Debra Westlake

Debra Westlake
University of Oxford | OX

Master of Arts

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Introduction
Debra Westlake currently works in applied health services research at the Centre for Community and Primary Care Research in Translational Biomedicine (CRTB), University of Plymouth. Debra does research in Medical Anthropology, Sociological Theory and Qualitative Social Research. Her current project is in evaluations of interventions for people with multiple long term conditions and in person centred coordinated care. She is experienced in qualitative and mixed methods research and currently developing interest in realist evaluation methods.She has experience of working overseas in different cultural contexts and is the founder of a UK registered charity and a Lima based organisation providing nursery education in vulnerable communities.
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March 2014 - November 2016
University of Plymouth
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  • Research Associate

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Publications (13)
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Emerging evidence suggests that connecting people to non‐medical activities in the community (social prescribing) may relieve pressure on services by promoting autonomy and resilience, thereby improving well‐being and self‐management of health. This way of working has a long history in the voluntary and community sector but has only recently been w...
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Background Cambodia has poor health care penetration in remote areas. The neonatal mortality rate for Cambodia is about six times higher than the UK. Many of the 3 million babies who die each year can be saved with low-tech, low-cost care. Although newborn life support (NLS) training is provided nationally, it lacks continuous practical training....
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Introduction Music and dance are increasingly used as adjunctive arts-in-health interventions in high-income settings, with a growing body of research suggesting biopsychosocial benefits. Such low-cost, low-resource interventions may have application in low-resource settings such as Uganda. However, research on perceptions of patients and healthcar...
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Introduction Music and dance are increasingly used as adjunctive arts-in-health interventions in high-income settings, with a growing body of research suggesting biopsychosocial benefits. Such low-cost, low-resource interventions may have application in low-resource settings such as Uganda. However, research on perceptions of patients and healthcar...
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Evidence is emerging of the potential of person-centred approaches to create partnerships between professionals and patients while also containing healthcare costs. This is important for enhancing outcomes in individuals with complex needs, who consistently report poor experiences with care. The shift towards person-centred care (PCC) is, however,...
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In resource-stretched emergency departments, people accompanying patients play key roles in patients’ care. This article presents analysis of the ways health professionals and accompanying persons talked about admission decisions and caring roles. The authors used an ethnographic case study design involving participant observation and semi-structur...
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In resource-stretched emergency departments, people accompanying patients play key roles in patients’ care. This article presents analysis of the ways health professionals and accompanying persons talked about admission decisions and caring roles. The authors used an ethnographic case study design involving participant observation and semi-structur...
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Background Fragmented care results in poor outcomes for individuals with complexity of need. Person-centred coordinated care (P3C) is perceived to be a potential solution, but an absence of accessible evidence and the lack of a scalable ‘blue print’ mean that services are ‘experimenting’ with new models of care with little guidance and support. Thi...
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Hospital emergency admissions have risen annually, exacerbating pressures on emergency departments (EDs) and acute medical units. These pressures have an adverse impact on patient experience and potentially lead to suboptimal clinical decision-making. In response, a variety of innovations have been developed, but whether or not these reduce inappro...
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Aim To explore the factors influencing the completion of the IB113 form for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as an exemplar of how general practitioners (GPs) manage and report patient information to external bodies.Background In UK, GPs complete IB113 forms for their patients approaching longer-term sickness absence, who may be exempt f...
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Conflicting ideologies of individual ‘responsibility’ are expounded in two aspects of Government policy which have specific implications for the family: the Children Act 1989 and the Government's strategy for health, as set out in Health of the Nation. These conflicting concepts underpin contradictions in the casting of both professional and parent...

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Synthesis of collaborative evaluations of P3C across the Southwest to inform policy and practice.