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Lucy Cavendish PhD student Karen Thomas has been awarded the prestigious Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) scholarship

The HLA works with healthcare students and early-stage professionals to develop healthcare leaders of the future.

Karen (PhD, Public Health and Primary Care) will be working on a project to showcase healthcare professional leaders who have made important and innovative changes to improve clinical practice. If more newly qualified allied healthcare professionals thought that being a leader and change-maker in their field was achievable at an early stage, she believes they would be equipped to shift the trajectory of what is viewed as a successful allied healthcare career path.

She will be joining the talented cohort of 2020-2021 HLA scholars and undergoing her leadership training in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Karen commented: 'I am honoured to have been awarded a scholarship for the Healthcare Leadership Academy and look forward to the wide-ranging opportunities associated with being surrounded by personalised mentorship and working with other talented UK and international scholars. I hope to bring my leadership experiencing chairing the British University Sailing Association and captaining the novice section of LCCBC, whilst also drawing on the skills I have honed during my PhD and clinical work.'

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About Karen Thomas:

Prior to starting her PhD within the University Primary Care and Public Health department, Karen attained an undergraduate degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and an MSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham. During her undergraduate degree, she worked with Professor Neil Walsh developing a novel non-invasive biomarker of immunity, studying the effect that a period of sustained exercise training would have upon it. Her masters research followed on from her growing interest in clinical neurological populations, carrying out a pilot study utilising aquatic treadmill training in community dwelling stroke survivors, specifically studying the effects on cerebrovascular responsiveness and gait functioning. Karen’s PhD research project focuses in the area of stroke care in the community within the cardiovascular group in the Primary Care Unit. “Post-Stroke Fatigue: An underdeveloped yet high importance evidence base”.