Healthcare Research Event – A Great Success

An event to raise the profile of the pioneering research being undertaken in Cornwall was recently held at the Eden Project

Healthcare Research Event – A Great Success

Now in its second year, the Research Showcase is hosted by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and aims to inform people about the innovative research taking place locally, inspire people to help others through research and highlight how easy it is to become involved in a research project.

In addition to hearing from internationally renowned speakers, the packed audience of healthcare professionals heard personal accounts and experiences from participants currently taking part in research studies.”

Dr Richard Laugharne, Director of Research at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “We all benefit from research which has already taken place; and will continue to benefit from research now and in the future.”

“Research helps us to fill gaps in our knowledge which can lead to changes in care and the way services are delivered.”

Key note speakers included Professor Richard Holt, Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Southampton who spoke passionately about the STEPWISE Study. The study aims to find out whether an education programme designed for people with experience of Psychosis or with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder is more likely to help reduce weight than usual information and advice provided by the NHS.

Other research projects presented included:

  • Embedding Research into Clinical Practice
  • A project to support people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Standing Practice in Rehabilitation after Stroke (SPIRES)
  • Frailty in older people
  • ID AED – A register for collecting and measuring outcomes of licenced Anti-Epileptic drugs in patients with Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability
  • Comparing policy framework structure effectiveness and cost effectiveness of functional and integrated systems of mental health (COFI) update.

Showcase visitors were also treated to an emotional singing performance by ‘Singing for the Brain’ a group of talented singers who all suffer from Dementia.