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Trust to host first virtual research conference

Date: 29 April 2021 to 31 December 2098

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is preparing to host its first virtual research conference. 

Open to Trust staff and NHS colleagues from Kent, Surrey and Sussex, the event, entitled Evidence into Practice, will run from Monday 17 to Friday 21 May. 

The lunchtime lectures and workshops will highlight the importance of evidence-based practice, provide learning and networking opportunities, and celebrate research at the Trust. 

SCFT’s research team has organised an exciting and full programme of events involving many experts in key areas of health-related research, and they hope many colleagues and members of neighbouring trusts will enjoy hearing from them. 

The conference will be opened by Siobhan Melia, the Trust's Chief Executive, before a presentation by Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of the Applied Research Collaboration for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, who also holds senior positions at the University of Kent, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the Department of Health and Social Care. 

Another keynote speaker will be Professor Annette Boaz, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at LSHTM, who is an expert in the use of evidence in policy and has a special interest in quality improvement, patient involvement and implementation science in the NHS. 

Dr Diane Sellers, an SCFT Clinical Specialist and Lead Speech and Language Therapist, will address delegates on The Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System (EDACS), and Dr Donna Cowan, the Trust's Research and Innovation Director, will speak on EDUCAT, a European programme designed to improve the quality of life of people with motor impairment and brain disorders. 

On the final day of the conference, Dr Sarah Crombie, an SCFT Clinical Specialist and Lead Physiotherapist, will talk about MOTION, a European project supporting the development and use of bionic rehabilitation technology to help children with brain disorders. 

Dr Will Farr, a Trust Senior Research Fellow in Paediatric Neurodisability and Psychology, will also address delegates on research involving children with complex disabilities, and Dr Ian Male, a Consultation Paediatrician, will focus on research involving children with autism and support services.

An overview of the programme is available here.

The final programme and Microsoft Teams links to all of the sessions are available by emailing sc-tr.research@nhs.net 

Delegates will earn continuing professional development points.