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Tenth AHP, HCS and nurses annual research showcase 

Research poster event - November 2016
Medical director Richard Grocott-Mason examining the posters

21 November 2016

Researchers from across the Trust gathered on Tuesday 8 November for the tenth annual research showcase for allied health professionals (AHP), health care scientists (HCS) and nurses. The event, organised by the AHP, HCS and nurses research committee, celebrated the fantastic research projects led by non-medical staff across the Trust.  


The concert hall at Harefield provided the setting for around 40 research posters to be displayed, with visitors across the Trust dropping in throughout the event, including Dr Richard Grocott-Mason, medical director, who commented that he was “delighted to see such enthusiasm and motivation to pursue research from all clinical professional groups within the Trust. It’s vital to our on-going success, and desire to improve care for our patients that research is truly multidisciplinary. This event demonstrates how powerful that can be”.  


Each researcher presented their poster and briefly explained their research to the judges. Some researchers were also selected to give short oral presentations of their research. They were:


  • Katie Bayfield (respiratory physiologist)
  • Pippa Hall (paediatric nurse)
  • Steve Man (pharmacist)
  • Sarah Mitchell (staff nurse in anaesthetic and critical care)
  • Claire Nolan (specialist pulmonary rehabilitation physiotherapist)
  • Rebecca Wassall (cardiovascular research nurse).


Dr Chris Bowles, artificial heart specialist, gave the keynote presentation on his research career, offering some useful advice to staff starting out in research.


For each category, two judges had the difficult task of picking the winners.  


  • In the heart category, judges Alison Pottle, consultant nurse, and Cathy Bindoff, specialist physiotherapist, chose pharmacist Dilbagh Gill as the winner for his poster on 'An audit to assess the level of compliance to RBHT guidelines when prescribing direct oral anticoagulants for inpatients on the cardiology and surgical wards.'
  • For the lung category, judged by Will Man, consultant chest physician, and Gemma Stanford, specialist physiotherapist, the winning poster was 'Pedometer step count targets during pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD: a randomised controlled trial' by Claire Nolan.
  • Paediatric judges Jackie Donovan, consultant clinical scientist, and Sejal Saglani, paediatric respiratory consultant, gave the prize to Nicky Murray’s entry 'Splashing in muddy puddles. Looking at the impact of pseudomonas on family life.'  
  • Emily Frost (paediatric physiologist and cell biologist) received a special prize for the best entry from Band 6 or below for her poster on 'Nasal cavity inflammation in primary ciliary dyskinesia.'


Highly commended certificates were also awarded across the categories.


For the heart category, the awards went to: 


  • Zainab Khanbhai
  • Nicky Mackay
  • Charlotte Pereira
  • Alison Pottle.



For the lung category, the awards went to: 


  • Lida Dinnelidou-Stamelou
  • Rachel Dunk
  • Lucy Funnell
  • Gemma Stanford.


Pippa Hall and Emily Frost were highly commended in the paediatrics section.


Congratulations to all the prize-winners!


Isabel Skypala, chair of the committee who led the event, was delighted with its success:  “We were extremely pleased to see such a good turnout from both participants and visitors, and to see such a high standard in the posters presented, demonstrating the talent and huge potential for non-medical research at the Trust. We hope that as a result of today’s event, even more AHPs, HCS and nurses will be encouraged to get involved in research.”


The AHP, HCS and nurses research committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the event such a great success: the participants, poster judges and abstract judges, Dr Bowles, and Isabel for all her hard work in organising the day.