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Karen Newbigging

Principal Lecturer, Senior Researcher Fellow

Brook Building, BB235

+44 (0) 1772 89 2780

KNewbigging@uclan.ac.uk

Karen works as a Principal Lecturer and Senior Researcher in the Centre for Health and Wellbeing, with a particular focus on mental health, equalities and social justice. She has undertaken a broad range of research and consultancy to improve the mental health system in the UK.

Full Profile

Karen originally trained and worked as a clinical psychologist; has experience of commissioning mental health services and co-led the national programme for gender equality and women’s mental health for the Care Services Improvement Partnership.

Karen’s research is largely applied and participatory. Her recent research has focused on advocacy, policy implementation and equalities in health and social care. Karen has also been commissioned by a broad range of organisations to undertake service reviews and provide service and organisational development.

Publications

Newbigging, Karen, Roy, Alastair Neil, Habte-Mariam, Zemikael, Mckeown, Mick and French, Beverley (2012) Involving ethnically diverse service users in the research process: alliances and action. In: Social Care, Service Users and User Involvement. Research Highlights in Social Work . Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, USA, pp. 120-141. ISBN 978-1-84905-075-3

Newbigging, Karen and Thomas, Nigel Patrick (2010) Good practice in social care for asylum seekers and refugees: a resource guide. Good Practice in Social Care for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: a Resource Guide

El Ansari, Walid, Newbigging, Karen, Roth, Carolyn and Malik, Farida (2009) The role of advocacy and interpretation services in the delivery of quality healthcare to diverse minority communities in London, United Kingdom. Health & Social Care in the Community, 17 (6). pp. 636-646. ISSN 09660410

Newbigging, Karen and Mckeown, Mick (2007) Mental health advocacy with black and minority ethnic communities: conceptual and ethical implications. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 20 (6). pp. 588-593. ISSN 0951-7367 More publications

Research Projects

2010-2011
Review of the Quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate Services commissioned by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme.

2008-2009
Good practice in Social Care for Asylum Seekers and Refugees commissioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

2007-2008
Conceptualisations of mental wellbeing by black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland commissioned by Health Scotland.

2006
Knowledge review of specialist mental health advocacy for African Caribbean men commissioned by Social Care Institute for Excellence.

2004-2005
Review and evaluation of the involvement of service users and carers in the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMHE) commissioned by NIMHE.
Review of Manchester’s Mental Health Services, commissioned by Manchester Joint Commissioning Executive.
Review of mental health services in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, commissioned by 6 Primary Care Organisations.

2003-2004
Implementing Direct Payments in Mental Health commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

2003-2004
Assessment of mental health needs in Heywood commissioned by Heywood and Middleton PCT and Heywood New Deal.

2002-2003
Analysis of the responses to the consultation on Social Exclusion and Mental Health commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

2002
Review of community mental health teams in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde commissioned by Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Local Implementation Team.

Memberships

Member of the Editorial Board for Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care: 2008 – present.

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Research

Karen’s recent research has focused on advocacy, policy implementation and equalities in health and social care. Her approach to research is participatory and the research teams that she leads involve service users alongside academics. Karen has also been commissioned by a broad range of organisations to undertake service reviews and provide service and organisational development.