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Dr Euan Sadler PhD, MA, MSc, BSc (Hons), FHEA

Associate Clinical Professor of Older People and Frailty

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Dr Euan Sadler is an Associate Clinical Professor of Older People and Frailty within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Examining the implementation of effective integrated care approaches to improve health, wellbeing and social support of older people with frailty

Euan is a social scientist and physiotherapist. His position is a joint appointment between the University of Southampton and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. In his role, Euan is leading and collaborating on a programme of research to improve the implementation of person centred integrated care and support for older people living with frailty. Euan also works alongside frailty teams in Southern Health supporting them to improve integrated care services for older people living with frailty in Hampshire, and in demonstration of impact. He contributes to the development of the clinical academic practice strategy and the clinical academic programme for nurses and allied health professionals across the University and Trust.

After completing his physiotherapy training, Euan specialised in community rehabilitation for older people with a range of long-term conditions, including frailty and those with multimorbidity. He completed his PhD in Gerontology at the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London, where he conducted a mixed methods project examining the role of spirituality in successful ageing.

Before moving to the University of Southampton he led and collaborated on a number of research programmes at King’s College London. This included an ethnographic process evaluation of a multi-site RCT study examining the impact of a stroke caregiver training intervention; studies to develop and evaluate complex interventions to improve resilience and self-management support after stroke; and a multi-stakeholder engagement study to co-produce a data-driven intervention to improve long-term outcomes for stroke survivors with multimorbidity. As senior research fellow in the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s he started to develop a research programme to improve the implementation of person centred integrated care approaches to improve health and social support for older people with frailty and multimorbidity, which he is continuing to lead and collaborate on at the University of Southampton.

He leads the frailty education on the undergraduate Adult Nursing BSc programme in the School, contributes to teaching research methods and is research project supervisor for undergraduate, masters and doctoral level students.

Euan’s research methods expertise and interests focus on ethnographic approaches in applied health research; theoretically informed qualitative research and evidence synthesis; the contribution of social science, systems and stakeholder engagement approaches in implementation science; design and evaluation of complex interventions; and co-production in health services research.

Research interests

  • Qualitative/ethnographic research to examine service user, carer and provider understandings and practices of care, support and self-management of long-term conditions and multimorbidity, and the social and cultural contexts shaping these.
  • Using qualitative and mixed method approaches to develop, evaluate and implement complex interventions to improve the health, wellbeing and social support of older people with long-term conditions, in particular, frailty, stroke and those with multimorbidity.
  • Social science perspectives on frailty and multimorbidity.
  • Health system approaches, service user and other stakeholder involvement to improve integrated care and outcomes for older people living frailty and multimorbidity.
  • Asset-based models of care.
  • Process evaluations of complex interventions.
  • Social science informed digital health interventions for people with long term conditions and multimorbidity.
  • Realist Methodology.

PhD Supervision

An ethnographic case study of medicines related care within an integrated care pathway for older people with frailty (King’s College London).

I am interested in supervising PhD students undertaking social science informed qualitative/ ethnographic and mixed methods projects in applied health research, in particular studies to improve our understanding of the lived experience of frailty and multimorbidity, and person centred integrated care to improve health and social support for older people living with frailty and complex needs.

  • Jane Tippett. A critical exploration of the role of the nurse in the trauma team: An ethnographic case study
  • Louise Perkins. Doula support throughout pregnancy and birth for women with tocophobia: the experiences of women and doulas.

Research Projects

  • Exploring the meanings, experiences and impacts of frailty from the perspectives of older people. A systematic review and narrative synthesis of qualitative studies.
  • Cochrane Review of case management for integrated care of older people with frailty in community settings.
  • A qualitative study to investigate service user, carer and provider perspectives on integrated care and integrated care pathways for older people with frailty in Lambeth and Southwark, south London, funded by Guy's and St Thomas' and Maudsley charity King’s Improvement Fellowship.
  • Integrating Mental and Physical Health Care Systems (IMPHS), funded by the Maudsley Charity. This programme of research evaluates the implementation of a range of integrated physical and mental health services for people with mental health conditions in South London.
  • MOTH Project 2: Exploring the factors that facilitate and hinder the implementation of digital tools for self-management of long-term conditions within existing healthcare structures and pathways.
    This project explores the barriers and facilitators to implementing digital tools for self-management of long-term conditions (LTC) with NHS commissioners, General Practitioners and LTC Specialists. A review of policy recommendations for the implementation of these digital tools is also being undertaken.
  • Evaluating patients’ experiences of digital pain management interventions, NIHR ARC Wessex funded internship (Justin Strain).

Research group

Ageing and Dementia

Research Theme

Health Needs

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Euan leads the frailty education on the nursing curricula in the department, contributes to teaching research methods and is research dissertation supervisor at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.

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