areas of expertise
Janet Ubido gained a BSc in Social Studies from Teesside Polytechnic in 1979. She then went on to train as a Registered Mental Nurse at Rainhill Hospital in Merseyside. In 1986, she was awarded an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Guildford.
Janet began as a founder member of Liverpool Public Health Observatory in 1990, and has worked on various projects, including:
- several health needs assessments, including homelessness, learning disability and autism and emotional health and wellbeing
- the evidence review series on topics such as interventions for loneliness, outdoor air pollution interventions and suicide prevention training
- the Top Tips series, starting with the award winning ‘Top Tips for Healthier Hospitals’
- a survey of the health needs of women who are deaf
Her general research interests include mental health, the elderly and inequalities in health. She joined the Public Health Institute in September 2015, where she works part-time.
Janet Ubido's Publications
The Case for Change: Evidence based interventions for public health and the health and social care system across Cheshire and Warrington
This report is intended as a guide to collaborative local action to address public health challenges in the Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington sub-region, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. It focuses on the key actions for ‘what works’. The report begins by describing the demographic profile of the residents of Cheshire and Warrington in order to identify key health priorities for children and young people, adults and older adults.
Three priority areas are considered in detail: Early Years and the ‘Best Start in Life’; Worklessness and Workplace Health; and Mental Health.
Children and Young People Health and Wellbeing Profile: Liverpool City Region
This report presents profiles for children and young people in the Liverpool City Region, to help identify the actions that can support and improve outcomes for this population. The profiles cover a wide range of indicators which all impact upon health and social wellbeing.
Children and Young People Health and Wellbeing Profile: Cheshire and Warrington
This report presents profiles for children and young people in Cheshire and Warrington, to help identify the actions that can support and improve outcomes for this population. The profiles cover a wide range of indicators which all impact upon health and social wellbeing.
Janet Ubido's Papers
Janet Ubido, J Huntington, D Warburton
Health & Social Care in the Community Volume 10, Issue 4, pages 247–253, 2002.
Abstract: The Cheshire Deaf Women's Health Project undertook a research study to assess the access to healthcare of women who are deaf in Cheshire, UK. Group discussions took place with 13 women who were hard of hearing and 14 women who were Deaf Sign Language users. Questionnaires were distributed to a stratified random sample of 103 women taken from the social services register, 38 of which were returned. In order to reach more women whose first language was British Sign Language, 129 questionnaires were distributed to the leaders of various clubs and organizations for people who are deaf, and 100 of these were returned. The data revealed inequities in access to healthcare. For example, women who are deaf face a lack of awareness by health staff of how to communicate with them. The survey confirmed that these problems are of major importance to the majority of women who are deaf. For example, fewer than one in 10 deaf women said that they usually fully understand what the doctor says to them when they visit the doctor on their own. There are many other difficulties faced by women who are deaf, leading to inequalities when they are compared with hearing people. Almost half the respondents said that they would be more likely to use health services if help and/or services for deaf women were available. The introduction of various relatively simple measures would greatly help to reduce the inequalities of access to healthcare faced by deaf women. Under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, such action is essential if providers are to avoid facing possible legal action.
L Kennedy, Janet Ubido, S Elhassan, A Price, J Sephton
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 12, 501-512, 1999.
Abstract: Study objective: To explore the role of ‘Community Nutrition Assistants’ (CNAs) in helping to increase coverage, by increasing access to local community dietetic services, and to bring about positive changes in the determinants of healthy eating, within low-income areas of Bolton, UK. Study design: A descriptive evaluation of programme development and field-testing (1995–97) in the community. Non-experimental design. Setting: Community, less affluent neighbourhoods in Bolton, North West England. Subjects: 1272 people in total, individuals and members of community groups, recorded as CNA contacts during two discreet monitoring periods; an opportunistic or purposive sampling strategy was used; subjects were randomly selected for group interview (n=8) and telephone interviews (n=41) out of a traceable sample of contacts (n=94) over a randomly selected 1-month collection period. Findings: Compared with professional-only service, CNAs efforts resulted in a four-fold increase in coverage of community nutrition services in the local community. CNAs demonstrated unique attributes, which positively influence their ability to work well with local people, but particularly those considered hard to reach. At least half the subjects interviewed reported positive behaviour changes such as changes to foods bought, cooking methods or foods eaten in the home. Conclusions: This study has shown some benefits in training local people to work alongside existing community dietitians. This may help to reduce inequalities in health, address barriers to healthy eating experienced by low-income families and improve cost effectiveness. Before expansion continues on an ad hoc basis, further research is needed to test its application in general, to assess health outcomes and to quantify the value of using local people. The findings here are useful in guiding further developments.
Janet Ubido, John Ashton
Journal of Public Health Medicine. Vol.15 No.2, pp.137-143, 1993.
Abstract: Small area analysis has developed over the last two or three decades as a useful tool in health services research, as it allows the identification of areas within health or local authority districts with high rates of morbidity and mortality, and thus provides a useful base for planning the delivery of health services. A profile was compiled for Liverpool Family Health Services Authority on planned parenthood in the Liverpool District, with the aim of identifying where resources are needed most - which parts of the City, and which groups of women, are most in need. The profile included an analysis of various outcome measures, including abortion statistics, which can be used as a guide to the apparent effectiveness of services. Using a combination of statistics on NHS abortions for electoral wards, and private abortions by postal district, it became apparent that, on the whole, areas of high NHS induced abortion rates also have high private (British Pregnancy Advisory Service; BPAS) induced abortion rates, and vice versa. The maps for NHS and BPAS abortion rates suggest that total abortion rates are high in City centre wards, and low in areas south of the City. This would suggest that there are differences in social factors, family planning provision, and other factors which are influencing abortion rates. Although available indicators would suggest that City centre wards are in greatest need of improved family planning provision, these are the wards which are relatively well provided with health authority family planning clinics. Local surveys would therefore be useful in an attempt to estimate the influence of the various factors which lead to high induced abortion rates, and to indicate consumer opinions on family planning provision and how it should develop.