Lucy Mitchinson (2019 Cohort)

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About me: I have a background in Psychology and am particularly interested in research focused on health and wellbeing. I received a BSc. in Psychology from the University of Leeds with an Industry year. During this time I worked as a Research Assistant at the Bradford Institute for Health Research. Within the Quality and Safety department I gained experience conducting research as part of a multidisciplinary team. I developed an interest in health care and a desire to understanding the patient perspective. After this I went on to receive a Master of Research in Psychology at the University of Manchester. This experience allowed me to further develop a variety of qualitative and quantitative skills and gave me the opportunity use new methodologies and approaches. For my dissertation project I aimed to understand the doctor and patient perspectives for using a routine postnatal appointment as an opportunity to encourage health behaviour change.

My research: Now working within the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research department at UCL, my research aims to better understand and evaluate the benefits of complementary therapies in Palliative care. Complementary therapies are offered alongside routine medical treatments and aim to address physical, psychological, social and spiritual distress. These therapies include massage, reflexology and aromatherapy and are frequently offered within hospices and cancer support centres. Despite their popularity the evidence on their effectiveness is limited. Working closely with Marie Curie, my research will investigate the views of patients, family members, therapist and staff to better understand the benefits of complementary therapies. This will inform the later adaption of an evaluation measure which will focus on the patient priorities.

The difference my research makes: With an ever increasing pressure on health services, it is essential that the treatments offered are effective and evidence based. By better understanding the benefit of complementary therapies and how to evaluate them, the true value of these treatments can be understood. With more and more people living to a palliative stage of conditions, the demand for these treatments is greater than ever and strong evidence is needed to ensure the best treatments remain available to all patients.

Supervisors: Professor Paddy Stone, Dr Bridget Candy, Dr Nuriye Kupeli, & Dr Celila Vindrola

Pathway: Mental Health and Mental Health Care

Location: UCL Division of Psychiatry


Publications:, J., Cameron*, L., Mitchinson, L., Parmar, M., Opio-te, G., Louch, G., & Grange, A. (2019). An investigation into the relationships between bullying, discrimination, burnout and patient safety in nurses and midwives: is burnout a mediator?. Journal of Research in Nursing24(8), 604-619.