Imperial College London

Melanie Leis

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Director - Big Data Analytics Unit (BDAU)



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Sbaiti M, Streule M, Alhaffar M, Pilkington V, Leis M, Budhathoki S, Mkhallalati H, Omar M, liu L, Golestaneh A, Abbara Aet al., 2021, Whose voices should shape global health education? Curriculum codesign and codelivery by people with direct expertise and lived experience, BMJ Global Health, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2059-7908

There are contrasting opinions of what Global Health (GH) curricula should contain and limited discussion on whose voices should shape it. In GH education, those with first-hand expertise of living and working in the contexts discussed in GH classrooms are often absent when designing curricula. To address this, we developed a new model of curriculum co-design called Virtual Roundtable for Collaborative Education Design (ViRCoED). This paper describes the rationale and outputs of the ViRCoED approach in designing a new section of the Global Health BSc curriculum at Imperial College London, with a focus on healthcare in the Syrian conflict. The team, importantly, involved partners with lived and/or professional experience of the conflict as well as alumni of the course, and educators in all stages of design and delivery through to marking and project evaluation. The project experimented with disrupting power dynamics and extending ownership of the curriculum beyond traditional faculty by co-designing and co-delivering module contents together with colleagues with direct expertise and experience of the Syrian context. An authentic approach was applied to assessment design using real-time syndromic healthcare data from the Aleppo and Idlib Governorates. We discuss the challenges involved in our collaborative partnership and describe how it may have enhanced the validity of our curriculum with students engaging in a richer representation of key health issues in the conflict. We observed an enhanced self-reflexivity in the students’ approach to quantitative data and its complex interpretation. The dialogic nature of this collaborative design was also a formative process for partners and an opportunity for GH educators to reflect on their own positionality. The project aims to challenge current standards and structures in GH curriculum development and gesture towards a GH education sector eventually led by those with lived experience and expertise to significantly

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Thompson D, Leis M, Davies N, Viner Ret al., 2020, Building healthy societies: A framework for integrating health and health promotion into education, Publisher: The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)

The report explores how health activities can be implemented into education systems to deliver improved health outcomes.


Ghafur S, Van Dael J, Leis M, Darzi A, Sheikh Aet al., 2020, Public perceptions on data sharing: key insights from the UK and the USA, The Lancet Digital Health, Vol: 2, Pages: E444-E446, ISSN: 2589-7500

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Fusari G, Gibbs E, Hoskin L, Dickens D, Leis M, Taylor E, Jones F, Darzi Aet al., 2020, Protocol for a feasibility study of OnTrack: a digital system for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke., BMJ Open, Vol: 10, Pages: 1-10, ISSN: 2044-6055

INTRODUCTION: Arm weakness is a common problem after stroke (affecting 450 000 people in the UK) leading to loss of independence. Repetitive activity is critical for recovery but research shows people struggle with knowing what or how much to do, and keeping track of progress. Working with more than 100 therapists (occupational therapists and physiotherapists) and patients with stroke, we codeveloped the OnTrack intervention-consisting of software for smart devices and coaching support-that has the potential to address this problem. This is a protocol to assess the feasibility of OnTrack for evaluation in a randomised control trial. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A mixed-method, single-arm study design will be used to evaluate the feasibility of OnTrack for hospital and community use. A minimum sample of 12 participants from a stroke unit will be involved in the study for 14 weeks. During week 1, 8 and 14 participants will complete assessments relating to their arm function, arm impairment and activation. During weeks 2-13, participants will use OnTrack to track their arm movement in real time, receive motivational messages and face-to-face sessions to address problems, gain feedback on activity and receive self-management skills coaching. All equipment will be loaned to study participants. A parallel process evaluation will be conducted to assess the intervention's fidelity, dose and reach, using a mixed-method approach. A public and patient involvement group will oversee the study and help with interpretation and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative data findings. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Ethical approval granted by the National Health Service Health Research Authority, Health and Care Research Wales, and the London-Surrey Research Ethics Committee (ref. 19/LO/0881). Trial results will be submitted for publication in peer review journals, presented at international conferences and disseminated among stroke communities. The results of this trial will inform

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