Research and Development celebrated the breadth of work undertaken by RD&E research teams at their 4th Annual Research Symposium, held on 9th November. The team were delighted to be joined in RILD by Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse Em Wilkinson-Brice and over 120 research active health care professionals from the Trust.

The symposium included presentations from research nurses, AHPs, clinicians and patients who had taken part in clinical trials in the Trust. The team were also pleased to welcome keynote speaker Hazel Smith, Research Co-ordinator and Irish Research Nurses Network (IRNN) Communications Officer, to share her experience of the #whywedoresearch Twitter campaign and discuss the use of social media in raising awareness of research amongst healthcare professionals, patients and the public.

The 24 research posters selected for presentation on the day were of a very high standard and encompassed a wide variety of research. Professor Andrew Hattersley, Director of R&D, presented trophies to the following winners of the posters:

Patient experience category: Chris Lovegrove – What is the lived experience of anxiety for people with Parkinson’s? A phenomenological study

Project management / improvement and People’s Choice category (the latter judged by attendees on the day): Georgiana Jennings – Does integrating research into the Memory Clinic post diagnostic outcome form increase research referrals?

Clinical care / clinical science category: Anita Hill – Who do we target for diabetes prevention studies? Exeter CRF core research cohort provides the answer.


  • The day was big success and feedback was hugely positive:
  • ‘Patients are really benefitting from the research we are doing’
  • ‘The importance of research, benefits and impacts’
  • ‘The talk about #Why we do research opened my mind to research even further’
  • ‘Meeting other researchers and networking’‘
  • It was nice to hear how research has helped from the patients themselves

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