Keywords: Cardiovascular disease, community, interventions, physical activity, prevention
I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ulster in July 2011. I then completed a MSc in Public Health from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), graduating in December 2012. My dissertation project was in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), conducting an e-survey of the attitudes, awareness and training needs of DEL employees regarding employment issues for clients with a cancer diagnosis. I began my PhD in October 2014, focusing upon cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction programmes delivered in community-based venues. I have completed a systematic review entitled ‘The effect of community-based cardiovascular disease prevention interventions on behavioural risk factors: Systematic review & meta-analysis’. Based on this piece of work, I am preparing a paper for publication, have been accepted to present at the UKCRC and HEPA conferences and presented at the AUDGPI conference, winning best research presentation. I have developed and will implement a pilot of an intervention to promote physical activity among older women using education, information about local opportunities for walking and social support. My research is directed towards people living in the community, and members of the primary care team and community groups planning, providing and delivering services to people with the aim of optimising CVD prevention.