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Rafiah is a Highly Specialist Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) based at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Over the years, Rafiah has developed a keen interest in the role of technology across health, education and social care and more specifically within SLT. She is particularly interested in exploring the impact of technology on the wellbeing of those that use it as well as the role of co-design when developing digital tools for service-providers and service-users.
In 2019, Rafiah began an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. Her PhD which she is completing part-time, builds on her digital interest and growing expertise by exploring language, behaviour and wellbeing outcomes of a user co-designed digital vocabulary intervention for child language disorder. Her supervisors are Prof Shula Chiat, Martin Cartwright, Dr Jackie Mcrea and Stephen Parsons. As part of her PhD, she has been awarded an Engage Student place at the Alan Turing Institute.
Rafiah is currently developing her research website using co-design principles. For this work she has partnered with Duncan Barron, PPI Lead, Centre for Public Engagement, St George's University and Big Lemon: App Development and Web Design company who Rafiah met through an NHS Hack Day event in Jan 2020.
During the pandemic, Rafiah has worked to support clinicians with remote working. As part of this she is the lead author on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s COVID-19 Telehealth Guidance. She is currently on a part-time secondment at NHSX where she is supporting the digital transformation of community outpatients’ services.
- MSc Human Communication, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Oct 2012 – Jun 2014
- BSc (Hons) Degree in Speech and Language Therapy, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Sep 2001 – Jun 2005
- Health Informatics Course, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, Nov 2020 – Mar 2021
- Experience Based Co-design: Researchers Seminar, The Point of Care Foundation, London, United Kingdom, Feb 2020
- Qualitative Research Methods in Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom, Jan – Mar 2020
- Process Evaluation of Complex Interventions, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, Sep 2019
- Systematic Reviews in Health and Disease, University College London, London, United Kingdom, Jun – Dec 2019
- Senior Project Manager, Outpatients Community Services, NHSX, Jan – Mar 2021
- Honorary Speech and Language Therapist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oct 2013 – present
- Engage at Turing Programme, The Alan Turing Institute, Nov 2020 – Sep 2021
- Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, National Institute of Health Research, Jun 2019 – present
- Digital Pioneer Fellow, DigitalHealth.London c/o: Health Innovation Network, Apr 2018 – Mar 2019
Publications by category
Conference papers and proceedings (2)
- Badat, R. (2020). Embracing Technology in Allied Health Professional Practice: COVID19 Response. Digital Health - Virtual Summer School 2020 23-24 July, Remote conference.
- Badat, R. (2019). Feasibility of digital language therapy to improve vocabulary and influence wellbeing. Royal College of Speech and Langauge Therapists Conference 2019 25-26 September, Nottingham.
- Badat, R. Feasibility of digital therapy to improve childhood language and wellbeing outcomes. MindTech 2019 Mental Health Technology Symposium New Frontiers in Digital Mental Health: Implementation & Impact, 2019.
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (Public Sector) (Mar 2020 – present)
Primary author on the 'RCSLT Covid-19 Telehealth Guidance '
- Shuri Network - Steering Group Member, The Shuri Network is the first NHS and care network of women of colour in digital health https://shurinetwork.com/ (Jul 2019 – present).