Dr Ian Atkinson is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Teesside. Apart from training in both general and psychiatric nursing Dr Atkinson has spent most of his working life as a researcher in a variety of different areas including academic, commercial clinical trials, health care management and social work settings. After completing nurse training and following a break to take an undergraduate degree Dr Atkinson took up post as a researcher at the Nursing Research Unit, University of Edinburgh. His main area of interest was physical disability and there he conducted several studies of the provision of home and hospital-based care. He graduated with a PhD degree in 1985. In 1993, Dr Atkinson moved to the Centre for HIV/AIDS and Drugs Studies at Lothian Health Board to conduct studies of service costing and service evaluation. This was followed by a period in commercial research involving responsibility for the management of clinical trials data. Dr Atkinson returned to public sector research for a short period in a Social Work Department before taking up his present teaching post at the University of Teesside in 2000. He currently teaches mainly quantitative research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and acts as Postgraduate Tutor in the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University.