Community extensions of primary and secondary health care services to support health behaviour change and improve public health have been delivered in various formats locally and UK wide. The group study the acceptability and feasibility of such interventions, conduct rigorous National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded rigorous trials (e.g.
e-coachER, STRENGTHEN, TARS) and synthesise evidence from both quantitative and qualitative research. We have a strong track-record in public, patient and stakeholder involvement in formulating research questions, intervention development, conducting the research and locally disseminating the findings, as well as publishing in internationally prestigious academic journals.
Our researchers are available to contribute to and lead mixed methods evaluations, more rigorous research, or systematically review research evidence associated with cognitive and behavioural approaches to support clients with health behaviour change, in primary and secondary care, and in other settings. We have particular expertise in developing multiple health behaviour change interventions using evidence-based techniques and theory driven processes, and assessing fidelity (whether or not what took place in one to one sessions with clients was as intended) using both survey methods and interviews.
Our work aligns well with numerous other Community and Primary Care themes including Person-Centred Care, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Obesity and Social Prescribing.