Research Conferences

2023 EBP Conference

National conference hosted by us: 2023 EBP conference - Leaders in their field and inspirational research careers. BOOKING NOW OPEN via Eventbrite

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We're very excited to announce the dates and theme for our 3rd virtual EBP conference: 'Leaders in their field and inspirational careers.' This is a FREE national virtual conference running from Monday 16 October – Friday 20 October with daily sessions running from 10.30am – 1pm (Friday 20.10.23 runs 10.30am – 1.30pm).

Our aim continues to be to grow interest, engage and update people about what's happening in the world of research. However this year we're really excited to open up the conference to EVERYONE - not just staff from within our Trust - and in so doing we're thrilled to welcome a host of fantastic external speakers alongside speakers from HWHCT.

This conference gives you the opportunity to hear from a wide selection of speakers - many are leaders in their field. We have dedicated 1 session to hearing about inspirational research career journeys (day 3 - 18.10.23) and have given staff from our Trust a platform to showcase what they're doing (day 5 - 20.10.23) alongside keynote speaker - Prof Peter Langdon (Honorary Director of Research in this Trust).

The specialisms being covered each day, speakers and presentation titles are:

Day 1 - 16.10.23: Social & Community Psychiatry; Peri-natal mental health; Addiction; Psychosis and cognitive neuroscience

  • Conference opener: Dr John Devapriam - Medical Director and Executive Lead for Research at HWHCT
  • 'Youth mental health:  how did we get here?' - Prof Swaran Singh - Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, University of Warwick
  • 'Reaching family members affected by substance use: a digital intervention' - Dr Jan Larkin - Consultant Clinical Psychologist; Head of Psychology at Turning Point; Chair at The British Psychological Society Faculty of Addictions
  • 'Maternal and infant mental health, research into clinical practice' - Claire Marshall - Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse & Clinical Lead, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Fellow, University of Hull
  • 'How I became a researcher in the field of psychosis and cognitive neuroscience - learning of what I find exciting (and not so exciting)' - Dr Maria Dauvermam - Assistant Professor in Youth Mental Health, University of Birmingham

Day 2 - 17.10.23: Psychosis; Cognitive screening and rehabilitation; Dementia

  • 'What have we learned after 25 years of early intervention in psychosis?' - Prof Max Birchwood - Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Birmingham; Clinical Director, YouthSpace Mental Health Service, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • 'Early Intervention in Psychosis:  Improving Outcomes and Recovery' - Prof Rachel Upthegrove - Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health, University of Birmingham; Consultant Psychiatrist Early Intervention in Psychosis, Birmingham Early Intervention Services
  • 'Meeting Centres for people affected by dementia: you never know what's round the corner ' - Dr Shirley Evans - Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester; leading expert in the UK on Meeting Centres for people affected by dementia
  • 'Cognitive screening and rehabilitation in MS' - Prof Rosh das Nair - Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham

Day 3 - 18.10.23: Inspirational research career journeys 

  • 'A clinical academic career; from curious undergraduate community nurse to Professor of Palliative Care' - Prof Catherine Evans - Professor of Palliative Care, King’s College London; Cicely Saunders Institute; Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care; and Honorary Nurse Consultant, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • 'Finding my path to community-based research: 51 years in the making ' - Sarah Ellison - Research and Effectiveness Lead Neighbourhood Care Group, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust
  • 'From Plato to psychiatry via psychosis - looking back and looking forwards as Bipolar UK's first Director of Research' - Tania Gergel - Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at King's College London; Head of Research at Bi-Polar UK
  • 'From family carer to researcher: My journey into the dementia homecare research sphere' - Dr Monica Leverton - Research Associate - NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Post-Doctoral Fellow – NIHR ARC South London & NIHR SSCR, King's College London

Day 4: 19.10.23: Dietetics; Physiotherapy; Community based research; the RIVA study

  • 'The pathway to becoming a clinical academic lead at Great Ormond Street Hospital' - Dr Graeme O’Connor - Clinical Academic in Paediatric Dietetics,  Research Lead for Dietetics and Lead Dietitian for Paediatric Intensive Care at Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust; Honorary Research Associate - Institute of Child Health/ University College London  
  • 'Translating evidence-based practice from elite sport to patient populations; everyone is an athlete' - Dr Claire Minshull - Rehabilitation & Conditioning Specialist – founder of
  • 'Excluded Citizens – Hard to Reach or not Reached out to Hard Enough?' - Prof Eleanor Bradley - Professor and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, University of Worcester; Dr Peter Unwin - Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Department of Social Work, University of Worcester
  • 'The RIVA study: Evaluating models of health based independent domestic violence advisor provision in maternity settings' - Dr Fiona Challacombe, Clinical Lecturer, King's College London

Day 5: 20.10.23: EBP - what's happening here at HWHCT

  • 'NHS Early Rehabilitation Gym Strength Class: MSK-HQ Changes, Patient Satisfaction and Ongoing Self-Management for Mixed Ages and Musculoskeletal Conditions' - Simon Meadows - Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, HWHCT
  • ‘Neighbourhood Mental Health Team Occupational Matters Programme’ - Abigail Brown - Occupational Therapist, Hereford Neighbourhood Mental Health Service, HWHCT
  • 'Exploring links between hearing loss and Dementia in adults with Down Syndrome' - Saffron Davies - Community Learning Disability Nurse, South Worcestershire Community Learning Disability Team, HWHCT
  • 'Health Inequalities: Adult Obesity within Physiotherapy, PhD Research Overview' - Paul MacDonald - Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, HWHCT
  • 'Behavioural therapy for anxiety amongst autistic adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities' - Prof Peter Langdon - Professor in Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Psychology, University of Warwick; Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Associate Director of Research at HWHCT


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We hope to see you here. If you any queries please don't hesitate to email us.


Previous conferences

The first Evidence Based Practice Conference took place in November 2021 and shared Evidence Based Practice projects that staff here at HWHCT have undertaken. To listen back to the presentations please click on the 2021 drop down below.

Our second conference EBP* Virtual Conference took place from Monday 10th - Thursday 13th October and covered everything from what is and who does research, to hearing how research results are put into practise. To listen back to the presentations please click on the 2022 drop down below.


EBP* Virtual Conference: 10 - 13 October 2022

Huge huge HUGE thanks to all our fantastic speakers and everyone who attended the EBP conference. We hope everyone found the sessions informative and useful.

The agenda was as per below. Recordings of each session were made and are now available. Please find the links below.

Monday 10.10.22:

Session 1: What is Research? 12noon – 1pm

12noon – 12.05pm: Welcome and housekeeping

12.05pm – 12.20pm: What is research and why does it matter? - Stuart Banham (Chief Pharmacist):

12.20pm – 12.45pm: What’s the difference between service evaluation, clinical audit and research? What’s in it for me and my patients including underserved communities – Sam Topping (Research & Development Manager):

12.45pm – 12.55pm: Where does research take place? Inc research outreach work done so far – Alice Madden (Research Project Support Officer):

12.55pm – 1pm: Final questions and close

Session 2: Who does Research? 1.30pm – 2.45pm

1.30pm – 1.35pm: Welcome and housekeeping

1.35pm – 2pm: Who’s who and who does what in the research world. Launching the research collaborator role. What is a PI (Principal Investigator)? - Sam Topping (Research & Development Manager):

2pm – 2.15pm: My experience of being a PI for the 1st time working on BEAMS-ID – Katherine Byron-Daniels (Clinical Psychologist):

2.15pm – 2.30pm: My experience of being a PI - currently on ADEPP – Barny Major (Consultant Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director, Herefordshire Mental Health and LD services):

2.30pm – 2.40pm: My experience of being a PI for the 1st time working on EDGI – Matt Rae (Clinical Lead North & West Herefordshire Neighbourhood Mental Health Service):

2.40pm – 2.45pm: Final questions and close

Tuesday 11.10.22:

Session 3: EBP showcase within HWHCT: 12noon – 1.15pm

12noon – 12.05pm: Welcome and housekeeping

12.05pm – 12.25pm: Gaining a global perspective on Occupational Therapy Research – Alice Turnbull (Service Lead for Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy):

12.25pm – 12.45pm: Dietetic Research Opportunities – Marti van der Linde (Community Paediatric Dietitian Worcestershire North):

12.45pm – 1.05pm - Measuring the Impact of the Kids on the Move Virtual Intervention Programme for Children and Families within the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service – Louise Boother (Specialist Occupational Therapist in Additional Services, Innovation and SEND):

1.05pm – 1.15pm: Final questions and close

Wednesday 12.10.22:

Session 4: Developing my own Research: 12noon – 1.15pm

12noon – 12.05pm: Welcome and housekeeping

12.05pm – 12.25pm: How to get started; developing an idea; Associate Principle Investigator (PI) role – Sam Topping (Research & Development Manager):

12.25pm – 12.40pm: Associate PI for the ADEPP Study – Kieran Groom (CT3 Doctor in CAMHS):

12.40pm – 1.10pm: My research story so far… - Peter Langdon (Honorary Associate Director of Research; Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CI (Chief Investigator) leading national studies focused upon improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autism):

1.10pm – 1.15pm: Final questions and close

Thursday 13.10.22:

Session 5: Putting Research findings into Practise: 12noon – 1.15pm

12noon – 12.05pm: Welcome and housekeeping

12.05pm – 12.30pm: Measuring the impact of the change from face-to-face to virtual appointments evaluation – Sam Topping (Research & Development Manager):

12.30pm – 1pm: Experience of the RADAR study - Barny Major (Consultant Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director, Herefordshire Mental Health and LD services):

1pm – 1.15pm: Final questions and close


*EBP = Evidence Based Practise


Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Conference: 16-18 November 2021

Our inaugural research/EBP virtual conference was a huge success! We had 41 people attend at least 1 of the sessions and the feedback so far has been great. Huge HUGE thanks to everyone that attended and to our wonderful presenters without whom this event wouldn’t have taken place:

  • Simon Meadows (Clinical Lead Physiotherapist)
  • Simone van Dalen (Physiotherapy Team Leader)
  • Clare McFadyen (OT at New Haven)
  • Rosie Callaghan (Tissue Viability Lead Nurse)
  • Martha van der Linde (Community Paediatric Dietitian)
  • Chrissy Walker (OT Neighbourhood Team 1)
  • Alice Turnbull (Service Lead for Paediatric OT and Physiotherapy)
  • Emma Jesic (Specialist Paediatric OT & OT Lead for Neurodevelopment)
  • Nicola Bundy (CAMHS Practitioner)
  • Abigail Matthews (OT in Hereford Neighbourhood Mental Health Service)
  • Dr Kerry Gaskin (Head of Department - Midwifery and CPD; Principal Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice,from the University of Worcester)
  • Cliff Lewis (Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner)

Your insightful presentations gave us all food for thought and really demonstrated how staff from all across HWHCT are constantly striving to improve patient care. Thank you.