Interns shine under showcase spotlight

CLAHRC NWC Interns gathered in Lancashire to showcase their work to an enthusiastic audience.

Held at the University of Central Lancashire on 10th October, research being presented included improving access to psychological therapy for stroke survivors, stroke rehabilitation and building research capacity through a supported National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Internship. 

The Internship opportunities have been offered and taken up by staff from CLAHRC NWC partner organisations across the region. 

Partners such as NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting their staff to complete research projects with the aim of findings being implemented for the benefit of their service users and wider health economy. 

Projects must address health inequalities and support the priorities of the CLAHRC NWC. 

Jo Harrison, NIHR CLAHRC NWC Research Capacity Delivery Manager, said:  “Guidance for the interns is provided by a programme of training designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge required to complete their research project.  The internship also provides an opportunity to display research findings at the showcase event that is open for all the partners to attend and is part of their dissemination strategy. We also encourage the interns to be research champions in their organisations.”   

Temi Roberts, a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner from North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust (NWBHNT) has spent a year as an intern, taking one day a week from her day job, to learn how to conduct research and apply it back in the workplace.

“I am part of a team delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and have been working on how we can adapt our service for stroke survivors to ensure psychological support is accessed by them if it is needed. I have also created links with local stroke teams to embed in our frontline teams so we are working very collaboratively. I feel very proud to be part of changes in our service delivery recognising potential health inequalities and taking action to reduce them.”

Temi will also be delivering a masterclass in her work as part of a Continuing Professional Development session for colleagues in NWBHNT.

“I have really enjoyed my time with the stroke research team at UcLAN and would like to continue my research interests by undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy degree.”

Other interns presenting included Jane Watson, a member of a research group at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, who wanted to explore the link between building capacity in organisations, and its link to improved clinical outcomes.

Paul Boland, who had recently completed a CLAHRC NWC funded Master of Sciences degree, outlined his research into the barriers enabling the use of e-bikes in the development of a stoke rehabilitation intervention.  

An inspirational presentation was provided by former Preston nurse Alison Mcloughlin (pictured) who had been a CLAHRC NWC Intern in 2016 and had used the experience gained  as a launchpad for her research career. .

“Be bold and be brave,” suggested Alison as she outlined how being part of an NIHR “Family” has helped achieve her ambition of being funded full time for three years, examining the current practice of Stroke patient Neurological Assessments, by securing a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship.   .

“My CLAHRC NWC Internship set me on a journey of research by giving me people to access, a network of expertise and the confidence to compose an application for the fellowship.”

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC NWC, said: “This has been a very positive experience to hear the varied journeys of a selection of our Interns. The key output is to get the Interns thinking how things can change for the better in the Health and Social care environment.  We have seen evidence of that today which has been very encouraging. “

More articles     Posted on: 19 October 2018