- Dr Abigail EasterSenior Postdoctoral Fellow and Principal InvestigatorDr Abigail EasterSenior Postdoctoral Fellow and Principal Investigator
Abigail Easter is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Improvement Science within the Centre for Implementation Science at King's College London. Her fellowship research focuses on patient safety and improvement in the provision of care for women with perinatal mental illness. Prior to this, Abigail was awarded an NIHR PhD studentship to investigate the effects of Eating Disorders on pregnancy and motherhood.
- Amanda ByeResearch CoordinatorAmanda ByeResearch Coordinator
Amanda Bye is a Research Coordinator at King's College London and a part-time Doctoral student at UCL Institute of Child Health. Amanda’s PhD research is on identifying the barriers to the recognition of eating disorders during pregnancy and motherhood. She has a particular interest in promoting the roles of GP’s, health visitors and midwives in identifying women at risk and supporting them and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction.
- Dr Nicola MackintoshAssociate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health and Co-InvestigatorDr Nicola MackintoshAssociate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health and Co-Investigator
Nicola is Associate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester. She has a background in critical care nursing and has been a patient safety researcher working across maternity, emergency and acute care since 2005. Since 2008 she has been involved in ethnographic research exploring the management of complications in maternity, acute and critical care including the role of safety tools and technologies, and rapid response systems. Her current work addresses the contribution of patient and family initiated escalation of emergency care, and safety and improvement practices in acute, maternity and critical care.
Nicola was the academic lead for the ‘Re-Assure’ project1 which was an arts-science collaboration funded by King’s Cultural Institute. James Harris and Jane Sandall were co-applicants. This co-design project, which was based on findings from an NIHR funded programme of research on escalation of care, 2, 3 aimed to design an animation to enable pregnant and postnatal women to raise and secure help for serious safety concerns. The team worked with women, healthcare professionals and representatives from third sector organisations to produce the animation. After project completion, the researchers worked with Tommy’s charity to create a shorter version of the film which launched as part of campaign on 24 April 2017.
Nicola’s research interests include: digital technologies and changing patient-provider roles; digital inclusion and inequalities in health; organisation of healthcare work; speaking up for safety (patients, families and staff); risk and uncertainty in pregnancy and childbirth; art and design for knowledge translation and healthcare improvement.
- Professor Jane SandallProfessor of Women's Health and Co-InvestigatorProfessor Jane SandallProfessor of Women's Health and Co-Investigator
Jane Sandall is Professor of Women’s Health, King's College London. Jane has a clinical background in nursing, health visiting and midwifery and an academic background in social science. She is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Cochrane author. She is the Associate Editor of Midwifery and is part of the NHS England-London Strategic Clinical Network for Maternity. Her research focuses on the implementation of maternal health policy to improve quality and safety of care, and the social and organisational implications of the translation of innovative health technologies into health care. She is co-supervising Abigail Easter alongside Professor Louise Howard, Professor in Women’s Mental Health at King's College London.