Ruth Plackett

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.

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.

Sachin Vadgama

Sachin is a Health Economist in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) at UCL. He holds a Masters in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham. Sachin has worked in the area of health economics since 2014 for multinational pharmaceutical companies, consultancies and academia. Prior to his appointment at UCL, Sachin was a Health Economist at QuintilesIMS, a health care consultancy. His primary focus was on performing health economic evaluation of novel treatments and devices, using economic modelling techniques in the areas of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sachin’s current research is evaluating the ‘real-world’ cost-effectiveness and adoption of novel innovation of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which may help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves as part of the NHS innovation test bed of NE London.

Penny Rapaport

Penny is a Clinical Psychologist in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL. Her PhD focuses upon the development of an evidence-based manualised training intervention to reduce agitation in people with dementia living in care homes, identifying barriers and facilitators to developing and integrating interventions in care homes in order to increase their feasibility and acceptability.

Liz Simes

Liz is the Trial Coordinator for the i-THRIVE evaluation and is responsible for the coordination of the research project.

Liz has experience of quantitative and qualitative research, as well as research management and ethical governance in the NHS and criminal justice system.  She has coordinated research trials funded by the NIHR evaluating services for young people with conduct disorder and adults with antisocial personality disorder.  Liz has previously worked as a researcher working with hard to reach groups and is interested in developing evidence based practice for mental heath services for young people and adults.  Liz has an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London, and is currently undertaking a PhD at UCL exploring the concept of service users as researchers, and the potential impact of this approach on randomised control trials.

Bethan Morris

Bethan is a research assistant working on the i-THRIVE Evaluation and is involved in the development of research tools and data collection. She has experience of conducting research across mental health services where the aim was to discover mental health professionals’ assessment of patient activation in clinical practice and their receptiveness to a formal measure of patient activation. Her career has also involved working in inpatient settings. Bethan has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Mental Health Studies.

Meghan Davis

Meghan is a research assistant working on the i-THRIVE Evaluation.  She has experience of conducting research on mental health in the Global South and has a strong interest in qualitative research as a tool for understanding how people access health services.

Meghan has a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience as well as a Masters of Public Health.

Nkasi Stoll

Nkasi is the Research Assistant for the i-Thrive Evaluation and is working with sites to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.

Nkasi worked as an Assistant Research Psychologist for the ‘OCD Multi-Cultural Youth Project’ in South London where she designed, delivered, and evaluated community interventions for children and young people with OCD.  She also worked as an Honorary Research Assistant for the ‘Coping with Unusual ExperiencesS’ associated with distress (CUES+) randomised controlled trial for 12-18 year olds.  Prior to this she worked as a Young People’s Worker for ‘Axis @ The Hive’ youth hub in Camden, offering health and wellbeing support to 16-24 year olds.  Nkasi has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and a MSc in Mental Health Studies.

Meredith Hawking

Queen Mary University of London

Email: m.k.d.hawking@qmul.ac.uk

Meredith holds a Master’s in Public Health from Cardiff University, and a Human Sciences undergraduate degree from the University of Sussex. Prior to joining the institute Meredith worked for the Public Health England Primary Care Unit as a research assistant on antimicrobial stewardship projects, with a focus on understanding public perceptions of infections and antibiotics, and designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions around antibiotic taking and prescribing.

Her current research explores cardiovascular disease: understanding patient narratives around atrial fibrillation and adherence to anticoagulation.

Dr John Robson

Longstanding interest in quality improvement and cardiovascular disease
• Chair NICE guideline 2008 on lipids and CVD risk estimation
• Co-author of QRisk and QDiabetes scores
• UCLP and Tower Hamlets CCG CVD lead
• QMUL Clinical Effectiveness Group lead
• Evaluation of the NHS health Check programme
• Support and evaluation with colleagues, of Tower Hamlets managed practice networks that propelled Tower Hamlets CCG from the bottom quintile of performance in 2008 to one of the national top performers in 2013.

Currently working with UCLP across a number of CCGs on quality improvement in atrial fibrillation and other cardiovascular disease. He also supports work with the Clinical Effectiveness Group and its primary care database to develop information systems that support a range of studies in quality improvement including antibiotic prescribing, earlier breast cancer detection, domestic violence, testing for HIV and TB, diabetes and liver disease.

Clinical Effectiveness Group: http://blizard.qmul.ac.uk/ceg-home.html