ENRICHEnabling Research in Care Homes
Research and Innovation Conference – Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Nearly 100 attendees joined us at Branston Hall Hotel for this year’s Research and Innovation Conference. This year’s conference aimed to encourage people to take their first step into research, and to understand what research can mean to them.
Keynote speakers included:
Chris Roberts, MBE, Alzheimers’ Society Ambassador
Prof Belinda Lennox, University of Oxford
Prof Niro Siriwardena, University of Lincoln
Dr Joanna Moncrieff, University College London
Delegates were invited from the ENRICH care home community, Join Dementia Research Champions, medical
and non-medical students, Trust staff and Allied Healthcare professionals.
Dr Sue Elcock, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director opened the conference and welcomed speakers and delegates.
Carol Duff, a consultant Occupational Therapist in our Older Adults division was the first speaker and spoke about the Trust’s commitment to Join Dementia Research, which became a recurring theme of the day and was highlighted by the next speaker, Chris Roberts, ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society UK, who thanked the Trust for the fantastic dementia research work. Chris’ presentation was a moving, personal story about living with dementia. His wife, Jayne, joined him on stage to reiterate how important research was for those living with a life-altering illness like dementia. Chris said: ‚ÄúIt is still possible to live alongside dementia. It’s about enabling people, not disabling them. Sharing research, good practice and knowledge helps reduce stigma and fear. United together we can beat dementia.‚Äù
The Trust showcased innovation fund bid winners which included the very deserving Langworth ward sensory
toolkit for adults with dementia. Of the four workshops available on the day they included ‘falls prevention’ presented by Carol Duff, Principal Investigator for FiNCH – Falls in Care Homes study, Norwich University and ‘Care planning – how research improved clinical practice’ presented by Christine Coupar, LPFT Adult Community Services Team Coordinator.
Paul Devlin, Trust Chair, closed the event thanking teams and presenters for their fantastic work and for sharing their great ideas. Paul finished his speech by describing the conference as ‘inspirational’.
Photo: The Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Research Team joined by Goiz Eder Aspe Juaristi, Clinical Research Network East Midlands Join Dementia Research Lead