Please click here to access the programme of the day.
For more information and to register, please visit the NeuroTrauma website.
The NIHR Brain Injury HTC attended and presented a poster on ‘Roadmapping the Unmet Needs in the Brain Injury Patient Pathway‘ at the 13th Conference of the NR-SIG-WFNR on 11th and 12th July in Glasgow!
It was a multidisciplinary conference incorporating all rehabilitation disciplines including: neuropsychology, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, social work, medicine and nursing. The primary focus of the conference was rehabilitation of neuropsychological consequences of acquired brain impairment.
Health research activity within the NHS has grown exponentially over the last 10-15 years. Support for this research comes from government funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie) is one of the largest research and teaching hospitals in the country. Alongside partner trusts in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust and Papworth they work with the University of Cambridge to form Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP).
The growth in research has meant new challenges. One of those is working in partnership with patients and carers to help inform and shape the research agenda. As an organisation CUHP can seem large and fragmented with many different research centres operating independently to what appears the same objective. They’ve set out to address that and are looking for new ways to connect with patient and carer groups.
On Tuesday 21st of June, an inaugural networking event between local patient support groups and health research has been held at the Cambridge Professional Development Centre in Trumpington. The aims were to broker new connections, find out more about each other, and investigate where we could work together to improve our research and ensure that we were including all within our community in that process.
Over 40 local patient support and medical charities were invited and around 30 attended. There were short presentations from the Oliver Zangwill Centre and their work with the NIHR Healthcare Technology Cooperative, University of Cambridge Informatics Department on Consent for Contact, the East of England Genomics Medicine Centre and Cambridgeshire Healthwatch.
There was plenty of time to interact and meet others with exhibitors from the hospital and the research infrastructure present. Most of the audience were aware of the research activity at CUHP but were less aware about how to get involved or that they could get involved. There was a lot of support for sharing information within each other’s networks, with many advocating social media as a good way to do this. There was genuine enthusiasm to run this event or an event like it again and for the next event to have more input from patients. Already one group has been in touch to say they are working with an organisation they met on the day.
The Royal Society of Medicine are hosting the second annual Enteric HTC Hackday on Friday 14 October 2016 at 1 Wimpole Street in London. The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in innovative gastrointestinal healthcare technologies, specifically in the areas of imaging, sensing and digital.
For further information and to register for this event, please visit the event website.
Please click here to see a flyer about the event.