Health Research

Health research news, events and info for the South West

New RfPB award for Contextual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium is pleased to announce a new successful Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) award from Dr Lance McCracken of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath. The project is now gearing up and is set to commence on 1st July.

It has been shown that the most severe and complex chronic pain can be effectively helped by intensive interdisciplinary forms of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), delivered in tertiary care settings. However, most patients treated in primary or secondary care and do not access these specialist methods. A current challenge is to translate these methods from tertiary care and test them for application to the far larger number of patients in primary care or in the community. To determine if this is feasible, preliminary work will be conducted to devise a process of delivery for these methods and prepare the best procedures for conducting subsequent randomised trials.

One of the aims of this project is to develop a new model of chronic pain service, which is specifically designed for community-based delivery.

Research activity will be based in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) , Swindon and Wiltshire Primary Care Trusts. If you would like to learn more about this project, or become part of shaping a potential new service, please contact Lisa Austin - , 01225 386575


Telehealth event - what it is, what it can do and where it is going (11 June 2010, Bath)

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium are planning a conference in collaboration with the Bath Institute for Mechanical Engineering (BIME) focused on telehealth, SMART HOMES and community and primary care.

The event is organised by the prestigious KT-EQUAL network whose remit is to increase the Knowledge Transfer of research and has a focus on assisted technology in a community setting.

The progress into telecare and telehealth, which BIME is pioneering, is an area in which the PBSPCRC see as the future in managing the increasing elderly population in our largely rural and dispersed geographical region.  Swindon PCT are currently pursuing related, leading initiatives to provide a more responsive community based model of care and all our PCTs are seeing the future in terms of mainstreaming its use of telehealth solutions, to provide more timely and preventative care and support for people with long term conditions. This event will celebrate and explore the work of BIME and other local telehealth initiatives. 

This free conference will include presentations by guest speakers, as well as a poster session and an excellent opportunity for networking - the aim of the meeting is to develop new research opportunities and collaborations.

Telehealth and Telecare - Friday 11 June 2010, 9.30am-4.30pm. The University of Bath.

For further information or to register a place, please visit the event website here, or contact event organiser Heather Williams; , 01225 385128.


Knowledge Transfer through Partnership event - Delivering Medical Innovation (6 Sept 2010, Bath)


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The HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network are proud to announce the second Knowledge Transfer through Partnership Annual Conference. The conference is being held jointly with the University of Bath Research Development and Support Office. The conference will be followed by a KTN networking reception which will be an excellent opportunity to meet with the team and discover more about the KTN.

The conference will showcase the benefits and successes of the collaborative work between companies and academic institutions in the health and medicines sector.

Knowledge Transfer through Partnership - Annual conference - Monday 6 September 2010, 10am-5.30pm. The Hilton Hotel, Bath.

KTN Networking Reception - Monday 6 September, 6pm-8pm. The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

Delegate ticket: £70 + VAT (Please note there is no charge to attend the networking event)

For further information please contact Sarah Forson, or to register a place, please visit

Please select the link below to view a flyer for this event (pdf)

KTP Bath Flyer


Prof Eccleston, Director of Bath Centre for Pain Research, lectures at Ghent University, Belgium

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Professor Chris Eccleston, the Director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, and Deputy Head of the University of Bath's School for Health, today gave a keynote lecture at Ghent University, Belgium.

The lecture, entitled "Attention to pain and its disabling consequences: a misdirected problem solving model" was given as part of new lecture series organised by The Research Institute for Psychology and Health (P&H), incorporating talks by internationally renowned researchers with P&H PhD student presentations.

The Research Institute for Psychology and Health is an inter-university institute founded in 1995 in the Netherlands, with the primary aim of developing and training highly qualified researchers in the area of psychology and health.