Dr Rhiannon Phillips

Research Fellow

School of Medicine

Email:
phillipsr19@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Neuadd Meirionnydd
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision

I'm a Health Psychologist with an interest in a variety of approaches that aim to build confidence and resilience, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, psycho-education, and self-management techniques. I work across a range of clinical areas, including infections, long-term conditions, women's reproductive health, and child health. 

Research Interests

  • Women's reproductive health and child health
  • Infections, musculoskeletal conditions, and mental health 
  • Patient-centred care and shared decision-making
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions 
  • Health behaviour change

Current Projects

  • Starting a family when you have inflammatory arthritis: can a co-production approach to creating pre-conception health improve the sustainability of NHS services? Funding: Health and Care Research Wales Health Studentship Award. 
  • Improving the health and quality of life of women with Rheumatic Diseases during family planning, pregnancy and early parenting: women and health professionals’ perspectives on needs and priorities. Funding: Wellcome Trust ISSF Cross-disciplinary Award. 
  • Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales). Funding: Health and Care Research Wales Centre Grant 2015-2020. 
  • A novel peer-support intervention using Motivational Interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study . Funding: NIHR HTA (13/18/05).
  • Primary care use of a C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Point of Care Test (POCT) to help target antibiotic prescribing to patients with Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AECOPD) who are most likely to benefit (The PACE Study). Funding: NIHR HTA (12/33/12).

Education and Qualifications

  • 1999 BSc (1st Class Hons.), Psychology, University of Wales Swansea
  • 2004 PhD, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

Career Overview

  • 2013-present: Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2012-2013: Senior Health Promotion Practitioner, Public Health Wales
  • 2008-2012: Trial Manager/Research Fellow, University of Bath
  • 2006-2008: Project Manager, part-time secondment to the Wales Centre for Health
  • 2005-2008: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2005: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

Cardiff University Medic Star Awards (2017), PRIME Centre Wales - research team of the year winners

Health and Care Research Wales (2017), STAR Family Study - Patient and Public Involvement award finalists 

Cardiff University Medic Star Awards (2016), PRIME Centre Wales - research team of the year finalists

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Psychologist (Health Psychology), British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Academic positions

  • 2013-present: Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2012: Trial Manager/Research Fellow, University of Bath
  • 2005-2008: Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2005: Research Associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2000-2003: Teaching Assistant, University of Leeds
  • 1999-2000: Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

2017: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff. Information and support needs of women with Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases during family planning, pregnancy and early parenting.

2017: Public Engagement event at the National Eisteddfod in Angelsey. Digwyddiad i'r Cyhoedd yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Ynys Môn. Micro-organisms - the good, the bad, and the ugly! Micro-organebau: Y da, y drwg, a'r hyll! 

2017: STAR Family Stakeholder Event, Park Plaza, Cardiff. Improving care and support for women with musculoskeletal conditions during pregnancy plannng, pregnancy and early parenting. 

2016: Health Care Quality Research Group Meeting, Cardiff. The Journey to Parenthood for Women with Rheumatic Diseases.

2016: South West Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Conference, Cardiff. Qualitative process evaluation of the pilot phase of a randomised controlled trial of use of a C-reactive protein point of care test to help target antibiotic prescribing to patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care (the PACE study).

2015: Health Care Quality Research Group Meeting, Cardiff. Health literacy based interventions for people with multi-morbidity. 

2015: Stakeholder Engagement Event. Cardiff. Development of an MI based peer-support intervention for breastfeeding maintenance. 

Committees and reviewing

  • Comittees: PRIME Centre Wales Operational Group
  • Grant reviewing: NIHR, RfPPB, and ESRC 
  • Peer-review for journals: NIHR Journals series, Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Adolescence, Clinical Psychology Review, Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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BSc and Masters supervision:

  • Intercalated BSc 2017/2018 - early parenting support for women with autoimmune rheumatic diseases
  • CURES 2018 - supporting women with long-term musculoskeletal conditions with choices about infant feeding 
  • SSC 2017 - perinatal mental health service evaluation
  • CUROP 2016 - developing a health literacy-based intervention for people with multi-morbidity

PhD supervision:

  • Gladys Makuta - Determining the feasibility of measuring bacterial load in exhaled breath of children with pneumonia and empyema using a novel point-of-care test
  • Zoë Abbott - Starting a family when you have inflammatory arthritis: can a co-production approach to creating pre-conception health improve the sustainability of NHS services?

As a Health Psychologist, I am interested in how the way that people think and behave can influence their health and well-being. My research focuses on finding ways to help people avoid becoming unwell in the first place, and to have a better quality of life or recover more quickly when they do become unwell.

I am especially interested in women's reproductive health and child health. I also have a more general interest in improving the quality of patient care, including approaches that activate and engage with patients and carers to offer them more choice and control over their health and well-being. 

Research Interests

  • Women's reproductive health and child health
  • Infections, musculoskeletal conditions, and mental health 
  • Patient-centred care and shared decision-making
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions 
  • Health behaviour change

Current Projects

  • Starting a family when you have inflammatory arthritis: can a co-production approach to creating pre-conception health improve the sustainability of NHS services? Funding: Health and Care Research Wales Health Studentship Award. 
  • Improving the health and quality of life of women with Rheumatic Diseases during family planning, pregnancy and early parenting: women and health professionals’ perspectives on needs and priorities. Funding: Wellcome Trust ISSF Cross-disciplinary Award. 
  • Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales). Funding: Health and Care Research Wales Centre Grant 2015-2020. 
  • A novel peer-support intervention using Motivational Interviewing for breastfeeding maintenance: a UK feasibility study . Funding: NIHR HTA (13/18/05).
  • Primary care use of a C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Point of Care Test (POCT) to help target antibiotic prescribing to patients with Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AECOPD) who are most likely to benefit (The PACE Study). Funding: NIHR HTA (12/33/12).

Previous Projects (Selected)

  • Health psychology
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods research
  • Maternal and child healh 

Current supervision

Mrs Gladys Makuta

Research student

'Super Bugs' interactive event for members of the public, Techniquest, Cardiff, June 2018. 

'Starting a family when you have a long-term condition', coffee morning & meet the researchers event at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, June 2018. 

'Bugs: the good, the bad, and the ugly', engaement event at the national Eisteddfod, Anglesey, August 2017.