I recently joined PenARC as a Research Fellow specialising in Child and Maternity Health. This three-year programme of research seeks to find effective ways to implement evidence-based interventions to improve children’s and maternity services widely across England by supporting 3-4 implementation studies. The research will engage with a wide range of voices from communities, children and young people and their families, and women using maternity services, reflecting the needs and priorities of the public, professionals and healthcare organisations to identify key areas where evidence can help to improve public health and services in health and social care.
Prior to this my research interest has focused on school-based initiatives to improve lifestyle choices for children and young people. I recently completed the ASET Saxton Fellowship which took a qualitative, exploratory approach to understand health promotion in secondary schools in deprived areas. I also helped deliver the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), a PenCLAHRC supported project which was a novel school based obesity prevention intervention. I have experience of supporting children, young people and their families to get involved in research.