Health and Community Research Showcase

This one day celebration and cultivation of the world-class and leading health research taking place across the University will be showcased through lectures, and delivered through interactive workshops and networking sessions.

Lead researchers will provide an insight into the vast portfolio through six key morning lectures. These include eye and vision sciences; developing complex interventions in justice health; rehabilitation and neurological research; creative and participatory approaches, such as using food-based events in working with vulnerable groups; and the use of technology in improving both health and social care, and global health research.

A facilitated workshop will foster the promotion of future cross- and interdisciplinary research projects amongst researchers from all areas of the University.

An evening session will follow, in which key stakeholders are invited from the NIHR, CRN, NHS to join us for a keynote lecture followed by a showcase of the breadth of NIHR sponsored clinical research at the University of Plymouth undertaken by all levels of healthcare professionals.

  • Sherwell Centre

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08.30-09:00: Registration

09:00-09:15: Introduction Professor Jill Shawe

09:15-09:45: Professor Paul Artes 

09:50-10:20: Dr Cath Quinn, Dr Lynne Callaghan and Dr Tom Thompson 

10:25-10:55: Working together to develop capacity and capability for research, innovation and evidence-based practice in NHS Trusts: the clinical school model - Professor Ruth Endacott and Frazer Underwood

11:00-11:30: Break

11:30-12:00: Rehabilitation research: from Lab to Community and backProfessor Jenny Freeman and Professor Jon Marsden 

12:05-12:35: Creative and collaborative approaches to researchDr Julie Parsons and Dr Clare Pettinger 

12:40-13:10: The past, present and future of Digital healthcare research -  Professor Ray Jones and Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee

13:15-14:15: Lunch and poster display

14:15-16:15: Sandpit event (refreshments will be available)

16:15-16:30: Closing remarksProfessor Jill Shawe


NIHR research career pathway for Health Professionals 

  • 17:00-17:15: Registration
  • 17:15-17:30: Introduction, The NIHR career pathway

Masters in clinical research presentation(s)

  • 17:30-17:45: Christopher Lovegrove - What is the lived experience of anxiety for people with Parkinson's? A phenomenological study
  • 17:45-18:00: James Wride - Investigating the prevalence of anxiety and depression in people living with patellofemoral pain in the UK

18:00-18:30: Cheese and wine

PhD in clinical research presentation(s)

  • 18:30-18:50: Angie Logan - Standing practice in rehabilitation early after stroke
  • 18:50-19:10: Richard Collings - INSTEP - Insoles to ease pressure in the diabetic foot: a feasibility trial
  • 19:10-19:30: Helen Lyndon - The HAPPI study: Developing and testing a Nurse lead intervention for older people with frailty

19:30-20:30: Keynote lecture (to be advised)

20:30-20:45: Closing remarks

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Today's events

Working together to develop capacity and capability for research, innovation and evidence-based practice in NHS Trusts: the clinical school model

Professor Ruth Endacott (Director, Plymouth University Clinical School and Professor of Critical Care Nursing, Monash University, Melbourne) and Frazer Underwood’s (Consultant Nurse – Older People/Associate Chief Nurse Honorary Clinical Fellow, University of Plymouth)

ABSTRACT: Nurses and midwives are creative problem solvers, developing ways of changing healthcare practice from the smallest detail of care to whole new healthcare models. However, our work with local health services has identified the urgent need to (i) capture improvements in patient and family outcomes, (ii) ensure that existing evidence is used to best effect and (iii) increase the amount of nursing and midwifery led research. 

We have sought to address this, in partnership with local health services, by establishing Clinical Schools, which are Professorial-led centres, in five of our local NHS Trusts. In this presentation we will illustrate how the clinical schools are engaging with nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to challenge current thinking, try out new ideas and develop a growing academic portfolio of work involving patients and focusing on improving care and patient outcomes. We will provide examples of local, national and international initiatives led by the clinical schools.

Rehabilitation research: from Lab to Community and back

Professor Jenny Freeman and Professor Jon Marsden 

ABSTRACT: This session will provide a taster of the research we undertake within the Rehabilitation Research Group. This group, which is sited within the Institute of Health and Community, involves multi-professional researchers at a local, national and international level. It embraces research, across the breadth of the translational spectrum, from investigating the underlying mechanisms of disability to clinical trials and evaluation of service delivery. Our research draws on expertise in the areas of pathophysiology, behavioural science and the design and evaluation of complex health care interventions. This breadth of research is achieved by our resolve to ensure that it is collaborative at its heart, and takes a ground up approach informed by the views of patients and clinicians. This enables it to extend from the laboratory to the community and back. We will provide examples of work from across this spectrum, demonstrating how we work to ensure our research has impact on clinical practice and the broader community.

Creative and collaborative approaches to research

Dr Julie Parsons and Dr Clare Pettinger

ABSTRACT: Over the last four years, Dr Clare Pettinger and Dr Julie Parsons have worked both collaboratively and individually on research projects that have drawn upon creative/arts-based and participatory approaches to working with vulnerable and/or marginalised groups. This includes the Plymouth-based ESRC Festival of Social Science participatory food events (annually run 2015-17), and more recently a research residential at Girton College, Cambridge University, funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) in August 2017, entitled 'Mapping the transformative potential of participatory styles of research with vulnerable and/or marginalised groups'*. The former involved capturing data using creative methods during participatory food events with harder to reach service users**. The focus of the latter was an exploration of creative/arts-based and ‘participatory’ approaches to research (not to be confused with ‘participatory action research’ PAR), in the context of a resurgence in interest in participatory approaches, particularly in health research, partly motivated by an explicit requirement by funding bodies (in the UK at least) for public and patient involvement (PPI). In this presentation, we reflect upon the benefits of developing collaborative rather than participatory approaches, that draws upon creative/arts-based methods that emphasises the importance of democracy, equality, flexibility and reflexivity. We refer to research that makes use of photo-dialogue, photo-elicitation, collage, ‘zine’ making, music, song-writing and i-poems.



The past, present and future of Digital healthcare research

Professor Ray Jones and Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee 

This will be a presentation on the Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly project. The E-health and Technology research group is focused on the impact and implementation of e-health, on patients' use of the internet, and online collaborative learning between patients and professionals.

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Research Festival | 22-26 January

The Research Festival celebrates the very best of the University of Plymouth's rich and varied research through a week-long series of events.

The programme highlights how our research is making a difference in economic, environmental, social and cultural ways.

Visit our festival webpage for further information
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