Dr Natalie Armstrong announced as one of six new Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellows

Posted by vh58 at Dec 01, 2016 12:45 PM |
Six new Improvement Science Fellows have been announced

Six new Fellows have been selected to form the fourth cohort of the Improvement Science Fellowship programme, the Health Foundation’s scheme to develop leaders in the field of improvement science.

Dr Natalie Armstrong, Associate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health and co-lead of the SAPPHIRE research group was recently awarded one of the prestigious 3-year fellowships.

The Fellows will spend up to three years developing original, applied research dedicated to improving health care in the UK. They will also participate in a tailored leadership development programme including action learning sets, coaching and masterclass sessions, and have the opportunity to work with the Health Foundation Improvement Science Development Group, an international group of experts from disciplines within the field of improvement science.

The title of Dr Armstrong’s Fellowship is “System change to mitigate overdiagnosis and overtreatment: How can we ensure ‘just enough medicine'?” and her work will build an understanding of how and why overdiagnosis and overtreatment happen, the effects they have, and what strategies might be used to help tackle the problem.

Natalie said “I am thrilled to have been awarded this Fellowship by the Health Foundation and am really looking forward to working alongside the other Fellows. This scheme is really special because of the cohort model and the intensive leadership development programme that you complete alongside your research. It’s going to be a busy three years!”

Prof Graham Martin, Head of the Department of Health Sciences, commented “I am delighted that Natalie has been successful in winning one of these hugely competitive fellowships. They go only to the very best thinkers in improving healthcare from the NHS and the academic world, and Natalie’s fellowship is testament to the quality of her work and that of the SAPPHIRE Group as a whole. The fellowship will give her a chance to make a real difference to the quality of healthcare, in an area where sometimes, despite good intentions, the healthcare system can do more harm than good.”

Health Foundation LogotypeHelen Crisp, Assistant Director of Research at the Health Foundation said “We believe that a more systematic and scientifically rigorous approach is needed in this research area to close the gap between current and best practice in healthcare. The fellows will champion new thinking and ideas and through the continual development of improvement science they will encourage a stronger partnership between academics and practitioners. We look forward to them becoming leaders in this field and will value the major contribution they will make to this academic discipline.”

Dr Armstrong is a medical sociologist by background and is currently leading an evaluation of the feasibility of using the Patient Activation Measure in the NHS in England. She is an Associate Editor at BMJ Quality and Safety and also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

 

 

 

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Further information on the Improvement Science Fellows can be found on the Health Foundation Website

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