Dr Melissa Hill

Senior Social Scientist & Research Genetic Counsellor

Dr Melissa Hill is a social scientist with a background in genetic counselling and health services research. She has a particular interest in facilitating best practice in the provision of genetic and genomic services. Her research centres on using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate stakeholder views and experiences of new tests and therapies. She has contributed to a number of different research programmes focused on improving health care delivery and involving large multidisciplinary teams.

These projects include:

  • The NIHR funded RAPID (Reliable Accurate Prenatal non-Invasive Diagnosis) programme evaluated all aspects of implementing non-invasive testing and diagnosis into the NHS.
  • The Horizon 2020 funded BOOSTB4 (Boost Brittle Bones Before Birth) programme where she is leading the research exploring stakeholder views and experiences of stem cell therapy for osteogenesis imperfecta.
  • An NIHR RfPB funded study exploring the views and experiences of professionals and patients in the 100,000 Genomes Project.
  • The NIHR HS&DR funded Optimising EXome PREnatal Sequencing Services – EXPRESS study where we are evaluating the implementation of prenatal exome sequencing in the new NHS Genomic Medicine Service.