News from the Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR)

Find out more about the latest activities and news from the Centre.

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.

Centre newsletter (January 2021) 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 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:

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.