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A multi-centre randomised controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of enhanced motivational interviewing with usual care for reducing cardiovascular risk (MOVE-IT)

The MOVE-IT trial is a NIHR HTA funded study designed to test whether motivational interviewing delivered by health trainers reduces cardiovascular risk in patients who receive a risk score of 20% or more in NHS Health Checks.  Patients consenting to participate will be randomised to either usual care, ten individual sessions of motivational interviewing or ten group sessions of motivational interviewing.  Participants initially receive six sessions in six weeks, with further maintenance/booster sessions at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months, supporting patients over a considerable time period as they engage in health behaviour change.  In addition, the study will follow participants for up to 24 months from the beginning of the intervention.  The study hypothesises that a group intervention to increase physical activity and increase weight loss will be more effective than one-to-one sessions, by offering the additional component of peer support and encouragement.

The study will recruit 1,704 patients from 9 PCTs in South London and is powered to detect a 0.25% effect size allowing for 20% loss to follow up.  We anticipate recruiting approximately 200 patients from each participating PCT.  

If you have any questions regarding the study please contact Clare Tucker, administrator (details below).


The Team

Adam Bayley (Trial Manager)       Tel: 020 7848 5680

Adam BayleyAdam graduated from the University of York in 2009 with a BSc in Psychology. A Mental Health Studies MSc at King's College London gave him the opportunity to develop his interests in psychologica therapies. A placement working with adolescents admitted to an acute psychiatric ward and a project investigating the neural effects of cognitive interventions in schizophrenia enabled him to develop new skills and knowledge. Adam gained experience in supporting adults with learning disabilities and severe mental illness in the community before joining the Department of Psychological Medicine in 2013. His first role in the department was a research assistant on a large diabetes cohort study (the South London Diabetes Study) and he joined the MOVE-IT team in 2014 as Trial Manager.


Emma Britneff (Assistant Trial Manager)      Tel: 020 7848 5759 / 5785

Emma-BritneffnewEmma graduated from the University of Southampton in 2010 with a BSc in Psychology and in December 2010 she joined the Diabetes Research group at King's, working on the South London Diabetes Study (SOUL-D) as a research assistant/administrator. She completed her Masters in Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience in 2012, writing her dissertation on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with type 2 diabetes, supervised by Dr Winkley. After completion of her Masters, Emma joined the Three Dimensions of Care for Diabetes (3DFD) team as a research worker. She then worked on various trials as a clinical trial/research facilitator for the Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) in South London, including MOVE-IT. In 2014 she started her current role is assistant trial manager for the MOVE-IT study.


Clare Tucker (Administrator)      Tel: 0207 848 5657

ClareClare graduated from University College London in 2010 with first class honours in Psychology BSc. Her dissertation, published in Psychiatry Research, explored lay misconceptions surrounding schizophrenia, and the effect that knowing someone with the diagnosis has on understanding. She went on to study for a Masters in 'Social Cognition: Research & Applications' at UCL, where she researched the effect that social context has on perception. She has worked in the Department of Psychological Medicine since November 2011 and currently works part-time as the MOVE-IT study administrator (office hours Mon, Thurs, Fri).


Research Office

Telephone: 0207 848 5759  /  5785


Lisa Kuriakose (Research Worker)


Lisa graduated from the University of Kent in 2013 with a 2:1 in BSc Psychology. Following her undergraduate degree she went on to study a MSc in Health Psychology at King's College London. During her Masters she was working with Dr. Winkley on the South London Diabetes Study (SOUL-D) assisting the team with carrying out their research on type 2 diabetes patients. She has a particular interest in mental health studies and worked as a care support worker at a care home for those with mental health disorders. Lisa now works as a Research Assistant for the MOVE-IT study.



Katie Sparrow (Research Worker)     


Katie graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 with a second class honours degree in Psychology BSc. She then went on to complete a Masters in Mental Health Studies at King's College London. Katherine worked throughout her Masters course as an honorary assistant psychologist at Bethlem Royal Hospital's inpatient eating disorders unit, which involved co-facilitating the group psychotherapy sessions. Katherine now works as a research assistant on the MOVE-IT research study.





Jennifer Hunt (Clinical Psychologist)      0207 848 0527

Jennifer1Jennifer graduated from the University of Exeter in 2008 with a BA in Psychology and then completed a Masters in Psychological Research Methods at Brunel University in 2009. She then joined the Diabetes Research Group at Kings and worked as a research assistant on the South London Diabetes Study (SOUL-D). As part of this role, she was able to develop some clinical skills in motivational interviewing for people with poorly controlled diabetes which helped hersecure a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the Institute of Psychiatry. This involved completing 6 six month placements in a variety of contexts with a variety of populations, including inpatient settings, community teams and specialist services. Jennifer continued to develop a keen interest in applying clinical psychology to chronic health problems and completed my doctoral thesis on Expressive Writing in Dialysis Patients. After completing the doctorate, she began herrole as a newly qualified clinical psychologist on the MOVE-IT study. 


Emily Costelloe (Healthy Lifestyle Facilitator Research Team Leader)

Emily Costelloe photoEmily graduated with a Sport Science degree from the University of Lincoln in 2010. She has always been interested in health and fitness which lead her to work for Bupa as a health advisor. Her main duties involved clinical health assessments which raised awareness for corporate and private clients around diet and exercise. Alongside this, she also volunteered for Diabetes UK to gain experience in public health as well as private health. Emily has always lead an active lifestyle and enjoys a variety of sports such as netball, kayaking and running. She is currently pursuing her other interest in Sports Remedial Massage Therapy (Diploma) whilst working as a Healthy Lifestyle Facilitator on the MOVE-IT study.


Salwa Dafalla (Healthy Lifestyle Facilitator)

Salwa Dafalla photoSalwa is a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. She has a strong interest in health and well-being through promoting healthy lifestyle within the community. To deliver this message Salwa has worked (between 2005-2008) for the British Red Cross, Newport Healthy Authority Board, Women Making a difference and Mosaic project. Having completed City & Guilds (C&G) Health Trainer Level 3 and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 in 2009, Salwa worked as a Health Trainer with Bexley Primary Care Trust. She continued her personal and professional development with a degree in Human Nutrition.

Through her experiences, Salwa has good knowledge of current public health priorities and strategies both locally and nationally, as well as knowledge of wider determinants of health, including nutritional, social, economic and environmental factors. Salwa is now working as a Healthy Lifestyle Facilitator on the MOVE-IT randomised control trial and her current interest is in the the influence of nutrition on cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Jessica Mark (Healthy Lifestyle Facilitator)

Jessica1Jessica graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) Nutrition. After university she spent 9 months travelling and volunteering whilst abroad. Following her return, she volunteered in the Dietetics department at Royal Free Hospital mainly helping on the paediatric ward. She also volunteered at Mini Cooking Club, helped to deliver nutrition and cooking sessions to pregnant women. Jessica has also worked as a Nutrition Coach for teenagers in the borough of Hillingdon - running nutrition sessions at Fit Teens Club, a place where teenagers can manage their weight and become more active or can get fit with fun team games and have access to expert nutritional advice in a friendly environment without feeling self conscious. Before MOVE-IT, Jessica worked with Bacon's College in partnership with Lambeth and Southwark Health and Well Being Board to deliver bespoke interventions for primary schools.


Nurcan Cahill (Healthy Lifestyle Facilitator)

NurcanCahillNurcan has worked within voluntary and public sectors and has a solid background in community development and public health promotion. She was one of the King's Fund Millenium Awards winners which enabled her to undergo a leadership diploma programme and set up a successful women's health project.
Nurcan became a 'long-term health condition self-management trainer' in 2005. In this role she was responsible for organising self-management courses for people with long term health conditions contracted by Primary Care Trusts in the NHS. She then took up a post managing Haringey PCT & Camden PCT projects. She was able to run the first Turkish courses in Lewisham PCT, Cantonese courses in Camden & Arabic courses in Westminster PCT.
Nurcan enjoys working effectively with others to promote health and is able to contribute to different perspectives due to her experience in urbanized areas and delivery to diverse cultures. She is currently working as a healthy lifestyle facilitator on the MOVE-IT study.


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