Professor Sarah Redsell

Professor of Public Health

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery , Health and wellbeing

Sarah Redsell's research primarily focuses on communication about aspects of health and well-being with parents of infants and children which includes developing and testing interventions for health professionals and service users.

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sarah.redsell@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Sarah's clinical background is in nursing and health visiting and a PhD in health psychology. She trained as a quantitative researcher but has subsequently acquired skills in qualitative methodology and methods. She has received substantial research income (over £1,000,000) as a Principal and Co-Investigator from diverse sources including the MRC, NIHR, NHS and charitable foundations. She has published around 30 papers in nursing, public health and medical journals and presented international conference papers and posters.

Sarah has developed a programme of research exploring ways of communicating with parents of infants around risk and prevention of childhood overweight and obesity. She has been Principal Investigator for several externally funded research projects, leading a multidisciplinary team comprising academics from the Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln and clinicians working for the UK NHS. Sarah led the Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy study (ProAsk) funded by the UK Medical Research Council. This project developed and tested a digital programme for health visitors to use with parents of infants to identify childhood overweight and obesity risk.

Research interests

  • Behavioural interventions for obesity prevention
  • Psychosocial issues associated with children’s well-being
  • Childhood immunisation
  • Child-patient information
  • Consultation skills

Sarah's research interests emerged from clinical practice as a health visitor and academic exploration, discussion and debate. Her PhD looked at the provision of child patient information and she remains interested in exploring well-being from a child’s perspective and looking at ways in which we can convey complex issues to children.

Sarah worked as a health visitor in Nottingham in the early 1990s before entering academia. About six years ago she read a paper that proposed that obesity risk could be identified very early in a baby’s life. She began to investigate whether and how this scientific evidence could be communicated to parents of infants in practice. Sarah is keen to progress this work further and to contribute to the development of interventions that focus on psychosocial needs. She remains interested in aspects of clinical communication in any setting but particularly with parents of infants.

Areas of research supervision

  • Psychosocial issues associated with surviving childhood critical illness
  • Obesity risk communication
  • Masculinity and weight management
  • Responsive infant feeding

Teaching

Sarah Redsell taught Behavioural Science modules to undergraduate medical students at the University of Nottingham between 1995-2000. She also taught clinical audit to undergraduate medical students at the University of Leicester Medical School from 2000-2004. Sarah has supervised and acted as internal examiner for third year undergraduate and Masters projects at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin (masters only). She has conducted postgraduate internal reviews and assessment of PhD confirmation reviews. Sarah has supervised students at PhD level since 2006 and also acted as internal and external examiner for PhDs.

Qualifications

Academic

  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology (2:1), University of Loughborough, 1993
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Psychology), Faculty of Medicine, The University of Nottingham, 2000.

Professional

  • Registered General Nurse (RGN) Brook General Hospital, London, 1984
  • Diploma in Professional Studies/Registered Health Visitor, Nottingham Trent University, 1994
  • Chartered Health Psychologist, 2003.

Memberships, editorial boards

Associate Editor – Quality in Primary Care (2009-2014).

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Redsell, S.A., Glazebrook, C., Swift, J., Siriwardena, N., Pathmanathan, D. Early Prediction and Prevention of Obesity during Childhood (EPPOC). Burdett Trust for Nursing. 1 April 2008 - 31 October 2009. £51,359 (+ £5260 Service Support Costs from Primary Care Research Network (PCRN)

Glazebrook, C., Redsell, S.A., Johnson, S., Beer, C., Westwater-Wood, S., Budge, H., Wharrad, H. Development and evaluation of a multimedia parenting intervention to promote motor development in infants born very preterm. Action Medical Research/ Henry Smith Charity. 1 April 2010 - 30 September 2012. £116,044.

Redsell, S.A. Systematic review and development/validation of an Infant Risk Factor Checklist (IROC) for the prevention of childhood obesity. NHS Nottinghamshire County PCT Flexibility and Sustainability. 1 April 2010 - 31 July 2012. £10,000.

Redsell, S.A., Glazebrook, C., Swift, J., Siriwardena, N., Pathmanathan, D., Yang, M., Weng, S. (plus clinicians from Nottingham CityCare Partnership). Systematic review of behavioural and non-behavioural interventions to prevent childhood obesity and development of a guideline for health visitors to use with parents at risk of developing childhood obesity. Burdett Trust for Nursing. 1 April 2012 - 31 March 2013. £49,966.

Glazebrook, C., Weng, S., Sayer, K., Redsell, S.A., Nathan, D., Swift, J. External validation of the Infant Risk of Obesity Checklist (IROC). Nottingham/Leicestershire CLAHRC-NDL (NIHR) 1 February 2013 – 31 August 2013. £8,000.

Jackson, C., Cheater, F.M., Emslie, C., Gallagher, B., Kerr, S., Lewis, H., Mytton, J., Condon, L., Shepherd, C., Smith, L., Vousden, L., Redsell, S., Bedford, H., Schicker, F. Understanding the barriers and facilitators to immunisation uptake in Traveller communities to inform interventions to promote uptake: An ecological approach. NIHR – HTA 12/17/05. 1 September 2013 - 31 October 2015. £358,115.12

Redsell, S.A., Glazebrook, C., Wharrad, H., Swift, J., Weng, S., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N.S., Lakshman, R., Ong, K., McMaster, F. Development and feasibility testing of an interactive, educational programme to facilitate Proactive Assessment of Obesity Risk during Infancy (ProAsk). Medical Research Council – Public Health Intervention Development PH01/14-15. 1 September 2014 - 28 February 2016. £151,576

Lymn, J., Field-Richards, S., Spiby, H., Callaghan, P., Keeley, P., Redsell, S.A., Andrew, S. Evaluation of the Impact of care Experience Prior to Undertaking NHS Funded Education and Training. Department of Health – Policy Research Programme. 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2018. £324,978.

Selected recent publications

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Redsell SA, Weng SF, Swift JA, Nathan D, Glazebrook C. Validation, optimal threshold determination and clinical utility of the Infant Risk of Overweight Checklist (IROC) for early prevention of child obesity Childhood Obesity, 2016, 12 (3) 202-209. doi:10.1089/chi.2015.0246

Jackson C, Bedford H, Condon L, Dyson L, Emslie C, Gallagher B, Kerr S, Lewis H, Mytton J, Redsell S, Schicker F, Shepherd C, Smith L, Vousden L, Cheater F F UNderstanding uptake of Immunisations in TravellIng aNd Gypsy communities (UNITING): Protocol for an exploratory, qualitative study BMJ Open, June 2015 http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/6/e008564.full.pdf+html

Redsell SA, Edmonds BA, Swift JA, Siriwardena AN, Weng SF, Nathan D, Glazebrook C. Systematic review of Randomised Controlled Trials of interventions that aim to reduce the risk, either directly or indirectly, of overweight and obesity in infancy and early childhood Maternal and Child Nutrition, 2015, April DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12184 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12184/abstract

Green J, Jester R, McKinlay R, Pooler A, Mason S, Redsell SA A new quality of life consultation template for patients with venous leg ulceration Journal of Wound Care, 2015, 24(1), 140-148

Manning, J.C., Hemingway, P., Redsell, S.A. (2014) Long-Term Psychosocial Well-Being Following Acute Life Threatening Critical Illness: Exploring Childrens’ Narratives of Survival.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 15(4_suppl), 31

Manning, J., Hemingway, P., Redsell, S.A. Protocol for a longitudinal qualitative study: survivors of childhood critical illness exploring long-term psychosocial well-being and needs – The SCETCH Project. BMJ Open 2014, e004230. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004230 http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2013-004230

Weng, S.F., Redsell, S.A., Swift, J.A., Yang, M., Glazebrook, C. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the risk factors for childhood overweight that can be identified during infancy. Archives of Diseases in Childhood  2012, 97(12): 1019–1026. http://adc.bmj.com/content/97/12/1019

Manning, J., Redsell, S.A., Hemingway, P. Long-term psychosocial impact reported by childhood critical illness survivors: A systematic review. Nursing in Critical Care 2014, May 19(3): 145-156.

Weng, S.F., Redsell, S.A., Nathan, D., Swift, J.A., Yang, M., Glazebrook, C. Development of an algorithm to estimate overweight risk in childhood from predictors during infancy. Pediatrics, Published on-line 15 July 2013, e414-e421 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3858).

Redsell, S.A., Swift, J.A., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Atkinson, P., Glazebrook, C. UK health visitors’ role in identifying and intervening with infants at risk of developing childhood obesity. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2013, 9, (3):396-408.

Hemingway, P., Redsell, S.A. Children and young people’s participation in healthcare consultations in the emergency department. International Emergency Nursing, 2011,19(4, October), 192-198

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Swift, J.A., Glazebrook, C. Preventing childhood obesity during infancy in UK primary care: a mixed-methods study of HCPs’ knowledge, beliefs and practice. BMC Family Practice, 2011, 12:54 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/12/54.

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Swift, J., Glazebrook, C. Parent’s beliefs about appropriate size, growth and feeding during infancy: implications for the prevention of childhood obesity. BMC Public Health, 2010, 10:711 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/10/711.

Redsell, S.A., Bedford, H., Siriwardena, A.N., Collier, J., Atkinson, P. Health visitors’ perception of their role in the universal childhood immunisation programme and their communication strategies with parents. Primary Care: Research and Development, 2010, 11, 1, 51-60.

Recent presentations and conferences

Condon L, Jackson C on behalf of the UNITING project team. UnderstaNding uptake of Immunisations in TravellIng aNd Gypsy communities (UNITING). Oral presentation at the SAPC Annual Conference, Dublin, July, 2016

Bedford H, Jackson C on behalf of the UNITING project team. Investigating immunisation uptake in UK Travelling and Gypsy communities: a qualitative study. Poster presentation at the 15th Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) National Immunisation Conference, Australia, Brisbane, 7th-9th June, 2016.

Bedford H, Jackson C on behalf of the UNITING project team (Bedford H, Beach H, Cheater F, Condon L, Crocker A, Dyson L, Emslie C, Kerr S, Kemsley P, Ireland L, Lewis H, Mytton J, Redsell S, Richardson Z, Shepherd C, Smith L, Jackson C). Understanding Uptake of Immunisations in Travelling and Gypsy Communities. Poster presentation at the The Royal College of Paediatric & Child Health (RCPCH) Annual Conference, Liverpool, April, 2016, Abstract published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2016, April, 101 (Suppl 1):1-384

Field-Richards S, Andrews S, Callaghan P, Keeley P, Redsell S, Spiby H, Stacey G, Lymn, J. Care experience prior to entry into undergraduate nursing degrees: the recommendation, rhetoric and reality. Paper presented at the RCN conference, Edinburgh, 6th-9th April 2016

Field-Richards S, Andrews S, Callaghan P, Keeley P, Redsell S, Spiby H, Stacey G, Lymn, J. Help, hindrance or indifference? The impact of care experience prior to commencing nurse training, on caring and compassionate practice. Paper presented at the RCN conference, Edinburgh, 6th-9th April 2016

Manning JC, Hemingway P, Redsell SA (2015) Long-term psychosocial well-being following acute life threatening critical illness: A longitudinal, qualitative, multiple-case study. In: Caring without Boarders: 26th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Vilnius, Lithuania. 9-13th June 2015.

Mwalabu, G.G.T., Evans, C.,  Redsell, S.A. Telling their story: Experiences of young women with perinatally acquired HIV regarding access to sexual and reproductive health services in Malawi. Paper presented at 16th Annual Conference of the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) 25 – 27 June 2014, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff, UK

Manning, J.M., Hemingway, P., Redsell, S.A. Long-term psychosocial well-being following acute life threatening critical illness: Exploring childrens’ narratives of survival. World Congress for Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care (WCPICCS 2014), 7 May 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

Mwalabu, G.G.T., Evans, C., Redsell, S.A. Capturing the voice of young women in research sensitive topics: use of “My Story Book” in Malawi. Paper presented at the RCN conference, Glasgow, UK, 2 - 4 April 2014

Redsell, S.A., Edmonds, B.A., Glazebrook, C., Swift, J.A., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Weng, S.F., Atkinson, P.A. Watson V Development of an evidence-based practice guideline for UK public health nurses (health visitors) to use with parents of infants at risk of obesity. Poster presented at the European Childhood Obesity Group congress, 12 - 15 November, 2013. Liverpool, UK. Abstract published in Appetite, 1 May 2014, 76, p204

Manning, J.C., Hemingway, P., Redsell, S.A. Surviving Childhood Critical Illness: A thematic synthesis of qualitative literature exploring long-term psychological and social impact, paper presented at the 2nd Paediatric Nursing Association of Europe (PNAE) Congress on Paediatric Nursing, Glasgow, UK, 7 - 8 June, 2013

Manning, J.C., Hemingway, P., Redsell, S. G59 (P) Long-Term Psychological and Social Impact Reported by Childhood Critical Illness Survivors: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis. Poster presented at The Royal College of Paediatric & Child Health (RCPCH) Annual Conference & 6th Europaediatrics, Glasgow, UK, 5-8 June, 2013. Abstract published in Archives of Disease in Childhood,2013, Suppl 1, 98, A31-A31.

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Swift, J., Glazebrook, C. Early years’ prevention of childhood obesity: the challenges facing UK health visitors. Poster presentation at the International Conferences in Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) Biennial Symposium, Edmonton, Canada, 4 - 6 May 2011.

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Swift, J., Glazebrook, C. Primary prevention of childhood obesity: views from primary care. Paper presented at the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health Annual Conference, Warwick UK, 5 - 7 April 2011. Abstract published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2011, Suppl 1, 96, A9-A11.

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Swift, J., Glazebrook, C. UK parents' beliefs about infant growth and feeding in relation to obesity prevention. Poster presented at The 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) Copenhagen, Denmark, October 23-26, 2010. Abstract published in Paediatric Research, 2010, 210, 409.

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Nathan, D., Siriwardena, A.N., Swift, J., Glazebrook, C. Early Prediction and Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPPOC study). Poster presented at SAPC, National Conference, Norwich, UK, 7 - 9 July 2010

Redsell, S.A., Atkinson, P., Siriwardena, A.N., Glazebrook, C., Nathan, D., Swift, J. GPs’ and practice nurses’ role in the prevention of childhood obesity in primary care: balancing knowledge about risk factors and practice. Paper presented at the London Regional SAPC conference, Cambridge, UK, 4 - 5 February 2010.

Media experience

  • Redsell SA, presentation at fringe event, entitled “Are we failing fat kids?” at Conservative Party conference, 30th September 2013.
  • Redsell SA, journal publication about health visiting published in Maternal and Child nutrition featured in an un-solicited article in the Daily Mail, 8th September 2013
  • Redsell SA, took part in a television programme about childhood obesity, NTV Russia, 12th March 2013
  • Redsell SA, interviewed on BBC Radio Essex about sugar and obesity prevention during infancy, 19th February 2013
  • Redsell SA, cited in a number of media publications following publication of paper in Archives of Diseases in Childhood that detailed the results of a systematic review and meta-analyses of risk factors for childhood overweight identifiable during infancy, 30th October 2012
  • Redsell SA, interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham about the findings of the Early Prediction and Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPPOC) study, 6th December 2011