Staff profile

 Katrina Wyatt

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University of Exeter

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01392 262971

Areas of expertise

Child Health, Complex Systems, Behaviour Change

Katrina Wyatt

Associate Professor of Health Research

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My research covers the development of complex interventions to change behaviours, supporting patients service users and communities to be active partners in research projects and in the provision of methodological expertise for evaluations of public health interventions. Research projects are in progress to gain an understanding of the necessary conditions for transformational change in health and social care communities. This research informed the development of the Connecting Communities Programme, designed to equip residents and statutory agencies with skills for effective community engagement and collaborative working. Connecting communities is being taken up across the UK in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation to address so called ‘wicked problems’, such as health inequalities, ensuring solutions to local issues are determined by the communities themselves.

This learning has also led to the development of a novel school-based behaviour change intervention to prevent childhood obesity, the Healthy Lifestyles Programme. £1.35million was secured from NIHR to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HeLP in a 32 school cluster RCT involving 1300 children. 

Project involvement

HEALTHWK - Developing a programme of research around workplace health and wellbeing interventions

Project aims to To develop and explore the effect of a whole-system Wellbeing on Ward (WoW) intervention framework to improve staff health and wellbeing of NHS ward staff.

HeLP - the Healthy Lifestyles Programme

A cluster randomised controlled trial, economic and process evaluation to determine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of HeLP in preventing childhood overweight and obesity.

Community Engagement in Research

Connecting Communities: Research towards a leading edge theory & practice for Community Engagement. The objective of our research was to identify the initial conditions that facilitated the creation of enabling environments for community engagement.