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  1. Education & Community Health
School of Health Sciences

Education and Community Health Group

Our research focuses on developing care pathways that link community and clinical services for women and children and on research into effectiveness of education to support practice. Our work aims to improve care in the community for women and children healthcare through rigorous qualitative and quantitative evaluations with an emphasis on evaluating educational and community interventions, health promotion in the community, and outreach with hard to reach or disadvantaged communities. This work is incorporated into educational programmes preparing the next generation of professionals working with women and children.

We currently have 15 members of staff and 1 doctoral students working on projects including the Toolkit project which is producing resources to improve health visiting interventions with vulnerable families, and work to prevent long term obesity through increasing exercise by women during pregnancy. Our findings have been published in high impact journals and presented at conferences around the world. We have established links with Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust, East London Mental Health NHS Trust and a range of other health Trusts, as well as the community nursing research organisation International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research.


PhD Students

  • Pauline Sham Peng-Tong


2013, Evaluation of the One Stop Health Shop. Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L. NHS Warwickshire. £4,966

2012-13, The EARLY HV toolkit, development and implementation. Karen Plumb, Ros Bryar, Janice Christie. Burdett Trust. £75,000

2011, An evidence review for research and/or effective service provision for overweight or obese children focusing on early years.Bartle, N., Atkinson, L. & Olander, E.K NHS Dudley. £4,728

2012, Insight work into the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and associated weight management services. Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K. & French, D.P. NHS Dudley. £10,184

2010-2013, Investigating the feasibility of a web-based intervention, and other interventions, to address maternal obesity. Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K. Birmingham East & North PCT. £4,144

2012 - 2013, Initial evaluation of NHS Warwickshire's maternal obesity care pathway. Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L. & French, D.P. NHS Warwickshire. £10,705

2010 - 2013, Evaluation of NHS Warwickshire's structured family-based weight management programmes targeting childhood obesity and the services provided by NHS Warwickshire's Family Change4Life Advisors. Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L. & French, D.P. NHS Warwickshire. £43,740

2012, Health Visiting Community of Practice. S.Kendall, C.Adams, S.Cowley, R.Bryar, Burdett Trust for Nursing. £200,000

2012, Tower Hamlets Health Visiting Toolkit Project. K.Plumb, R.Bryar, J.Christie. Burdett Trust for Nursing. £200,000

2011-2013, Evaluation of Coventry's Weight Management in Pregnancy Programme - Just4Mums. Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L, & French, D.P. NHS Coventry. £9,084

2011, Systematic review funding. Peter O'Hallaron, Janice Christie. R&D office, Belfast. £50,000

2010, Scoping review of successful interventions targeting childhood obesity. Olander, E.K. NHS Warwickshire and Coventry University. £6,000

2010, Qualitative evaluation of the maternal and early years healthy weight service. Atkinson, L., Olander, E.K. & French, D.P. NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Author ity. £33,141

2010, D.P. Support regarding evaluation of the Stepping Up Programme. Olander, E.K., Atkinson, L. & French, Birmingham City Council. £981

2009 - 2010, Partnership in Infection Control. R.Bryar, D.Gould, N.Drey, J.Meyer, C.Alexander NHS London. £80,000



Atkinson L, Olander EK, & French DP. (2013) Why don't many obese pregnant and post-natal women engage with a weight management service? A qualitative study of women who declined or disengaged from the service. Journal of Infant and Reproductive Psychology, 31(3), 245-256.

Atkinson L, Olander EK, & Smith DM. (2013) 'Weight is the new challenge': how can health psychology help maternity care professionals to support women to have a healthy weight and lifestyle in pregnancy? Health Psychology Update, 22(2), 27-30

Bashir S, Sparkes E, Anwar K, & Olander EK. (2013) Postpartum women's views of celebrity weight loss. Women and Birth, 26(2), e97.

Bryar R, Closs SJ, Griffiths J, & Kendall S. (2013) Comment on Thompson DR and Darbyshire P. (2013) Is academic nursing being sabotaged by its own killer elite? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(1), 1-3. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(5), 1210-11.

Christie J. (2013) "Cochrane Review Brief: Email for the Coordination of Healthcare Appointments and Attendance Reminders" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 18(2).

Christie, J.(2013) Diagnosing Mycoplasma pneumoniae in children and adolescents with community-acquired pneumonia. American Journal of Nursing, 113(5), 65.

Olander EK, & Atkinson L. (2013) Obese women's reasons for not attending a weight management service during pregnancy. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12195

Olander EK, Fletcher H, Williams S, Atkinson L, Turner A, & French DP. (2013) What are the most effective techniques in changing obese individuals' physical activity self-efficacy and behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(29). DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-29


Abbott S, Anto-Awuakye S, Bryar R, & Trivedi S. (2012) Returning to health visiting practice: completing the circle. Community Practitioner, 85(9), 25-29.

Christie J. (2012) Swedish nursing students report that campus education supports research utilisation more than clinical education, but support varies between universities. Evidence Based Nursing, 16(1), 29-30.

Christie J. Hamil C, And Power J. (2012) How can we maximise nursing students' learning about research evidence and utilisation in undergraduate, pre-registration programmes? A discussion paper. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(12), 2789-801.

Craig GM, & Higgs P. (2012) Risk Owners & Risk Managers: Dealing with the complexity of feeding children with neurodevelopmental disability. Health Risk & Society, 14(7-8), 627-637.

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, 1303-1310.

Eves FF, Olander EK, Webb OJ, Griffin C, & Chambers J. (2012) Likening stairs in buildings to climbing a mountain; Self-reports of expected effects on stair climbing and objective measures of effectiveness. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 170-176.

Olander EK, Atkinson L, Edmunds JK, & French DP. (2012) Promoting healthy eating in pregnancy: What kind of support services do women say they want? Primary Health Care Research and Development. 13, 237-243.


Bryar R. (2011) Theory for midwifery practice: where the future meets the past. Evidence Based Midwifery, 9(2) 41-45.

Christie J, & Bunting B. (2011) A cluster randomised trial of health visitor's postpartum home visits. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 48(6) 689-702.

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 Development, 37(4), 540-50.

Olander EK, & Eves FF. (2011) Effectiveness and cost of two stair climbing interventions - less is more. American Journal of Health Promotion, 25, 231-236. .

Olander EK, & Eves FF. (2011) Elevator availability and its impact on stair use in a workplace. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 31, 200-206. .

Olander EK, Atkinson L, Edmunds JK, & French DP. (2011) The views of pre- and post-natal women and health professionals regarding gestational weight gain: an exploratory study. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 2, 43-48.


Christie J, O'Halloran P, & Stevenson M. (2009) Planning a cluster randomised trial: methodological issues. Nursing Research, 58(2), 128-34.


Eves FF, Olander EK, Nicoll G, Puig-Ribera A, & Griffin C. (2009) Increasing stair climbing in a train station: The effects of contextual variables and visibility. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29(2), 300-303.


Christie J, Poulton B, & Bunting B. (2008) An integrated mid-range theory of postpartum family development: a guide for research and practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61(1), 38-50.

Christie J, O'Halloran P, Caan W, Cardwell CR, Young T, & Rao M. (2010) Workplace-based organisational interventions to prevent and control obesity by improving dietary intake and/or increasing physical activity (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 6.

Olander EK, Eves FF, & Puig-Ribera A. (2008) Promoting stair climbing: Stair-riser banners are better than posters... sometimes. Preventive Medicine, 46(4), 308-10.