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Research Conference 2016

Solent Research & Clinical Audit Conference features more patient and public representatives than ever before!

‘Putting patients at the heart of what we do’, that is what the Research and Clinical Audit team set out to do when organising this year’s conference, and we think they achieved this. Based on feedback from patients who attend the conference last year a working group of patient representatives (PPI group) was put together and worked alongside the research and clinical audit team to make the day accessible and interactive for everyone who attended.

The day was opened by Sue Harriman, Chief Executive and Ranj Parmar, patient and public representative; setting the tone for the day; patients and professionals working together. Following a key note speech from Professor Bill Lucas on the ‘Habits of an Improver’, delegates heard from Mary Ramsay, Patient Research Ambassador, talking about her moving story and how she became interested in research ‘I am honoured to be involved in the Solent trust conference; If my presentation helps to promote research then I am happy’. The day moved on to several breakout sessions where delegates had the chance to listen to the great research and improvement work that is going on around the trust. These sessions were co-chaired by board members and patients and public representatives.

The presentations were interspersed with interactive workshops; another thing that the PPI working group wanted to bring to the day. Delegates enjoyed a singing workshop, to demonstrate how music can be used for breathlessness and a dance workshop to show how a study that Solent delivered helped patients with Parkinson’s disease through the medium of dance. Despite not being the usual conference activities, these went down extremely well with one delegate stating ‘what a well organised and friendly atmosphere, particularly enjoyed the singing and dancing workshops – great fun’.

The PPI group were keen to find a way to make sure that the professionals that were presenting did not use inaccessible language, jargon or acronyms. They therefore came up with a ‘flagging’ system whereby everyone was encourages to raise a flag if a presenter used language that was difficult to understand.

Another addition to the day was a ‘Graphic Facilitator’, who illustrated a visual representation of key messages and themes that emerged throughout the day. This resulted in a beautiful piece of artwork at the end of the conference.

All in all, this was a fantastic day that really showcased that we are proud to be a research active trust who put patients at the heart of what we do.


Research Conference 2015

This years conference was entitled 'Demonstrating the value of research, evaluation and clinical audit via clinical impact'. The conference was held once again at the Botleigh Grange Hotel on the 9th July 2015. Professor Anne Rogers who is director of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (CLAHRC) gave a key note speech on the progress of the CLAHRC, Dr Tom Monks also from the CLAHRC gave a talk on modelling for integrated care. This year another fantastic talk was given by patient and public involvement representative Roger Stevens, who gave us a wonderful insight into what the benefits are of asking patients to be involved in research. The standard of presentations this year was extremely high, there were 20 speakers and posters showcasing some innovative and exciting work that is going on all over the trust. The following prizes were awarded at the conference:

  1. Best presentation winner - Marjolein Woodhouse “The efficacy and acceptability of a prototype dynamic support surface incorporating a lateral rotation feature”

  2. Best presenation runner up - Sophie Gay 'Using the 'Nudge Theory' to reduce DNA rates'

  3. Best poster winner - Eloise Whitaker

  4. Best poster runner up - Margaret Thompson

  5. Evidence of clinical impact winner - Pam Bailey and Hayley King “Local audit of current Neuro Physiotherapy spasticity management practice in accordance with national guidelines”

  6. Evidence of clinical impact runner up - Margaret Thompson “Comparison of Preschool Parenting Interventions (COPPI)”

  7. Medical director's prize for doctors in training - Dr Nick LePrevost “A re-audit of Vitamin D supplementation in children with neurodisability in the Solent West area”


Research Conference 2014

Building upon the success of the past three years, Solent NHS Trust hosted this years conference entilted "Quality Improvement in Action - Effective Research, Evaluation and Clinical Audit" on the 13th March at Botleigh Grange Hotel. The keynote speaker for this year is Professor Anne Rogers, Director of Wessex Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care gave a presentation on how research will be translated into patient care, with a focus on long-term conditons. Around 20 presentations showcased work around quality improvement in action were presented throughout the day. Workshops around quality improvement in action also took place and were highly attended.


Research Conference 2013

Solent NHS Trust hosted a conference titled ‘Using Evidence Informed Practice to Improve Community and Mental Healthcare’ on the 1st March 2013. This was a celebration of research, evaluation and clinical audit projects that have contributed to better patient care in the past year. The keynote presentation (“Life on the edge – gathering evidence to improve patient care”) was given by Dr Raj Patel, a Consultant within our Sexual Health Services Team, and chaired by Alistair Stokes, Trust Chairman. The conference also hosted workshops on Clinical Audit and Quality Improvement led by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and Patient and Public Involvement, led by the National Institute for Health Research Research Design Service.

The following prizes were awarded:

Best project overall demonstrating an improvement in patient outcomes: Solent Home Enteral Nutrition Team
“Development of a Home Enteral Nutrition Team”

Best Patient and Public Involvement: Penny Scott
“The Wobble study – preventing falls in people with learning disabilities”

Best post-graduate project: Colin Barnes
“Talking Sense: A communication programme for relatives of people with memory difficulties”

Dr. Tony Snell with Colin Barnes

Post-graduate project runner-up: Charlotte Brooks
“Literacy levels required to understand regularly accessed falls prevention websites aimed at the public”

Best undergraduate project: Manraj Gill
“Are health support workers and effective use of resources when screening asymptomatic patients in genitourinary medicine?”

Under-graduate project runner up: Alex Collister
“Can an asymptomatic pathway for men who have sex with men be set up safely in a level 3 Genitourinary medicine clinic?”

Best poster: John Whale
“The impact of stigma on genital HSV-1 disclosure: new evidence to assist with patient counselling in GUM clinic consultations.”