Behavioural Sciences

Investigating healthcare workers’ experiences of working
during the COVID-19 pandemic

The behavioural science work package in SAFER is investigating healthcare workers’ experiences of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, their perceptions of risk, and the extent to which healthcare workers engage in protective behaviours. The behaviours include COVID vaccine uptake, use of PPE, physical distancing, and hand hygiene in the workplace. We are specifically interested in identifying the individual, socio-cultural and environmental influences on these behaviours. To achieve these aims, we are asking all healthcare workers at UCLH who are currently taking part in the SAFER/SAFER-PLUS study to complete a longitudinal, online questionnaire. More in-depth qualitative interviews will be conducted with 30 healthcare workers of different professional roles working across different hospital departments.
The interview and survey questions and analysis will be guided by theoretical models of behaviour change (e.g. Capability, Opportunity, Motivation, Behaviour, COM-B Model; Michie et al. 2011). Findings from this study will provide a theory- and evidence-base for designing interventions to increase enactment of protective behaviours. This in turn will help reduce transmission of COVID-19, improve infection prevention control and pandemic preparedness for future outbreaks.

Behavioural Sciences Team

 

Professor Susan Michie

Professor Susan Michie

Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London.
Co-Director of NIHR’s Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit, leads UCL’s membership of NIHR’s School of Public Health Research
NIHR Senior Investigator.

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Dr Fabiana Lorencatto

Dr Fabiana Lorencatto

Research Lead at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

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Dr Elise Crayton

Dr Elise Crayton

Research Fellow in Health Psychology and Behavioural Science based at University College London in the Centre for Behaviour Change.

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Dr Carly Meyer

Dr Carly Meyer

Research Fellow at UCL, working within the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science

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Dr Veronica Ranieri

Dr Veronica Ranieri

Honorary postdoctoral researcher and trainee clinical psychologist based at University College London.

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