Research in Clinical Practice Conference 2019 – Highlights

This year’s Research in Clinical Practice Conference took place on October 31st 2019 and was a day filled with outstanding examples of nurse, midwife and AHP led research. We were also fortunate enough to have amazing speakers who informed and inspired with their words and wisdom. Take a look below to see some of the highlights of this year’s conference.

Conference Programme 2019

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Our 2019 Speakers

Fiona Yung

Fiona Yung is currently the Divisional Manager for Clinical Support Services and Pathology. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in the NHS, both in hospitals and community / primary care.  She qualified as a registered dietitian specialising in children with complex health needs and later moved into public health focusing on healthy schools policy and community development, chairing a number of joint local authorities and health provider committees on nutrition strategies. 

She later moved into general management in 2001 where she has always operationally and professionally managed and lead AHP services.  Her last role was Assistant Director for Adult Community and Specialist Integrated Services and she was responsible for integrating long term condition teams and patient pathways across acute and community . She is a strong supporter, promoter and advocate for AHP’s ensuring that they have been reflected in organisational strategies. Fiona gained a Doctorate in Management in 2013, her research focusing on integrated care organisations.

She is currently a member of the North Central London STP Health and Care Cabinet and Local Workforce Action Board as well as co-chair of the North London AHP Network.  She lives in London with her husband, 2 children and mischievous French bulldog Alf.

Professor Heidi Probst

Heidi qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 1987 and worked for the NHS for 14 years where her specialist area was pre-treatment imaging. Heidi started her PhD while a clinical radiographer in Leeds, she was awarded a fellowship from the Department of Health to complete her PhD qualifying in 2002.

Heidi joined Sheffield Hallam University as a senior lecturer in 2001, was appointed Reader in Radiotherapy in 2013 and Professor of Radiotherapy and Oncology in June 2015.

Heidi is the founder and chair of the Breast Radiotherapy Interest Group (BRIG) and chief investigator for two radiotherapy breast cancer studies.

S4A Project In her presentation Heidi will discuss innovation in research, specifically the innovation pathway using the SuPPORT 4 All (S4A) study as a case example. In the S4A project a special support bra has been designed for women to wear during breast irradiation to reduce long term morbidity to the lungs and heart while providing dignity and modesty and empowering patients.

Professor Faith Gibson

Lead of the Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability (ORCHID)

Faith is a nurse by background, she has worked in a children’s hospital for many years. She has a number of qualifications that help her in her role, she trained first as a nurse who cares for adults, then she switched to a focus on children and young people and undertook specific training to do that, and she also undertook further education in cancer care. Faith made a move from teaching into research some years ago now, and to help her here she undertook a research training degree- a PhD. She now works between a hospital and a university in London, doing and supervising others to do research. Being in a research role now means more time spent at a desk, writing new studies to get funding, publishing and sharing with others work that is now completed: so writing and talking feature highly in her day-to-day work. Through this work she has been lucky enough to influence the expansion of knowledge and practice that comes from research, helping to shape the care of both children, young people and their families. Faith’s title is Clinical Professor of Children’s and Young People’s Cancer Care and she works at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and London South Bank University. In addition to her work, she has many interests mainly relating to the arts, dance, music and film.

Flo Panel-Coates

Flo was appointed as our Chief Nurse in April 2015. She has NHS Nursing and leadership experience spanning 30 years, with a passion for nursing and organisational culture has experience of working with challenging trusts supporting and driving clinical leadership to improve services and outcomes for patients.

Experience of working at Board level, UCLH being the fourth substantive NHS Director role held; Executive Board member and Non-Executive Director for NHS Innovation South East. She was recently appointed as the Chair of the Shelford Chief Nurse Group and co-chair of the NCL STP Health and Care Cabinet.

Flo is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar and developed a ‘two trust’ joint leadership programme which she implemented at UCLH to support the key role of the band 7 Sisters/Charge Nurse across all sites. This was also delivered as a Nursing Leadership NCL STP programme in 2017.

As an invited member onto the Passionate About Caring Today (PACT) Group, she has worked with Baroness Audrey Emerton, Dame Elizabeth Fradd, Sir Stephen Moss, Dame Tricia Hart and Anne-Marie Rafferty to develop the Care Cultural Barometer, which was launched in March 2015.

2019 Presentations

If you weren’t able to attend the conference, or want a refresher of the amazing content, then you can view and download the slides here:

The 2019 Abstracts

Huge congratulations to everyone who presented a poster this year; they were all outstanding! Special congratulations go to our 2019 poster presentation winners:

  • 1st Prize – Angie Velinor
  • 2nd Prize – Olivia Chapman
  • 3rd Prize – Geeta Vekaria