Trust to hold annual research conference after huge success of inaugural event

An NHS trust is to hold an annual research conference after every delegate who attended its inaugural event rated it ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.

Humber NHS Foundation Trust will stage its second conference in spring 2018 following the success of its first gathering in May this year.

Cathryn Hart, the Trust’s Assistant Director of Research and Development, said:

Following the success and fantastic feedback from our inaugural research conference, we plan to make this an annual event.

We were delighted that everyone who completed an evaluation form on the day rated it either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ overall.

There were no negative ratings for any aspects which, for a first event involving delegates from at least 20 organisations, is something the Trust can be proud of.

The inaugural conference, free and open to staff, commissioners, NHS partners, GPs, social services teams, academics, charities, media and the public, was held on 17 May in Willerby.

Entitled ‘Developing a City of Research 2017’ – a reference to Hull’s designation as the current UK Capital of Culture – it featured guest speakers including Barry Wright, Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of York, and Allan House, Professor of Liaison Psychiatry at the University of Leeds.

Written feedback from individual delegates praised “the incredible work you are all doing within your ever-growing team” and the “passion”, “positivity and energy in the Trust”.

Mrs Hart said:

There was a real buzz on the day, lots of opportunities for people to network, to hear more about the research taking place in the Trust and – importantly – to hear from people who access our services and take part in the studies.

We are now planning our speakers for next year and hope to offer people an agenda that will be just as exciting as the one in 2017, plus an opportunity to look back over the 12 months and celebrate our achievements.

The date for 2018 has now been set for 16 May which, like this year’s conference, will coincide with Dementia Awareness Week and celebrate International Clinical Trials Day.

Further information is available from the Trust’s Research and Development Unit on 01482 301844 or via HNF-TR.researchteam@nhs.net