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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

Oct
30

Searching and Review Clinic

Room 1.47, South Cloisters, 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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Nov
06

PPI Advice Clinics

Exeter (South Cloisters, St Luke’s)

Do you need to involve service users in your work? Whatever your query, from finding out...
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News

Research shows weight loss can be boosted fivefold thanks to novel mental imagery technique

24 September 2018

Overweight people who used a new motivational intervention called Functional Imagery Training (FIT) lost an...
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PenCHORD teach at international summer school focused on economic modelling in healthcare

20 September 2018

This August saw the first International Summer School Riga (ISSR), which was hosted and organised...
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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study

31 August 2018

People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according...
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Research Projects

D-PACT: Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

The Dementia – PACT (D-PACT) programme is a five-year project, funded by a National Institute...
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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to...
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Research Projects