News from the Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR)
Find out more about the latest activities and news from the Centre.
Centre newsletter (January 2022) is now available
Read the latest issue of the CHCR newsletter (PDF) to find out more about the activities and updates from our research themes.
CHCR Annual Doctoral Showcase, 3 March 2021
The Centre for Health and Clinical Research support a vibrant doctoral research culture with postgraduate students actively engaging in a range of activities linked to each theme. These short presentations provide some examples of our student projects at various stages of development.
- Understanding nurse-led care in early rheumatoid arthritis: Interview study with rheumatology nurse specialists by Anne-Marie Tetsche Sweeney
- Patient activation: 10 things you need to know by Beth Jones
- View on incontinence care in care homes: an exploration (VOICE) by Jenny Wheeldon
- What are the experiences and healthcare needs of cancer survivors with chronic post cancer treatment pain (CPCTP) and does current service provision meet their needs? by Julie Armoogum
- Person-centred care using eHealth technology in children’s palliative care – what works, for whom, and under what circumstances, and why by Nicky Harris
- Development of an intervention to reduce distress caused by brachytherapy for locally advanced cervical cancer by Pauline Humphrey
- Qualitative research exploring the experience of young men living with inflammatory arthritis, recruited from NHS Trusts in Bristol, London and Sheffield plus online methods by Ruben McNeil Walsh
- Patient & therapeutic radiographer experiences of comfort and solutions during radiotherapy: a qualitative study by Simon Goldsworthy
CHCR annual conference 2020 - poster competition
As part of the CHCR annual conference, we run a poster competition with a prize for the best student poster and best non-student poster. Following the cancellation of our annual conference in April this year, we invited all six abstract submissions that had been shortlisted for the prize to submit a three-minute presentation; and the overall winners were subsequently selected from these. We are now delighted to share the six shortlisted, and winning, entries below:
- Funding investment to support primary care services implemented in or alongside the Emergency Department: A qualitative analysis by Dr Heather Brant
- Feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of Lycra Sleeve for glenohumeral subluxation (GHS) in people with stroke by Dr Praveen Kumar
- Developing a self management intervention to manage symptomatic Joint Hypermobility: An analysis informed by Behaviour Change Theory by Dr Sarah Bennett (Best student poster winner)
- Children's perception of road risks on their routes to school: A qualitative study by Preeti Gautam
- Paramedic perceptions of bleeding in trauma and the use of tranexamic acid by Dr Helen Nicholson (Best non-student poster winner)
- What are the holistic experiences of adults living long-term with the consequences of cancer and its treatment? A qualitative evidence synthesis by Kathy Rogers
GPs in Emergency Departments (GPED) Stakeholder Conference, December 2019
Hosted by the Cardiff-based Research Team, GPED is a collaboration between research teams at UWE Bristol, Newcastle University, University of York and University of Bristol. An excellent and well-attended GPED stakeholder conference took place in Bristol on 3 December. Delegates from UWE Bristol, Newcastle, Bristol and Swansea, were in attendance with strong support from patient, public, clinical and managerial colleagues from emergency departments, general practice and commissioning organisations.
Professor Sarah Hewlett awarded an OBE
Sarah Hewlett, Emerita Professor, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2019 birthday honours list for 'services to people with arthritis and to nursing research'. Sarah led a very successful rheumatology research group at UWE Bristol providing development opportunities for staff, students and clinicians, as well as gaining an international reputation in the area of fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis. The award of an OBE reflects her outstanding contributions.
CHCR Showcase Conference, 5 April 2019
The Centre held a showcase conference on 5 April in the Exhibition and Conference Centre, UWE Bristol; attended by over 85 people including staff, students and external stakeholders. Following a welcome from Professor Martin Boddy (Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, UWE Bristol), we heard from our first keynote lecturer: John Macleod (Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Primary Care, Bristol Medical School). John provided an interesting overview of his research as well as regional developments in relation to the proposed NIHR Applied Research Collaboration.
In the following session, we heard about projects representing each of the six CHCR themes. The long lunch break provided an excellent opportunity for networking and poster viewing. The post-lunch keynote lecture from Krysia Dziedzic, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies (Keele University) drew everyone together again. We heard about her outstanding research that has had clear impact on clinical practice and we look forward to continuing to work with Krysia as a newly appointed Visiting Professor in the Faculty.
The final session of the seminar was dedicated to further research projects from each theme. Staff representing the School of Health and Social Wellbeing swept the board with both overall (Dr Alison Llewellyn) and student (Sharon Grieve) poster prizes as well as top tweeter (Dr Sally Dowling). The following representative quote from the feedback forms indicates the success of the event: "Excellent keynote lectures and productive networking opportunities. Theme showcases also extremely interesting and informative range of projects."
Doctoral Showcase, February 2019
In February, we held a lunchtime seminar to showcase our doctoral students. Fourteen individuals delivered four minute presentations to explain their studies. This included PhD, DPhil (doctorate by publication) and Professional Doctorate students. Jenny Säilävaara, visiting from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) provided a comprehensive overview of her doctoral studies on ‘Long-Term Breastfeeding Mothers in Finland’. Positive feedback reflected the high standard of research being carried out by doctoral students at UWE Bristol and the professional way in which it was presented.