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Research associate awarded ‘Patient Experience Transformer of Tomorrow’ award

Research associate awarded ‘Patient Experience Transformer of Tomorrow’ award

Dr Louca-Mai Brady, Research Associate in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, has been awarded the first Patient Experience Network (PEN) ‘Patient Experience Transformer of Tomorrow’ award for her doctoral research on ‘embedding young people’s participation in health services’.

Her research found that, whilst there is growing awareness of the case for children and young people’s participation across the public sector, there is limited evidence on how this apparent commitment to participation and children’s rights translates into professional practice and young people’s experience of participation in health services and research. Participation in health tends to be driven by a public involvement and engagement agenda rather than more radical models of participatory practice. Young people’s views are still not consistently sought or acknowledged within healthcare settings; they are rarely involved in decision-making processes and often occupy a marginalized position in healthcare encounters. There are also disparities in the characteristics of young people likely to participate, the types of decisions they are involved in making, and the extent to which this participation is meaningful and effective. Using a participative research approach Louca-Mai’s research sought to explore how participation was understood and operationalised. The learning from the study identified the potential for new approaches that would do more to transfer power to young people, and informed a rights-based framework for embedding participation in practice.

Dr Louca-Mai Brady, Research Associate in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education receives award.

Dr Louca-Mai Brady, Research Associate in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education receives award.

Louca-Mai will be discussing this research at a KUSG seminar in St George’s Hunter Wing on Thursday 24 May.

PEN support the NHS and other organisations to help improve patient and staff experience. The annual PEN National Awards recognises best practice in the experience of care across health and social care in the UK.

The Patient Experience Transformer of Tomorrow is a new PEN award sponsored by The School of Nursing and Allied Health at Liverpool John Moores University. This award recognises that students of Health and Social Care, Nursing, Medical and Allied Health Professional education are in a unique position to champion and enhance patient, service user and carer experience.The award recognises the fresh perspectives and innovative ideas research students can bring to services, and the potential of these ideas to generate positive changes in practice.

Find out more about her doctoral research here:

http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/29885/