Rachel Hawley has recently joined the Community and Health Research Unit. Rachel was previously based at Sheffield Hallam University. She has 25 years’ experience of working with a wide range of public sector organisations at local, regional and national and European levels where patient, public and learner engagement have extensively underpinned her experience. Holding a Master’s degree in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffield Business School she is currently working towards my Doctorate in Professional Studies.
As researcher, coach, lecturer and author with teaching experience in the fields of healthcare leadership and management she has experience of managing high profile national projects, skilled in providing expert consultancy, leading organisational and cultural change in complex organisations with a proven track record of working through ambiguity to develop and translate national policy into local goals and practice. Her personal and organisational approach is underpinned by collaborative style, working with people to simplify the complex and find innovative and practical solutions to change for service improvement.
The HEI Challenge Award 2014-15, funded by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, is led by the University of Lincoln. It provides a unique opportunity for East Midlands universities (and other universities commissioned to deliver education by Health Education East Midlands), providing education and training of health professionals in the region, to foster a sustainable approach to working collaboratively across the region’s HEIs for the benefit of the population and to drive positive experiences and outcomes for learners and local employers.
Anna Thomson recently joined the team at CaHRU on a doctoral studentship funded by the Lincoln University Research Investment Fund. Anna gained both her BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Health Psychology through her studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining the team, she worked as a research assistant within the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Lincoln. Throughout this position she worked on projects which included investigating optimal handover practice within an acute medical setting, the social care needs of people affected by cancer, and the effectiveness of a local carer’s support service. This reinforced her enthusiasm for research which aims to investigate effective ways to improve health and health care services, with a vision to subsequently reduce health inequalities and improve quality of life for particular populations. Anna’s interests will be further explored in her PhD, supervised by Dr. Karen Windle and Dr. Ros Kane, where she will evaluate new models of care for older people with long term conditions.
Michael Toze has recently joined CaHRU on a doctoral studentship funded by the Lincoln University Research Investment Fund. He gained a BA (Hons) History from the University of Durham and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University.
Prior to joining CaHRU, he worked for eight years in a variety of roles within local government, including committee management, policy development and performance measurement. He also volunteered with, and at times managed, small voluntary and community organisations working with the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other minority gender identities and sexual orientations). This developed his interest in how individuals within the LGBT+ community interact with social networks, community organisations and statutory services.
Michael will be taking this further in his PhD, supervised by Drs Zowie Davy and Karen Windle, which is looking at health and social care issues affecting older LGBT+ people in rural and urban communities.
Despina Laparidou joined the Community and Health Research Unit this August 2014 as a research assistant.
After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Lincoln, Despina completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Kent and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Surrey. Her last research project prior to joining CaHRU was an exploratory study investigating the extent to which intrusive thinking, intrusion appraisals and illness perceptions affect the psychological adjustment and well-being of cancer patients, as measured through their anxiety and depression levels.
Despina is currently working with Dr. Jo Middlemass, Prof Terence Karran and a multidisciplinary research team on the “Carers of Dementia Sufferers: Empowerment and Efficacy via Education (CADS: E3)” project, which aims to improve carer and patient outcomes through a psychoeducational intervention for carers of people with dementia.
Ana Godoy Caballero joined the Community and Health Research Unit this January 2014 as a research fellow in health economics. Ana completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management at the University of Extremadura (Spain), in which she graduated first in her class. This was followed by an MSc in Economic Research at the same University in which she explored performance of primary health centres in a Spanish region, investigating whether the each of centres varied with different aspects of quality of the units.
In 2012 Ana completed her MSc in Health Economics at the University of York where she focused on analysing the quality of health care provision to identify reasons why some health centres varied in quality of care compared with others. Ana will be working on a number of projects with the CaHRU team exploring the economics of quality of primary and prehospital healthcare including the European (Framework 7 Programme) study investigating the Quality and Costs of Primary Care (QUALICOPC) in the UK.