Health Research

Health research news, events and info for the South West

Dementia research showcase - 20th March 2015

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A showcase of Dementia research from Designability, Sirona Care & Health CIC, RICE, the Royal United Hospital and the University of Bath, brought to you by Bath R&D and Sirona Care & Health CIC.

Date: Friday 20th March 2015

Time: 1:30pm to 4:50pm

Venue: Fry Conference Centre, Keynsham, BS31 2AU

All those with an interest in dementia research and service improvement are welcome. There will be networking and research planning opportunities.

For further information or to sign up to the event please email Samantha Warren - S.Warren@Bath.ac.uk

Centre for Pain Research featured on Body in Mind website

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Research from the Bath Centre for Pain Research, has been featured on the Body in Mind website. The Body in Mind website focuses on attempts to better understand the way the body, brain and mind interact, with the aim to better facilitate and disseminate credible clinical science research.

Three studies from the Centre were featured on the BIM website, and included the studies 'Pain communication through body posture: The many postures of pain' by Joe Walsh, a final year PhD student at the Centre; 'Do psychological therapies improve outcomes for children with chronic pain?' by Emma Fisher, a PhD student at the Centre and 'Gender and the body language of pain' by Dr Ed Keogh, Deputy Director of the Centre.

The Bath Centre for Pain Research is focussed on innovation, creativity, and discovery; and supports a diverse range of research areas. The Centre also operates as a training unit for people interested in a scientific career in pain research and development.

Benefits advice service for involvement of the public in research

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A new confidential service has launched offering personal advice and support on how payment of fees and expenses for public involvement might affect people in receipt of state benefits.

The NIHR in partnership with others is offering a service that covers advice on payment of fees and expenses for public involvement in health or social care research, service design or service delivery. The service will be provided by Bedford Citizens Advice Bureau, initially as a pilot for one year.

The NIHR is offering this Benefits Advice Service to:

·  members of the public involved with NIHR organisations or NIHR funded research projects.

·  staff within NIHR organisations who are supporting members of the public to get involved.

INVOLVE is funding this service on behalf of, and for the NIHR. Other partners who are also part of the service are:

·  NHS England

·  Health Research Authority (HRA)

·  Involving People (Wales)

·  Social Care Institute for Excellence & Think Local, Act Personal

Further information is available on the INVOLVE website.

University of Bath three year PhD studentship: Gender and Pain Control

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Applications are invited for a full-time University studentship to support and work in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Pain Research.

Background
Pain is a universal index of suffering that produces considerable personal and societal costs. Gender emerges as a vulnerability factor in pain - females report more pain, with greater frequency and severity.

There are also gender differences in pain coping:

  • females make greater use of healthcare, consume more analgesics, and use social support
  • men tend to use fewer analgesics, and more likely to use distraction.

However, little is known about the choices and decisions around pain control within the context of more frequent, everyday pains.

The project
The primary goal of the current PhD project is to consider choices made to manage everyday pain. It will focus on adult men and women’s pain control decisions, including use of analgesics, within the context of everyday pains (headache, lower back pain). It will adopt qualitative and quantitative methods, through a series of interrelated studies.

Further information and how to apply.

NHS England & NEoLCIN plan to hold an event for the palliative and end of life care research sector

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The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (part of Public Health England) and NHS England plan to hold an event for the palliative and end of life care research sector to gain a better understanding of the research areas underway and to explore ideas for working together. They are hoping that representatives from the range of academic, clinical and educational researchers across the UK will attend. This will be an opportunity for researchers to engage with Public Health England, NHS England and research funders to influence research in palliative and end of life care.

The one day event will be hosted by PHE and NHS England and will be held on Thursday 15 January 2015 at a venue in London.

The objectives of the day will be:

• To update on policy and roles in research - Public Health England and NHS England

• To gauge the extent to which current research can contribute to improving end of life care

• To explore what is needed to get from knowledge generation to impact on practice

• To provide a networking opportunity for the end of life care research community, funders and policy makers

To support the day, they are asking researchers to inform them about their areas of research in advance of the day and would be very grateful if you will complete a short questionnaire.

A commentary on Prof Eccleston et al’s Cochrane Review featured in Evidence Based Medicine

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A commentary on Professor Chris Eccleston et al’s recent Cochrane Review - Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents – is featured in tthe journal, Evidence Based Medicine.

Full details of the paper: Eccleston C, Palermo TM, Williams ACDC, Lewandowski Holley A, Morley S, Fisher E, Law E. Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD003968. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003968.pub4

App finds design solutions to everyday problems for people with disabilities

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The success of an innovative design app competition, organised through the Bath Centre for Pain Research, is cited in a recent Parliamentary Report on advances into assistive technology that could help the elderly and people living with disabilities.

Countering the rise in chronic conditions, coupled with the push towards greater independent living for these groups, researchers from the University of Bath's Department for Health and Bath Research & Development launched the ‘ifOnly’ crowdsourcing app to encourage these populations to share the everyday problems they face.

Through the app, users recorded, uploaded and posted videos to demonstrate a variety of challenges experienced; from opening cans to making a cup of tea. Under the premise of ‘if only I could…’ the competition set out to bring together a user community with new designers each challenged to come up with innovative solutions.

Over the course of the project, over 100 ‘ifOnly’ videos were uploaded charting a variety of challenges and attracting over 22,000 views via YouTube. In tandem, a community of interest grew via an ifOnly webpage displaying films and providing a forum for potential design collaborators.

As part of the competition, designs were considered by a panel of stakeholders including representatives from the NHS, social care, creative industries and the third sector as well as members of the public.

The overall winner of the competition, announced in May, was student Simon Lyons of Loughborough University whose design found a simple cutting tool to help elderly people open packets, jars and bottles without the risk of injury.

South West and Wessex Pain Society annual meeting

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The annual meeting is being held on 17th October 2014 at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Shurdington Road, Brockworth, GL3 4PB – this is just off Junction 11A of the M5 between Cheltenham and Gloucester.

The meeting is a good opportunity to meet up with colleagues from around the region and the programme should be of interest to all members of the Multidisciplinary Pain Teams.

For those travelling from a distance who might want to stay overnight, the Chase Hotel is holding a number of rooms for a reduced overnight bed & breakfast fee of £99.00 until 16th September.

For further details and to request an application form, please contact Carolyne Claydon at Carolyne.Claydon@glos.nhs.uk.

 

Prof Chris Eccleston's recent Cochrane Review featured on popular blog, Mental Elf

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Mental Elf is a popular blog, with over 30,000 followers, which aims to keep busy health professionals up to date with the latest reliable research, policy and guidance. This week it featured a blog post about Professor Chris Eccleston, Bath Centre for Pain Research, et al's Cochrane Review paper: Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents.

Full details of the paper: Eccleston C, Palermo TM, Williams ACDC, Lewandowski Holley A, Morley S, Fisher E, Law E. Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD003968. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003968.pub4

 

Talk: Outcome research: how do we know what we think we know about clients?

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On the evening of Weds 3rd September the Bristol hub of the South West branch of the BPS presents Dr Andreas Vossler and Dr Naomi Moller who will be speaking about: Outcome research: how do we know what we think we know about clients?

The talk will start at 6:15pm and will be held at the Holiday Inn, Bristol, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3LE

Full details of the talk can be found here.