Dr Helen Lloyd
PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow (Qualitative)
Institute of Translational & Stratified Medicine - Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (Faculties)
PenCLAHRC Research Fellow (Qualitative).
A central theme of my work with PenCLAHRC focuses on complex interventions and experiences of care. I am currently co-leading the Person Centred Coordinated Care (PCCC) collaborative with Professor Richard Byng. The aims of this work involve creating a shared understanding and a taxonomy of components of PCCC to map the different ways in which models of deliver this type of care. We are also using practice based innovation to build robust theory about what forms of PCCC work for whom in what circumstances. I am also supporting the activity of several projects across the CLAHRC. The Partners 2 study is a multi-site PGfAR funded study developing and piloting a system of primary care based collaborative care for people with severe mental illness.
I am primarily a qualitative researcher with a grounding in medical anthropology. I particularly enjoy innovating with mixed methods and have a passion for action research that applies and integrates qualitative and quantitative methodologies to create health and social improvements. My research to date has explored how notions of race, ethnicity and self and community identity influence health behaviour and the experiences and outcomes of care. I am also particularly interested in how micro, meso and macro factors interact to shape and potentially change health inequalities.
My research experience spans the health sciences from occupational health,psychiatry, epidemiology, health services research and public health. In 2003 I completed an MSc in medical anthropology at UCL, followed by the successful completion of my D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in 2007.
Following this I established a research consultancy based in Oxford to promote and integrate medical anthropology as an applied approach in UK public health research. This was achieved by securing research contracts with a range of clients including the Department of Health and various UK Primary Care Trusts. My public sector contracts included a novel qualitative synthesis for the Department of Health to investigate drivers of health inequalities across a range of health concerns including, childhood obesity,smoking, alcohol and drug use, sexual health and teenage pregnancy, and mental health. An outstanding example of this applied work is the Sub-21 project to reduce under age street drinking in North Tyneside. This research used participant observation sessions with youths engaging in street drinking and depth interviews to shape the subsequent intervention. Young people and retailers were placed at the heart of the intervention development process to create a two pronged approach; a rolling program of youth activities designed by and for local youths combined with a retailer’s campaign providing new tools to help them reduce illegal and proxy alcohol sales. The project has now reached over 3000 young people and resulted in a 30% decrease in anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related incidents. This project has been independently evaluated by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In 2010 I joined the Nuffield Department of Population Health as Research Advisor for the Research Design Service South Central and as Research Associate. During this time I worked with Professor Ray Fitzpatrick and Professor Crispin Jenkinson on several projects related to PROMS and patient experiences of care.
I am an associate member of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. I am also a visiting academic researcher at the Nuffield Department of Population Health University of Oxford and a member of the International Mixed Methods Research Association.
Roles on external bodies
I am an NIHR grant application reviewer for the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) South Central.
I am a qualitative and mixed methods researcher with training in medical anthropology. I have a particular interest in action research that applies and integrates qualitative and quantitative methodologies to create health and social improvements. My research to date has explored how notions of race, ethnicity and self and community identity influence health behaviour and the experiences and outcomes of care. I am also particularly interested in how micro, meso and macro factors interact to shape and potentially change health inequalities.
Grants & contracts
Grants and research income prior to 2008:
2004 Oxford Health Services Research Committee: Alan Sharpe Travel Fellowship: £3K
Competitively Won Tenders:
2008 Committee for South London Principals: An Investigation of the Support Needs Of Students with Mental Health Problems (Phase 1 & 2 Research): £7K
2008 North Tyneside Primary Care Trust for the North East Social Marketing Demonstration Project. Understanding Alcohol Use and Drinking Patterns of Young People in North Tyneside: A Qualitative Study (Phase 1 & 2 Research): £20K
2008 National Social Marketing Centre (NSMC): Academic Development Scoping Research: £5K
2009 NHS Kensington & Chelsea & National Centre for Social Marketing: Increasing Access to NHS Dentistry: £20K
2009 Dudley Primary Care Trust for the National Social Marketing Centre Demonstration Project Social Marketing Food Retail Project: Increasing Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables: £9K
2010 Department of Health, Tackling Health Inequalities Task Force: Health Inequalities: A Qualitative Synthesis: £15K
2010 NHS Kensington & Chelsea: Impact Evaluation of ‘Increasing Access to NHS Dentistry in Kensington & Chelsea: A Social Marketing Project’: £10K
2013 Oxford Health Services Research Committee: A preliminary qualitative study of patient reported safety concerns in community services for older adults: £5K
2014 A Formative Evaluation of South Devon and Torbay’s Pioneer Hubs, contract awarded by the South West Academic Health Science Network on behalf of NHS England and the South Devon and Torbay Joined Up Board: £70K FEC
2014 A Pilot Evaluation of the Somerset Practices Quality Scheme (assessing the removal of QOF for PCCC) contract awarded by the South West Academic Health Science Network on behalf of Somerset CCG and NHSE: £40K FEC
2015 An Evaluation of Somerset’s Test and Learn Sites. Contract awarded by the South West Academic Health Science Network for Somerset CCG: £65K FEC
2015 A Formative Evaluation of Integrated Care Exeter (ICE). Contract awarded by the South West Academic Health Science Network for Somerset CCG: £116K FEC
2015 An Evaluation of the SW Integrated Person Commissioning Pilot. Contract awarded by the South West Academic Health Science Network for Somerset CCG: £170K
2016 PCCC Metrics for LTCs, MLTCs and EofLC. A Portfolio of Intelligence. NHS England:£100K
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