COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Loading content
Dr Raff Calitri

Dr Raff Calitri

Trial Manager/ Research Fellow

 01392 726 047

 College House 2.27

 

College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

Raff is a an experienced Trial Manager. He joined the Medical School in 2010 and has honed his trial management skills through involvement in a number of important RCTs, including:

i) the ReTrain trial - a pilot, feasibility trial of a community-based physical activity rehabilitation training programme for stroke survivors (CI Prof Sarah Dean)

ii) the SPA trial - a pilot, feasibility trial of singing groups for people with post stroke aphasia (CI Dr Mark Tarrant)

iii) the ESTEEM trial  - a definitive, cluster RCT of telephone triage in General Practice (CI Prof John Campbell)

iv) the ERICA trial - a definitive cluster RCT of electronic risk assessment tools for cancer (CI Prof Willie Hamilton).  The trial is currently ongoing.  Please see the trial website for more information (http://www.theericatrial.co.uk/

Raff holds a PhD in Social Psychology. In addition to his expertise in project management and designing and delivering randomised controlled trial, he also has significant experience conducting research in group and inter-group relations.

Raff supports undergraduate and post graduate teaching at Exeter where he delivers seminars, small-group teaching, and project supervision on topics related to trial management, pilot/feasibility trials, research ethics, and issues involved in medical device trials, group processes in health research intervention. He is also co-supervisor for two PhD students:

Alex Burns - Uncertainty during potential cancer diagnosis in the ERICA trial (lead supervisor Prof Sarah Dean). 

Laura Hollands - How to reduce loneliness in older adults using group interventions. Laura's PhD is a collaboration between the University of Exeter (co-lead supervisor Dr Mark Tarrant) and University of Queensland (co-lead supervisor Prof Cath Haslam).

Raff is currently involved in an evaluation of the Stroke Association's Hand-in-Hand Peer Support Group programme (led by Mark Tarrant; Funded by the Stroke Association); with a key part of this work being an assessment of the group variables (e.g., social identity, group norms, social agency) that are involved in making groups work well for stroke survivors. 

Qualifications

PhD Social Psychology

MSc Social & Applied Psychology

BSc (Hons) Cognitive Science

Links

Research

Research interests

  • Management and Delivery of Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Pilot Feasibility Trials
  • Cluster Randomised Controlled Trials 
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Group and intergroup relations in Health and Wellbeing

Research projects

The SPA Trial (http://clahrc-peninsula.nihr.ac.uk/singing-for-aphasia-spa-trial-information). A pilot feasibility trial of singing groups for people with post-stroke aphasia. We want to know whether singing groups can help improve wellbeing for stroke survivors.  Before we can answer that, this pilot feasibility trial answers other important questions - at the end of this research will we have a better understanding of whether we will be able to run this research as a definitive trial. We'll know whether stroke survivors find randomisation and outcome allocation acceptable, we'll know how they found the programme and how easy/difficult it was to complete the outcome measures. 

 

Evaluation of the Stroke Association Hand-in-Hand Peer Support Programme.  The stroke Association oversee more than 200 hand-in-hand groups across the country which support more than 4,000 stroke survivors. We'll be helping the Stroke Association understand 'what makes a group good'. Through a questionnaire survey and in-depth qualitative interviews with attendees, we'll start to identify the group processes at play and examining how they relate to group outcomes such as loneliness and wellbeing.

 

The ERICA Trial (http://www.theericatrial.co.uk/). This is a flagship trial for the University of Exeter. Prof Willie Hamilton and his team have created risk assessment tools (RATs) for cancer that provide GPs and patients with an accurate estimate of the risk of cancer when a patient reports symptoms to a GP.  In collaboration with Macmillan, these tools have been converted into electronic format (eRATs) and will be embedded into GP IT systems. This is an ambitious trial  - the largest of its kind in general practice - and will be recruiting around 530 GP surgeries across England.  It has the potential to significantly impact cancer diagnosis in primary care - with an important ambition of helping GPs catch cancer sooner.

 

 

Research networks

  • Exeter Clinical Trials & Support Network
  • Exeter Clinical Trials Unit
  • UK Trial Manager Network

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd A, et al (In Press). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: protocol of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain). BMJ Open Full text.
Norris M, Poltawski L, Calitri RA, Shepherd A, Dean S (In Press). Hope and despair: a qualitative exploration of the experiences and impact of trial processes in a rehabilitation trial. Trials Full text.
Shepherd A, Pulsford R, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, Hollands L, James M, Allison R, Norris M, et al (In Press). Physical activity, sleep, and fatigue in community dwelling Stroke Survivors. Scientific Reports Full text.
Tarrant M, Carter M, Dean S, Taylor R, Warren F, Spencer A, Adamson J, Landa P, Code C, Calitri RA, et al (In Press). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): a Protocol for a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of a Group Singing Intervention to Improve Wellbeing. BMJ Open Full text.
Norris M, Poltawski L, Calitri RA, Shepherd A, Dean S (In Press). The acceptability and experience of a functional training programme (ReTrain) in community dwelling stroke survivors in South West England: a qualitative study. BMJ Open Full text.
Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor RS, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd AI, et al (2018). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain) investigating acceptability and feasibility. BMJ Open Full text.
Mounce LTA, Barry HE, Calitri R, Henley WE, Campbell J, Roland M, Richards S (2016). Establishing the validity of English GP Patient Survey items evaluating out-of-hours care. BMJ Qual Saf, 25(11), 842-850. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Holt T, Fletcher E, Warren F, Richards S, Calitri R, Green C (2016). Telephone triage systems in UK general practice: analysis of consultation duration during the index day in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract Full text.
Varley A, Warren FC, Richards SH, Calitri R, Chaplin K, Fletcher E, Holt TA, Lattimer V, Murdoch J, Richards DA, et al (2016). The effect of nurses’ preparedness and nurse practitioner status on triage call management in primary care: a secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from the ESTEEM trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 58, 12-20. Full text.
Tan JOA, Calitri R, Bloodworth A, McNamee MJ (2016). Understanding Eating Disorders in Elite Gymnastics: Ethical and Conceptual Challenges. Clin Sports Med, 35(2), 275-292. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sansom A, Calitri R, Carter M, Campbell J (2016). Understanding quit decisions in primary care: a qualitative study of older GPs. BMJ Open, 6(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Calitri RA, Warren FC, Wheeler B, Chaplin K, Fletcher E, Murdoch J, Richards SH, Taylor R, Varley A, Campbell JL, et al (2015). Distance from practice moderates the relationship between patient management involving nurse telephone triage consulting and patient satisfaction with care. Journal of Health & Place Abstract.  Full text.
Warren FC, Calitri R, Fletcher E, Varley A, Holt TA, Lattimer V, Richards D, Richards S, Salisbury C, Taylor RS, et al (2015). Exploring demographic and lifestyle associations with patient experience following telephone triage by a primary care doctor or nurse: secondary analyses from a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Qual Saf, 24(9), 572-582. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Murdoch J, Varley A, Fletcher E, Britten N, Price L, Calitri R, Green C, Lattimer V, Richards SH, Richards DA, et al (2015). Implementing telephone triage in general practice: a process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Fam Pract, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Campbell JL, Fletcher E, Britten N, Green C, Holt T, Lattimer V, Richards DA, Richards SH, Salisbury C, Taylor RS, et al (2015). The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone triage for managing same-day consultation requests in general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial comparing general practitioner-led and nurse-led management systems with usual care (the ESTEEM trial). Health Technol Assess, 19(13), 1-viii. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Calitri R, Adams A, Atherton H, Reeve J, Hill NR (2014). Investigating the sustainability of careers in academic primary care: a UK survey. BMC Fam Pract, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Campbell JL, Fletcher E, Britten N, Green C, Holt TA, Lattimer V, Richards DA, Richards SH, Salisbury C, Calitri R, et al (2014). Telephone triage for management of same-day consultation requests in general practice (the ESTEEM trial): a cluster-randomised controlled trial and cost-consequence analysis. Lancet, 384(9957), 1859-1868. Full text.
Tarrant M, Calitri R, Weston D (2012). Social identification structures the effects of perspective taking. Psychol Sci, 23(9), 973-978. Abstract.  Author URL.
Calitri R, Pothos EM, Tapper K, Brunstrom JM, Rogers PJ (2010). Cognitive biases to healthy and unhealthy food words predict change in BMI. Obesity (Silver Spring), 18(12), 2282-2287. Abstract.  Author URL.
Calitri R, Lowe R, Eves FF, Bennett P (2009). Associations between visual attention, implicit and explicit attitude and behaviour for physical activity. Psychol Health, 24(9), 1105-1123. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pothos EM, Tapper K, Calitri R (2009). Cognitive and behavioral correlates of BMI among male and female undergraduate students. Appetite, 52(3), 797-800. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pothos EM, Calitri R, Tapper K, Brunstrom JM, Rogers PJ (2009). Comparing measures of cognitive bias relating to eating behaviour. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23(7), 936-952. Abstract.
Brunstrom JM, Rogers PJ, Pothos EM, Calitri R, Tapper K (2008). Estimating everyday portion size using a 'method of constant stimuli': in a student sample, portion size is predicted by gender, dietary behaviour, and hunger, but not BMI. Appetite, 51(2), 296-301. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tendayi Viki G, Calitri R (2008). Infrahuman outgroup or suprahuman ingroup: the role of nationalism and patriotism in the infrahumanization of outgroups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38(6), 1054-1061. Abstract.

Conferences

Tarrant M, Carter M, Adamson J, Warren F, Taylor R, Spencer A, Landa P, Code C, Dean S, Calitri R, et al (2018). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): results of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing.  Author URL.
Dean S, Calitri R, Shepherd A, Hollands L, Poltawski L, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Spencer A, et al (2016). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after Stroke (ReTrain): Results of a pilot randomised control trial (RCT).  Author URL.
Hollands H, Calitri R, Shepherd A, Poltawski L, Norris M, Taylor R, Dean S (2016). The ReTrain trial: Evaluating intervention fidelity via video analysis of the independently getting up off the floor (IGO) technique.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd A, et al (In Press). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: protocol of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain). BMJ Open Full text.
Norris M, Poltawski L, Calitri RA, Shepherd A, Dean S (In Press). Hope and despair: a qualitative exploration of the experiences and impact of trial processes in a rehabilitation trial. Trials Full text.
Shepherd A, Pulsford R, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor R, Spencer A, Hollands L, James M, Allison R, Norris M, et al (In Press). Physical activity, sleep, and fatigue in community dwelling Stroke Survivors. Scientific Reports Full text.
Tarrant M, Carter M, Dean S, Taylor R, Warren F, Spencer A, Adamson J, Landa P, Code C, Calitri RA, et al (In Press). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): a Protocol for a Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of a Group Singing Intervention to Improve Wellbeing. BMJ Open Full text.
Norris M, Poltawski L, Calitri RA, Shepherd A, Dean S (In Press). The acceptability and experience of a functional training programme (ReTrain) in community dwelling stroke survivors in South West England: a qualitative study. BMJ Open Full text.

2018

Dean S, Poltawski L, Forster A, Taylor RS, Spencer A, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Shepherd AI, et al (2018). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after stroke: Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial (ReTrain) investigating acceptability and feasibility. BMJ Open Full text.
Tarrant M, Carter M, Adamson J, Warren F, Taylor R, Spencer A, Landa P, Code C, Dean S, Calitri R, et al (2018). Singing for People with Aphasia (SPA): results of a pilot randomised controlled trial of a group singing intervention to improve wellbeing.  Author URL.

2016

Dean S, Calitri R, Shepherd A, Hollands L, Poltawski L, James M, Allison R, Stevens S, Norris M, Spencer A, et al (2016). Community-based Rehabilitation Training after Stroke (ReTrain): Results of a pilot randomised control trial (RCT).  Author URL.
Mounce LTA, Barry HE, Calitri R, Henley WE, Campbell J, Roland M, Richards S (2016). Establishing the validity of English GP Patient Survey items evaluating out-of-hours care. BMJ Qual Saf, 25(11), 842-850. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Holt T, Fletcher E, Warren F, Richards S, Calitri R, Green C (2016). Telephone triage systems in UK general practice: analysis of consultation duration during the index day in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract Full text.
Hollands H, Calitri R, Shepherd A, Poltawski L, Norris M, Taylor R, Dean S (2016). The ReTrain trial: Evaluating intervention fidelity via video analysis of the independently getting up off the floor (IGO) technique.  Author URL.
Varley A, Warren FC, Richards SH, Calitri R, Chaplin K, Fletcher E, Holt TA, Lattimer V, Murdoch J, Richards DA, et al (2016). The effect of nurses’ preparedness and nurse practitioner status on triage call management in primary care: a secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from the ESTEEM trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 58, 12-20. Full text.
Tan JOA, Calitri R, Bloodworth A, McNamee MJ (2016). Understanding Eating Disorders in Elite Gymnastics: Ethical and Conceptual Challenges. Clin Sports Med, 35(2), 275-292. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sansom A, Calitri R, Carter M, Campbell J (2016). Understanding quit decisions in primary care: a qualitative study of older GPs. BMJ Open, 6(2). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Calitri RA, Warren FC, Wheeler B, Chaplin K, Fletcher E, Murdoch J, Richards SH, Taylor R, Varley A, Campbell JL, et al (2015). Distance from practice moderates the relationship between patient management involving nurse telephone triage consulting and patient satisfaction with care. Journal of Health & Place Abstract.  Full text.
Warren FC, Calitri R, Fletcher E, Varley A, Holt TA, Lattimer V, Richards D, Richards S, Salisbury C, Taylor RS, et al (2015). Exploring demographic and lifestyle associations with patient experience following telephone triage by a primary care doctor or nurse: secondary analyses from a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Qual Saf, 24(9), 572-582. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Murdoch J, Varley A, Fletcher E, Britten N, Price L, Calitri R, Green C, Lattimer V, Richards SH, Richards DA, et al (2015). Implementing telephone triage in general practice: a process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Fam Pract, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Campbell JL, Fletcher E, Britten N, Green C, Holt T, Lattimer V, Richards DA, Richards SH, Salisbury C, Taylor RS, et al (2015). The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone triage for managing same-day consultation requests in general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial comparing general practitioner-led and nurse-led management systems with usual care (the ESTEEM trial). Health Technol Assess, 19(13), 1-viii. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2014

Calitri R, Adams A, Atherton H, Reeve J, Hill NR (2014). Investigating the sustainability of careers in academic primary care: a UK survey. BMC Fam Pract, 15 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Campbell JL, Fletcher E, Britten N, Green C, Holt TA, Lattimer V, Richards DA, Richards SH, Salisbury C, Calitri R, et al (2014). Telephone triage for management of same-day consultation requests in general practice (the ESTEEM trial): a cluster-randomised controlled trial and cost-consequence analysis. Lancet, 384(9957), 1859-1868. Full text.

2012

Tarrant M, Calitri R, Weston D (2012). Social identification structures the effects of perspective taking. Psychol Sci, 23(9), 973-978. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Calitri R, Pothos EM, Tapper K, Brunstrom JM, Rogers PJ (2010). Cognitive biases to healthy and unhealthy food words predict change in BMI. Obesity (Silver Spring), 18(12), 2282-2287. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Calitri R, Lowe R, Eves FF, Bennett P (2009). Associations between visual attention, implicit and explicit attitude and behaviour for physical activity. Psychol Health, 24(9), 1105-1123. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pothos EM, Tapper K, Calitri R (2009). Cognitive and behavioral correlates of BMI among male and female undergraduate students. Appetite, 52(3), 797-800. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pothos EM, Calitri R, Tapper K, Brunstrom JM, Rogers PJ (2009). Comparing measures of cognitive bias relating to eating behaviour. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23(7), 936-952. Abstract.

2008

Brunstrom JM, Rogers PJ, Pothos EM, Calitri R, Tapper K (2008). Estimating everyday portion size using a 'method of constant stimuli': in a student sample, portion size is predicted by gender, dietary behaviour, and hunger, but not BMI. Appetite, 51(2), 296-301. Abstract.  Author URL.
Tendayi Viki G, Calitri R (2008). Infrahuman outgroup or suprahuman ingroup: the role of nationalism and patriotism in the infrahumanization of outgroups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38(6), 1054-1061. Abstract.

Refresh publications

External Engagement and Impact

Awards

Society of Academic Primary Care Personal Award (£2,000), March 2014. Award following election to society's Career Scoping Team for analysis of the sustainability of academic primary care careers


Invited lectures

Calitri, R. & Mounce, L (2019) The ERICA trial. Presentation at the South West Community Clinical Research Forum, Exeter Racecourse, 4th March 2019.

 

Hamilton, W. & Calitri, R. (2018). Cancer diagnostic trials in primary care - ECASS and ERICA. Presentation at Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx), University of Exeter Medical School, 31st October 2018.

 

Calitri R & Hollands L (2016) Community-based Rehabilitation Training after Stroke (ReTrain): a pilot randomized control trial (RCT). A study update. Cardiovascular Health Research Group, University of Exeter Medical School, March 2016.

 

Campbell JL, Calitri R, Sansom A. (2015) Primary Care Workforce Briefing at South West AHSN Primary Care Workforce Sustainability meeting, Exeter Racecourse, 21st May 2015.

 

Calitri R (2014). Lessons learned from the ESTEEM trial – A trial manager’s experience. Workshop conducted for Exeter Clinical Trials and Support Network, University of Exeter Medical School, May 2014.

Teaching

Supervision / Group

Back | Edit Profile