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Dr Helen Barratt
Room 112
Department of Applied Health Research
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7HB
Tel: 020 7679 8285
Appointment
  • Senior Clinical Research Associate / Honorary Consultant in Applied Health Research
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
  • Honorary Clinical Lecturer
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

I am a consultant in public health medicine, and a clinical academic working in health services research. I qualified in medicine from Imperial College and undertook my specialist clinical training in London. I completed a PhD within the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London, funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. I was awarded the European Health Management Association's 2014 annual research award for my doctoral work. I was also the first non-US recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for early career researchers, awarded by AcademyHealth, the American professional association for health services research and policy. I have Masters degrees in both Public Health (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Bioethics (University of Surrey). Prior to undertaking my PhD, I held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in public health at UCL. Before that I was an academic foundation trainee at Imperial College London, working at both Charing Cross and the Hammersmith Hospitals.

Research Themes
Research Summary

I currently work as part of the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames, based in the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL. As a research methodologist, I am part of the CLAHRC’s research partnership team, responsible for collaborating with health care and public health providers across North East/ North Central London and beyond to develop and deliver research aimed at improving patient care and public health.

I have a particular interest in improving the organisation and delivery of acute hospital services. My doctoral research used qualitative methods to examine the process of large-scale service change, for example consolidating facilities on fewer sites to centralise access to emergency care. It focused specifically on the ways in which patients and the public respond to such proposals. In 2010, I provided independent academic input into a high profile review of plans to downgrade acute services at Chase Farm Hospital in north London.

I have also carried out a number of other projects using quantitative methods, including a propensity-matched analysis of the impact of transferring critical care patients to other hospitals when there is a lack of beds locally. I am a co-author of the UK Intensive Care Society’s Guidelines for the transport of the critically ill adult.

Teaching Summary

Within the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames, I am Deputy Director of the CLAHRC Academy. The Academy seeks to increase capacity and capability to co-produce applied health research, and use its outputs, within our linked HEIs, but also amongst staff in our partner health care and public health organisations. Our portfolio of work includes short training courses for health care and public health staff; a research fellowship programme for nurses and allied health professionals; and a PhD training programme.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As well as providing supervision for PhD and MSc students, I also contribute to a number of other teaching programmes at UCL, mainly for MBBS students, focussing on health care organisation and public health.

Appointments
10-JAN-2015 Clinical Senior Research Associate/ Hon Consultant Department of Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
27-SEP-2013 – 09-JAN-2015 Hon Clinical Lecturer Department of Applied Health Research UCL, United Kingdom
27-SEP-2010 – 26-SEP-2013 Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow Department of Applied Health Research University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2007 Speciality Registrar in Public Health   London Deanery, United Kingdom
01-APR-2007 – 31-JUL-2010 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2006 – 30-JUN-2007 Academic Foundation Trainee   Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2008 MSc Master of Science – Public Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2005 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2004 MA Master of Arts – Bioethics University of Surrey
2003 BSc Bachelor of Science – Gastroenterology Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
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