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Dr Astrid Janssens

Senior Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

My research covers the understanding and support of health and social services in delivering efficient and effective care for children and young people with disabilities, mental or physical. It has always been important to involve service users (children, young people and their carers) in my research using participatory designs or methods (e.g. Action research). Patient and public involvement is the tenet of PenCRU (Peninsula Childhood Diasbility Research Unit) and thus a methodological a topic in its own; how to involve children and young people and their parents in each step of the research process. Currently, I’m working on the CHUMS project, an NIHR funded project, which will inform the NHS outcomes framework: what outcomes of NHS care should be measured for children with neurodisability? This work combines an exhaustive systematic review with the output from a qualitative study among children and young people with neurodisability and their parents and a Delphi survey with over 250 NHS health care professionals to determine which outcomes of NHS care should be measured for this population.

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Qualitative Research Advice Clinic for...

South Cloisters Room SC2.35, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Whether you are a postgraduate student, academic or researcher you can book an appointment to speak...
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Searching and Review Clinic

South Cloisters 2.35, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Professor Tamsin Ford awarded CBE for services to psychiatry

17 June 2019

Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School...
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Leading Plymouth University Dementia champion awarded British Empire Medal

10 June 2019

Ian Sherriff, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia at the University of Plymouth and founder member...
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How to improve outcomes for children and young people with long term conditions – the evidence is in

05 June 2019

Children and young people suffering with long term physical conditions can find anxiety and depression...
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Research Projects

Social Prescribing - Understanding what works in, and supporting provision of, nature - based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

We have been awarded funding from DEFRA to identify what works in the use of...
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Social Prescribing - Cornwall and Plymouth Researcher in Residence

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of...
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Research Projects