Paediatric psychologists have long faced dilemmas in how we evaluate the outcome of our work. Flannery et al. (2017) clearly outlined the difficulty with selecting an outcome measure that captures both the breadth, depth and narrative quality of the interventions that are undertaken in paediatric psychology settings.
The WHEEL is another contribution to the conversation about outcomes in paediatric psychology. At this stage, we cannot call it a “valid outcome measure”. It is a co-produced tool that opens up and safely scaffolds conversations with families about the psychosocial outcomes that are valued by our service users.
What started out as a way of thinking about psychosocial outcomes has also furnished us with a tool that MDT colleagues find hugely helpful in starting conversations with families about the psychosocial context of a young person’s health condition.
This webinar will describe the development and current status of the WHEEL. We will explore what we can confidently say about what the WHEEL is and how it can be useful. We will also situate the WHEEL in a broader discussion about outcome measurement in paediatric psychology.
This session will aim to cover:
- Why we decided to develop a new tool.
- How we developed the WHEEL.
- What we can confidently say about what the WHEEL is and how it can be useful.
- Situating the WHEEL in a broader discussion about outcome measurement in paediatric psychology.
Dr Davy Evans
Davy Evans works as a clinical psychologist at Health in Mind, part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. He has a split role, across the neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, and in the paediatric psychology team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Prior to clinical training, Davy completed a PhD and worked in primary education and, after qualifying in 2016, he worked in a community 0 – 25 mental health team. In paediatrics, Davy has worked across a wide range of medical and surgical specialities, previously providing dedicated services within cystic fibrosis and diabetes. In neonates, Davy’s work focuses on parent-infant relationships, parent trauma, and brief ways of working to support parents during their baby’s hospital admission. The WHEEL has been in development over the last three years in collaboration with other members of Health in Mind, in particular Dr Clare Barker Ellis.
Dr Clare Barker-Ellis
Clare Barker-Ellis works as a clinical psychologist at Health in Mind, part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. She is based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she has two roles within paediatric psychology. She works in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, providing psychological support to staff and families. She also provides psychological and neuropsychological input to the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service. Prior to these positions, Clare has worked across a wide range of medical and surgical specialities, in particular the paediatric burns and renal departments. Developing her interest in paediatric neuropsychology, Clare has recently completed a PGDip in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology. Alongside Dr Davy Evans and a number of other colleagues, she has contributed to the development of the WHEEL and its implementation at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
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