Dr Saba Hinrichs-Krapels
Senior Research Fellow, The Policy Institute at King's
Dr Saba Hinrichs-Krapels is a Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King’s, working primarily within health policy and the 'science of science’ work within the Policy Research in Science & Medicine
research unit. Her background is in Engineering and Health Policy and her interests are in advancing health research and delivery systems, and the need to engage with policymakers to bring evidence, ideas, and innovation into practice for this purpose. Her expertise is in the use of systems engineering principles for research, policy design, impact assessment, and complex evaluations of healthcare services.
Before joining King’s she spent three years working at RAND Europe, a non-profit institution whose mission is to improve policy and decision making. Her focus was on health services and evaluation; she led on the development of three large grant applications, worked as project manager for nine projects, facilitated dialogue between challenging clients and collaborators, and actively worked across disciplines and teams within the company. In her more independent research roles, she recently led on a rapid evidence synthesis on procurement and supply chain management lessons for the NHS (funded by the National Institute for Health Research), bibliometric analyses, and complex evaluations of health and social care organisations. She has also worked on a programme of work on international comparisons of health systems (funded by the Department of Health) and completed studies for clients including the European Commission, the Dairy Council, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Saba completed her PhD in Engineering Design at the University of Cambridge, focusing on patient safety and medical device evaluation and acquisition in hospitals. Her focus was on combining quantitative and qualitative methods, the challenges of conducting interdisciplinary research (engineering vs health services), and, above all, the importance of engaging with local decision-makers to enable scholarly work to be implemented in practice. She was recently seconded part-time to the NIHR Research and Development Directorate to assess the feasibility of implementing a new data management system at four satellite agencies for the NIHR. Prior to joining RAND, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher within the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge, together with the Judge Business School and School of Psychiatry on a cross-disciplinary grant (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, CLAHRC) and provided recommendations for local service re-design for mental health service pathways. Saba had previously worked for the medical device industry in the UK, continues her involvement in equipment donation and management in the charity sector as a Trustee for Medical Support in Romania (Reg. Charity 1058339), and is a technical advisor to Engineering World Health at the University of Cambridge. Her work includes the use of interviews, focus groups, workshops, and case studies for gathering primary data in healthcare settings, combined with diagrammatic methods and process engineering.
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