen in five years": Women's attitudes to extending cervical screening intervals, In: European journal of cancer care31(6)e13655 Wiley

Objective Evidence suggests that cervical screening intervals can be extended and lifetime cervical screening for human papillomavirus (HPV)-vaccinated women could be reduced. This study examines UK women's attitudes to extending screening intervals and assesses associations between knowledge, risk perception and HPV vaccination status, and acceptability of changes. Methods Using a convenience sampling strategy, an anonymous mixed-methods online survey was used and data recorded from 647 women (mean age = 28.63, SD = 8.69). Results Across the full sample, 46.1% of women indicated they would wait 5 years for their next cervical screening, while 60.2% of HPV-vaccinated women would be unwilling to have as few as three cervical screens in a lifetime. Multivariate analysis revealed those who are regular screened, those who intend to attend when invited, and those who perceive greater personal risk of cervical cancer are less likely to accept a 5-year screening interval. Qualitative findings relating to benefits of extending intervals included convenience of less tests, less physical discomfort, and psychological distress. Concerns identified included the likelihood of developing illness, increased psychological distress relating to what may be happening in the body, and worries about increased risk of cervical cancer. Conclusion Women need clear and specific information about HPV timelines, their relationship with cancer risk, and the rationale for extending screening intervals.

Rose Rickford, Melanie Rogers, Abigail Halliday, Pearl Lamptey, Susanna Kola-Palmer (2023)Attitudes to reducing cervical screening frequency among UK women: A qualitative analysis, In: Psycho-oncology (Chichester, England)32(5)pp. 721-729 Wiley

ObjectiveCervical cancer remains a significant health threat amongst women globally despite most cervical cancers being preventable through screening and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination. With the introduction of HPV testing and vaccination, evidence suggests that the frequency of cervical screening for women can be reduced. However, there is limited evidence on women's attitudes to possible changes to the cervical screening programme. This study explored attitudes, perceptions and beliefs of women in the United Kingdom (UK) regarding potential changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme. MethodForty-four women were interviewed between November 2018 and March 2019. Reflexive thematic analysis was used to identify key themes. ResultsMost participants were opposed to any reduction in cervical screening frequency. Reasons included perceptions that disease would develop undetected, disempowerment, increased anxiety, reduced motivation to attend, and inefficient use of health care resources. Women perceived that they were ill-informed about the reasons for the proposed change, and that access to evidence for the basis of proposed changes may persuade them to accept reduced screening frequency. Women believed that cervical screening is a test for cancer and that HPV vaccination does not provide reliable protection against cervical cancer. These beliefs suggest that women's perception that they require more information about the basis for reduced screening frequency is correct. ConclusionAny changes to cervical screening frequency need to ensure public support and trust through a robust public health initiative clearly identifying the rationale for any changes.

Melanie Rogers, John Wattis, Rachel Moser, Rachel Borthwick, Phil Waters, Rose Rickford (2021)Views of mental health practitioners on spirituality in clinical practice, with special reference to the concepts of spiritually competent practice, availability and vulnerability: A qualitative evaluation, In: Journal for the study of spirituality11(1)pp. 7-23 Routledge

Addressing spirituality is part of holistic care. Spirituality is hard to define and may be confused with religion. Thus, it may be neglected by practitioners in mental healthcare. This study explores the views of mental health practitioners about approaches to spirituality in their practice and the perceived utility of the concepts of 'Spiritually Competent Practice' and 'Availability and Vulnerability' for integrating spirituality into practice. It confirms the need for more education in this area and suggests ways to include spirituality in Mental Health Care. Survey responses were gathered from 104 clinical staff within a mental health trust (8% response rate) in 2018. Thirteen participants were also interviewed. Data were analysed thematically using template analysis with NVivo software. Participants identified that they wanted to integrate spirituality into practice and found the concepts of Spiritually Competent Practice and Availability and Vulnerability useful. Spiritually Competent Practice enabled practitioners to be clearer about addressing spirituality in practice; embracing Availability and Vulnerability enabled truly holistic care to be offered. These concepts provided ways of understanding the conditions and personal qualities helpful in providing spiritual care to mental health service users. Implications for practice are that Spiritually Competent Practice and Availability and Vulnerability may be helpful concepts in integrating spirituality into practice in mental healthcare.

Kathryn Webb, Rose Rickford, Charlotte Edun, Anna Melamed (2023)Trans and non-binary experiences of maternity services: cautioning against acting without evidence, In: British Journal of Midwifery31(9)pp. 485-537 MA Healthcare

Research into the experiences of trans and non-binary users of maternity services in England was recently commissioned by the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. It was conducted by the LGBT Foundation, culminating in the ‘improving trans and non-binary experiences of maternity services’ report, which made a range of recommendations for the NHS. This article argues that there are substantial problems with the framing, data collection and interpretation of data in the report, and that its findings and recommendations should therefore be viewed with substantial caution, and not be used as the basis of NHS policy. The authors further argue that caution should be taken before using the experiences of a very small minority of service users, such as those who identify as trans and non-binary, to inform policy for all service users, and instead suggest that personalised care may be the most suitable approach to meeting the specific needs of trans and non-binary maternity service users.