The Scottish Crucible hosts a series of two day events during which 30 innovative leaders are invited to present their research. The initiative is open to those in the science, arts and social science worlds as a platform to share the work that they believe has great promise for the future. Additionally, each winner of this leadership and development programme is awarded membership to the Scottish Crucible Alumni Network.
This year, the School of Dentistry is thrilled to announce the success of Dr Ayse Cinar for her recognition a leading talent with the expertise to coordinate and launch the health coach programme she has been working towards here at the University of Dundee. Ayse is a Senior Research Fellow with a strong background in health coaching for oral health and chronic disease management and describes her work as a project that, “Aims to launch Executive Coaching for Health Graduate Programmes at the University of Dundee to train post-graduate students and healthcare professionals in the field of health coaching (HC), equipped with competitive and top-end transferrable skills. These coaches are to implement innovative interventions for non-communicable disease (e.g. Diabetes, Obesity) management and/or to coach patients professionally.”
Professor Peter Mossey is the strategic lead of the project, helping to forge links across disciplines to include imperative stakeholders such as Medical Sciences, the OPD unit and the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee and also the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside. These collaborations will ensure a multidisciplinary approach to potentially rolling out a life changing initiative that will allow service users of the healthcare industry to take control of their own health and wellbeing.
As defined by Ayse, her health coaching programme takes, "A person centred approach. 1. Focuses on what is relevant and what matters to individuals and 2. Facilitates individuals to unlock and use their resources for better health management.”
This type of training would be one of the first in the UK and aims to tackle health and wellbeing whilst contributing to social innovation, investment in human capital, the economy and internalisation of the UK.
This research and development comes at a time where the annual NHS cost of treatment to those with Diabetes is predicted by the charity Diabetes UK to increase from £9.8 billion to £16.9 billion over the next 25 years.