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Dr Kate Hamilton-West PhD, C.Psychol, AFBPsS, FHEA

Reader in Health Psychology and Kent Academic Lead for NIHR Research Design Service SE

 

 

I am Reader in Health Psychology, Kent Academic Lead for the NIHR Research Design Service South East and Faculty Director for Medical Social Sciences. I am also a BPS Chartered Psychologist, HCPC Registered Health Psychologist, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

My research is translational and interdisciplinary in nature, with a particular focus on development and evaluation of interventions to: improve care and support for people living with long-term conditions and disabilities, address stress and burnout in health professionals and improve public mental health.
I have held several grants as principal or co-investigator and received funding from NIHR, ESRC, the British Academy, the Stroke Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Kent Health, Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) and East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT). Publications include articles in medical journals, psychology journals, patient publications and popular media, as well as a health psychology textbook Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness (SAGE Publications Ltd), which has been adopted across a wide range of health-related programmes in the UK and internationally.

My work has also resulted in a number of innovations, including:

  • a new NHS service for people with diabetes and a co-morbid common mental health condition and a linked online training tool focusing on psychological aspects of diabetes (project shortlisted for an Innovation and Enterprise Award)
  • a training programme to improve knowledge, understanding and confidence in parents and teachers responsible for the postural care needs of children with physical disabilities, together with supporting materials including a validated outcome measure (project highlighted in a Parliamentary report)
  • face-to-face and online training for mental health workers to enable them to provide effective support to people with long-term physical health conditions (project commissioned by NW London Consortium of CCGs). 

I have taught across a range of health-related modules, supervised MSc and PhD students, directed MSc programmes in Health Psychology and Applied Health Research, acted as Chief Examiner for an Intercalated BSc in Primary Care Management and External Examiner for Health Psychology PhD and Professional Doctorate Programmes. I am a BPS Accredited Supervisor for Health Psychologists in Training and former Practitioner Chair for the BPS Division of Health Psychology.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Hamilton-West, K., Gadsby, E. and Hotham, S. (2019). Helen Salisbury: Social prescribing and the No 17 bus. BMJ [Online] 364. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l271.
Hamilton-West, K., Gadsby, E. and Hotham, S. (2019). Improving the evidence base for social prescribing. British Medical Journal [Online] 364. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l744.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2019). Evaluability Assessments as an Approach to Examining Social Prescribing. Health and Social Care in the Community [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12726.
Hamilton-West, K. (2018). Behavioural and social sciences should be part of medical education. Times Higher Education [Online]. Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/behavioural-and-social-sciences-should-be-part-medical-education.
Hamilton-West, K., Pellatt-Higgins, T. and Pillai, N. (2018). Does A Modified MBCT Course Have the Potential to Reduce Stress and Burnout in NHS GPs? Feasibility Study. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online] 19:591-597. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000129.
Hamilton-West, K. (2018). How Origami Frogs can Help Jump the Health Gap. The Psychologist [Online]. Available at: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/how-origami-frogs-can-help-jump-health-gap.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2018). Development of a training programme for primary care mental health staff to support management of depression and anxiety in long-term conditions. Primary Health Care Research & Development [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000658.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2017). Evaluation of a pilot service to facilitate discharge of patients with stable long-term mental health needs from secondary to primary care: the role of Primary Care Mental Health Specialists. Primary Health Care Research and Development [Online] 18:344-353. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423617000184.
Hotham, S. et al. (2017). A study in to the effectiveness of a postural care training programme aimed at improving knowledge, understanding, and confidence in parents and school staff. Child: Care, Health and Development [Online] 43:743-751. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12444.
Hamilton-West, K. (2016). The role of a practitioner health psychologist in a primary care mental health service. Health Psychology Update [Online] 25:40-46. Available at: http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/health-psychology-update/health-psychology-update-vol-25-no-1-spring-2016.html.
Clarke, H. et al. (2015). The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network 2013 and 2014 conferences. Health Psychology Update [Online] 24:35-37. Available at: http://shop.bps.org.uk/publications/publication-by-series/health-psychology-update/health-psychology-update-vol-24-no-1-spring-2015.html.
Hotham, S., Hutton, E. and Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children with physical disabilities: The (UKC-PostCarD) questionnaire. Child: Care, Health and Development [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cch.12242.
Research report (external)
Hutton, E. et al. (2016). Understanding the support needs of disabled children and their families in East Kent. East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.
Hotham, S. et al. (2015). An evaluation of the Primary Care Mental Health Specialist role in in Kent and Medway: Final Report. NHS South East Commissioning Support Unit.
Hotham, S. et al. (2015). Evaluation of the Primary Care Mental Health Specialist role: Final Report. [Online]. Canterbury: Centre for Health Services Studies. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/docs/PCMHS_Evaluation_Report_FINAL.pdf.
Internet publication
Hamilton-West, K. and Hutton, E. (2016). POSTED Training [Video]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9kbTFT9kI&feature=youtu.be.
Conference or workshop item
Hamilton-West, K. (2016). Primary Care Diabetes Psychology Service. in: NW London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Developing an NHS Diabetes Psychology Service. in: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network Conference.
Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Applying Health Psychology in the NHS and Other Health Settings. in: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network Conference.
Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Applying the Common Sense Model to Diabetes. in: World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine.
Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Developing a Research Career in Health Psychology. in: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network Conference.
Other
Hamilton-West, K. (2016). Channelling Brexit Anger. Times Higher Education Supplement [Print]. Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/letters/channelling-brexit-anger.
Hamilton-West, K. (2016). Values hold the key to moving forward. In six leading scientists give perspectives on UK science after Brexit (J. Wilsdon, Ed.). The Guardian [Online article]. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2016/jul/14/six-leading-scientists-give-perspectives-on-uk-science-after-brexit.
Forthcoming
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2018). Development of a Long-term conditions training programme for primary care mental health staff. Primary Health Care Research and Development.
Hamilton-West, K., Pellatt-Higgins, T. and Sharief, F. (2018). Evaluation of a Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) based breath intervention for patients with mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety disorders. Primary Health Care Research and Development.
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