Health and Wellbeing Research Manager
areas of expertise
Dr Hannah Timpson is manager of the Applied Health and Wellbeing Partnership. Hannah and her team undertake applied research to inform and support the delivery of effective and sustainable health and wellbeing activities; working closely with a range of commissioners, providers and users of health and wellbeing-related services, including local authority, NHS and community and voluntary sector stakeholders.
Hannah’s research interests include health and wellbeing, obesity, community assets and socio-ecological approaches to health promotion and behaviour change. Hannah’s work explores the role of the environment in influencing health-related behaviours.
Hannah holds a PhD in Physical Activity and Children’s Health and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
PhD An Ecological Approach to Increasing Physical Activity in Primary School Children (Staffordshire University)
Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Professional Education (Staffordshire University)
Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (Staffordshire University)
MSc Sports Science (Loughborough University)
BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Staffordshire University)
Dr Hannah Timpson's Publications
Worklessness in the Liverpool City Region
Liverpool John Moores University were commissioned by Champs Public Health Collaborative to produce two evidence reviews. Phase 1 looked at sickness absence and improving health and wellbeing at work. Phase 2, this report, looks more specifically at ‘worklessness’ in the Liverpool City Region. This report gives an overview of the numbers of people claiming benefits for each health condition in the Liverpool City Region, and looks at interventions to support people with disabilities or long term health conditions to enter the workplace, or to return to the workplace after a period of absence. It also includes a number of local examples of good practice, as well as making a number of recommendations for commissioners,and for those working to support people back into employment.
Worklessness in Cheshire and Warrington
Liverpool John Moores University were commissioned by Champs Public Health Collaborative to produce two evidence reviews. Phase 1 looked at sickness absence and improving health and wellbeing at work. Phase 2, this report, looks more specifically at ‘worklessness’ in Cheshire and Warrington. This report gives an overview of the numbers of people claiming benefits for each health condition in Cheshire and Warrington, and looks at interventions to support people with disabilities or long term health conditions to enter the workplace, or to return to the workplace after a period of absence. It also includes a number of local examples of good practice, as well as making a number of recommendations for commissioners, and for those working to support people back into employment.
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.
Dr Hannah Timpson's Papers
“Once you’ve been there, you’re always recovering”: exploring experiences, outcomes, and benefits of substance misuse recovery
Drugs and Alcohol Today, (2016) Vol. 16 Iss: 1, pp.29 - 38, 2016.
Abstract: Purpose: – Recovery is a central component of UK substance misuse policy, however, relatively little is known about the views and meanings of recovery by those experiencing it. The purpose of this paper is to explore these factors, and understand how service user experiences align to current understandings of “recovery capital”. Design/methodology/approach: – This paper draws on qualitative interviews with 32 individuals from six UK recovery communities, including those commissioned by a statutory service (n=8) and a peer-led recovery community (n=24). Findings: – Meanings of recovery differed between people in abstinence-based communities and those not; however, all had consistent views on their own recovery outcomes and the benefits they believed recovery brought. All viewed recovery as a process; a continuous journey with no end-point. Internal motivation, peer support, social networks and daily structure were integral to supporting individuals achieve and maintain recovery. Key benefits of recovery reflected recovery capital and included positive relationships, sense of belonging, increased self-worth and confidence, employment and education. Research limitations/implications: – This research shows that recovery experiences and outcomes are not centred entirely on the individual but are wider, more holistic. Maintaining recovery involves being connected to themselves and to the wider environment: family, friends, peers and society. Although the recovery capital model has many elements that were discussed by the participants of this research, the discourse they used does not align with the model. To validly measure and quantify recovery outcomes, individuals need to identify with the measures themselves. Practical implications: – From policy and commissioning perspectives, these findings suggest benefits of recovery that were viewed by participants as indicators of success: demonstrate elements which support recovery; and highlight key social value outcomes which people attribute to recovery. Social implications: – These “softer”, qualitative benefits should be considered by policy-makers, commissioners, statutory and non-statutory services in order to evidence outcomes. However, it should also be recognised that a temporally static approach to assessing recovery may be in contradiction to the meaning and perspectives held by those in recovery communities who conceptualise it as a long term and ongoing process. Originality/value: – This paper adds to understandings of experiences and meanings of recovery, with a particular focus on the measurement of outcomes and their meanings, and the role of abstention and continued drug use within the recovery process.
Danielle Smith, Dr Hannah Timpson, Susan Woods, Jane Springett
Journal of Environmental Health Research. 9, 33-41, 2009.
Abstract: A variety of risk factors for adolescent smoking have been identified and explored, but few have focused on the influence of second-hand tobacco smoke on smoking initiation. Consideration of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and the influence this has on smoking initiation, is particularly important in the home and the school environment, as this is where young people spend the majority of their time. The Liverpool Longitudinal Smoking Study (LLSS) is a unique study funded by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, established to investigate children’s knowledge, experiences and attitudes towards smoking using a wide range of innovative tools. The LLSS has tracked a single birth cohort of 253 young people from age five throughout their compulsory education. Using quantitative data from the secondary school phase of the study, this paper aims to address: Whether environmental smoking indicators (i.e. home smoking rules, perceived peer smoking and being in other smoky environments) predict (a) adolescents smoking trial, and (b) whether they have smoked in the last week. Data were analysed using Chi-Squared tests to test the strength of association, and logistic regression analysis to estimate the adjusted odds ratio and 95% confidence interval for each potential risk factor. Children who attended schools with higher deprivation scores and had household rules that advocated smoking were found to be significant predictors of smoking trial. Significant predictors of weekly smoking were found to be higher home deprivation scores and household rules that advocated smoking. Although public smoking bans may prove successful in reducing adolescent smoking trial, our findings suggest there is a need to target socially deprived groups. Smoke-free home interventions should be used and supplemented by school-based initiatives to reduce adolescent transition to regular smoking.
Dr Hannah Timpson, Sarah Grogan, Rachel Davey, Tom Cochrane
Education and Health, 27, pp. 47-50, 2009.
Abstract: Evidence indicates that the prevalence of overweight and obesity amongst children and young people is increasing, with a third of children in the UK reported as being either overweight or obese (Foresight, 2007). Levels of physical activity within this population are insufficient to halt this rise, leading to an increase in levels of obesity and the risk of long-term disease (Rukavina & Li, 2008). A wide range of physical activity interventions have been implemented to prevent and reduce the incidence and prevalence of childhood obesity. The school has been the most frequently used setting for the delivery of such interventions, providing opportunities to draw on existing resources to create supportive environments for the promotion of physical activity and health-related behaviours (Ward, Saunders, Felton, et al., 2006). Previous school-based physical activity interventions have targeted changes in the attitudes, choices, beliefs and knowledge of individuals. However, it has recently been suggested that considering environmental determinants of health and well-being using a collaborative facilitative whole-school ecological approach may provide the best opportunity for a successful and sustainable school-based physical activity intervention (Ward, et al., 2006).