Leicester researcher announced as one of six new Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellows

Six new Fellows have been selected to form the fourth cohort of the Improvement Science Fellowship programme, the Health Foundation’s scheme to develop leaders in the field of improvement science.

Dr Natalie Armstrong, Associate Professor in Social Science Applied to Health and co-lead of the SAPPHIRE research group was recently awarded one of the prestigious 3-year fellowships.

The Fellows will spend up to three years developing original, applied research dedicated to improving health care in the UK.

The title of Dr Armstrong’s Fellowship is “System change to mitigate overdiagnosis and overtreatment: How can we ensure ‘just enough medicine'?” and her work will build an understanding of how and why overdiagnosis and overtreatment happen, the effects they have, and what strategies might be used to help tackle the problem.

Dr Armstrong said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded this Fellowship by the Health Foundation and am really looking forward to working alongside the other Fellows. This scheme is really special because of the cohort model and the intensive leadership development programme that you complete alongside your research. It’s going to be a busy three years!”