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Staff Profile

Professor Katrina Wyatt

Associate Professor of Health Research

Kath Maguire

My research covers the development of complex interventions to create the conditions for sustainable healthful behaviours, supporting patients, service users and communities to be active partners in research projects and in the provision of methodological expertise for the evaluations of public health interventions.

Research projects include developing an understanding of the necessary conditions for transformational change in health and social care communities; this research informed the development of the Connecting Communities Programme (C2), designed to equip residents and statutory agencies with skills for effective community engagement and collaborative working. Connecting Communities is being taken up across the UK in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation to address so-called ‘wicked problems’, such as health inequalities, ensuring solutions to local issues are determined by the communities themselves. This learning has also led to the development of a novel school-based behaviour change intervention to prevent childhood obesity, the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP). £1.35m was secured from NIHR to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HeLP in a 32 school cluster RCT involving 1300 children.

I am also part of a research project examining how moral narratives relating to responsibility and welfare reform influence the medicalisation of distress and the uptake of antidepressants in low-income communities, called DE-STRESS. DE-STRESS is funded by the ESRC and is supported by two C2 partnerships in the South West. I am the Deputy Director (engaged research) for the very recently funded Wellcome Trust Centre for Environments and Cultures of Health.

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Contact by phone
01392 262971

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Child Health, Complex Systems, Behaviour Change

External links

Projects

Community Engagement in Research

Interventions with healthcare practitioners to promote psychological wellbeing and change health behaviours

Healthy Workplaces

Sleep positioning for children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review

HeLP - the Healthy Lifestyles Programme

DE-STRESS

C2 - Connecting Communities

Publications

Systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of weight management schemes for the under fives. A short report

Systematic review of the effectiveness of weight management schemes for the under fives

Cranial osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial

The development, feasibility and acceptability of a school-based obesity prevention programme: results from three phases of piloting

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of enzyme and substrate replacement therapies: a longitudinal cohort study of people with lysosomal storage disorders

Measuring something real and useful in consumer involvement in health and social care research

A systematic review of associations between the primary school built environment and childhood overweight and obesity

The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), a novel school-based intervention to prevent obesity in school children: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy in adults with late-onset Pompe disease: results from the NCS-LSD cohort study.

Long-term effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy in Fabry disease: results from the NCS-LSD cohort study.

A repeated cross-sectional study examining the school impact on child weight status.

Understanding How Healthy Workplaces Are Created: Implications for Developing a National Health Service Healthy Workplace Program

Cluster randomised controlled trial and economic and process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a novel intervention [Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)] to prevent obesity in school children

Consulting parents about the design of a randomized controlled trial of osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy

Why it is crucial to involve families in all stages of childhood disability research

Behavioural and weight status outcomes from an exploratory trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP): A novel school-based obesity prevention programme

Systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between childhood overweight and obesity and primary school diet and physical activity policies

The Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) – An overview of and recommendations arising from the conceptualization and development of an innovative approach to promoting healthy lifestyles for children and their families.

Qualitative findings from an exploratory trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) and their implications for the process evaluation in the definitive trial

Exploring the potential of a school impact on pupil weight status: exploratory factor analysis and repeat cross-sectional study of the National Child Measurement Programme

Uptake, retention and engagement of children participating in the cluster randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP)

Long-term effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy in adults with Gaucher disease: results from the NCS-LSD cohort study

Qualitative findings from an exploratory trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) and their implications for the process evaluation in the definitive trial

Understanding how healthy workplaces are created: implications for developing a National Health Service healthy workplace programme.

Evidence, theory and context a using intervention mapping to develop a school-based intervention to prevent obesity in children

The NCS-LSD cohort study: a description of the methods and analyses used to assess the long-term effectiveness of enzyme replacement therapy and substrate reduction therapy in patients with Lysosomal Storage Disorders

Tailoring Healthy Workplace Interventions to Local Healthcare Settings: A Complexity Theory-Informed Workplace of Well-Being Framework

Creating Change that Counts: Evidence-led Co-creation as a Pathway to Impact

Sleep positioning for children with cerebral palsy (Protocol)

Sleep positioning for children with cerebral palsy

Detailed statistical analysis plan for a cluster randomised controlled trial of the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP), a novel school-based intervention to prevent obesity in school children

Exploring perceived barriers, drivers, impacts and the need for evaluation of public involvement in health and social care research: a modified Delphi study

Trial baseline characteristics of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a school-located obesity prevention programme; the Healthy Lifestyles Programme (HeLP) trial

Upcoming Events

May
01

PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters

Patient and Public Involvement Clinic What? These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC PPI Team manage and respond...
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May
15

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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News

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