Last week the Department of Academic Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at King’s College London hosted a national conference for allied health profession researchers in collaboration with CLAHRC South London and CLAHRC East of England.
The unique, interactive event focused on showcasing opportunities, providing role models and facilitating first-rate networking opportunities for postdoctoral allied health profession researchers from across the UK. Another key aim was to demonstrate the importance of self-efficiency, entrepreneurship and transferable skills in health research.Keynote speakers included a diverse panel of nationwide researchers from the areas of rehabilitation, music therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry. Each shared their own experiences and insider knowledge on how to achieve and sustain a diverse and successful career pathway.
Delegates left feeling ‘inspired’, ‘enthused’ and enlightened’ by the speaker’s career stories and the level of honesty in which each spoke of their own career stumbling blocks and how they managed to overcome them.
Speaker profiles, research interests and slides from the event:
What is a CLAHRC?
Led by Associate Professor Cheryl Whiting: slides
Associate Professor of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care and Deputy Lead for Capacity Building Theme at CLAHRC South London
Networking how-to and support options at King’s College London
Follow the CRSD on Twitter: @KclCRSD
Leading allied health professional researcher’s career journeys:
From postdoc to present day; the speaker’s stories
Professor Marion Walker MBE: slides
Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham & NIHR Senior Investigator.
Marion’s research interests include stroke rehabilitation, randomised controlled trials, evaluation of occupational therapy interventions and implementation.
Dr Rebecca Palmer: slides
Rebecca’s research interests include dysarthria and aphasia assessment and treatment, the use of technology for self-managed rehabilitation in the long term post stroke and the process of informed consent with people with language disorders. Enabling people with communication difficulties to be involved in research in an advisory capacity is also of particular interest (PCPI).
Dr Julian O’Kelly: slides
Senior Research Fellow at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry at East London NHS Trust. Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.
Julian’s research interests include music therapy, electroencephalography, music psychology, palliative care, psychophysiology, musical analysis & disorders consciousness.
Professor Pip Logan: slides
Professor of Rehabilitation Research at the University of Nottingham.
Head of the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing and the Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training Rehabilitation and Health Care Research.
Pip’s research interests include health services rehabilitation, randomised controlled trials of rehabilitation services, individual techniques & community rehabilitation. Pip also maintains a clinical role within Nottingham CityCare Partnership providing rehabilitation for adults within the community.
Associate Professor Lisa Roberts: slides
Joint appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Consultant Physiotherapist at University Hospital, Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
Lisa’s research interests include communication and clinical decision-making during consultations, internet interventions for people with low back pain, improving non-specific treatment effects in consultations, improving the health and well-being of NHS staff and developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Professor Ashley Adamson: slides
Dietitian and NIHR Research Professor. Director of Fuse, UKCRC Centre for Translational Research in Public Health and the National Director for the NIHR School for Public Health Research.
Ashley’s research interests include nutritional epidemiology, dietary assessment methods, the diets of children and adolescents, childhood obesity prevention, nutrition and ageing & intervention studies.
Professor Catherine Bowen: slides
Professor of Podiatry at the University of Southampton. Has made a significant contribution to the development of research in podiatry.
Catherine’s research interests include podiatry, rheumatoid arthritis foot and ankle arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatology and orthotics.
Professor Catherine Sackley: slides
Career story and top 10 tips for funding
Head of Physiotherapy, Professor of Rehabilitation & Deputy Head of Division of Health and Social Care at King’s College London. NIHR Senior Investigator and Trialist.
Cath’s research interests include stroke, clinical trials, acquired brain injury, meta-analysis, evidence-based medicine, occupational therapy, rehabilitation medicine, rehabilitation, cohort studies, epidemiologic studies, clinical epidemiology, observational studies, gait, traumatic brain injury, clinical research, Parkinson’s disease, physical therapy, cognitive psychology, brain injury, ICC, movement therapy, rehabilitation sciences, exercise therapy, complementary therapies, exercise intervention, physical rehabilitation, and hip.
Left: Lead organiser of the event Professor Cath Sackley with Professor Marion Walker MBE and Professor Pip Logan.
Information on funding from:
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Coordinating centre
Presentation discussing fellowships, the Integrated Clinical Academic scheme and Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowships led by Sally Clough, Senior Programme Manager of Awards: slides
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Presentation discussing postdoctoral fellowship funding options; led by Richard Francis, Head of Research Awards at Stroke Association: slides
Follow Stroke Association on Twitter: @TheStrokeAssoc
We would like to say a big thank you on behalf of the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at King’s College London to all of our speakers and delegates.
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