Ellie Santer (Research Adviser, Patient and Public Involvement)
Ellie joined the Kent Team of the Research Design Service South East in July 2022 as a Research Adviser in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement. Her research interests are exercise physiology, exercise interventions for health and disease, exercise adherence and health behaviour change. She works within the University of Kent Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) on the Feasibility Study IsoFIT-BP, managing delivery of the study across six primary and secondary care sites in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. IsoFIT-BP looks at the use of Isometric exercise for people with Stage 1 Hypertension in the NHS. Ellie worked within Canterbury Christ Church University’s sports consultancy clinic for 2 years, mainly on an outreach program with groups of students from schools across Kent and surrounding areas. She taught a variety of disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science (applied exercise psychology, physiology, biomechanics, research methods). She also coordinated a behaviour change consultation within Maidstone Borough Council called ‘Making Maidstone More Active’. This interdisciplinary 2 year project was a review of the leisure provisions available to residents and how adaptations could be made to the leisure offer to enable more residents to meet the recommended daily amount of exercise. From June 2020, she resumed a position at Canterbury Christ Church University as a Research Fellow (Clinical Exercise Physiology) which began her health service research journey.