Senior Investigator Profile

First NameJane
Award StatusTerm 1
Current PostProfessor of Social Science and Women's Health
DepartmentDivision of Women's Health
Telephone0207 1888149
InstitutionKing's College London
NHS TrustGuy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Region NameLondon
Primary Research FieldMidwifery
Secondary Research FieldHealth Policy & Services
BiographyI have a clinical background in nursing, health visiting and midwifery. I have worked in the Malawi health government health service for five years as a midwife, as a health visitor for homeless families for five years in London, and in Midwifery education for ten years. I now lead the Maternal Health Systems and Implementation Research Group in the Division of Women’s Health at King’s College, London. I am a NIHR Senior Investigator and Cochrane author. I have an academic background in social science and Sociology. My research in maternal health and reproduction is interdisciplinary between the clinical and social sciences and involves a range of methods. It focuses on the implementation of maternal health policy and effective solutions at a health system and service delivery level, and the impact on health outcomes and women's experiences, to improve quality and safety of care. My research has been funded by the ESRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, and a range of charitable sources and has included: the organisation and outcome of birth in different settings (Birthplace in England Research Programme), efficient use of the maternity workforce and the implications for safety & quality in maternity care, social and organisational implications of the translation of novel safety technologies into health care, role of rapid response systems in the management of escalation of care in acute medical and maternity settings, and the engagement by patients and families in their own safety. My research has involved ethnographic and qualitative methods, observational and modelling and systematic reviews, and trials of complex interventions. Current research includes randomised trials looking at the effectiveness and implementation of complex interventions. It includes conducting implementation process evaluations of: behavioural interventions in pregnant women who are obese; a simple accurate blood pressure device in low income countries (CRADLE), self-blood pressure monitoring programme in pregnancy and the GAP programme in London to reduce stillbirth. Research leadership includes: leading a programme of work on innovations safety and quality in the NIHR King's Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre which finished in 2012. In NIHR CLAHRC South London, I am a Associate Director and lead capacity building, where we have set up one of the first MSc programmes in Implementation and Improvement Science Research and provide academic leadership for King’s Centre for Implementation Science and King’s Improvement Science. I also lead the maternity and women’s health theme where we are looking at how changes in service delivery can improve quality of care for women at higher risk of pre-term birth, and with social complexity in collaboration with local stakeholders in South London. Contributions to policy and practice include: co-chairing the ICM Research Committee, international advisor on the recent Irish maternity strategy, membership of a range of professional and research commissioning groups and elected deputy chair of the RCM board Research findings have informed the UK government commission on Nursing and Midwifery, House of Commons Health Committee on Inequalities, English, US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services

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