Esther Flanagan
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Esther joined the Health Lab in January 2017 and is working in the social health team on a range of projects.

One project she is working on explores how health services can shift away from a ‘fix-it’ approach to help to one that embeds an evidenced-based understanding of purpose, motivation, confidence and social circumstances. Esther is interested in bringing together research with innovation methods in a way that is engaging and meaningful for frontline staff and communities.

Esther is a Clinical Psychologist and works to support people with chronic pain and a range of issues, including anxiety, trauma and sexual health. She is experienced in designing online psychological interventions and developed two online programmes for people with chronic pain and sexual pain.

In her previous role at The Point of Care Foundation, Esther led a national staff support programme called Schwartz Rounds. The programme addressed the emotional needs of staff in health and social care, through storytelling, exploration of organisational narratives, and having reflective space to process the challenges associated with caring.