Public Health Impact Officer
Beccy Harrison works within the Applied Health and Wellbeing Partnership (AHWP) team at the Public Health Institute (PHI), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). Her role is to establish a way of measuring the value and impact of the work that is conducted within PHI (including evaluating our methods of engaging with commissioners and key stakeholders), encompassing some of the methods used by the AWHP team. Beccy’s role also involves keeping up-to-date with research as well as involvement with other practical aspects of the research process within PHI.
Previously Beccy worked as a Public Health Research Excellence Framework Analyst helping with the coordination of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 application for the Faculty for Health and Applied Social Sciences, LJMU. Other roles within the Institute have included undertaking research, and producing intelligence relevant to a wide variety of public health priorities including developing indicators of child health, and indicators of healthy weight for children and young people. She has also been a main contributor to a number of different outputs, for example, the synthesis of literature and data on healthy weight; the North West lifestyle survey; area mental wellbeing reports; and another report examining the relationship between body mass index and other factors across the North West.
Beccy Harrison's Publications
Evaluation of Four Recovery Communities across England: Final report for the Give it Up project
The Comic Relief: Give it Up Fund is a programme that aims to develop and build abstinence-based recovery communities and learn more about their value. The Give it Up Fund supports the development of recovery communities in four geographical locations in England. It is expected that the recovery communities will be sustainable and continue to operate after the two years of funding is complete. The aim of this research is to evaluate the operational processes of the pilot programmes and better understand how they might contribute to ambitions of improved and sustained recovery.
Abstinence-based recovery communities aim to ensure that people with addictions are supported to meet their personal, social and economic needs in order to enable long-term recovery and reintegration back into society. Abstinence-based recovery complements the UK Drug Strategy (2010) objective of supporting people to live abstinence-based, ‘drug-free’ lives. The large grants programme element of the Give it Up Fund is supporting the development of recovery communities in Durham, Birmingham, Gloucester and London by creating partnerships offering collaborative working with approaches that aim to sustain recovery.
This work explores how each of the projects contribute to recovery outcomes over time, and aims to embed processes to ensure that projects are able to measure and evidence their outcomes once the commissioned evaluation has finished.
Measuring and evidencing the social value of the Mersey Care People Participation Programme
There are cultural changes occurring in the use of volunteering, with the literature highlighting that volunteers are integral (rather than an add-on) to health and social care organisations. Since the 1990s, policy has been reflecting this growing change in the roles and responsibilities of volunteers in the provision of health and social care services and volunteers having an active role in communities.
The People Participation Programme (PPP) was implemented at Mersey Care in October 2014 and is open to service users, carers, staff, trust members and the public on a volunteering basis. The Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University was asked to undertake an evaluation to explore the social value of the PPP.
This research identified a number of common outcomes experienced by those who engaged with volunteering at Mersey Care, which included: improved skills; access to education and training; employment (as an actual as well as hoped for outcome); volunteering was seen to provide opportunities to develop existing and new career pathways; sense of purpose and belonging; increased confidence and self-esteem; improved mental health; developing relationships with peers; reduction/cessation in medication; and increased empathy. The report also provides an overview of published literature to explore evidence of best practice in organisations relating to how they effectively engage with their volunteers.
An evaluation of the Mersey Care Professional Advice Area
In April 2015, Mersey Care obtained funding for one year to set up an Enterprise and Employment (EE) Hub. This hub aimed to help service users on their path to employment and to help link up Mersey Care services with local employment support services and recruiting businesses. After funding ended in April 2016, the EE-Hub was subsumed into the Professional Advice Area (PAA), which relocated to its permanent base in the Life Rooms, Walton in May 2016. On the whole, the aims and activities of the service have remained the same: Mersey Care’s PAA aims to help people improve their personal development skills and gain meaningful employment. Although predominantly created for Mersey Care service users, the service also accepts GP and any self-referrals from individuals residing within the Mersey Care footprint. Activities delivered at the PAA encompass a range of employability and personal development courses. These include: housing advice, CV writing, interview practice, business set up, self-employment start up, pathways advice and employability skills training.
The Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University were asked to undertake an evaluation to explore the social value of the Professional Advice Area. This report includes a number of recommendations in relation to the future development and practice of the PAA. These recommendations were informed by the stakeholder engagement and findings of this evaluation.