Lydia is a research assistant within the Evaluation team and has a background in psychology. Forever asking ‘why?’, she is keen to apply qualitative and quantitative methods, alongside a person-centred approach, to understand challenges health services and patients experience and how to solve them.
Her skillset lies in identifying trends as well as transforming research outcomes and complex information into easy to understand, accessible and engaging formats. Lydia’s research interests include mental health services, holistic and integrated healthcare, trauma-informed practice and staff wellbeing.
- Evaluation and impact assessment
- Evidence reviews
Prior to joining the Strategy Unit, Lydia worked primarily within the charity sector, as well as educational and healthcare settings, in varying capacities from resource production to service delivery. During her time in the third sector, she played a key part in evaluating projects, analysing data and producing reports to inform decision-makers.
Her experience includes launching, coordinating and evaluating a new youth violence intervention programme within Emergency Departments across Birmingham, where youth workers offered support to victims of serious violence. She has also worked directly with young people in a variety of contexts, including deaf young people and seriously ill children in hospital. Working with service users through consultation and ensuring they can shape their care is pertinent in her work.