Jennifer Martin

Jennifer has a BSc hons in Human Biology, Sociology and Psychology and an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has a background in non-clinical public health with experience working in Nepal and Zimbabwe. She is part of the Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition team based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Her PhD is exploring the Reverse translation of the women’s groups using the Participatory Learning and Action Cycle from resource-limited setting to the UK. She will be adapting this model to address infant nutrition in the Bangladeshi population of Tower Hamlets, east London.

New funding success

Professor Lakhanpaul (pictured above third from left) is one of three international collaborations based at UCL to receive Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) awards, in recognition of research partnerships improving health in low and middle income countries.

Professor Lakhanpaul is Deputy Lead for our Child Health research theme, and leads our NEON study – a participatory female health volunteer led intervention to promote healthy nutrition in children of Bangladeshi origin in East London.

The Professor specialises in integrated community child health and is an international expert in the creation and implementation of guidelines in healthcare, with a track-record of co-production with communities to develop tailored health interventions. She combines this with work as practising consultant community paediatrician at Whittington Health.

The innovative partnerships arising from the GCRF awards will focus on optimising infant feeding practices in rural India, using technology to support HIV prevention in South Africa, and shaping future policies for the control of non-communicable diseases around the world.

Professor Lakhanpaul will work with Professor Marie Lall (UCL Institute of Education and Pro-Vice-Provost South Asia) and Dr Priti Parikh (UCL Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) to develop an integrated health, education and environmental intervention to optimise infant feeding practices through schools and Anganwadi networks in India.

Professor Lakhanpaul said: “We are delighted to be receiving the award to support our research, which builds on the work I have been leading in the UK with the CLAHRC in Tower Hamlets.”

Dr Lorelei Jones

I am an anthropologist with interests in organisations, professions and expertise. My doctoral research was on the politics of hospital planning in England. My current work is looking at the role of boards in quality improvement in hospitals. I am co-convener of the London Medical Sociology Group and a member of the Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare.

Professor Sonia Johnson

Professor Johnson’s research interests are in the clinical and social needs and the treatment outcomes of people with significant mental health problems such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. Professor Johnson is a Principal Investigator in the CLAHRC’s mental health theme working on a project to develop and test a self-management smartphone app for early psychosis.

Thomas Steare

Tom works as a research assistant for the ARIES Study based at UCL Division of Psychiatry. He has experience of conducting research across Early Intervention Services for a wide range of studies led by Professor Sonia Johnson, where the goal has been to investigate new interventions for first-episode psychosis. His career also involved clinical work in a mental health team. Tom has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences.

Dr Michelle Eskinazi

Dr Michelle Eskinazi works as a research assistant for Camden and Islington NHS trust and the UCL Department of Psychiatry, where she is also currently a part-time master’s student on the MSC in Mental Health Sciences Research. Her research interests include digital psychiatry, social and cultural determinants of mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She is due to start core psychiatry training in August 2017 while continuing to pursue her research interests at UCL and completing her MSC.

Seminar on the role of boards in quality improvement brings together NHS leaders and board members

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames welcomed over 40 leaders and board members from our partner organisations and beyond for a seminar focusing on the Role of Boards in Quality Improvement.

We welcomed Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who chaired the event , drawing on his long experience on boards in both the private and public sectors.

Our keynote speaker was Professor Naomi Chambers, Professor of Healthcare Management of Alliance Manchester Business School who drew on her extensive research on different Board models across sectors and geographies to set out the characteristics of effective board working for quality improvement in health care.

You can view Professor Chambers’ presentation here

Professor Naomi Fulop, Professor of Health Care Organisation and Management at University College London and Principal Investigator of our iQUASER project hosted the event and presented some early findings of note from the project

View Professor Fulop’s presentation here

Dr James Mountford, Director of Quality and Capability at UCLPartners facilitated table discussions at the event

Our thanks to our chair, speakers, facilitators and all those who took the time to attend.

 

Watch a short film about the event

iQUASER features at Barts research evening

As part of our engagement with the public Dr Linda Pomeroy presented the CLAHRC’s  iQUASER study at a recent Bart’s Health research evening.

The event gave us a chance to showcase the project which is evaluating the impact of implementing QUASER – a Board-level intervention NHS Trust leaders can use to diagnoses the strengths and weaknesses in their approach to delivering quality improvement.

Linda discussed the importance of NHS Boards setting the direction for Trusts and leading on efforts to improve quality and safety, and how this impacts patient care at ward level.

Our thanks to Bart’s Health for giving us the chance to present our work.

Vari Wileman

Vari has a PhD in Health Psychology and is experienced in applying psychological methods to the study of behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care. Her particular interest lies in psychological factors associated with treatment non-adherence and acceptance in long-term conditions and has specific knowledge of developing psychological theory-based interventions and in conducting and evaluating psychological intervention randomised controlled trials. Joining UCL, Vari supports the Optimising Behaviour and Engagement with Care theme: Improving adherence to essential medication for asthma: feasibility study and development of the ‘Perceptions and Practicalities Approach’ Intervention. She also is working on the Tandem project with QMUL, a tailored, psychological intervention for mild to moderate anxiety or depression in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD).