Tell us a little about you?
I grew up in Oxfordshire, with two sisters, and absolutely hated Statistics and Research Methods at school. I studied Psychology at University, which taught me the importance of understanding how health interventions work, and the mechanisms that help these interventions lead to improved health outcomes. This required an understanding of Statistics and Research Methods, which I have now grown to love (teenage Rosie would be very upset to hear this).
The relationship between physical, mental, and social health has always interested me. So, I went on to complete a PhD using interviews, questionnaires, and experimental methodologies to understand the relationship between disordered eating and coeliac disease (a disease where someone’s small intestine is sensitive to certain food, which can cause problems with digesting food). My PhD supervisors, Dr Ruth Howard and Professor Suzanne Higgs, were fantastic in encouraging me to use different research methodologies to help me understand how and why behaviours develop over time.
How do you see the role?
The Children & Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP) have an incredible evaluation team. They ensure rigorous science is used to improve and understand the way the CYPHP model of care is working.
I believe that the statistics and numbers are extremely important, but so is listening to the voice of all stakeholders in the programme. That’s what the term mixed methods means. So, most of my time is spent listening to the perspectives of children, young people, families, and clinicians involved in CYPHP. I am particularly interested in hearing about their experiences of receiving and delivering the CYPHP model of care.
What is your hope for the CYPHP programme?
I hope the CYPHP programme will be shown to be effective at improving the health of children and young people across Lambeth and Southwark. I hope that the research I contribute, will help us to understand the mechanisms by which CYPHP managed to achieve improved child health. This can help us to understand the key components of CYPHP, and learn what components may be best replicated in other health systems.
I also hope that by working closely with clinical teams across Lambeth and Southwark, and by ensuring our research is relevant to the health system, CYPHP will show the benefit of clinicians and academics working together. This may make any future teenage Rosie’s less scared of Research Methods and Statistics!
If you have either received or have been involved in delivering CYPHP care, Rosie would like to hear about your experience. Please email Rosie at if you are interested in sharing your views.
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