Spirit of Enquiry conference, 2011

Spirit of Enquiry flyer imageI am very sorry to report that this conference has been cancelled. This is due to low levels of registration which, in turn, seem likely to be due to our lack of publicity at a key time (I was away and unable to expedite this – see link), and current pressures on clinical staff to meet necessary targets. The Trust is working hard to deliver complex services to a population of around 1.5 million people, and the present climate is not an easy one within which to operate flexibly. Front-line staff probably feel this more than any of us.

Hopefully, we will be back next year. Two guaranteed invitations to present will go to successful submissions from Jo Lee and Corrie Neilson. Jo is a senior physiotherapist with the Brighton & Hove Learning Disability team. Her paper, titled Passive Therapeutic Standing in the Neurologically Impaired Population, is a part of her Master’s dissertation with the University of Brighton, for which she earned a Distinction. Corrie’s paper,  An exploration into Second Life use with a Facially Disfigured Avatar, describes the research component of her Master’s in Foundations of Clinical Psychology & Mental Health from the University of Sussex, for which she too received a Distinction. Corrie has been a volunteer with Trust learning disability services and a care worker for adults with challenging behaviour in community services. She hopes to undertake Doctoral training in clinical psychology.

These are high quality pieces of work delivered by professional/aspirational clinicians at an early stage in their experience as researchers. The future of NHS innovation would seem to be in good hands.

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.

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.