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Anne Heaven

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Research Programme Manager

ORCID 0000-0003-2959-2241

Anne has over 30 years’ experience of health and social care research having previously worked for Bradford District Care Trust, the University of Lancaster, Doncaster Health Authority and PCTs, within the private sector  and independently.  Her post, within the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research, is as Research Programme Manager on an NIHR PGfAR: Personalised Care Planning for Older People with Frailty, having previously set-up and managed the Community Ageing Research Study 75+ (CARE75+).

Anne is also the Chief Investigator on a Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) study (NIHR205378) – A qualitative exploration of older women and healthcare professional experiences to guide improvements in osteoporosis care.

Anne has an interest in public health, health inequalities and public involvement in research.  She has worked on numerous mixed methods projects involving vulnerable groups and individuals such as those with HIV/AIDS, children and young people, asylum seekers, travellers, time serving offenders and older people.

Recent Funding Awarded

Heaven A, Kime N, Johansson J, Teale E, Sharp C, Connor J. A qualitative exploration of older women and healthcare professional experiences to guide improvements in osteoporosis care – comms approval. NIHR RfPB £153,268.00

Recent Publications

Heaven A, Bower P, Day F, Farrin A, Fernadez C, Foster M, Foy R, Hawkins R, Hulme C, Humphrey S, Lawton R, Parker C, Thompson E, West R, Clegg A. PeRsOnaliSed care Planning for oldER people with frailty (PROSPER): protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 25, 8 (2024).

Shiwani T, Relton S, Evans R, Kale A, Heaven A, Clegg A. Ageing Data Research Collaborative (Geridata) AI group, Todd O. New Horizons in artificial intelligence in the healthcare of older people, Age and Ageing 2023, 52(12): afad219.

Ahmed S, Airlie J, Clegg A, Copsey B, Cundill B, Forster A, Heaven A, Johansson JF, Kime N, Moreau L, Ozer S, Parker C, Richards SH, Thompson E, Farrin AJ. A new opportunity for enhancing trial efficiency: Can we investigate intervention implementation processes within trials using SWAT (study within a trial) methodology? Research Methods in Medicine & Health Sciences 2022;3(3):66-73.

Brundle C, Heaven A, Clegg A. Eligibility screening older research participants using remote cognitive assessment—experiences and reflections from a primary care randomised controlled trial. Trials 2022; 23:862.

Kime N, Wright A, Heaven A, Hawkins R, Smith J, Cundill B, Foy R, Lawton R, Farrin A, Hulme C, Clegg A. Implementing personalised care planning for older people with frailty: a process evaluation of the PROSPER feasibility trial. BMC Geriatrics 2022; 22(760).

Kime N, Heaven A, Quinn C, Brown S. OP79 Optimising patient and public engagement in trials of complex interventionsJ Epidemiol Community Health 2020;74:A37.

Brown L, Heaven A, Quinn C, Goodwin V, Chew-Graham C, Mahmood F, Hallas S, Jacob I, Brundle C, Best K, Daffu-O’Reilly A, Spilsbury K, Young TA, Hawkins R, Hanratty B, Teale E, Clegg A. Community Ageing Research 75+ (CARE75+) REMOTE study: a remote model of recruitment and assessment of the health, well-being and social circumstances of older people. BMJ Open 2021;11(11):e048524.

Nikolova S, Heaven A, Hulme C, West R, Pendleton N, Humphrey S, Cundill B, Clegg A. Social care costs for community-dwelling older people living with frailty Health and Social Care in the Community 2021;

Harrison N, Brundle C, Heaven A, Clegg A. The cost of community research—recruiting community-dwelling participants to a feasibility primary care cluster randomised controlled trial Trials 2021;22:332.

Ahmed S, Heaven A, Lawton R, Rawlings G, Sloan C, Clegg A. Behaviour change techniques in personalised care planning for older people: systematic review. British Journal Of General Practice 2020; bjgp20X714017.

Nikolova S, Hulme C, West R, Pendleton N, Heaven A, Bower P, Humphrey S, Farrin A, Cundill B, Hawkins R, Clegg A. Normative Estimates and Agreement Between 2 Measures of Health-Related Quality of Life in Older People With Frailty: Findings From the Community Ageing Research 75+ Cohort. Patient-Reported Outcomes 2020:23(8)1056-1062.

Heaven A, Bower B, Cundill B, Farrin A, Foster M, Foy R, Hartley S, Hawkins R, Hulme C, Humphrey S, Lawton R, Parker C, Pendleton N, West R, Young J, Clegg A. Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial evaluating personalised care planning for older people with frailty: PROSPER V2 27/11/18. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2020; 6:56.

Jacob I, Mahmood F, Brown L, Heaven A, Mahmood S, Clegg A. Recruiting older people from the Pakistani community in Community Ageing Research 75+. British Journal of Community Nursing 2020;25(3):110–113 doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2020.25.3.110

Heaven A, Brown L, Young J, Teale E, Hawkins R, Spilsbury K, Mountain G, Young T, Goodwin V, Hanratty B, Chew-Graham C, Brundle C, Mahmood F, Jacob I, Daffu-O’Reilly A, Clegg A. Community ageing research 75+ study (CARE75+): an experimental ageing and frailty research cohort. BMJ Open 2019;9(3):e026744. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026744

Brundle C, Heaven A, Brown L, Teale E, Young J, West R, Clegg A. Convergent validity of the electronic frailty index. Age Ageing 2019;48(1):152-156.

Brown L, Heaven A, Young J, Clegg A. The importance of oversight in Trials within Cohorts (TwiCs): experiences from the Community Ageing Research 75+ (CARE 75+) study. Trials 2017, 18 (Suppl 2):A8

Heaven A, Brown L, Foster M and Clegg A. Keeping it credible in cohort multiple Randomised Controlled Trials: the Community Ageing Research 75+ (CARE 75+) study model of patient and public involvement and engagement. Research Involvement and Engagement (2016) 2:30

Siddiqi N, Cheater F, Collinson M, Farrin A, Forster A, George D, Godfrey M, Graham E, Harrison J, Heaven A, Heudtlass P, Hulme C, Mead D, North C, Sturrock A and Young J. The PiTSTOP study: a feasibility cluster randomized trial of delirium prevention in care homes for older people. Age and Ageing 2016; 0: 1–10

Brown L, Young J, Clegg A and Heaven A. Pain in older people with frailty. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 2015. 25(03): p. 159-171

Heaven et al. Pilot trial of Stop Delirium! (PiTStop) – a complex intervention to prevent delirium in care homes for older people: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial Trials 2014, 15:47

Clegg A, Siddiqi N, Heaven A, Young J, Holt R. Interventions for preventing delirium in older people in institutional long-term care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD009537. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009537.pub2