Post-event info & slides from the NIHR CLAHRC National Conference 11 May 2017



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.IMG_4045Keynote 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

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Networking how-to and support options at King’s College London


Led by Dr Kathy Barrett
University Lead for Research Staff Development
Centre for Research Staff Development, King’s College London

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Leading allied health professional researcher’s career journeys: 

From postdoc to present day; the speaker’s stories

Professor Marion Walker MBE: slidesIMG_3977

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

NIHR-HEFCE Senior Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Member of rebecca the UK Stroke Forum scientific committee & Member of Stroke Association research funding committee.

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.pip
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 lisa

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: slidesashley

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: slidesCath

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. 


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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; ledLogo_Stroke by Richard Francis, Head of Research Awards at Stroke Association: slides





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 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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Click to enlarge for programme details

progsnipThe NIHR CLAHRC National Conference is a week away. Here’s a sneak peek at the event’s programme ahead of next Thursday. Programmes will be printed and ready for you to collect on the day so there’s no need to print.

See previous posts for more information on our collaborators CLAHRC South London and details of our nationwide leading allied healthcare research speakers.

Please contact if you have any questions or are no longer able to attend.

Watch this space for post-event information which will be available to download from this blog.

What is CLAHRC South London?

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London is a research organisation that brings together researchers, health professionals, NHS managers, commissioners, patients and service users in south London. Our aim is to improve health services by investigating the best way to implement research results and clinical guidelines that demonstrate the most effective treatments and ways of working. We are funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS.

Visit their website here for more details

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