Caroline Katzer

Caroline has completed a BSc in Psychology at University of Mannheim in Germany and an MSc in Health Psychology at University of Surrey. Throughout her undergraduate degree in Mannheim she worked as a Research Assistant in the Judgement and Decision Making lab. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Caroline’s research interests include the development of complex interventions, treatment and illness perceptions in chronically ill patients, adherence to treatment as well as behaviour change in general.

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.

Diarmuid Denneny

Diarmuid Denneny  is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. His fellowship will allow him to explore allied health professional training to deliver brief psychological interventions for patients with long term conditions, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Optimising Behaviour and engagement with care theme.

 Diarmuid is  at the pain management centre at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He has over 20 years clinical experience. He is particularly interested in neuropathic pain, persistent pain and CCBT techniques in pain management, and leads the neuropathic pain pathway including CRPS at the UCLH pain management centre. Diarmuid is a qualified independent prescriber. He is interested in the clinical application of research, and is involved in education and research at UCLH.

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

Professor Elizabeth Murray

Professor Elizabeth Murray is Professor of e-Health and Primary Care at UCL. She established the UCL e-Health Unit in 2003 with a focus on the use of new technologies, such as the Internet, mobile phones and telemedicine, to improve health and health care. The Unit has grown rapidly and has an international reputation for high quality, innovative research.

DIAMOND feasibility randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in people with hazardous and harmful use versus a face-to-face intervention: protocol

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).