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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 in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS), University of Kent and Kent Academic Lead for the NIHR Research Design Service South East. 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). I recently completed a four-year term as Practitioner Chair for the BPS Division of Health Psychology.

Since joining CHSS, I have developed a broad portfolio of externally funded research, focusing on psychological aspects of living with and managing long-term conditions and the development and evaluation of psychological interventions. 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, KentHealth, 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. My published health psychology text book: Psychobiological Processes in Health and Illness (SAGE Publications Ltd) is used to teach students across a range of health-related disciplines in the UK and internationally.

My work has resulted in a number of innovations, including a new NHS service for people with diabetes and a co-morbid common mental health condition (shortlisted for an Innovation and Enterprise Award), an online training tool focusing on psychological aspects of diabetes and a training programme to improve knowledge, understanding and confidence in parents and teachers responsible for the postural care needs of children with physical disabilities (highlighted in a Parliamentary report). I am currently leading a project commissioned by NW London Consortium of CCGs to develop and deliver training for mental health workers that will enable them to provide effective support to people with long-term physical health conditions. 

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Article
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]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000129.
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. (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. (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.
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.
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.
Hamilton-West, K. et al. (2014). Development of a Primary Care Diabetes Psychology Service. Diabetes and Primary Care [Online] 16:129-136. Available at: http://www.diabetesandprimarycare.co.uk/journal-content/view/development-of-a-primary-care-diabetes-psychology-service.
Research report (external)
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.
Hutton, E., Hamilton-West, K. and Hotham, S. (2014). Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children EKHUT Internal Grant Reportwith physical disabilities. Canterbury: University of Kent.
Internet publication
Hamilton-West, K. and Hutton, E. (2016). POSTED Training [Video]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9kbTFT9kI&feature=youtu.be.
Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Helping Patients to Self-Manage their Long Term Conditions: Evidence-based approaches [video file]. [Video file]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hClSg3Rbp4.
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 a Research Career in Health Psychology. 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 an NHS Diabetes Psychology Service. in: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network Conference.
Hamilton-West, K. (2015). Helping Patients to Self-Manage their Long Term Conditions: Evidence-based approaches. in: Kent Academic Primary Care Unit - inaugural seminar.. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/chss/docs/KAPCU-talk-updated.pptx.
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. (2014). Health Psychology in Public Health and Pharmacy. in: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Health Psychology Network Conference.
Hotham, S. et al. (2014). An evaluation of a postural care training package: Improving self-efficacy in parents and teachers who care for a physically disabled child. in: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference (DHP).. Available at: https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Division%20of%20Health%20Psychology%20Annual%20Conference%202014/poster_presentation_listing_v9.pdf#page=2.
Other
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.
Hamilton-West, K. (2016). Channelling Brexit Anger. Times Higher Education Supplement [Print]. Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/letters/channelling-brexit-anger.
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.
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