Dr Julie Hedayioglu BSc, MSc, PhD CPsychol
I am a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Health Psychologist (HCPC Registered), with a background in the adaptation and management of chronic conditions, treatment choices, and health interventions. I support the running of the Health Psychology Research Group: https://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/research/groups/healthpsychology.html
My role within the Medway School of Pharmacy is to run and deliver the KeMiST project with Dr Sarah Corlett. The project aims to identify the needs and preferences of stroke and TIA survivors for medicines support at all points post stroke/TIA. This will be used to inform the design of a patient-centred pharmacy-led service. The service will integrate into stroke care pathways and will be accessible by health care professionals (HCPs) supporting patients in community settings, and through patient/carer self-referral.
In addition, I work one day a week as the Research Facilitator for Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT): http://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/ helping to develop a research culture and supporting clinicians to develop their research ideas. In this role I am part of the Palliative Research Group: https://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/research/groups/palliativecare.html
In collaboration with the Graduate School, I run Introduction to Health workshops: https://www.kent.ac.uk/health/initiatives/workshops.html
I completed my BSc (Hons) Psychology at University of Greenwich in 2003, and then went on to gain an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Kent in 2004 (also Stage 1 for Chartership in Health Psychology). Following on from My MSc, I continued at the University of Kent and in 2011 was awarded a PhD in Health Psychology. During my PhD, I also undertook and passed the BPS independent route for health psychology training (Stage 2) qualifying as a Health Psychologist.
As an experienced health researcher, I have used both qualitative and quantitative approaches, across a number of topic areas, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine (University of Kent) and mental health nursing (City University). I have significant experience of working with, and for, the NHS. This includes a previous role as a Clinical Trials Officer in stroke (EKHUFT), and as the Research and Innovation Officer for KentHealth (University of Kent).
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A project to evaluate the new primary care mental health specialist (PCMHS) role, currently being piloted across the majority of NHS CCG areas in Kent and Medway. The PCMHS role has been introduced as it has been identified that the care of some patients with stable long term mental health needs could potentially be managed more effectively in the primary care setting. This change could also help to free up secondary care services for those with greater need and could be a more cost effective way of providing care. The purpose of the role is to identify appropriate patients to move from secondary to primary care and offer support to patients in the transition from receiving care from secondary care community teams to using GP provided services. The role also involves supporting GPs and other GP practice staff to provide appropriate care to these patients and to those newly presenting with potential mental health problems, through one-to-one advice and training. The evaluation will assess the impact of the change in service by interviewing the specialists and capturing the experiences of patients. Carers’ views and experiences will also be sought and additional assessment will be undertaken from service records and from primary care and secondary care health professionals. The difference in costs and value for money around this new way of delivering the service will also be considered. Start date: 01/06/2013 End date: 31/12/2014 Funder: NHS Kent and Medway, supported by Kent and Medway Commissioning Support. Funding: £30,000 Publications: Evaluation of the Primary Care Mental Health Specialist role: Final Report The role of a practitioner health psychologist in a primary care mental health service. (in press).