University of Hertfordshire

Dr David Wellsted

Consultant

Overview

I am currently the Head of the Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research (CLiCIR), and the Associate Director for Essex and Hertfordshire of the NIHR East of England Research Design Service (EoE RDS).  The opportunity to work for the NIHR RDS, and its predecessor, has allowed me the time to focus on expanding my knowledge and expertise in research methods and statistics, focusing on the application of longitudinal methods to healthcare, quality of life, and the impact of psychosocial factors on patients living with long term conditions.

I actively collaborate with Prof Ken Farrington and the Renal Research Program based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. With this group I contribute to a number of externally funded projects addressing the quality of life of patients during the time before they start dialysis, depression and self-regulation in patients with renal failure, and exploring the issues related to end of life care.  The group are now exploring interventions designed to promote adherence to agreed treatment regimens (eg concordance), and are about the launch a treatment intervention for depression in renal patients.

Reflecting the increasing focus on mental health for patients living with long-term conditions in the NHS (http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_124058.pdf), I am developing a collaboration with the Clinical Health Psychology Service in South Bedfordshire (Dr Greg Wood), South Essex Partnership Trust.  The focus is to implement and evaluate psychological interventions to support acute clinical services (especially in Inflammatory Bowel Disease [Dr Matt Johnson), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Diabetes).

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