Dr Reena Devi studied Human Psychology (BSc), and Health Psychology (MSc) at Aston University. She then went onto carry out a PhD at Coventry University, which was completed in 2013. Reena Devi's PhD research examined the effectiveness and feasibility of a web-based cardiac rehabilitation programme (www.activateyourheart.org.uk) in a primary care setting. A mixed methods study design was employed, using both a randomised controlled trial and semi-structured interviews. Her PhD was supervised by Professor Sally Singh (based at Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester) and Dr John Powell (based at Oxford University).
After her PhD she carried out an exploration study, examining implementation of the web-based cardiac rehabilitation programme within primary care services. With Sally Singh, she also developed a successful NIHR RfPB grant (£270k) which is funding a feasibility study that follows on from her PhD research.
She then joined the University of Nottingham, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) and worked on a programme of work aiming to improve emergency care services for older people.
In April 2016 Reena started work on a study called the PEACH study. PEACH is an acronym used to refer to a care home research project taking place in South Nottinghamshire. It stands for 'ProactivE heAlthcare for older people living in Care Homes' (PEACH). In this project we are aiming to understand how a quality improvement collaborative (QIC) can help organise healthcare services delivered to care homes to better reflect the principles of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA).
DEVI, R, SINGH SJ, POWELL J, FULTON EA, IGBINEDION E and REES K, 2015. Internet-based interventions for the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews..
DEVI, R., CARPENTER, C., POWELL, J., SINGH, S., 2014. Exploring the experience of using a web-based cardiac rehabilitation programme in a primary care angina population: a qualitative study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation.. 21(9), 434-440