MRes Clinical Research students present research at Symposium event
Annual event showcases the dissertation research undertaken by MRes Clinical Research students within the School of Health Sciences
Current students, staff and NHS professionals attended the recent 4th annual MRes Clinical Research Symposium at City, University of London as current students showcased their dissertation research undertaken in the School of Health Sciences.
Aiming to provide students with the skills to translate practice and research knowledge - and incorporate it back into their jobs in clinical practice - the event featured a poster presentation and one minute thesis presentations from all 20 of the current students about the research they had carried out throughout their time at City.
Including a wide range of health professionals from a range of NHS Trusts, the current cohort included nurses, midwives, dieticians and a dentist discussing issues as diverse as oral cancer screening in South Asian populations, to exploring children’s views on paediatric clinical drug trials.
Started by Professor Vicky Joffe four years ago, the MRes programme is led by programme director Dr Madeline Cruice, with Dr Eamonn McKeown and Dr Shashi Hirani dissertation module leaders on the programme. This year’s symposium was also attended by pre-course interns and MRes students due to start in the new academic term.
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.
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 symposium and the research dissertations presented, Dr Madeline Cruice, MRes programme director and Senior Lecturer in the Division of Language and Communication Science at City, University of London, 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.”
The inaugural MRes Clinical Research Career Development Day was also held on 20th September 2016, and guest speakers discussed a range of issues such as becoming a clinical academic, and also routes from MRes into PhD.
Professor Vicky Joffe, Associate Dean for Internationalisation, City, University of London and RCSLT Trustee for Research and Development, also spoke about an appreciation of research in all its forms, from evidence-based practice to research engagement and clinical researchers.
Dr Caroline Alexander, Senior Clinical Lecturer and NIHR Physiotherapy Advocate at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust & Adjunct Reader, Imperial College London then spoke of her journey into research and now leading research, including co-supervising Huw Woodbridge, HEE/ NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellow, Imperial College London who had recently commenced his PhD.
Emma Dunphy from UCLH also gave the clinician’s perspective of getting into research. Dr Richard Hooper, Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics, Queen Mary, University of London, and Research Design Service London spoke on behalf of the Research Design Service London on making applications for the NIHR CDRF and DRF Schemes, and Dr Harriet Shannon spoke about the role of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research – London Hub. The event was well attended by current MRes students who were almost ready to return to work and 2015 graduates.