What are people's experiences of the winter power cuts?

Did you have a power cut for two or more days because of a storm over the winter? A team of researchers from King’s College London are looking for participants to interview about their experiences.

Aim of the study

To find out about people’s experiences during storm-related power cuts. Were there difficulties during these periods? What support would be better in future power cuts?

The team aims to learn lessons from these events about what did and didn’t help. In particular, they want to look at how people with a range of different needs experienced the power cut(s) so that they can assess whether people’s disabilities and/or health conditions affect the needs they have in these situations.

You will be given £30 for taking part. This will be as an Amazon or other shopping voucher or a charity donation to the British Red Cross.

Study type

A one-to-one interview which will take place via an online video call or via a telephone call. This will last roughly 45-90 minutes, with additional comfort breaks. You can communicate via the chat function if you prefer.

Who is able to participate?

Participants must be aged 18 or over, can speak (or sign) English fluently, live in the UK and have experienced power cuts for two or more consecutive days because of a winter storm. The team are particularly interested in: Storm Arwen, Storms Malik and Corrie, Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin.

The researchers would particularly like to hear from people with a range of needs which would include people undergoing home dialysis therapies.

How do I get involved

To take part, email [email protected] saying ‘I would like to take part in your research’ and please state whether the following apply to you:

  • You are aged 18 or over
  • You can speak or sign English fluently
  • You had a power cut for 2+ consecutive days between November 2021 and February 2022 because of a storm.

Postal address: Poppy Ellis Logan, Department of Psychological Medicine, KCL Weston Education Centre, 10 Cutcombe Road, London, SE5 9RJ

Has this study received ethical approval?

Yes. Ethical Clearance Reference Number: HR/DP-21/22-27205

Who is funding the study?

This project is being funded by King’s College London.

Future publication

The results of the project will be summarised in Poppy Ellis Logan’s PhD thesis, which will be published after 2024 and accessible via the King’s Research Portal. Poppy will also try to publish it in a peer reviewed journal.

More information

For more information, please visit www.tinyurl.com/powercuts where you can find out more about the project, the interviews and the team.