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Prof Monica Lakhanpaul

Prof Monica Lakhanpaul

Professor of Integrated Community Child Health

Population, Policy & Practice Dept

UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2012

Research summary

Professor Lakhanpaul’s research promotes citizen science using structured and participatory methods to co-design interventions for the advancement of population science. She particularly focuses on disability, asthma and nutrition as exemplar public health issues in South Asian families to optimise their health and later risk for non-communicable disease. She is also a community paediatrician and works directly with children and their families to understand their health challenges. Professor Lakhanpaul's research programme includes: 

MIA: The Management and Interventions for Asthma (MIA) research study aimed to use a collaborative method of designing a healthcare planning framework for South Asian children with asthma http://vimeo.com/105418355.

ASK SNIFF: Acutely Sick Child Safety Netting Information Needs (ASK SNIFF) aims to develop, in partnership with parents and healthcare professionals, the content for a safety-netting information needs tool for use across frontline NHS services (http://asksniff.org.uk). It forms part of a larger program of work aiming to develop an intervention package to improve the management of acutely sick children http://www.spottingthesickchild.com.

Nutrition Project: The Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) study will seek to determine whether transferring health models from resource poor countries and implementing them in deprived localities in the UK lead to clinically and cost-effective interventions within the NHS. NEON will adapt a female health volunteer community mobilisation intervention shown to be effective in improving women’s and children’s health outcomes in South Asia, and evaluate the feasibility of this model within the East London Bangladeshi communities.

HEEE: The Health, Education, Engineering and Environment (HEEE) platform provides a link to expertise across diverse disciplines enabling local voices to be heard and solutions developed together to address global challenges. The aim is to develop interdisciplinary HEEE links to addressing development issues in a holistic way and co-designing solutions with local partners based on a collaborative participatory approach. https://www.heee.uk.

Education

University of Nottingham
FRCPCH, Paediatrics and Child Health | 2008
University of Nottingham
DM, Paediatrics and Child Health | 2003
Manchester Metropolitan University
MRCPCH, Medicine Paediatrics | 1995
Manchester Metropolitan University
MBBS, Paediatrics | 1992

Biography

Professor Lakhanpaul graduated from Medicine in 1992. She trained in paediatrics, gained her doctorate in Paediatrics and Child Health in 2003, and proceeded to Senior Lecturer and Consultant Paediatrician at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, respectively. In 2012 Professor Lakhanpaul joined the UCL GOS Institute of Child Heath as Professor of Integrated Community Child Health. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Population, Policy and Practice.


She now leads a multi-disciplinary translational research group that focuses on Health Services Research, which has had direct impact on health policy and clinical practice. Her research program aims to translate evidence into clinical practice and health policy; bringing together primary, community and hospital care, social care, education and primary and secondary research. Professor Lakhanpaul currently holds posts as Consultant Paediatrician at Whittington Health NHS Trust (2013-present), Deputy Theme Lead for Collaborations in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – North Thames (CLAHRC; 2013-present), Program Director for Children and Young People, UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN; 2014-present) and Adjunct Professor at Public Health Foundation India (PHFI; 2017-present).

 

Her research falls under four main themes; Applied Translation of Evidence In to Policy and Practice (through systematic review, guideline development, decision and prediction rule development), Citizen Science (with a particular focus on partnership production with parents, patients and health professionals; co-production with communities to develop tailored health interventions), Conditions (with a specific interest in disability, asthma and nutrition) and Inequalities in Health (tailoring interventions for hard to reach groups, health tourism and the use of translators and interpreters to reduce inequalities).


Publications