Cluster 3: Translational Pathways

Work Package 2 | Patient Involvement

Sara Simblett
King’s College London

Sara is a post-doctoral research associate in the psychology department at King’s College London. She facilitates patient involvement in the RADAR-CNS project. This includes the co-ordination of our patient advisory board. Her role also involves developing a better understanding of processes that improve engagement with mobile technologies in healthcare, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Sara is a qualified clinical psychologist and has a PhD in neuropsychology. In her previous work she has researched the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of e-health interventions for treatment of mental health problems, including symptoms experienced by people with chronic physical health problems (such as acquired brain injury/stroke). She also has experience of evaluating the psychometric properties of measurement tools in psychology.


Sara has an interest in bringing her knowledge of clinical psychology and behavioural science to the field of e-health with the aim of better understanding the implementation of novel interventions and assessment resources, including remote measurement technology. An important part of this is applying a person-centred approach that focuses on the elements of care, support and treatment that matter most to the patient, their family and carers.

Work Package 9 | Clinical Pathways

Alexandra Lang
University of Nottingham

Alex is a Human Factors Research Fellow working in the NIHR MindTech MedTech Cooperative within the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. Since obtaining her PhD in ‘Medical Device Design for Adolescents’ in 2011 she has researched the  design, implementation and evaluation of medical technologies and healthcare systems. She has applied Human Factors methods and Socio-technical systems approaches to a range of medical applications spanning mental and physical health in hospital and community care settings.
In addition to her role on RADAR-CNS investigating the impact of RMT on clinical pathways, Alex’s research interests include patient journey mapping and user experience of mental health services, researching novel technologies for early identification of inpatient deterioration, health promotion in teenagers and elderly populations and medical device development for respiratory conditions, neonatal care and pharmaceutical administration and dosing.
Alex is also leading a strategic collaboration with the Universidad de Guadalajara into healthcare staff wellbeing and patient safety in the Mexican healthcare service. She has worked with a wide range of staff and patient groups and is heavily involved in PPI practices within the NIHR MindTech MIC. Alex leads the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) Healthcare Steering Committee and provides human factors education and training through multiple institutes and organisations. She is the Human Factors Expert Consultant for the Centre for Healthcare Equipment & Technology Adoption (CHEATA) at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Michael Craven
University of Nottingham

Michael is Senior Research Fellow in the NIHR MindTech MedTech Co-operative, based in the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham, UK.
He has spent 30 years in research and teaching in the areas of healthcare technology assessment, electronic engineering and computer science.
Additionally he is a member of Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering research group, holds an honorary contract with Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is Health Economist in the Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) based in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
In MindTech Mike contributes expertise in design and evaluation of digital health interventions and assistive technologies in mental health and dementia care. He has previously conducted health technology assessments and reviews for National Health Service organisation and industry and recently contributed to a British Standards Institute specification for quality in the development of mobile health apps (PAS 277). Details of publications and other grants are available via ORCID:

Work Package 10 | Regulation