Helen is a consultant in public health medicine and a health services researcher. She is a member of the CLAHRC research partnership team, and Deputy Director of the CLAHRC Academy. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate health care and public health services.
Ruth’s PhD is exploring whether using new educational technologies, such as online simulation, can improve the teaching of clinical reasoning skills for medical students. Ruth, along with her supervisors and medical experts has developed an electronic clinical reasoning educational simulation tool (eCREST). ECREST shows patients in general practice, all patients presenting with vague, non-specific respiratory symptoms, which could be indicative of serious conditions that are often missed in primary, such as lung cancer. This will allow students to practise gathering information from a patient, interpret that information and make informed decisions on diagnosis and management. Ruth is currently conducting a feasibility randomised controlled trial at three medical schools, to see whether it can improve clinical reasoning skills, and a qualitative think aloud interview study, to explore how eCREST can help students to learn clinical reasoning skills. This PhD aims to improve future doctors’ awareness of the presentation of potentially serious conditions, such as lung cancer in primary care, to help reduce future diagnostic errors.
Charlotte completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, exploring the mental health of women in the UK Armed Forces. Her research and interests since then have focused on local health inequalities; for example, in sexual minority mental health; in the physical health of patients with serious mental illnesses; and, in the residential mobility of individuals with common mental disorders. Charlotte is currently a Research Associate working as an ‘embedded researcher’ within Haringey Council, as part of a research initiative organised by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames to develop an evaluation framework for the provision of welfare advice hubs in primary care.
Belene’s project is focusing on how long-term conditions impact on access to and outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgery