King’s Improvement Science

Hema Chaplin

KIS improvement science specialists

Patient and public involvement (PPI) coordinator, King’s Improvement Science, King’s College London

Hema Chaplin

Hema Chaplin

Hema’s professional involvement and interest has been focused on health psychology and health services research; particularly the impact and involvement of patients and the public in designing and prioritising research projects to improve the quality and focus of research, using participatory research methods. Her recent focus involves applying these interests to the area of rheumatology during both her PhD (2017-2023) and MSc (2016-2017) at King’s College London. This research explored persistent symptoms and/or inflammation despite treatment in adult-onset and juvenile onset inflammatory arthritis.

Hema is broadly interested in involving patients and the public across conditions and age groups in health services research and public engagement activities. She believes that involving patients and the public should be at the core of all research and it is particularly vital in the implementation and improvement stages.

Research interests

  • Patient and public involvement
  • Health psychology
  • Health services research
  • Rheumatology – adult and juvenile onset inflammatory arthritis


  • iBSc Psychology (Research Methods)
  • BSc Psychology

Expertise and public engagement

  • Member of Cancer Research Patient Insights Panel for Policy and Communication
  • Member of King’s College London Race and Ethnicity Advisory Group

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