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Staff Profile

Dr Gretchen Bjornstad

Research Fellow/Programme Manager

Kath Maguire

I joined PenARC in October 2020 as a Research Fellow and the Programme Manager for the Child Health and Maternity national priority programme. This programme seeks to find effective ways to implement evidence-based interventions to improve children’s and maternity services widely across England over the next three years.

I previously worked with PenCRU, the Peninsula Childhood Disability Research Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School. There, I managed the feasibility study of an intervention to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers of children with disabilities, working closely with parent carers in the Family Faculty public involvement group.

I am also an Academic Tutor for students on the BSc Medical Sciences programme and a facilitator for the BMBS Making Sense of Evidence small group sessions at the University of Exeter.

Upcoming Events


Seminar: What does Personalised Care...

Online via Zoom

This seminar will examine what ‘Personalised Care’ means for care homes. It will bring together...
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Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
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'Why physical activity matters more than ever'

01 December 2020

Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on...
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Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

13 October 2020

A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his backing to help...
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October 2020 Newsletter

08 October 2020

Our latest newsletter, with news of our continued COVID-related activities, the launch of our new...
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Research Projects

Police Service Modelling Associates (PSMA) Programme

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

The PSMA Programme is a pilot programme which supports analytical staff working in policing to...
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Remote-by-Default Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme: ARC - Public Health

A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of effective care accessed remotely...
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Research Projects