Keira Lowther, PhD

Service Design Specialist - Keira leads the Lab’s work on service improvement and optimisation. She works with organisations who are committed to improving their impact through good design and rapid cycle testing of adaptations and improvements.


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Keira works mostly on the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), where the Lab are working in collaboration with the FNP National Unit to design and test adaptations to the FNP programme, using a rapid cycle testing methodology. She leads work that combines the latest ‘what works’ evidence with user views and data on implementation to design adaptations that are relevant, effective and acceptable to a local population.

Keira joined the Dartington Social Research Unit in 2014, after completing a PhD in HIV and Palliative care in Kings College London, where she won the Elsevier award for outstanding doctoral thesis. She holds a BSc in Nursing Science and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition.  She previously worked as a paediatric nurse in the NHS in London and internationally as a nurse-nutritionist for Action Against Hunger.

She also enjoys baking delicious but ugly cakes, exploring interesting jam recipes and cycling over London bridges.

Some of her work