Spirit of Enquiry Conference, Dec 5th 2011

Spirit of Enquiry flyer imageSussex Partnership Research & Development directorate is holding its third Spirit of enquiry conference on December 5th this year.  Designed to complement our major showcase event in the Summer, this conference invites submissions from new researchers who are Trust staff and partners, Trust staff and partners supported by us to complete research towards Masters or Doctoral degrees, and Trust staff and partners who have conducted research-relevant audit.

Our keynote speakers this year are Professor Val Hall (University of Brighton) on the Research Design Service, Stephanie Goubet (University of Brighton) on statistical methodologies, and Dr Nicky Petty (University of Brighton) on Professional Doctorates. Following the success of last year’s Ethics panel and discussion, there will be a similar opportunity to talk with our panel, about methodology in research.  Natalie Lambert, a senior research fellow at University of Brighton, will be joining us for that session.

The flyer is out now, the submission guidelines for papers and posters will be out very soon, and the draft programme will be available from early November. So, are you coaxing an MA or MSc to completion? Got a Doctorate by the tail and reeling it in? Pinned down some elusive service data that raise interesting questions about practice? We want to know about it!

Keep an eye on @SussResCon,  filter #SoE11, for updates.

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Sussex Partnership ‘Spirit of Enquiry’ conference

A&R welcome screenThe Sussex Partnership ‘Spirit of enquiry’ Audit & Research conference is a Trust-wide, multi-disciplinary event. Its primary aims are to show continuities between audit and research, to give new researchers an early experience of presentation, to expose delegates to information and opportunities for A&R development, and to encourage creative and innovative thinking across applied disciplines.

We were very pleased to have two keynote speakers representing different aspects of research and innovation. Dr Bob Brecher, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the university of Brighton and member of the South East Research Committee and the university’s ethics panel, gave a challenging talk about the workings of an ethics committee and then took part in a lively ethics panel. Rob Berry, Head of Innovation and Research at the South East Regional Health Authority, gave a presentation that put in context the research and audit activities of clinicians and delivered a clear message linking best practice to best research. We were also delighted to welcome two expert speakers, Ruth Chandler and Alice Fox. Ruth is coordinator of public involvement and chairs the lived experience advisory forum (LEAF) with Sussex Partnership. She encouraged us to think about the value of bringing in public and lived experience perspectives while acknowledging the difficulties this can present, particularly where there is cognitive impairment or substantial ill health. Alice presented a radically different perspective on research, coming from an arts background but working primarily with adults with learning disabilities alongside post graduate students. She showed us not only how this very different environment could offer opportunities for evaluative and collaborative research, but brought out the value of self generated theories and the opportunities involvement offers for the capacity to form something out of basic elements.

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Four local projects were presented by Renee Harvey (consultant psychologist), David Beattie and Natasha Thorburn (assistant psychologists),  reporting on the STEPPS & STAIRWAYS programmes,  Charlotte Wilcox  (STR worker, Assertive Outreach) on an evaluation of two early intervention studies in Australia and Sussex Partnership (with Dr Rick Fraser and Dr Kathy Greenwood),  Barbara Vincent  (Professional Lead in Nursing for OPMH) and Jane Shepherd (consultant psychologist) on an audit of the management of violence and aggression in people with dementia, and Tony Levitan and Dulcie McCormack (psychology doctoral trainees) on an audit of psycho-educational workshops held for low intensity IAPT workers in Brighton and Hove. You can download a copy of the programme, including posters, here.

The conference was supported by internal communications promotion and also via twitter using the channel #ARconf on our @SussResCon account.

A version of this report may also be found in an edition of the CLRN newsletter.

Spirit of Enquiry A&R conference Dec 6th updates

A&R conference welcome imageThis post is for delegates attending the Spirit of Enquiry audit and research conference on December 6th. Adverse weather conditions have led to transport problems for many people but are not expected to persist. This page will be updated regularly over Friday, Saturday and Sunday to reflect best advice. You can check too with the Met Office official site, and Brighton & Hove council (twitter handle @BrightonHoveCC) in making your own plans.

Friday 03/12/10 11.14 Going ahead as planned.

Friday 03/12/10 12.32 Advisory warnings for Friday/Saturday, Awareness Sunday, clear Monday. Going ahead as planned.

Friday 03/12/10 14.11 Advice unchanged.

Friday 03/12/10 16.02 Advice unchanged.

Friday 03/12/10 22.13 Advice unchanged.

Saturday 04/12/10 Looking good, no alerts or warnings.

Sunday 05/12/10 All good. No adverse conditions expected.