Research title: Service utilisation and pathways through care for children with complex health care needs. The Born in Bradford Cohort Study.
Supervisors: Prof Neil Small (University of Bradford), Dr Roger Parslow (University of Leeds), Dr David Bowles (University of Sheffield).
Professional and academic background: Chrissy worked as an NHS Senior Occupational Therapist in Intermediate Care Services, alongside studying for an MSc in Professional Health and Social Care. She became interested in disparities of disease incidence, influenced by inequalities in socioeconomic status, access to health care, and ethnicity. She left the NHS to study an MSc full time in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, during which part of her studies involved analysis of health inequalities related to the Born in Bradford Cohort study data. She was awarded the White Rose Scholarship to commence her PhD studies in October 2014 with the following objectives:
Overarching study aim: Investigate service provision, referral pathways and disease burden of children with complex needs on the health service and those providing their care. The Born in Bradford Cohort Study.
- Quantify the disease burden of children with complex needs using born in Bradford primary care data.
- Quantify frequency of service use of children with complex needs using born in Bradford primary care data.
- Investigate the experiences of pathways through services for families, health professionals and carers providing care for children with complex needs.
- Propose key service improvement recommendations for children with complex needs.