Kristy Sanderson is Professor of Applied Health Research in the School of Health Sciences at UEA. She researches workplace wellbeing – drawing on her background in mental health studies. She has been examining the working lives of those in the UK health, paramedic and social care sector. A particular project is studying fatigue and the relatively high levels of absenteeism (and other indicators of high levels of stress) among ambulance workers – a profession with a very high level of suicide risk.
In light of recent pressures on the care sector, Kristy is also exploring the wellbeing of care home staff in the UK. She is also reviewing various methods of mindfulness support, including the effectiveness of ‘apps’. In her early career Kristy trained as a registered psychologist and developed her specialism as a psychiatric epidemiologist. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a member of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and of the Society for Social Medicine & Population Health.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Suicide Risk Assessment
University of New South Wales: Ph.D., Psychiatric Epidemiology 2001
University of New South Wales: B.Sc., Psychology 1993
Media Appearances (1)
Event will look at mental wellbeing of health and social care staff
Eastern Daily Press
Kristy Sanderson, professor in applied health research at UEA will speak about the importance of support and guidance for healthcare staff. She said: 'The physical and mental challenges facing people working in the sector have changed significantly since the NHS was founded 70 years ago. The healthcare workforce is at the heart of safe and effective patient care and by better supporting our staff we can ensure improved health outcomes for the whole community.'