Elaine is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology. She is interested in the interaction between living with pain and work or occupation in its broadest sense, taking a lifespan perspective which encompasses school at one end at extending working life at the other. She is also interested in developing work as a health outcome, and how we can enable sustainable working lives for people living with pain. She has looked at how this can be done in the micro-interaction between doctor and patient, employer and employee (around fit notes). She is now looking at whether this can be done through agencies and communities, including pharmacists, the voluntary sector, and medical workers other than GPs. She is interested in the theoretical underpinning behind these behaviour change possibilities, and intervention development, as well as the medical psychology and sociology that goes along side the lived experience of being a pain patient, doctor and employer as one negotiates the back to work system.
She also has a research interest in medics’ work stress and work satisfaction. She is looking at how to reduce work stress for trainee doctors and also specifically for anaesthetists, in terms of practical work based changes and how to preserve the identity of being a doctor when one needs help.
- PhD University of Bath
- MSc University of York
- BSc(Hons) The Open University
- PGCE University of York
- MA Oxford
- CPsychol, British Psychological Society
- Member of the Health Division of the British Psychological Society
- Member of the British Pain Society
Research and academic outputs
Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term incapacity benefit recipients to work
Wainwright, E, Wainwright, D, Black, R and Kenyon, S (2011) 'Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term incapacity benefit recipients to work.' In: Vickerstaff, S, Phillipson, C and Wilkie, R, eds. Work, health and wellbeing: the challenges of managing health at work. Policy Press, Bristol. ISBN 9781847428080
Can the economic and social cost of sickness absence be reduced by improving the quality of working life?
Wainwright, E and Wainwright, D (2009) 'Can the economic and social cost of sickness absence be reduced by improving the quality of working life?' In: Whitfield, K, ed. Employee well-being and working life: towards an evidence-based policy agenda. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) / Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Swindon, Wiltshire, pp. 37-45.
Wainwright, E, Fox, F, Breffni, T, Taylor, G and O’Connor, M (2017) 'Coming back from the edge: a qualitative study of a professional support unit for junior doctors.' BMC Medical Education, 17 (142). ISSN 1472-6920
Support with caveats: advocates’ views of the Theory of Formal Discipline as a reason for the study of advanced mathematics
Wainwright, E, Attridge, N, Wainwright, D, Alcock, L and Inglis, M (2017) 'Support with caveats: advocates’ views of the Theory of Formal Discipline as a reason for the study of advanced mathematics.' Research in Mathematics Education, 19 (1). pp. 20-41. ISSN 1479-4802
Attridge, N, Eccleston, C, Noonan, D, Wainwright, E and Keogh, E (2016) 'Headache impairs attentional performance: a conceptual replication and extension.' The Journal of Pain. ISSN 1526-5900
The social negotiation of fitness for work: tensions in doctor-patient relationships over medical certification of chronic pain
Wainwright, E, Wainwright, D, Keogh, E and Eccleston, C (2014) 'The social negotiation of fitness for work: tensions in doctor-patient relationships over medical certification of chronic pain.' Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 19 (1). pp. 17-33. ISSN 1363-4593
Wainwright, E, Wainwright, D, Keogh, E and Eccleston, C (2013) 'Return to work with chronic pain: employers' and employees' views.' Occupational Medicine, 63 (7). pp. 501-506. ISSN 0962-7480
Wainwright, E, Wainwright, D, Keogh, E and Eccleston, C (2011) 'Fit for purpose? Using the fit note with chronic pain patients: a qualitative study.' British Journal of General Practice, 61 (593). pp. 794-800. ISSN 0960-1643
Wainwright, E and Wainwright, D (2009) 'Interpreting the rights in the NHS constitution.' BMJ, 338. p. 428. ISSN 0959-8138
McGuire-Snieckus, R, Markopoulos, G, Coombs, M, Stevens, D, Vitale, A and Wainwright, E (2014) Differences between placement and non-placement students: a mixed methods approach. In: BPS (British Psychological Society) Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section: Scientific Meeting, 13 December 2014, Keele University, Keele, UK.
Wainwright, E (2014) Successful return to work with chronic pain? Stakeholders' negotiation strategies. In: ESRC Seminar Series: 'Sustaining Employee Wellbeing in the 21st Century', 21 November 2014, University of Durham.
Wainwright, E (2014) Return to work with chronic pain? In: Society of Occupational Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, July 2014, University of Nottingham.