A new case study details how young people played their part in improving diabetes services in East London.
The document outlines the origins of a “Young Commissioner” scheme to help ensure diabetes serves for children and young people were redesigned to be more appropriate and acceptable to young people in the borough of Newham.
It sets out how they were recruited and supported, how the CLAHRC provided training and support, and the engagement work they did (see image above) to get a picture of how well diabetes services were planned and delivered in the borough.
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 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).
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.