Dr Kate Hamilton-West PhD, C.Psychol, AFBPsS, FHEA
Reader in Health Psychology and Kent Academic Lead for NIHR Research Design Service SE
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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.back to top
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The NIHR has awarded £ 241,930 grant for a collaborative project between Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent and clinical partners at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and Chailey Heritage. It aims to assess the effectiveness of a postural care education programme for parents and teachers of children with physical disabilities. Previous research has highlighted that a lack of knowledge of postural care and low levels of confidence in providing such care can hinder therapeutic goals, which in turn can affect posture, function and well-being. This education programme will attempt to address these issues by recruiting parents, teachers and teaching assistants in to a 6-week intervention that will comprise workshop-based training in postural care and one-to-one support from physiotherapists and occupational therapists. This programme will be rolled out across Kent, Surrey and Sussex over the next 18 months. Workshop participants’ knowledge of postural care and confidence in providing such care will be assessed before and after participation using a validated tool that was developed specifically for this project. The evaluation will also involve focus groups to consider the benefits of the intervention from the perspective of workshop participants and the children of these participants. Start date:01/09/2011 End date: 31/07/2013 Funder: NIHR via EKHUFT Funding: £107,787 Publications An A to Z of Postural Care - "A Guide for Teaching Assistants, Educationalists, Children, Young People, Parents and Everyone" (pdf) An A to Z of Postual Care - General Questionnaire (pdf) A study into the effectiveness of a postural care education programme. Issue number 1 (pdf) Issue number 2 (pdf) A summary of the research findings from the UKC-PostCarDstudy - November 2013 (pdf) AtoZ Poster (pdf) which was awarded a prize at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference in York. Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children with physical disabilities: The (UKC- PostCarD) questionnaire.
HEKSS workforce planning: Future primary and community care workforce project
South East primary and community care workforce strategy What kind of workforce will best meet patients’ evolving primary and community care needs across our region in the future? Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) have commissioned CHSS to work with nominated South East Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop a strategic workforce plan, based on patient needs and preferences. The CHSS project team, led by Patricia Wilson and Stephen Peckham, will work with South Kent Coast, Thanet and other CCGs. The project will examine likely models for a future workforce to address a range of issues, including the impact of population profiles on service demand, technology, cost implications and opportunities to increase access to care. Start date: 01/04/2015 End date: 31/03/2016 Funder: Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex Funding: £150,000 Future Workforce in Primary and Community Care Report
Postural care education programme and further research
Dr Kate Hamilton-West and Annette King are working together with collaborators at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) to conduct research into a postural care education programme for parents and teachers who are responsible for the postural care needs of disabled children at home and school. The collaborators will deliver a number of ‘train the trainer’ workshops using materials developed from their previous NIHR-funded study. Feedback from the workshops will enable further refinement of the materials and data collected will be used as part of the programme’s ongoing evaluation. Start date: 04/04/2016 End date:30/06/2016 Funder: EKHUFT Funding: £4,271
Understanding the support needs of disabled children and their families in East Kent
A project funded by the internal grant scheme at EKHUFT and led by Dr Eve Hutton, Head OT (Children, Young People & Families), has commenced this month. The multidisciplinary project involves parents, educators, psychologists and therapists in a collaboration between EKHUFT and the Centre for Health Service Studies, based at the University of Kent. The proposed research aims to focus on the support needs of families with a physically disabled child to ensure therapy services in East Kent can prepare for changes under discussion in parliament as part of the Children & Families Bill. The study will involve focus group interviews with parents of a physically disabled child to identify key transition points that require a change in the support provided. Opinions will also be sort on the introduction of personal budgets and how parents intend to exercise choice when obtaining expert support for their child. The project will run for a total of 9 months. More information about the project can be obtained by either contacting Dr Eve Hutton the principal investigator: email@example.com or the researcher on the project Sarah Hotham: S.Hotham@kent.ac.uk Start date: 01/05/2013 End date: 30/06/2014 Funder: East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Funding: £33,066
Addressing medicine support needs of stroke/TIA survivors - involving community pharmacists in their care
Identifying stroke/TIA survivors' needs and preferences KeMIST This new project puts patients’ long-term needs and preferences at the heart of a new NHS service to improve patient outcomes. Specifically, it aims to reduce the chance of recurrent strokes or cardiovascular events and develop a long term support service for patients beyond stroke rehabilitation. Little is known about how stroke/TIA survivors’ perceive the burden of using long-term medicines, their needs and preferences for medicines support, or how these change over time. Qualitative interviews with survivors of stroke or TIA (and their hospital and community carers), and community pharmacists. The data gathered around problems encountered and support needed by those prescribed life-long, multiple medicines will inform the design of a toolkit for patients, carers and Health Care Professional (HCPs) to identify the medicine support needed by individuals. The research will inform design of a suitable pharmacy support service making use of relevant available technologies. People affected by stroke/TIA and HCPs will be involved at all stages of the project to ensure the new service is fit for purpose. Start date: 01/02/2016 End date: 31/01/2018 Funder: Stroke Association Funding: £58,198
Improving competencies of PWPs/Counsellors to work with people with Long Term Conditions
Government policy has highlighted the need to extend NHS mental health service provision to meet the needs of those with co-morbid mental and physical health conditions. To work effectively with this population, mental health workers require specialist training in supporting people with long-term conditions (LTCs). We worked with NW London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop, deliver and evaluate training focusing on three common conditions: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and coronary heart disease (CHD). Training was delivered to 60 NHS mental health workers via 2-day interactive workshops. An online version of the training programme was also developed. Training was developed with input from stakeholders including clinicians, service managers and service users. Participants’ knowledge of the three conditions significantly following training, along with their understanding of the role of psychological therapies in supporting people with LTCs and confidence in using specific assessment and intervention methods. The online training programme launched in October 2017 and is available at http://www.trainingltcs.org.uk/ Start date: 1/3/17 End date: 31/12/17 Funder: NHS NW London CCG Funding: £110,678 Improving competencies of PWPs/counsellors to work with people with LTC - Read the Final Project Report (December 2017) (pdf)
Sutton & Merton Diabetes Psychology Pathway
Start date: 01/12/2015 End date: 30/04/2016 Funder: Sutton & Merton Community Services Funding: £11,813
Health psychology, long-term conditions, self-management, psychological wellbeing, adaptation, self-efficacy, intervention development and evaluationback to top