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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

Hamilton-West, K., Milne, A. and Hotham, S. (2020). New Horizons in Supporting Older People's Health and Wellbeing: Is Social Prescribing a Way Forward?. Age and Ageing [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa016.
Hamilton-West, K., Pellatt-Higgins, T. and Sharief, F. (2019). 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 [Online] 20. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423619000045.
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., Gadsby, E., Zaremba, N. and Jaswal, S. (2019). Evaluability Assessments as an Approach to Examining Social Prescribing. Health and Social Care in the Community [Online] 27:1085-1094. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12726.
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. (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., Bates, A., Hotham, S. and Wilson, P. (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] 20. 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., 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://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1463423618000129.
Hamilton-West, K., Hotham, S., Yang, W., Hedayioglu, J. and Brigden, C. (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., Hamilton-West, K., Hutton, E., King, A. and Abbott, N. (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., Bates, A., Hotham, S. and Wilson, P. (2017). Improving Competencies of PWPs/Counsellors to Work With People With Long-Term Conditions: Final Report. University of Kent.
Hamilton-West, K. and Zaremba, N. (2017). Evaluability Assessment of the Encompass MCP Social Prescribing Service. University of Kent.
Research report (external)
Hutton, E., King, A., Hamilton-West, K. and Hotham, S. (2016). Understanding the Support Needs of Disabled Children and Their Families in East Kent. East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.
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
Jaswal, S. and Hamilton-West, K. (2018). Social Prescribing and Integrated Care: An Evaluability Assessment. In: ICIC18 – 18th International Conference on Integrated Care, Utrecht.
Lawrence, W., Hamilton-West, K., Godfrey, E., Rovner, G. and Hotham, S. (2017). Training healthcare professionals in novel health psychology strategies and tools. In: European Health Psychology Society Conference.
Hamilton-West, K., Pellatt-Higgins, T. and Pillai, N. (2017). Does mindfulness meditation have the potential to reduce stress and burnout in NHS General Practitioners?. In: European Health Psychology Society Conference. Available at: http://2017.ehps.net/.
Hamilton-West, K., Lawrence, W., Godfrey, E. and Hotham, S. (2016). Training Health and Community Workers in Skills to Support/Promote Health Behaviour Change. In: BPS Training Centre Workshop.
Confidential report
Hamilton-West, K. and Jaswal, S. (2017). Evaluability Assessment of the Encompass MCP Social Prescribing Service. Final Report. Encompass Multispecialty Community Provider.
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.
Hamilton-West, K. and Hotham, S. (2019). Embedding behavioural science in social prescribing research, policy and practice. In: UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting.
Hamilton-West, K. and Hotham, S. (2018). Introduction to Evaluability Assessments: Using the methodology to improve evaluation of behaviour change interventions. In: UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting.. Available at: http://www.uksbm.org.uk/.
Hamilton-West, K., Bates, A., Hotham, S. and Wilson, P. (2018). Development and Evaluation of a Long-Term Conditions Training Programme for Primary Care Mental Health Workers. In: European Health Psychology Society Conference.
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