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Dr Katherine Curtis Tyler

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Contact

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Katherine is a social scientist with a particular interest in user expertise in the development of effective health and social care interventions, including when the user is a child.

Katherine started her research career in the R&D department of the children's charity Barnardos. In 2001 she moved to the Child Health Research and Policy Unit at City University, London. There she worked on a range of projects exploring the implementation of different health and public health interventions, and carried out reviews of effectiveness, and of children's and families' views/experiences of health and social care services. After a year as a lecturer on the Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights MA at Institute of Education, in 2009 she returned to City where she now combines teaching with research in child public health and health services development.

Qualifications

PhD; MA; PGCE; BA (Hons)

Administrative roles/Clinical activity

Katherine reviews for a number of journals and funding bodies, and is an external examiner on the MA International Child Studies and MA Child Studies programmes at Kings College London.

She is a member of the Ethics Committee, and the Community Engagement Committee, in the School of Health Sciences, and manages delegated ethics review for the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research.

Research

Research areas

- Health inequalities
- User expertise
- Long-term illness
- Evidence synthesis

Grants

A population-level evaluation of a family-based community intervention for childhood overweight and obesity (qualitative component) (NIHR)

The MEND programme (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a family-based community programme promoting healthy lifestyles in overweight children. Colleagues at the Institute of Child Health, led by Professor Catherine Law, will relate information on the several thousand children who have come to MEND with information about the local area and population, in order to discover which groups are more likely to use the programme and whether it is more or less effective among certain groups. Qualitative work carried out with colleagues at Institute of Child Health, University of Bristol and Teesside University will explore how easy or difficult families find it to take part in MEND, why some decide not to join and others start but don't complete the programme. Findings will be used to develop weight management programmes for children, particularly for those who don't seem to benefit from them at present. (Dec 2010 - Dec 2012)

Key stakeholders' experiences and understandings of routine patient data collection in CAMHS and paediatric diabetes: an exploratory study (Department of Health via Policy Research Unit in the Health of Children, Young People and Families, University College London)

A patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) is a set of questions intended to capture a patient's sense of their own well-being. Organisational level data from PROMs are increasingly required for provider audit, and individual patient level information used in mental health settings to monitor treatment outcomes. There is some evidence PROMs can improve young people's experiences of care for long-term conditions, though equally some clinicians, young people and carers in paediatric settings have reported negative experiences or views of PROMS. This study will explore clinicians', young people's, and carers' understandings and experiences of routine patient data collection, both current practice and developments planned in CAMHS and paediatric diabetes. This will inform future research developing resources to support PROMs being used in ways that stimulate collaborative working between clinicians, children and families. (Dec 2011 - Mar 2012)

Healthy Start - Understanding the use of vouchers (Department of Health)

Led by Patricia Lucas at School of Policy Studies at Bristol, this project explores families', professionals'; and retailers' experiences of the Government's Healthy Start scheme. Findings will improve our understandings of how the scheme is working and identify areas for improvement (Sept 2010 - May 2012)

Research centres

- Centre for Maternal and Child Health

Research Students

Name
Roa Altaweli
Thesis Title
Interventions during the second stage of labour
Further Information
An exploration of what affects their use in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Drawing on methods from ethnography, the study aims to explore the use of interventions during the second stage of labour among healthcare professionals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and factors that may be influencing their use. It builds on findings in earlier work of a high rate of routine interventions.
Name
Sarah Bekaert
Thesis Title
Exploring the influences in teenage pregnancy choices: Inspired by the national targets to reduce teenage pregnancy
Further Information
Hackney sexual health services developed an assertive outreach model to work with young women (under 18 years) who had had a pregnancy and to establish them on contraception. A previous audit of service users highlighted a small but significant group who, within 2 years of an abortion, went on to become mothers. This study aims to explore these young women's choices about parenthood and contraception and their perceptions of what influences these. This will add to current thinking on teenage pregnancy and inform sexual health care practice locally.

Publications

Chapter

  1. Curtis, K. (2002). Success in the face of adversity: a partnership project to support minority ethnic pupils excluded from school. In Sachdev, D. and van Meeuwen, A. (Eds.), Are we listening yet? Working with minority ethnic communities - some models of practice London, UK: Barnardo's. ISBN 978-0-902046-78-8.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (11)

  1. Duran, C. and Curtis-Tyler, K. (2016). Exploring children's healthcare experiences of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) - a small scale study for service improvement. .
  2. Tyler, K. (2008). The ethics of social research with children: an introduction. MA Children’s Rights 6 December, Free University, Berlin, Germany.
  3. Curtis-Tyler, K. (2008). Levers and barriers to patient-centred care with children with long-term illness in multi-cultural settings: type 1 diabetes as a case study. Tower Hamlets Community Research Network 5 February, London, UK.
  4. Tyler, K. (2007). Stakeholder views: building the evidence base using methods from systematic review. Campbell Colloquium 16 May.
  5. Curtis, K. (2005). Consulting with children and teenagers in UK: examples of approaches to meeting young people, hearing their views and publicising the findings. Children, health and well-being: a cultural perspective (module on Masters in Medical Anthropology) 25 November, Amsterdam, Holland.
  6. Curtis, K. (2005). Children’s management of their chronic illness: diabetes as a case study. BSA Medical Sociology conference 17 September.
  7. Sinha, S., Jayakody, A., Curtis, K., Viner, R. and Roberts, H. (2005). How much does ethnicity influence adolescent sexual behavior? .
  8. Jayakody, A., Sinha, S., Curtis, K., Roberts, H., Booy, R., Taylor, S. and Viner, R. (2005). Predictors of oral sex in a multi-ethnic sample of early UK adolescents. .
  9. Curtis, K. (2003). ‘I’ve been living in this body for 14 years, listen to me!’ A consultation with children and teenagers about their health services. 11th Annual Public Health Forum 18 March.
  10. Curtis, K. (2002). ‘I’ve been living in this body for 14 years, listen to me!’: Developing techniques to explore young people’s experiences of receiving health services. BSA Medical Sociology Group annual conference 27 September, York, UK.
  11. Curtis, K. (2002). ‘Let’s get alarmed!’ The qualitative component of a randomised controlled trial on increasing the prevalence of functioning smoke alarms in disadvantaged inner city housing. 6th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control 14 May, Montreal, Canada.

Journal Articles (18)

  1. Wolpert, M., Curtis-Tyler, K. and Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2016). A Qualitative Exploration of Patient and Clinician Views on Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Child Mental Health and Diabetes Services. ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY IN MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 43(3), pp. 309–315. doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0586-9.
  2. Arai, L., Panca, M., Morris, S., Curtis-Tyler, K., Lucas, P.J. and Roberts, H.M. (2015). Time, monetary and other costs of participation in family-based child weight management interventions:Qualitative and systematic review evidence. PLoS ONE, 10(4) . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123782.
  3. Curtis-Tyler, K., Arai, L., Stephenson, T. and Roberts, H. (2015). What makes for a 'good' or 'bad' paediatric diabetes service from the viewpoint of children, young people, carers and clinicians? A synthesis of qualitative findings. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100(9), pp. 826–833. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-307517.
  4. Lucas, P.J., Curtis-Tyler, K., Arai, L., Stapley, S., Fagg, J. and Roberts, H. (2014). What works in practice: User and provider perspectives on the acceptability, affordability, implementation, and impact of a family-based intervention for child overweight and obesity delivered at scale. BMC Public Health, 14(1) . doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-614.
  5. Curtis-Tyler, K. (2012). Facilitating children's contributions in clinic? Findings from an in-depth qualitative study with children with Type 1 diabetes. DIABETIC MEDICINE, 29(10), pp. 1303–1310. doi:10.1111/j.1464-5491.2012.03714.x.
  6. Curtis-Tyler, K. (2011). Levers and barriers to patient-centred care with children: findings from a synthesis of studies of the experiences of children living with type 1 diabetes or asthma. CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, 37(4), pp. 540–550. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01180.x.
  7. Jayakody, A., Sinha, S., Tyler, K., Khadr, S.N., Clark, C., Klineberg, E., Booy, R., Bhui, K., Head, J.J. and Stansfeld, S. (2011). Early Sexual Risk Among Black and Minority Ethnicity Teenagers: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(5), pp. 499–506. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.08.010.
  8. Sinh, S., Jayakody, A., Curtis, K., Roberts, H. and Viner, R. (2007). "People make assumptions about our community": Sexual health amongst teenagers from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in East London. Ethnicity and Health, 12(5), pp. 423–441.
  9. Alderson, P., Sutcliffe, K. and Curtis, K. (2006). Children's competence to consent to medical treatment. Hastings Center Report, 2006(Nov-Dec), pp. 25–34.
  10. Alderson, P., Sutcliffe, K. and Curtis, K. (2006). Children as partners with adults in their medical care. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 91(4), pp. 300–303.
  11. Sinha, S., Curtis, K., Jayakody, A., Viner, R. and Roberts, H. (2006). Family and Peer Networks in Intimate and Sexual Relationships Amongst Teenagers in a Multicultural Area of East London. Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal, 11(1) .

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  12. Curtis, K. and Roberts, H. (2005). Incomprehensible consent forms: Child friendly consent forms lead the way. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 330 . doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7505.1450-a.
  13. Roberts, H., Curtis, K., Liabo, K., Rowland, D., DiGiuseppi, C. and Roberts, I. (2004). Putting public health evidence into practice: increasing the prevalence of working smoke alarms in disadvantaged inner city housing. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 58 . doi:10.1136/jech.2003.007948.
  14. Curtis, K., Liabo, K., Rowland, D., DiGiuseppi, C. and Roberts, I. (2004). Consulted but not heard: A qualitative study of young people's views of their local health service. Health Expectations, 7(2), pp. 149–159. doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2004.00265.x.
  15. Curtis, K., Roberts, H., Copperman, J. and Downie, A. (2004). ‘How come I don’t get asked no questions?’ Researching ‘hard to reach’ children and teenagers. Child and Family Social Work, 9(2), pp. 167–175. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2004.00304.x.
  16. Newman, T., Curtis, K. and Stephens, J. (2003). Do community-based arts programmes result in social gains? A review of empirical evidence. Community Development Journal, 38(4), pp. 310–322.
  17. Rowland, D., DiGiuseppi, C., Roberts, I., Curtis, K., Roberts, H., Ginnelly, L., Sculpher, M. and Wade, A. (2002). Prevalence of working smoke alarms in local authority inner city housing: randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 325(7371), pp. 998–1001. doi:10.1136/bmj.325.7371.998.
  18. Curtis, K. and Newman, T. (2001). Do community-based support services benefit bereaved children? A review of empirical evidence. Child: Care, Health and Development, 27(6), pp. 487–495.

Reports (11)

  1. Curtis-Tyler, K.P., Roberts, H. and Bedford, H. (2009). What do we know about the knowledge, attitudes, values and beliefs of parents and their children on early childhood immunisation? How can this inform the early childhood vaccination programme in Tower Hamlets?.
  2. Tyler, K. (2009). A review of programmes to reduce alcohol misuse amongst young people. IOE.
  3. Tyler, K. (2009). What do we know about the knowledge, attitudes, values and beliefs of parents and their children on early childhood immunisation? How this can inform the early childhood vaccination programme in Tower Hamlets..
  4. Tyler, K. (2008). Findings from knowledge exchange activity arising from a study of the contribution of school-aged children's views to their care..
  5. Sinha, S., Curtis, K., Jayakody, A., Viner, R. and Roberts, H. (2005). Starting sex in East London: protective and risk factors for starting to have sex amongst Black and Minority Ethnicity young people in East London. London, UK.
  6. Sinha, S., Curtis, K., Jayakody, A., Viner, R. and Roberts, H. (2005). Smoking, drinking, drug use, mental health and sexual behaviour in young people in East London. London, UK.
  7. Jayakody, A., Sinha, S., Curtis, K., Roberts, H. and Viner, R. (2005). Culture, identity, religion and sexual behaviour among Black and Minority Ethnic teenagers in East London. London, UK.
  8. Curtis, K., Sinha, S., Jayakody, A., Viner, R. and Roberts, H. (2005). Contraception and unsafe sex in East London teenagers: Protective and risk factors for use of contraception among black and minority ethnic young people in East London. London, UK.
  9. Curtis, K. and Roberts, H. (2004). Children and health: making the link. London, UK.
  10. Liabo, K., Curtis, K., Jenkins, N., Roberts, H., Jaguz, S. and McNeish, D. (2002). Healthy futures: A consultation with children and young people in Camden and Islington about their health services. London, UK.
  11. Liabo, K., Bolton, A., Copperman, J., Curtis, K., Downie, A., Palmer, T. and Roberts, H. (2000). The sexual exploitation of children and young people in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. London, UK.

Education

Modules taught on

Katherine leads modules on the social determinants of health and on children's experiences of long-term health care on the under-graduate children's nursing curriculum, and teaches on the PhD programme.

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (8)

  1. Research relations: what did I plan for and how did it work out? Reflections from researching young children’s experiences of living with type 1 diabetes in East London - Seminar for MA Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights. Institute of Education, UCL London (2014).
  2. Reflections on using Framework to analyse qualitative data. Anna Freud Centre, London (2013).
  3. School of Health Sciences Seminar for Early Years Division. (2013).
    Description: A population-level evaluation of a family-based community intervention for childhood overweight and obesity (MEND 7-13)
  4. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Post-graduate teaching programme. (2013).
    Description: Stakeholders' views of patient-reported outcome measures in CAMHS and paediatric diabetes
  5. Policy Research Unit in the Health of Children, Young People and Families (CPRU), University College, London. (2013).
    Description: What are the pathways for using patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) clinically to improve care? Literature review and qualitative study - Outline for Research for Patient Benefit 22 May call
  6. National Diabetes Audit PROMs Group. (2012).
    Description: Stakeholder views of patient data collection in CAMHS and paediatric diabetes, and their implications for routine use of PROMs in clinics
  7. Policy Research Unit in the Health of Children, Young People and Families (CPRU), University College, London. (2012).
    Description: Stakeholder views of patient data collection in CAMHS and paediatric diabetes, and their implications for routine use of PROMs in clinics
  8. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (Children and Young People) Stakeholder Event. (2012).
    Description: Using standardized instruments to individualise care: stakeholder views of patient data collection in CAMHs and paediatric diabetes, and their implications for routine use of PROMs in clinics

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