ENU attends Health and Care Professions Research Conference

Group image of Edinburgh Napier School of Health and Social Care academics at a desk in front of a window attending a conference.

Several of Edinburgh Napier University’s School of health and social care academics, current students and alumni attended the Lothian Health & Care Professions Research Conference at the John McIntrye conference centre on Tuesday 7 November.  

Amongst them, there were 6 members of our academic staff who spoke at the conference discussing their recent research and its impact on the healthcare and education sector, including how to better support nursing students.  

This was a great moment for the university, to see our academics representing their work to key industry figures and academics from other Scottish Universities, as well as Government and Health boards.  

A snapshot of some of the research presented by Napier academics at the conference is found below.  

Professor Alison Porter-Armstrong 

Presented “Capacity building in the allied health professions: the outcome of a health intervention research study”. 

3 Key Messages 

  1. There is value in diffusing training beyond the setup of a healthcare intervention trial.
  2. There is an opportunity for broader workforce development to enhance knowledge and skills:
  3. This capacity and capability building can transform clinical research and practice.

Professor Cathal Breen 

3 Key Messages 

  1. I focus on clinical homes for academics and academic homes for NHS staff 
  1.  further information about these schemes are available here Clinical and Academic Homes – Health and Care Professions Research (nhslothian.scot) 
  1.  I am the first Healthcare Scientist academic to avail of a clinical home at RIE 

Professional bodies that the research relates to includes the National School of Healthcare Science, Academy of Healthcare Science, Health and Care Professions Council, Society for Cardiological Science and Technology, Heart Rhythm Society UK, British Society of Echocardiography, Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, International Nurses Association for Clinical Simulation Learning, Society for Simulation in Europe (SESAM), Irish Association for Simulation, CSO Health Scotland, NES, CSMEN. 

Professor Thanos Karatzias 

3 Key Messages 

  1. There is a group of people who endorse symptoms of psychosis and Complex Posttraumatic Stress
  2. Disorder (CPTSD) Psychological therapies that target symptoms of CPTSD may be useful in people with psychosis
  3. PICASSO is the first study ever to explore if psychological treatments that are used to reduce CPTSD symptoms could also help reduce symptoms of psychosis. 

Professional bodies that the research relates to include the British Psychological Society, The Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Professor Karatzias would like to acknowledge one of their funders, the Chief Scientist Office for their contribution to the research.