I am a full-time first year PhD student with the Faculty of Health and Social Care. My project aims to explore the views and experiences of diabetes care appointments for adults with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities, their carers and healthcare professionals. My supervisors are Dr Liz Tilley and Professor Cathy Lloyd.
I have a BSc (hons) in Psychology from the Open University. I have also completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology with Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) which included a dissertation on discursive constructions of responsibility for diabetes management by adults with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and their family and paid supporters (supervised by Dr Mick Finlay).
Before starting my PhD I supported various research projects in Cambridge, including Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's PROMISE (PROactive Management of Integrated Services and Environments) project. PROMISE is a collaborative mixed methods project which aims to eliminate reliance on physical restraint in mental healthcare. My role included meeting with staff and service user advisory groups to inform the design of the qualitative project and conducting interviews exploring the experience of restraint and witnessing restraint for frontline staff and current and former inpatients. I also led the Mapping Frontline Initiatives project, working with ward managers and other frontline staff to record, share and celebrate proactive care initiatives on the Trust’s inpatient wards.
I am an active member of the Open University Psychological Society, Chairing the Cambridge regional branch and serving on the national committee as Editor of the Society's newsletter News & Views. I am also a member of the Social History of Learning Disability Group.
Rouse, L. & Finlay, W.M.L. (2016). Repertoires of responsiblity for diabetes management by adults with intellectual disabilities and those who support them. Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(8), 1243-1257.
Rouse, L. & Rae, S. (2016, June). Reflections on Patient and Public Involvement in the PROMISE Project, NIHR CLAHRC East of England Blog. http://www.clahrc-eoe.nihr.ac.uk/2016/06/reflections-patient-public-involvement-promise-project/
Rouse, L. (2016, June). My introduction to Patient & Public Involvement – PPI in the PROMISE qualitative project, CLAHRC East of England Blog. http://www.clahrc-eoe.nihr.ac.uk/2016/06/introduction-patient-public-involvement-ppi-promise-qualitative-project-blog-lorna-rouse/
Rouse, L. (2016, March). PHE Conference – using primary care data to plan better services for people with learning disabilities, SHLD Blog. http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/SHLD/phe-conference/
Rouse, L. (2013, May). A change of view: Using visual methods to explore experience in qualitative research. JEPS Bulletin, Journal of European Psychology Students. http://jeps.efpsa.org/blog/2013/05/15/a-change-of-view-using-visual-methods-to-explore-experience-in-qualitative-research/
Rouse, L. (2012, July). Evaluating qualitative research: Are we judging by the wrong standards? JEPS Bulletin, Journal of European Psychology Students. http://jeps.efpsa.org/blog/2012/07/01/evaluating-qualitative-research/
Presentations & Conferences
Wilson, C. & Rouse, L. (2016). PROMISE qualitative study: Staff and patient experiences of the use of restraint. Oral presentation at the West London Collaborative ‘The Power of Being Held’ evening symposium, London.
Rouse, L., Wilson, C., Rae, S., & Kar Ray, M. (2015). PROMISE: A collaborative project aimed at reducing restraint in mental health care. Poster session presented at the CLAHRC EOE Showcase Event, Cambridge, UK. June 2015.
Rouse, L. (2014, September). Challenging Stigma, an Interview with Sarah Hughes, CEO of Mind in Cambridgeshire, The Cambridge Student Psychology Journal, http://cambridgepsychologyjournal.wordpress.com/article/challenging-stigma-an-interview-with-sarah-hughes-ceo-of-mind-in-cambridgeshire/
Rouse, L. (2014, June). The History of OUPS: 40 years of Supporting OU Psychology Students, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society. http://www.oups.org.uk/newsletters?task=document.viewdoc&id=98
Rouse, L. (2013, August). Decisions to Detain – an interview with Dr Elizabeth Fistein, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L (2013, June). Visual and arts-based methods in the social sciences – an interview with Dr Anna Bagnoli, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L. (2013, March). Health and Learning Disability: Past, Present and future - report from the Social History of Learning Disability Conference 2012 (conference report), News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L. (2012, August). Society and Psychological Well-being (conference report), News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L (2012, May). Monitoring change – How men with diabetes psychologically adjust to life with a chronic illness – an interview with Lesley O’Hara, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L. (2012, February). Face Perception in Autism –an interview with Dr Owen Churches, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L. (2011, August). Access to Healthcare for People with Intellectual Disability – an interview with Carys Banks, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L. (2011, June). Decisiontry: Autism and Decision Making – an interview with Dr Lydia Luke, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
Rouse, L. (2011, February). Prader-Willi Syndrome – A Journey from Clinical Observation to Research Explanation – an interview with Professor Tony Holland, News & Views, The Open University Psychological Society.
PROMISE: A collaborative project aimed at reducing the use of restraint in mental healthcare, April 2015, presentation to the CPFT service user and carer research network.