Abeda supports health and social care organisations to plan, implement and review change. Since joining the NHS in January 2014, Abeda has worked with an external team to write a nationally praised Integrated End of Life Care - Strategy for Birmingham. Within the wider strategy unit, Abeda works with the different teams to evaluate change using a mixed methods approach, leading on the qualitative aspect.
This involves applying current and innovative methodologies and mobilising emerging evidence in health services research and knowledge transfer. To date this has been put to effect in evaluations of: primary care engagement with improving productivity which helped to inform a novel programme of enhancing primary care development; a local integrated health and social care programme developed to contribute to the evidence-base; an urgent care capacity management pilot; and developing a mixed methods evaluation approach to Dudley’s Vanguard programme that is consistent with and has the potential to be a front-runner for a NHS England’s approach to programme evaluation of the Vanguards.
Abeda’s varied career spans academia and research (Imperial College, Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, UK and the National Institutes of Health, USA) and industry (Unilever Health Institute, The Netherlands) and the disciplines of biological sciences (BSc, PhD and Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow), health policy (Health Services Management Centre) and health services (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC)). This has incorporated a variety of laboratory based techniques, quantitative and qualitative approaches with first-hand exposure to working in different cultures. The diverse professional experiences are held together by the thread of ‘feedback’ mechanisms as a result of change, be it biological or organisational. This fascination with effective change in complex systems and with advancing and sharing knowledge endures.