Austen joined the Department to assume the role of Primary Care & Public Health Research Manager at Imperial College Department of Primary Care & Public Health. He is also supporting the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London, West London Research Network (WeLReN), Imperial Research Hub and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT) Directorate of Public Health & Primary Care in the same capacity.
His principle aim is to widen access & participation in primary care research by engaging constructively with existing and emerging organizational forms. This includes linkage with GP Practice networks and federations, local Health Partners and industry sponsors. Prior to assuming this role, he was based at Guy’s hospital where he worked in a similar capacity within the NIHR Clinical Research Network. His earlier career spanned a number of disparate fields including molecular & cell biology, ophthalmic research, laser-tissue interaction and medical device engineering.
Self Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU)
Austen was instrumental in establishing the Imperial College London Self Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) in collaboration with the Self Care Forum and the International Self Care Foundation. SCARU will explore how the application of self-care could result in improved outcomes and lower dependency on NHS resources in the contemporary setting, whilst also identifying key evidence-based recommendations for the consideration of commissioners of health and policy makers. The Unit will act as a hub with the aim of making the absolute case for self care by coordinating a wide portfolio of research activity in the following domains:
- Evidence synthesis and development of high quality protocols to investigate various aspects related to self-care and how this links to empowerment, health literacy and resilience in the community.
- Developing a pragmatic framework for the evaluation of self care interventions
- Understanding how self-care can benefit the wider health economy (starting with England, but also looking at European and international examples)
- Health economic modelling and cost benefit analysis of self-care from the perspective of funding of outcomes as opposed to activities
- Social science / Qualitative research to better understand patient/ GP/ Commissioner perspectives in relation to self-care
- Service evaluations and audits of local/national importance- including HQIP
- Self-care in mental health theme
- Policy reviews and position papers
- Establishing a database of evidence on self care
- Self-care & Community Development
- eGovernance, Big Data, Digital Health & m/eHealth
- Integrated Care & service delivery and redesign
- Use of point of care testing in the primary care setting
- Innovation praxis & change management in the NHS
- The case for the emergence of a ‘relational state’ to supplant the existing ‘welfare state’ ethos in the UK
Austen holds a Doctorate in Medicine from King’s College London, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) form the London South Bank University, an MSc in Pathology & Virology from Imperial College London & a BSc in Molecular Biology & Genetics from Queen Mary University of London. He was recently awarded Chartered Manager (C.Mgr) status by the Chartered Management Institute & is PRINCE2 certified.
Austen is otherwise fascinated by psychological astrology, metaphysics, bees, honey & apitherapy. Apparently, he continues to be inspired by Bach's reverential French Suites & Partitas, and considers Martha Argerich as the most formidable pianist alive today, with the veritable Andras Schiff in second place...
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