Jacinta Nzinga is a post-doctoral social scientist with the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi. She has a PHD in Health and Social Studies (University of Warwick) and a master’s degree in global health (Oxford University). Jacinta co-leads the ethnographic element of the Health Services that Deliver for Newborns (HSD-N) study, a multi-disciplinary research project aimed at assessing the scale of the access and quality gaps with a particular focus on nursing care for sick newborns. Her main tasks in this work was investigating the human resource needs, exploring what influences nursing care quality including the potential of using task-shifting as an approach to address the observed gaps. She joined the Programme as an intern with the health services unit working with Prof Mike English mainly working on the district hospital project. Her previous work was focused on documenting the experiences of health workers in implementing clinical guidelines for sick children and exploring why front line health care workers may not be willing or able to adopt evidence based practices. This work transitioned into examining the role of health care managers (hybrids) & the tensions between being a clinical manager and exploring how clinical managers enact their leadership roles and what influences this in the routine provision of care in hospitals
After her PHD, Jacinta’s work now mainly focuses on health workforce research particularly investigating issues around health workforce, how professional identities shape work practices, health workforce management and health workforce performance. She recently won an HSRI development grant as a co-applicant to develop health workforce research on the role of nursing in the delivery of quality of care, focusing on nurse identity and nurse leadership. Jacinta is also leading social science capacity building in the Nairobi programme and is a member of the Higher Degrees Committee. Jacinta is involved in a number of collaborations. She is a member of RESYST (Resilient and Responsive Health Systems), an international research consortium funded by DFID conducting health policy and systems research in Africa and Asia which has done extensive research work with health managers in Kilifi over the last 7 years. Jacinta is also adjunct faculty with the institute of health care management at Strathmore Business School, Kenya and visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford, UK and Pwani University in Kenya. Jacinta’s future work interests are in continuing to build a stream of evidence based work on health workforce governance that can readily inform policy and practice at both hospital and sub-national levels in Kenya. She is also very keen on building capacity in the areas social science, health system and policy research.