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Prof Monica Lakhanpaul
UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
30 Guildford Street
London
WC1N 1EH
Tel: 02079052259
Appointment
  • Professor of Integrated Community Child Health
  • ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Professor Lakhanpaul graduated from Medicine in 1992. She trained in paediatrics, gained her doctorate in Paediatrics and Child Health in 2003, and proceeded to Senior Lecturer and Consultant Paediatrician at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. In 2012 Professor Lakhanpaul joined the UCL GOS Institute of Child Heath as Professor of Integrated Community Child Health. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Population, Policy and Practice.


Professor Lakhanpaul now leads a multi-disciplinary translational research group that focuses on Health Services Research, which has direct impact on health policy and clinical practice. Her research program aims to take a multi-disciplinary, structured and collaborative approach to improving outcomes for children and transform services for patients. Her research particularly focuses on the translation of evidence into clinical practice and health policy, drawing together primary, community and hospital care, social care, education and primary and secondary research to improve health outcomes for children. Professor Lakhanpaul also holds posts as Deputy Theme Lead for Collaborations in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – North Thames (CLAHRC; 2013-present) and Program Director for Children and Young People, UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN; 2014-present). 

 

Professor Lakhanpaul's research falls under four main themes; Applied Translation of Evidence In to Policy and Practice (through systematic review, guideline development, decision and prediction rule development), Improvement Science (with a particular focus on partnership production with parents, patients and health professionals; co-production with communities to develop tailored health interventions), Conditions (with a specific interest in asthma, the acutely sick child, nutrition and disability) and Inequalities in Health (tailoring interventions for hard to reach groups, health tourism and the use of translators and interpreters to reduce inequalities).


Research Summary

Professor Lakhanpaul’s research focusses on using structured collaborative participatory methods to co-design interventions for community health issues; using a life-course approach to address problems including asthma, nutrition and disability. Professor Lakhanpaul has begun focus on South Asian families in the UK and is now using this knowledge to address global health problems.

The MIA project: The Management and Interventions for Asthma (MIA) research study aimed to use a collaborative method of designing healthcare interventions to develop an intervention planning framework for South Asian children with asthma. http://vimeo.com/105418355.

ASK SNIFF: The aim of the Acutely Sick Child Safety Netting Information Needs (ASK SNIFF) translational research project is to develop, in partnership with parents and healthcare professionals, the content for a safety-netting information needs tool for use across frontline NHS services (http://asksniff.org.uk). It forms part of a larger program of work to develop an intervention package to improve the management of acutely sick children. http://www.spottingthesickchild.com.

Nutrition Project: The Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) study will seek to determine whether transferring health models from resource poor countries and implementing them in deprived localities in the UK lead to clinically and cost-effective interventions within the NHS. NEON will adapt a female health volunteer community mobilisation intervention shown to be effective in improving women’s and children’s health outcomes in South Asia, and evaluate the feasibility of this model within the East London Bangladeshi communities.

HEEE: The Health, Education, Engineering and Environment (HEEE) platform provides a link to expertise across diverse disciplines enabling local voices to be heard and solutions developed together to address global challenges. The aim is to develop interdisciplinary HEEE links to addressing development issues in a holistic way and co-designing solutions with local partners based on a collaborative participatory approach. https://www.heee.uk.


Academic Background
2008 FRCPCH Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Paediatrics and Child Health University of Nottingham
2003 DM Doctor of Medicine – Paediatrics and Child Health University of Nottingham
1995 MRCPCH Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Medicine Paediatrics Manchester Metropolitan University
1992 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Paediatrics Manchester Metropolitan University
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