Improving front-line practitioners’ skills in supporting behaviour change: engagement and evaluation challenges.
Dr Wendy Lawrence, University of Southampton.
Wendy Lawrence is associate professor of health psychology at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton.
She leads the development and delivery of Healthy Conversation Skills – training for frontline practitioners to enable them to better support people to make long-lasting behaviour changes that will improve their health.
The training has been commissioned by a number of agencies in the UK (including Health Education England) and overseas, and is being used to support workforce development and improvements in population health. Evaluation of the impact of Healthy Conversation Skills in different contexts and populations, and how to extend its use, is the focus of Wendy’s current work.
Wendy is a member of both the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology and the Health Psychology in Public Health Network. She is interested in exploring how health psychologists can engage with both service users and service providers to improve public health.
Next seminar: Tuesday 5 December 2017, 4pm-5pm.
Anita Kothari, PhD. Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University, Ontario, Canada.
For details of upcoming, and previous, seminars about improvement and implementation please see the KIS website.
These monthly end-of-afternoon lectures take place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience [IoPPN] main building in de Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF. Anyone who is interested in improvement and implementation is welcome to attend. The seminars are organised by King's Improvement Science postdoctoral fellows.
KIS is part of the Centre for Implementation Science at the National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research [CLAHRC] South London, also based at King's College London. The CIS is home to a team of expert researchers, including health economists and statisticians. They investigate how best to help implement evidence-based practice and research results within health services in south London and further afield.