News in the Centre for Health and Clinical Research

UWE Bristol Personal Research Training Awards

We are pleased to announce a small number of awards to support allied health professionals (AHPs), nurses and midwives to undertake health research training as part of their clinical academic development, or a dissertation as part of a Professional Development Masters Degree. Applicants must be providers of NHS services within one of the following STPs: Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, or Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet completed a Masters degree.

See further information on the awards, how to apply and frequently asked questions:

Professional research methods module

Dissertation module

Frequently asked questions

The closing date for applications is Monday 9 November 2020, 17:00 (GMT).

Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR) newsletter (July 2020) is now available

Read the

latest issue of the CHCR newsletter

to find out more about the activities and updates from our research themes.

Past issues of our newsletters are also available to read or download from our main webpage.

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:

Launch of the HEE-NIHR South West ICA Internship and Bridging Fellowship Awards

Following the recent postponement of the Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Internship and Bridging Fellowship Awards, the awards have been relaunched with updated guidance for the Internship (DOC), Pre-doctoral (DOC), and Post-doctoral awards (DOC).

The closing date for applications has now passed.

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.

Congratulations to Dr Alice Berry, November 2019

Dr Alice Berry graduated in November, having successfully passed her PhD. She is now employed at UWE Bristol as a Research Fellow and has recently been awarded a fellowship from the local Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) to support her post-doctoral pathway. The title of her research is 'How do people with musculoskeletal long-term conditions transition from NHS care into community-based services? Exploring pathways of engagement with physical activity opportunities'. Professor Nicki Walsh and Dr Emma Dures will support Alice during the fellowship.

Alice also received an external funding grant from SBRI Healthcare in relation to developing technology through co-design. It certainly was a successful end to 2019 for Alice!

Dr Katherine Pollard appointed as Evaluation Theme Lead, September 2019

In September, Dr Kathy Pollard was appointed as Evaluation Theme Lead for CHCR. Kathy has a wealth of experience in bidding, planning and conducting evaluation. As part of her role, she is also working with the WEAHSN facilitating the Evaluation Network, and will take on co-leadership of the Knowledge Mobilisation theme. If you are interested in hearing more about Kathy’s role, please contact her on

Farewell to Associate Professor Lyvonne Tume, July 2019

In July, the team said a fond farewell to the Child Health Theme Lead, Associate Professor Lyvonne Tume, who left to take up an Associate Professorship in Child Health at Salford University.

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

We 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 Department of Nursing and Midwifery 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."

Lunchtime Seminar: 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.

Lunchtime Seminar: Child Health Research in CHCR, October 2018

In October 2018, members of the Child Health theme delivered a successful lunchtime seminar with presentations from Dr Lyvonne Tume, Dr Toity Deave and Prof Julie Mytton. The seminar was attended by a wide range of individuals from across the University.

Lunchtime Seminar: Emergency and Critical Care Seminar, 21 February 2018

In February, members of the Emergency and Critical Care theme delivered a lunchtime seminar showcasing three of their research projects. The seminar was attended by 35 people including several undergraduate students; the high level of interest in research from the next generation of emergency care health professionals is tremendously encouraging.

Centre launches new research theme 2017

CHCR launched its new research theme at its recent summer seminar. The new theme, Knowledge Mobilisation will be lead by Professor Nicola Walsh and details on the new theme were outlined in a Knowledge Mobilisation presentation (PPTX).

External collaborators to the Centre and Centre members, Dr Jo Hartland (R&D Programme Manager for APCRC) presented R&D strategy for 2017-2020 (PPTX) and Dr Peter Brindle (UWE Bristol Visiting Professor, R&D Programme Director for APCRC) presented More impactful research, better evidenced services (PPTX).

UWE Bristol project to reduce injuries in Nepal

Research being led by Dr Julie Mytton will see a new UWE Bristol project looking at how to reduce injuries in Nepal as part of £120m funding from the NIHR. As part of this project, UWE Bristol will establish an Injury Research Centre in Nepal.