Studentships Sail on Into Journeys of Research

Over twenty CLAHRC NWC funded PhD students gathered to share their own ideas for new research into health inequalities across the North West Coast.

Hosted at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston by Jo Harrison, CLAHRC NWC’s Research Capacity Delivery Manager, the aim of the event was to offer an insight into the key academic and programme support available to them as they shape their research ideas and embark on a three year journey of research. 

“This is an opportunity for all of our PhD students to get to know each other and create a culture
of encouragement and interaction between them.  We have recently recruited a second intake of students and this event has allowed them to meet with the first group of student pioneers and
share tips and advice which has gone really well,” said Jo.

This included Kerry Hanna, from University of Liverpool, already at the point of disseminating her research findings into the “Natural History of Visual Impairment in Stroke.”  Kerry’s presentation outlined methodologies, research practicalities and how it complimented the Managing Complex Needs Theme of the CLAHRC NWC.     

Other speakers included Nadeem Gire, from UCLan, who offered his wisdom gained from research into the use of mobile technology in supporting people with mental health problems, in particular psychosis (TechCare: Mobile-AssessmenT and ThErapy for PsyCHosis: An Intervention for Clients Within the EArly InteRvention Service). His achievements include publication of his first PhD manuscript and being invited to present at the Global Summit on Telemedicine & eHealth in Texas, USA.

A “speed networking” scenario (pictured, above) involved CLAHRC NWC staff and PhD students having an opportunity to talk to each other about their research, experiences so far and any challenges they have encountered.

Research subjects already pencilled in by the PhD students include pathways to inequalities in child mental health, developing personalised renal function monitoring and the extent to which inequalities in the built environment underlie disparities in physical activity and sedentary behaviour.  

The PhD students are spread across the North West Coast, based at Lancaster University, University of Central Lancashire and University of Liverpool respectively.

Further presentations from the CLAHRC NWC highlighted the importance of Public Engagement in Research, training opportunities with the National Institute of Health Research and a workshop on using the CLAHRC NWC's own Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit

Jenny Walker (pictured, right) has embarked on a three-year PhD after working as a Nurse in Merseyside. With over 10 years post registration experience, including A&E trauma nursing and providing Tuberculosis specialist care, Jenny left her job in 2015 as Team Leader for the Merseyside Tuberculosis Nursing Team of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust to chase her dream.

“I’ve always wanted to do research and the CLAHRC NWC opportunity was too good to miss. Going from a Nurse to suddenly planning research, reading lists and everything else isn’t easy so to meet others in the same position was really useful. Learning how to use the toolkit and understanding the different job roles in the CLAHRC NWC and the support available was very helpful.”

Jenny’s research will focus on access to Tuberculosis care for vulnerable populations across the North West.  

The CLAHRC NWC Capacity Building Programme also includes a Research Internship Scheme, MSc Clinical Research (part-funded) places at UCLan, a mapping exercise of research modules/courses across the three academic partners and the Evidence for Change / Evidence Synthesis Skill Building Series which is led and developed by the Evidence Synthesis Theme.

Updates and further profiles of the students will be posted on the CLAHRC NWC website. 

More articles     Posted on: 29 January 2016