People at the Centre for Implementation Science
Mary is a King’s Improvement Science fellow. Originally, Mary trained and worked as a nurse and midwife before studying for a first degree in biological and social anthropology at University College London. She went on to undertake a PhD there, investigating the development of community health services for illegal women settlers in Zimbabwe. Later she joined King’s College London as an ethnographic and qualitative researcher, focusing on NHS front-line work, NHS organisational change and patient perspectives. She has worked in the former National Nursing Research Unit, the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences (in the Division of Health and Social Care Research) in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and, most recently, in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery. As a KIS fellow, she is studying how maternity professionals act on concerns raised by women and their families and will build on work carried out by former KIS fellow Nici Mackintosh.
Ioannis is a lecturer in biostatistics. He works for both NIHR CLAHRC South London and for the Department of Biostatistics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. His methodological work involves exploring quasi experimental designs for evaluating population health interventions with the use of observational data (Regression Discontinuity design and Bayesian Difference in Differences) as well as modelling techniques for valid causal inference.
Sabah is a King’s Improvement Science postdoctoral researcher. She participates in a project aiming at identifying and developing evidence-based and psychometrically robust tools measuring implementation outcomes in physical and mental healthcare settings. In particular, she is involved in taking forward a large-scale systematic review of existing measures of implementation outcomes, focusing on physical healthcare settings.
Sabah has international and interdisciplinary expertise with a strong quantitative methods background. She has undertaken a PhD in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She also has a Licence’s degree in Life Sciences, an MSc in Public Health with specialisation in Epidemiology, and an MA in International and European Law, with specialisation in Humanitarian Action and Law. She is actively involved in organisations aiming at empowering and supporting women in science and academia.
Kia-Chong is the course director of the MSc in Implementation and Improvement Science and a lecturer in applied health statistics, based at the Centre for Implementation Science in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. He holds a hybrid academic role which involves providing statistical leadership, initiative and support for quality improvement in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has an academic background in psychology and sociology with research interests in applying item response theory and structural equation modelling methodologies to address concomitant psychometric issues in longitudinal data analysis.
Rachel is a senior research fellow working in the area of educational research, primarily in the area of implementation science. Previously, Rachel worked as a lecturer and led the development and delivery of the MSc in Implementation and Improvement Science launched by the CLAHRC South London in January 2016 and hosted by King’s College London. Rachel is a deputy theme lead for capacity building for the CLAHRC South London and the theme lead for capacity building for the Centre for Implementation Science. Rachel is a health psychologist by background and her main research interests focus on the inter-related areas of behaviour change, implementation science and patient safety.
Previous academic posts include senior research positions at Imperial College London in the Department of Surgery and Cancer and University College London in the Clinical Education and Health Psychology Department. Rachel has also worked in the private sector for a healthcare consultancy, as a clinical strategist, using health psychology theory to develop patient-focussed self-management interventions for patients with a range of acute, chronic and terminal conditions.
Len is the patient and public involvement (PPI) coordinator for King’s Improvement Science and a service user researcher. Len’s research interests include service user involvement in research, co-production, accessibility in research (particularly neurodiversity) and the application of digital technologies to help open up access to research.
Within King’s Improvement Science Len co-leads on the PPI strategy within the Centre for Implementation Science and works closely alongside the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE). They also work as an independent reviewer for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and continues service user involvement on research projects with the McPin Foundation.
Coming from a multidisciplinary background, Len trained in the digital humanities gaining an MSc from Southampton University, where they looked at novel ways of utilising digital technology to aid collaborative learning with museum artefacts. They went on to work as a database analyst and programmer for the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.
Abigail is a King’s Improvement Science senior fellow. Her undergraduate degree was in Experimental Psychology at Bristol University. She joined the Institute of Psychiatry [IoP] (now Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) where she worked on the evaluation of Capital Volunteering, a government funded-programme that helped people who have mental health problems become volunteers in the community. She investigated whether volunteering made a difference to people’s wellbeing and helped increase their social networks.
She also worked for the National Childbirth Trust [NCT] managing a programme of research and evaluation of NCT services, and developing evidence-based information for practitioners and parents. In this role, she collaborated on studies carried out by Professor Jane Sandall and colleagues in the Division of Women's Health in the Faculty of Life Sciences Medicine at King's College London. For her KIS fellowship Abby will be investigating how to implement safer maternity care for women who experience mental ill health, working closely with researchers in the CLAHRC South London's maternity and women's health team.
Lucy is a postdoctoral service improvement specialist at King’s Improvement Science (KIS). Lucy studied psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Nottingham and completed a Masters in health services research at the University of York. She undertook a PhD at York that focused on the quality and safety of care for hospital patients who are admitted to wards that don’t specialise in their health problem. She then worked as a researcher at St George’s, University of London, on a project investigating the safety of care in NHS hospitals for people who have learning disabilities. At the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she evaluated the Department of Health’s Public Health Responsibility Deal. Lucy’s research focuses on quality improvement, implementation science and patient safety.
Andy Healey, senior research fellow (health economics)
Andy is an economist working on research by CLAHRC South London and on King's Improvement Science (KIS) projects. He previously worked for King's College London in 1994, and then in 1999, went to the London School of Economics. There he worked in the Personal Social Services Research Unit, investigating the economics of mental health, and completed a PhD about the effects of behavioural problems in childhood on employment and earnings in later life. He has also worked as economic advisor at the Home Office and at the Ministry of Justice. In 2013 he returned to Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience on secondment before joining the CLAHRC South London/KIS team.
King’s College London profile
Claire is a clinical senior lecturer in psychiatry at the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. She is also an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Her research interests are in interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination and interventions to promote shared decision-making in mental health care. She is principal investigator for King’s College London’s evaluation of the ‘Time to Change’ programme, which is designed to reduce mental health-related stigma and discrimination (2011-21) and for the evaluation of ‘Good Thinking’, a digital health service for Londoners. She also leads the evaluation of the ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign with colleagues in the Mental Health Policy Research Unit. In addition, she is leading a project to develop a decision aid for medical students on disclosure and help-seeking for health conditions and disabilities, and a project teaching medical students about mental health-related stigma.
Louise is a senior researcher at the Centre for Implementation Science and a senior King’s Improvement Science fellow (KIS). Louise joined the CLAHRC in July 2015 from Imperial College London where she completed a PhD exploring patient safety and team performance in surgery. After completing her PhD, Louise was appointed as a post-doctoral research associate at the NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. During this appointment, Louise was a lead scientist in the ‘Teams, Skills and Safety’ theme. Louise has developed a tool to support healthcare researchers to strengthen implementation science in implementation and quality improvement research and projects. Louise’s research has been disseminated in over 25 peer-review publications in high-impact safety and quality and clinical journals as well as over 20 national and international conference presentations.
Barbora has been a research worker in the King’s Improvement Science (KIS) team since January 2017. She works on a number of projects and initiatives that span improvement science, quality improvement and evaluation. Prior to joining KIS she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. She holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods, both from Birkbeck, University of London.
Josephine is a senior researcher and Health Foundation improvement science fellow. Josephine is conducting research aimed at testing and evaluating interventions with a diverse range of patients in different areas of patient safety. She is a social scientist and qualitative researcher, who uses participatory and action research methods. Her main research interests include patient and public involvement and patient experience, patient safety, equality and diversity and health inequalities. She is particularly interested in bringing a more critical and social science approach to health care quality and safety improvement which tends to be dominated by positivist and quantitative approaches to measuring improvement.
Elena joined the Centre for Implementation Science, as a research assistant on the development and evaluation of a quality improvement training programme for urology trainees. Prior to this appointment, she worked within the Division of Cancer Studies at King’s College London evaluating the research impact of clinical guidelines, newspaper reporting and advisory committees’ influence on health policy-making in the European Member States. She previously held positions on a wide range of multidisciplinary projects from the conduct to evaluation and evidence-synthesis of clinical trials at the University College London Medical School, the Brunel Institute of Bioengineering and Imperial College London Business School. She is also affiliated with the King’s Institute of Cancer Policy.
Stan is a post-doctoral researcher, deputy PPI lead for NIHR CLAHRC South London and assistant director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE)
Stan trained and worked as a lecturer in Cultural Studies for many years, with an interest in how we think about memory and emotion on both an individual and a collective level. Stan started working at the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) in 2012. Stan is currently involved in a number of projects including a qualitative ethnography of service user and carer involvement in research while also overseeing the embedding of such involvement in research projects affiliated with the CLAHRC South London
Jane Sandall CBE
Jane is a professor of social science and women’s health at King’s College London. Jane leads CLAHRC South London’s research in maternity and women’s health, and the CLAHRC’s education activities Jane’s interdisciplinary research in maternal health and reproduction draws on the clinical and social sciences and focuses on issues of quality and safety. Jane leads work on supporting women who are likely to give birth prematurely, improving postnatal care and helping new mothers to lose weight. Her work with colleagues on a Cochrane review in 2016 provided clear evidence for the first time that women and their families benefit from maternity care provided by a single midwife or a small group of midwives through pregnancy, birth and postnatally, which directly influenced NHS England’s plans for the future of maternity care. Jane received a CBE for services to midwifery and women's health in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2016.
Nick is director of the Centre for Implementation Science and a professor of implementation science and patient safety. He leads the CLAHRC South London implementation science research team. The team supports the work of the CLAHRC in its eight health specialty areas and also seek to develop the discipline of implementation science. He was previously a reader in patient safety at Imperial College London: he worked in Imperial's Department of Surgery and Cancer as a specialist in patient safety research for 10 years. His focus was the study of the behaviour of teams of health professionals charged with caring for patients who have a diagnosis of cancer, or patients who need surgery. Alongside colleagues, he developed and validated several observational measures of team performance, suitable for research purposes and also for use in team development and training. He is associate editor of Implementation Science, the main journal in the field and chief editor of BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning.
Nadine is a lecturer in global implementation science, based within the Centre for Implementation Science. She is interested in bringing interventions that are known to be effective, to scale through the application of appropriate models, frameworks and theories.
Nadine has a BSc(Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University in Canada, an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology from UCL. At King’s College London, Nadine is working with the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on health system strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa (ASSET) to improve the quality of integrated primary health care, surgical and maternal and newborn care.
Prior to joining King’s in August 2018, Nadine worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on community trials aimed at improving maternal and newborn health outcomes as well as a trial trying to better educational outcomes. She focused on using causal mediation analyses and other techniques to evaluate the “how and why” behind the effectiveness of different complex interventions. Before this, Nadine worked at UCL’s Institute of Global Health on community trials that involved women’s groups using participatory learning and action, to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes.
Tayana is a postdoctoral research associate with a PhD in Applied Cognitive Science, MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, and BSc in Psychology. Tayana is skilled in research methodology and applied healthcare research that spans a range of health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, mental health, speech impediments, and neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental disorders. At the Centre for Implementation Science, Tayana is working with the diabetes team at CLAHRC South London. Prior to this, Tayana worked at Imperial College London, Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality, where she completed her NIHR-funded PhD. Her work focused on evaluating and improving clinical decision-making in cancer multidisciplinary teams. Before that, Tayana worked as an assistant psychologist at the Royal Free London NHS Trust and in a private therapy clinic, as well as research assistant positions at University College London and Kingston University. Tayana’s research is focused on understanding the role of cognitive and social interactional factors in complex organisational behaviour and across different chronic conditions; and how this relates to improvements in quality and safety.
Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft
Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft is a professor of community psychiatry at King’s College London, director of the NIHR CLAHRC South London and a consultant psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009. He is also active in global mental health, and chaired a World Health Organisation group developing practical support for primary care staff to treat people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and lower-middle income countries. He is also author of a number of world-renowned books and papers on mental. His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, cost-effectiveness evaluations of mental health treatments, service user-led research, implementation science, and global mental health. He received a knighthood in June 2017 for services to mental health.