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A revolution in organ donation consent rates – exploring the role of GP surgeries.
A discrepancy currently exists between the number of people awaiting transplant in the U.K. and the number of organ donors. In an attempt to combat this discrepancy, intervention is required to increase the number of people donating their organs after death. This discrepancy is particularly marked in Black, Asian, minority ethnic communities (BAME), who experience a higher transplant need, but have increased waiting times for organs and lower rates of donation. The U.K. Organ Donation Taskforce were formed to increase donation rates and propose increasing membership to the NHS Organ Donor Register, encouraging discussion of donation wishes and targeting BAME communities specifically. Primary care interventions have previously proved to be successful in recruitment to the organ donor registry in the U.S.A and U.K. This setting could also provide access to hard to reach BAME community. However, barriers to implementation and acceptability of organ donation interventions were expressed by General Practitioners and primary care staff in the U.K. Prior to the development and evaluation of intervention efficacy, the feasibility of primary care settings needs to be established based on these barriers. Feasibility studies investigate if the setting for an intervention is appropriate, through assessment of patient views, staff views and resources required to implement it. In the present study, we will examine if primary care is a suitable place to run an intervention targeting organ donation rates, if U.K. wide resource constraints can allow the intervention to be run successfully and if the intervention is acceptable for both patients and GP practice staff.
Thanks go to both NHS Blood and Transplant and the University of Bedfordshire for generously funding this potentially ground breaking project. Thanks also go to Medici Medical Centre in Luton who are dedicating valuable time, resources and ideas by allowing us to implement the intervention in their practice.
Catrin graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of York in 2009. Her research dissertation investigated the role of personality and self-esteem on body image dysmorphia. Following this she worked at the Medical Research Council – Clinical Trials Unit in London, as a data manager and monitor for international oncology drug trials.
In 2014 she commenced a part-time MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. She graduated with Distinction in 2016 and her research dissertation focused on physical activity in older women, specifically examining the role of personality and motivation in the theory of planned behaviour. This research was presented at the Joint European Health Psychology Society and BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference in 2016, was nominated for the BPS MSc Thesis Award, nominated for the PsyPAG Masters Award and is currently in preparation for publication.
During her Masters Catrin was employed as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Faye Powell and Dr. Erica Cook, working on a project examining early age feeding practices using qualitative research methods. As a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, she taught on the modules Social, Developmental Psychology and Health Psychology. Through this experience Catrin was awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Additionally, Catrin was employed by Anglian Community Enterprise and Morelife to teach parents and their children about healthy lifestyle and physical activity. This was part of the family weight management programs in Essex.
Catrin is conducting Research Assistant work alongside her PhD, investigating the demographic profile of the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR). The ODR currently contains 23.5 million people and she is excited to undertake analysis on such a large dataset. Catrin is also analysing data and writing papers which explore the prevalence mental health predictors in students at the University of Bedfordshire. In January 2017, Catrin was given the role of Teaching Assistant on the module Public Health Research Methods, as part of the MSc Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire.
Her PhD project combines her interests and experience of individual differences in health with on-the ground interventions. Catrin is passionate about practically improving the health of people, through health promotion, intervention development and research.