Lizette Ahenda joined in June 2016 to liaise with and involve school students, teachers, adolescent patients and their parents in content development of the intervention. She maintains close collaborations with Centre of the Cell learning team, child health practitioners and other project partners.
Since her BSc fromtheUniversity of Hertfordshire in 2009, she has previous clinical experience as a Physiotherapist in primary and secondary NHS trusts,as well as from her birth place Nairobi, Kenya,collecting epidemiological data for a government hospital on community based health. Montreal, Canada offered opportunities in rehabilitation of stroke patients, children with motor impairments and YMCA gym programs for long term conditions. While in Montreal, Lizette worked in community outreach with children, youth and families. Here in the UK, she leads activities and mentors at a South London youth club.
Lizette graduated with an MSc in Global Health in 2015 from UCL and has since completed evaluation projects of community health programs inLondon Borough of Camden, conducted fieldwork for an Institute of Education trial of secondary school emotional health programs,as well as for an EU-MRC trial on men’s health programs for Glasgow University’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.
Paul McLaughlin is a mental health matron who spent a year with the CLAHRC to increase his research skills and pursue a clinical academic career. Paul qualified as a mental health nurse in 1999 and completed a Masters in Interprofessional Practice in 2007, both at City University in London. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, completing a PG Dip in Academic Practice in 2009, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At the commencement of the clinical academic fellowship in 2015, Paul was working as a ward matron in East London NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked since he was a student.
His research focus was developing alternatives to forced treatment on acute psychiatric wards.
Janine qualified as an adult nurse in 2001 with a Bsc (Hons) in European Nursing Studies. This led to a varied career in a range of areas from acute medicine to sexual health and family planning. In 2009 she decided to become a health visitor, completing her Pgdip in Public health. Training and working as a health visitor in the East End of London, in some of the most deprived areas of the country, sparked her interest in safeguarding children.
Her most recent career move has led her to join the Safeguarding children team at Barts Health NHS trust, the largest trust in the country.
During her year with us Janine investigated issues around neglect and contrasting perceptions of neglect among parents and professionals
Lisa is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working within acute psychiatric inpatient services within the North East London Foundation Trust. She is also a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology on the University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Lisa has been working clinically with people experiencing long-term mental health difficulties (in particular psychosis) for over 10 years. Lisa has always incorporated research within her professional practice. Her research interests are in developing psychological therapies for people who experience psychosis and are also in acute crisis.
Lisa’s fellowship project is to adapt psychological therapies for psychosis to be suited to the acute inpatient setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Empowering mental health service users and families theme. The fellowship year will be spent doing some preparatory work for a post-doctoral research project examining this area in detail.
Emma is a student pursuing a PhD titled “An exploration of an asset-based approach to the management of diabetes in young people: a qualitative participatory approach” supervised by Professor Angela Harden and Dr Darren Sharpe. It is embedded in the CLAHRC’s wider project examining the co-design of community-based services responsive to the needs of children and young people, which involves young people in all stages of the research process.
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.
I joined NIHR CLAHRC North Thames in August 2014 from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where I worked on their Patient Experience Team, analysing patient feedback and working with front line staff on service improvement. Before that I worked for Westminster Local Involvement Network (LINk) as Policy, Engagement and Communications officer, promoting service-user involvement in the commissioning, design and monitoring of health and social care services.
In August 2014 I finished a PhD with Imperial College, MRC-PHE centre for environment and health, focusing on the effects of personal air pollution. Apart from a background in science, I always had an interest in communicating scientific knowledge. During my PhD I therefore volunteered within science and museum communications for the Medical Research Council, London Science Museum, Medway Science Centre and Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. I joined the NIHR CLAHRC funded School-based Asthma Project (SAP) in September 2014, for which I am responsible for Outreach and Learning. My role includes recruitment and liaison with currently 50 different partner organisations, of which 24 are schools, others are research organisations, health organisations, and a variety of private companies. In the first year of the project I organised questionnaire sessions in our partner schools with altogether 799 asthmatic secondary school students. A current focus of my work is the content development and testing of workshops and their educational elements, planned as part of a school-based asthma self-management intervention. One element of the planned workshops is an asthma game for which the final development and wider dissemination (both for a board game and a computer game version) are planned for 2016.
James Thomas is Professor of Social Research & Policy and Assistant Director for Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Education. He directs the EPPI-Centre’s Systematic Review Facility for the Department of Health, England, which undertakes systematic reviews across a range of policy areas to support the department. He specialises in developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies such as text mining in research.
NIHR CLAHRC North Thames conducts ground-breaking research that directly impacts the health of patients with long term conditions and the health of the public.