Health and Wellbeing Research Seminar Series 12, seminar 2

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Thursday 17 February 2022, 1-2pm
Streamed online via MS Teams

The next open seminar in our current Research Seminar Series will be a joint seminar presented by:

Dr Sanjay Patel
Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Southampton Children’s Hospital

Title: Deprivation and the use of emergency hospital care – supporting the most vulnerable families in society

Deprivation is associated with adverse health outcomes across the life course of children and young people (CYP). CYP from the most deprived families are far more likely to go to A&E than the least deprived. The reasons for this are complex and likely to be down to many different factors - from the relative health of the population to the availability of services outside hospital. The Healthier Together programme ( has been supporting families across Wessex since 2014. However, it remains unclear how effectively it meets the needs of families living within underserved communities. Recent collaborations with the Institute of Health Visiting and Barnardo’s have tried to address this by improving accessibility to resources and support. During this talk, Sanjay Patel will explore the challenges facing these families, impact on the health metrics and opportunities for narrowing this health inequality. He will also discuss opportunities for conducting research in this field.


Samantha Belfrage
Research Student (NIHR ARC Wessex Studentship)

Title: Engaging with underserved families in research

Engaging with underserved families can be a challenge for researchers. This presentation will focus on the use of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and building relationships with key community stakeholders to support research with underserved families.

All are welcome

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