Research Internships shine at showcase event in Preston

Research being conducted by Internships, under the supervision of the CLAHRC NWC, has been presented at the University of Central Lancashire.

All projects 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.    

George Georgiou, Research Capacity Delivery Manager for 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. George added: "Researchers will be encouraged to disseminate and feedback to their workplace teams about the research results and how it can influence or change the way they do things." 

Research themes covered included barriers for stroke survivors accessing psychological; therapy;  evaluation of a community rehabilitation service for prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDoC) patients in a specialist care home from perspective of carers and family; developing a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship application; socio-economic factors affecting delay in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB) diagnosis in Central Lancashire; approaches to self-injury in inpatient settings which reduce levels of harm; factors influencing weight regain following bariatric surgery.

Partners involved, whose staff are undertaking the research, include Sefton Council, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Aintree University Hospitals NHSN Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospital, UcLAN and University of Liverpool amongst others.

Mark Gabbay, Director of 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 us, 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 presented for the best poster, which went to Jayne Vincent, Consultant and Engagement Lead, of Sefton Council (pictured).

Leading research into whether there are differences in access to and outcomes of the Youth Employment Gateway (YEG) between socio-economic groups (and why these may occur) in the Sefton area, Jayne says, “There are differences in life expectancy across the borough, between Bootle and Formby for example, and I am researching how a key initiative can impact on this gap in terms of youth employment. I am really interested in finding out whether participants improve their chances of employment by completing the programme.

“Getting to meet people, gaining research skills such as regression analysis modelling and having access to a research supervisor has been great. Taking the findings back to my employer when the research is complete is something I am looking forward to.” 

Sean Barnes, Team Secretary at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is researching barriers for stroke survivors and their carers accessing psychological therapy.

Sean said: “Research skills I’ve gained such as coding transcripts, literature searches and importance of public involvement in research have been really beneficial. I will be taking my findings about stroke survivors accessing certain therapies back to our mental health community teams.”      

A video featuring CLAHRC NWC Interships Leanne Harper and Alison McLoughlin and summarising the day is available below: 

More articles     Posted on: 24 October 2016