PhD students shine in explaining research to public health professionals

CLAHRC NWC PhD students were invited to present at the recent Cumbria & Lancashire Public Health Continuing Professional Development Session, held in one of the impressive and historic cabinet rooms at County Hall in Preston (pictured, left).  Following a presentation by George Georgiou, CLAHRC NWC Research Capacity Delivery Manager on the overall aims and work of CLAHRC NWC, presentations were made by students Flo Seymour, Stephanie Heys, Katerina Panagaki, Sara Southall, Jenny Mithoo and Alison Doherty on their work, and how they are working with the communities, groups, patients and staff across the North West to study and address the health inequalities identified in their projects. Research topics showcased diverse subjects such as use of horticulture in prison, tuberculosis treatment options and looking at what helps people with learning disabilities to eat and live well.

Lynn Donkin, Public Health Specialist, Blackpool Council and Chair of the group welcomed the members of CLAHRC NWC to the meeting and afterwards commented ‘It was great to meet the students and to hear about some of the projects that are happening through the region. There was interest amongst the collaborative work of the CLAHRC NWC and we look forward to hearing how the projects develop, and hopefully we may even be able to stimulate some to consider how they can get involved.'

There were plenty of opportunities for questions and networking, and ideas and suggestions were exchanged on how the students could work with in other ways with some of the groups included in their projects, and how other initiatives in the region manage to engage with their patients. The audience was also very interested in how public engagement and patient and public involvement lies very much at the heart of the work that CLAHRC NWC conducts.  It is envisgaed that the students will return in the future and provide updates on how their projects are progressing.

More articles     Posted on: 24 January 2017