Tell us a little about you?
I grew up in London. And now, I only live a few streets from my childhood home where I decided to bring up my children. My children even went to the same schools as I did. However, in between my childhood and theirs, I did a lot of travelling and career swapping. Positions ranged from editing scientific journals to data management. All that changed when I completed a Master’s of Science in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Besides my family, my biggest loves are cycling and cold-water swimming. I am a member of the local lido that is open to members all year around. I know what swimming in 5oC water is like, but luckily there’s also a sauna.
How do you see the role?
I am very excited about coming to work in the CYPHP Evaluation Team, as my PhD investigated the relationship between primary care quality and unplanned health service use in children, and I have been involved in health service research ever since. My varied career past has its uses for my new role. For example, I have managed, extracted, cleaned, linked, and analysed large national primary and secondary care activity datasets.
What is your hope for the CYPHP programme?
Society and its health care needs have changed dramatically since the launch of the NHS over 70 years ago. However, the current health and social care delivery system has failed to keep pace. The CYPHP programme is a novel and exciting way of delivering good quality care to the children and young people living in Lambeth and Southwark. I hope that the unique and robust evaluation will demonstrate the effectiveness of the CYPHP model of care at improving health, and reducing inappropriate health service use in children and young people.
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