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Harriet Hunt

Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

I am currently working on a project exploring parent-to-parent support interventions for parents of babies being cared for in neonatal units. Alongside Rebecca Whear (Principal Investigator), Jo Thompson Coon, Chris Morris, Kate Boddy, Becca Abbott, and Alison Bethel within PenCLAHRC, we are working with colleagues from the charity SNUG (Supporting Neonatal Users and Graduates), the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford. Within this year-long project, we plan to:

  • bring together studies which have explored the experience of parent to parent support from the perspective of the persons giving and receiving peer support;

  • determine key characteristics, components and processes that should be included in parent to parent support for parents of babies cared for in neonatal care settings, whilst on the unit and after discharge home;

  • determine (where there is sufficient evidence) the effectiveness of parent to parent support interventions on the health and well-being of parents and their premature babies; and

  • arrange a one-day impact conference with representatives from neonatal units, national neonatal networks, commissioners of services and parents with experience of neonatal unit life to discuss what the findings mean for clinical practice and service provision.

Another interest is in how people understand test information, and in addition to my role with the parent to parent support project I work with Professor Chris Hyde and the Exeter Test Group (http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/testgroup/) to explore medical test evaluation and associated issues such as diagnosis. We run the monthly Exeter Test Club (http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/testgroup/news/club/) which is a discussion forum for anyone interested in evaluating medical tests and testing. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-5pm, and everyone is welcome – see link for details.

Upcoming Events

Apr
23

LKD Seminar: The art of...

Room 3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter and video-conferenced to F083 KSpa, Truro and MR10 JBB, Plymouth

Learning, Knowing, Doing Series Seminar Speaker:  Dr Roman Kislov, Senior Research Fellow in the University of...
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Apr
24

Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.35, South Cloisters, St Lukes 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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News

Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

05 April 2018

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts...
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

29 March 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Does brain function really decline after hip and knee surgery?

28 March 2018

A new study due to launch in the South West aims to explore if brain...
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Research Projects

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

This project aims to address how schools can best engage parents in their children’s learning....
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What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human...
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Research Projects