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Biography

Rachel joined Kings in 2015 and is a Senior Research Fellow working within the NIHR’s CLAHRC South London’s Centre for Implementation Science (CIS). Rachel is currently (until Oct 2019) providing maternity cover as the Assistant Director of the CIS and is also the Deputy Co-Lead for the NIHR CLAHRC South London’s Capacity Building Theme, the Theme Lead for Capacity Building and the Deputy Theme lead (maternity cover) for Implementation Research for the CIS Executive. Previously, Rachel worked as a lecturer and led the MSc Implementation and Improvement Science launched by the CLAHRC South London in 2016 and hosted by King’s College London. Her research interests fall within the realms of implementation science, behaviour change and patient safety. Rachel is a health psychologist, and holds a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Health Psychology, Stage Two Training in Health Psychology (equivalent to the professional doctorate) and a PhD.  

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. 

Research Interests 

  • Implementation science  
  • Patient safety 
  • Behaviour change  
  • Educational research   
  • Intervention design, implementation and evaluation

Teaching

MSc Implementation and Improvement Science:  

  • Implementation Science  
  • Implementation theories and frameworks  
  • Intervention design  

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • Advise on implementation projects within NHS Trusts.  
  • Delivered teaching and training on project planning and grant writing to Health Education England.  
  • Delivered training on ‘Human Factors’ to NHS trusts.  
  • Advise researchers and clinicians on implementation science methodologies through ‘Project Design’ clinics.