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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Miss Sarah Yorke

Sarah

Researcher/ Mental Health First Aider

Email: s.yorke@qmul.ac.uk

Profile

Sarah is an experienced arts and health researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education sector, women's health and the creative industries. She is currently working at QMUL delivering a project on Core Outcome Sets for Gynaecological conditions, in partnership with the Royal London Hospital.

 

Previously she has worked on research projects at Imperial College London; bringing together artists, clinicians, tradespeople and scientists to discuss the parallels in work we do with our hands. She has also been part of the Arts and Health award winning Centre for Performance Science team at the Royal College of Music, on the project Music and Motherhood; investigating how singing can alleviate symptoms of postnatal depression. Sarah also completed her MSc in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, achieving a distinction. Her work focused on making wellbeing workshops accessible to women from diverse cultural backgrounds.

 

Sarah strongly believes in wellbeing, and the close correlations between mental and physical health. She is a Paediatric First Aider as well as a Mental Health First Aider, and has represented RADAR charity at the houses of parliament interviewing David Blunkett and Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson about disability awareness for young people.

 

Sarah is the Arts Health Early Career Research Network's Social Media Officer, and enjoys bringing together arts and science for wellbeing.

Research

Research Interests:

Sarah’s research focuses on a wide range of Women’s Health issues. She is currently working on Core Outcome Sets for Gynaecological Conditions; part of the CROWN initiative (Core outcomes in Women and Newborn health). She runs workshops for patients and associates affected by Cervical and Endometrial Cancer, adding these patient outcomes to systematic reviews from current literature. These results will amalgamate into a nationwide survey and then a consensus meeting including clinicians, charities, researchers and the public to decide which outcomes are to be included in future research.

 

Previously she has worked within music and mental health, investigating how music affects the wellbeing of women suffering from postnatal depression. For this work, she and her team won the Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Wellbeing Award.

 

Sarah uses her background of music and wellbeing to assist in research projects carried out in the Royal London Hospital, which includes the Musical Pillow project, where women are played music to relieve anxiety during various gynaecological procedures.

 

Sarah is the Social Media Officer for the Arts Health Early Career Research Network.