Imperial College London

Dr Austen El-Osta

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Primary Care Research Manager
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7604a.el-osta Website

 
 
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Location

 

323Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

I am Director of the Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) & Primary Care Research Manager at the School of Public Health. I'm 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.

My principle aim is to widen access & participation in research and to help accelerate the widespread adoption & diffusion of evidence-based health and wellbeing interventions.

Prior to assuming this role, I was based at Guy’s Hospital where I worked in a similar capacity within the NIHR Clinical Research Network. My earlier career spanned a number of disparate fields including molecular & cell biology, vision research, laser-tissue interaction & medical device engineering.

Self Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU)

SCARU is a tripartite collaboration between Imperial College School of Public Health, the Self-Care Forum & the International Self-Care Foundation where I am also Director & Trustee. SCARU will explore how the application of self-care could result in improved outcomes & lower dependency on NHS resources in the contemporary setting, whilst also identifying key evidence-based recommendations for the consideration of commissioners of health & 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 follwing domains:

  • Evidence synthesis to investigate various aspects of self-care & how this links to empowerment, health literacy & resilience in the community
  • Evaluation of self-care interventions, pilots, initiatives & existing services, including audits of local/national importance
  • Collaborative working with industry sponsors & device manufacturers to support technology enabled self-care approaches
  • Supporting the NHS & wider health economy by making the absolute case for self care; by understanding how it can benefit the wider health economy from the perspective of funding of outcomes as opposed to activities
  • Establishing & maintaining a database / repository of evidence on self care
  • Developing & championing a self-care in mental health theme
  • Influencing inter/national policy on self-care for people & patient benefit

Slide-DeckS

A Whistlestop Tour of the NHS

Flattening the Curve with Self-Care

Vocational interests

  • Self-Care communities of pracrtice
  • Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • Leveraging Community Assets to tackling Social Isolation & Loneliness
  • Lifestyle modification & behaviour change (easier siad than done!)
  • Use of point of care testing in the primary care & community settings
  • Innovation praxis & change management in the NHS
  • The case for the emergence of the ‘enabling state’ to supplant the existing ‘welfare state’ ethos in the UK
  • Workplace Health Promotion

I hold 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. I was recently awarded Chartered Manager (C.Mgr) status by the Chartered Management Institute but failed miserably at becoming a certified PRINCE2 practitioner.

I'm otherwise fascinated by bees, honey & apitherapy. Apparently, I continue to be inspired by Bach's reverential French Suites & Partitas, and consider Martha Argerich as the most formidable pianist alive today, with the veritable Andras Schiff in second place...

Publications

Journals

Symington E, El-Osta A, Birrell F, 2021, Supported self-care is integral to lifestyle medicine: Can virtual group consultations promote them both?, Lifestyle Medicin Journal, ISSN:2688-3740

Powell RA, Kendall K, Cislaghi B, et al., 2021, Self-care, social norms and anomie during COVID-19: from contestation of the greater good to building future normative resilience in the UK, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, ISSN:0143-005X

Donnat C, Bunbury F, Kreindler J, et al., 2021, A Predictive Modelling Framework for COVID-19 Transmission to Inform the Management of Mass Events, Journal of Medical Internet Research, ISSN:1438-8871

El-Osta A, Alaa A, Webber I, et al., 2021, How is the COVID-19 lockdown impacting the mental health of parents of school-age children in the United Kingdom? A cross-sectional online survey, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-11

Harris M, Kreindler J, El-Osta A, et al., 2021, Safe management of full-capacity live/mass events in COVID19 will require mathematical, epidemiological and economic modelling, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, ISSN:0141-0768

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