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The Inclusive Health and Wellbeing Research Group (IH&WB) focuses on health interventions for hard to reach groups and those at lifespan transitions.
The IH&WB team research rare and hard to reach populations or those at transition points in their lives. Hard to reach groups are those with rare conditions or the socially excluded. Transition points include maternity, wellness to ill-health and age transitions across the lifespan.
Dr Kirstie Coxon
Please view each member's profile for publications by members of this research group.
The award will fund Dr Jackie McRae to travel to, and spend a month at, the University of Haifa, Israel, with clinical academic colleague Dr Oshrat Sella. Together, they will explore the long-term management of tracheostomy and ventilated patients. This work will follow on from a previous Daniel Turnberg fellowship awarded to Dr Oshrat Sella in October 2019 to work with Dr McRae at Kingston University. This previous work resulted in the publication of Speech and language therapists' management of ventilated patients and patients with tracheostomy in Israel – International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.
This two-year project will draw on existing national administrative datasets to investigate the outcomes of children's social care (CSC) provision for different types of demand, and to understand the role of child characteristics and local authority (LA) context in shaping those outcomes.
A major expected outcome is to identify the relationship between child characteristics, presenting needs, CSC intervention, and the outcomes of an intervention.
It will also evidence the initial impact of the pandemic on child welfare inequalities, promote holistic approaches to planning services and suggest policies, practices and designs to reduce inequalities in outcomes.
For more information, see the project summary (PDF) or contact the Chief investigator.
TORR is a mixed methods study that aims to understand how peer reviewers use and combine the information in grant applications to make their recommendations. A key objective is to contribute to the development of evidence-based training to support peer-reviewers' work.
More about the project: Towards Outstanding Research Reviews (TORR)
Research being carried out under this theme aims to generate tools that can be used by health and social care stakeholders to plan and evaluate implementation of complex health and social care programmes and interventions.
More about the project: Implementation science
There are currently two research projects being undertaken under this theme. The first is a mixed-methods study to identify existing approaches to PPI in health and social care commissioning; and the second, a study of the role of PPI leads in research.
Taken together, these projects aim to deepen understanding of various aspects of PPI such as the embedding of PPI national standards in research context, the impacts of PPI, and the barriers and facilitators to PPI engagement of underserved groups.
Learning from both projects will help strengthen PPI practice in all aspects of health and social care and in collaborative research environments.
More about the project: Patient and public involvement research
The theme's core project focuses on research capability for non-researchers and is carried out in partnership with ARC colleagues, the AHSN (Health Innovation Network) and Health Education England.
Under the theme, an online module in implementation science will be developed as a partnership between ARC South London Academic Partners (King's College London, Kingston University and St George's, University of London) and the University of East Anglia.
It is expected that this will provide a valuable resource to inform implementation of applied research and is intended for local, national and international delivery.
More about the project: Our core ARC team
This research theme is dedicated to designing and testing new and better ways of improving care and health outcomes for two groups of often overlooked children, namely: children with disabilities and/or more than one long-term condition; and children who experience adverse conditions that make them less likely to develop optimally by the time they start school.
More about the project: About our children and young people research
This study was a hybrid, type 2 randomised controlled implementation trial. It aimed to determine whether the ‘Better Births' model of care that the NHS England is committed to increasing (combining continuity of midwife care with rapid referral to a specialist obstetric clinic for women at increased risk of PTB) is feasible, and could improve pregnancy outcomes and women's experiences. The setting was an inner-city hospital in South London.
More about the project: Midwifery continuity of care versus standard maternity care for women at increased risk of preterm birth: A hybrid implementation–effectiveness, randomised controlled pilot trial in the UK
This project built on recent work (ENGAGE-HD) which developed supported "self-management" for physical activity with people with Huntington's disease.
Working closely with people living with rare conditions, this project aimed to develop a new intervention and training package for health-care staff to support people with rare conditions to be more physically active. Development work was carried out through workshops with charities, patients and families, interviews, surveys and literature reviews.