15 October 2019

The Robin Brook Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital was full to capacity on 2 October for the 17th annual Health Research in East London conference.

The conference was an opportunity for health professionals to discuss a baker’s dozen of innovative research projects that have been taking place across East London, ranging from epidemiological studies to clinical trials and qualitative work. 

Mingling and Browsing in Barts Pathology Museum
During the networking break in the striking Barts Pathology Museum, attendees could visit information stalls hosted by partner organisations who support the design and delivery of research at ELFT including Noclor Research Support Services, the Clinical Research Network: North Thames, Research Design Service London, and the award-winning SUGAR: Service User and carer Group Advising on Research.

Poster Winners
In addition to the oral presentations, the Trust's Chair, Marie Gabriel, presented a number of awards in the research poster competition, including: Best Poster winner: Fritzi Mosler, whose poster focused on the quality of life of mental health service users: Implementation of DIALOG in ELFT (main picture)

Best Clinical Impact winner, Raghavi Thavenesan, showcased their work on Initial Psychical Health Investigations in Children and Adolescents Referred to the East London Community East Disorder Service. (Below: Marie Gabriel, co-author Michelle Gibson collecting on behalf of Raghavi , Professor Frank Röhricht and Associate Director of Research, Karin Albani.)

Best People Participation Engagement winner was Cornelia Bent who presented a poster on service evaluation of service user experiences and perceived changes in a mixed modality arts therapies group in an adult mental health setting.

Live Streaming
As with previous years, the conference attracted a vast and engaging audience, eager to discuss pioneering areas of research covering a wide range of exciting issues.

The conference itself was in high demand resulting in all 200+ seats in the Morris Lecture Theatre being filled – the conference was also streamed live to a further few dozen particpants based in Wrest Park, Bedfordshire.

The feedback received from those who attended has been overwhelmingly positive and insightful: one clinician stated there “.. was an excellent, diverse range of talks. Very useful for clinical practice. Others called it an “eye-opening experience” which covered “very interesting topics” and there was a “nice variety of presentations and posters; I like the 10-minutes oral presentation format; great opportunity for staff and trainees alike”.

Feedback was also received in regard to keeping the audience engaged throughout the afternoon: “Interesting event, fast paced. Enjoyed the break in the Pathology museum as I had never been to this one before.”

There was particular emphasis on how efficiently the event was run:  one attendee felt it was “Well-chaired, good content; I’m glad you advised people who tell us what they are going to do. I like results.  This is a great event”, another gave compliments to it being “very well organised” and “very well put together”.

Diary Date for Next Year - 7 October 2020
ELFT's Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Gilluley anticipates next year’s annual event - which is scheduled for Wednesday 7 October 2020 - to be of the same thriving success. He said,

"The quality of the research undertaken in ELFT is spectacular. It means we lead in the field of mental health and are well-regarded for systematically testing and trying new approaches to improve the treatment and care we provide. We are fortunate to have researchers of this calibre in the organisation. I urge everyone to put the 7 October 2020 in their diary now to ensure they hear the breadth and quality of the knowledge we are accruing."

The programme and slides from this year and previous conferences can be view on the Trust website in the Research section: www.elft.nhs.uk/research         &nb