Research Internships shine at showcase event

Findings to date of research being conducted by internships under the supervision of the CLAHRC, have been presented at the University of Central Lancashire.

All eight pieces have stemmed from the CLAHRCs Research Internship Scheme which has seen staff drawn from CLAHRC partners across the North West Coast (NWC) to develop and advance their research knowledge.     

Jo Harrison, Research Capacity Development Manager for the CLAHRC NWC, said: This has been a great scheme enabling the practice of research skills.  Although the research projects aren't finished, it is an opportunity for the researchers to gain some feedback and update an interested audience on their progress."

Posters demonstrating the research were on display for an audience drawn from NHS Trusts, Universities and Public Health experts. Jo added: "These research projects end in February 2016 and the researchers will be encouraged to disseminate and feedback to their workplace teams about the research and how it can influence or change the way they do things."  

Research themes covered include child dental health, mental toughness and resilience, smoking during radiotherapy, sexual orientation in cancer patients, community support for COPD patients, weight gain after bariatric surgery and the physical needs of mental health users.  

Partners involved, whose staff are undertaking the research, include Knowsley Council, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Aintree University Hospitals, Merseycare and Lancashire County Council. 

Mark Gabbay, Director of NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast, said: "This is evidence of our commitment to engaging with our partners and ensuring research can not only be done and supported by the CLAHRC, but that it's advancing our partners' organisational research capacity. Empowered staff with this knowledge can apply it to a wider target of changing and improving patient care or frontline services."

An award was provided for the best poster which went to Sean Ralph, Therapeutic Radiographer at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Kelly Palethorpe (pictured, above), Clinical Studies Officer at Mersey Care NHS Trust, said; "Researching the link between poor physical health and mental health of those taking antipsychotic medication has been insightful. I plan to publish my findings as wide as possible. This has been really useful for me and I will also be sharing my results with all of the teams I work with to see how they impact on current practices."



More articles     Posted on: 15 October 2015