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MRes Clinical Research students present research at Symposium event

Programme aims to provide expert knowledge, critical understanding and application of research methods to professionals working in clinical practice

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

MRes Clinical Research students from across the School of Health Sciences came together to present posters based on their dissertation projects at a special Symposium event on Monday 21st September.

With 26 posters displayed exploring topics from a wide range of clinical contexts including midwifery, nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, art therapy, dietetics, orthoptics and the ambulance service, students spoke with fellow colleagues, professionals and funders about their work.

Established in 2012, the MRes Clinical Research programme aims to provide expert knowledge and critical understanding and application of research methods to professionals working in clinical practice.

During their time in the School of Health Sciences, students develop key work-relevant skills in undertaking clinical academic research, learning from experts in clinical research who are renowned nationally and internationally. They also produce high quality, publishable research, developing their clinical academic research career to become a leader in their clinical field while also gaining the knowledge to lead and influence health service delivery and policy. The course is currently run by Programme Director Dr Madeline Cruice with the dissertation module led by Dr Eamonn McKeown.

At the start of the event, Professor Vicky Joffe, Associate Dean for Taught Postgraduate Programmes and International, spoke about the importance of the MRes programme and welcomed current MRes students before introducing Professor Stanton Newman, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

Stan NewmanProfessor Newman subsequently spoke about the importance of clinical research and recalled a story of how a meeting with an experienced surgeon about a comment made by a recent patient sparked a successful 15 year research project, while also taking about the huge benefits that clinical research can bring in terms of improving healthcare outcomes. The speeches were then followed by lunch and a chance for attendees to ask further questions about the students’ work.

Knowledge and critical understanding of clinical research methods are becoming increasingly important skills for all professionals in the health, social care and private sectors. As a result, an evidence-based approach, supported by academic rigour, is crucial to decision making, clinical practice and delivery of integrated services.To aid this increasingly important aspect of healthcare, the MRes Clinical Research provides students with training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and applied data analysis from basic to advanced levels as well as providing opportunities to apply this research knowledge to clinical settings.

Coming from a range of health professional backgrounds, many of the MRes students presenting at the Symposium are funded by bursaries from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Health Education North Central East London (HENCEL) or have a place funded by their Trust employer.

Speaking about the event, Professor Joffe said:“This annual event showcases the dissertation research undertaken by our MRes Clinical Research students within the School of Health Sciences. In keeping with our mission to provide leading health education in the heart of London, the MRes programme aims to provide expert knowledge and critical understanding and application of research methods to professionals working in clinical practice.”

“We are very proud of them all, and it is evident that many have the potential to publish their research and become research leaders in their field. We in the School of Health Sciences look forward to further collaborations in the future to help build together, with all our stakeholders, robust evidence-based healthcare services.”

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