East Riding welcomes national speakers to celebrated national research conference

East Riding welcomes national speakers to celebrated national research conference
10 May 2019

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s fully booked third annual research conference takes place in the East Riding next week with around 170 people expected to attend.

Several top academics will present at the event, scheduled to be held at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby, on 15 May.

Breaking with the tradition for keynotes, Cathryn Hart, Assistant Director Research & Development at the Trust will be showing a video celebrating research and how it has changed lives, following a brief introduction by the Chief Executive Michele Moran.

Cathryn said: “We are thrilled that our third annual research conference has proved so popular again and was fully booked just weeks after it launched. This year we’ll be showcasing even more local, national and international research the Trust is involved with.

“The programme of speakers is incredibly varied and includes a number of high profile academic experts in their fields, Trust clinicians involved in research and local people that have taken part in studies. It’s a chance for us to show how research has changed people’s lives and to encourage more healthcare professionals to offer opportunities for our community to be part of research.”

The timing of the event coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week and Dementia Awareness Week just days later with Cathryn saying: “We have chosen the 15 May for our conference as it coincides with these awareness weeks and is just before International Clinical Trials Day on 20 May and the launch of the NIHR’s new ‘Be Part of Research’ campaign. What better time for us to raise the profile of research and celebrate its importance in advancing healthcare in these areas.”

Delivering the second speech Prof Rachel Churchill – Professor in Evidence Synthesis, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York will discuss the importance of partnership working with healthcare decision makers in research.

Prof Simon Gilbody, Professor of Psychological Medicine and Health Services Research at the University of York will also address delegates on the subject of smoking cessation.

Also joining the line-up, research award winner Dr Emma Wolverson, Clinical Psychologist at the Trust & Clinical Lecturer at the University of Hull will speak about her research career journey.

Among the other speakers will be Dr Penny Foulds, Research Scientist, MAC Clinical Research & Lancaster University, and Prof David Challis, The Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, who will address the topic of social work in community mental health teams.

The conference has attracted much interest and attendees will include Trust staff, commissioners, social services, academics, service users and voluntary organisations.