Annette King BSc (Hons), PG Diploma HSCM, MBA
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I am an experienced health and social care/policy researcher specialising in qualitative research methods and theory–informed empirical health research. My interest lies in applied health and social care research, organisation and management of health services, and the development and evaluation of health service and social care interventions and policy, using multi-disciplinary approaches.
My research focus is on contributing to systematic evidence for improving, reviewing and changing health and social care services, particularly for vulnerable service users and their relatives.
Research includes projects on the postural care needs of children with physical disabilities, an evaluation of a newly designed hospice community service, a pilot study to test the use of concordance therapy in diabetes in primary care, research on information-giving and long-term support in stroke, and into GP and practice nurse training. I recently completed an investigation into developing new dissemination channels through commercialisation for one of our projects, and am currently working with colleagues on a systematic evaluation of a health improvement project.
Much of my research activity involves collaborating with colleagues from other universities and within the NHS. The research I am involved in is funded by national funders, such as the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and other national and local sources. I am regularly involved in developing new research funding proposals.
Having worked in various research settings - in academia at the University of East London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in government as a research analyst and the NHS as a research manager - I joined the University of Kent in 2007.
I studied Sociology and Political Economy at City University, have a Post-graduate Diploma in Health and Social Care Management (de Montfort). I am an alumna of the University of Kent Business School MBA (Merit) and the Ashridge NIHR leadership programme.
These professional qualifications have been enormously helpful in adding management skills to my research profile; and invaluable when working with colleagues from other walks of life!
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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.
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
Adoption and Large Scale Spread of QLPQuic: Improving outcomes after emergency laparotomy.
Emergency laparotomy, a high-risk procedure involving incision to access the abdominal cavity 30 day patient mortality is reported at 14.9%, rising to 24.4% for those over 80 years old. Patients surviving may face post-operative complications and long hospital stays. Reports have shown widely varying care standards. In collaboration with Royal Surrey County Hospital and the Academic Health Services Network (AHSN), CHSS has been awarded a two-year Health Foundation scaling-up grant. The project will roll out a programme to improve patient outcomes in emergency laparotomy; adopting an evidenced-based quality improvement care bundle known as the Emergency Laparotomy Quality Care pathway (QLPQulC).Twenty hospitals are involved spanning three AHSN areas including Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The care bundle was developed and introduced at the Royal Surrey and three other hospitals. Results have shown improvements in care standards, with 30 day mortality reduced by 25% and risk adjusted hospital mortality by 42%. The current programme aims to deliver similar reductions in mortality across at least 20 hospitals. CHSS will undertake an evaluation, examining the process of rolling out the programme, uptake in the 20 hospitals, and whether it delivers expected levels of patient benefit. Start date: 01/03/2015 End date: 31/08/2017 Funder: The Health Foundation Funding: £142,675
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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