News in the Centre for Health and Clinical Research


Latest issue of CHCR newsletter (July 2019) is now available

Read the latest issue of the CHCR newsletter to find out more about the activities and updates from our research themes.

Past issues of our CHCR newsletters are also available to read or download from our main webpage.

Professor Sarah Hewlett awarded an OBE

Sarah Hewlett, Emerita Professor, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2019 birthday honours list for 'services to people with arthritis and to nursing research'. Sarah led a very successful rheumatology research group at UWE Bristol providing development opportunities for staff, students and clinicians, as well as gaining an international reputation in the area of fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis. The award of an OBE reflects her outstanding contributions.

CHCR Showcase Conference, 5 April 2019

We held a showcase conference on 5 April in the Exhibition and Conference Centre, UWE Bristol; attended by over 85 people including staff, students and external stakeholders.

Following a welcome from Professor Martin Boddy (Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, UWE Bristol), we heard from our first keynote lecturer: John Macleod (Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Primary Care, Bristol Medical School). John provided an interesting overview of his research as well as regional developments in relation to the proposed NIHR Applied Research Collaboration.

In the following session, we heard about projects representing each of the six CHCR themes. The long lunch break provided an excellent opportunity for networking and poster viewing. The post-lunch keynote lecture from Krysia Dziedzic, Arthritis Research UK Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies (Keele University) drew everyone together again. We heard about her outstanding research that has had clear impact on clinical practice and we look forward to continuing to work with Krysia as a newly appointed Visiting Professor in the Faculty.

The final session of the seminar was dedicated to further research projects from each theme. Staff representing the Department of Nursing and Midwifery swept the board with both overall (Dr Alison Llewellyn) and student (Sharon Grieve) poster prizes as well as top tweeter (Dr Sally Dowling). The following representative quote from the feedback forms indicates the success of the event: "Excellent keynote lectures and productive networking opportunities. Theme showcases also extremely interesting and informative range of projects."

Lunchtime Seminar: Doctoral Showcase, February 2019

In February, we held a lunchtime seminar to showcase our doctoral students. Fourteen individuals delivered four minute presentations to explain their studies. This included PhD, DPhil (doctorate by publication) and Professional Doctorate students.

Jenny Säilävaara, visiting from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) provided a comprehensive overview of her doctoral studies on ‘Long-Term Breastfeeding Mothers in Finland’.

Positive feedback reflected the high standard of research being carried out by doctoral students at UWE Bristol and the professional way in which it was presented.

Lunchtime Seminar: Child Health Research in CHCR, October 2018

In October 2018, members of the Child Health theme delivered a successful lunchtime seminar with presentations from Dr Lyvonne Tume, Dr Toity Deave and Prof Julie Mytton. The seminar was attended by a wide range of individuals from across the University.

Lunchtime Seminar: Emergency and Critical Care Seminar, 21 February 2018

In February,  members of the Emergency and Critical Care theme delivered a lunchtime seminar showcasing three of their research projects. The seminar was attended by 35 people including several undergraduate students; the high level of interest in research from the next generation of emergency care health professionals is tremendously encouraging.

Centre launches new research theme 2017

CHCR launched its new research theme at its recent summer seminar. The new theme, Knowledge Mobilisation will be lead by Professor Nicola Walsh and details on the new theme were outlined in a Knowledge Mobilisation presentation.

External collaborators to the Centre and Centre members, Dr Jo Hartland (R&D Programme Manager for APCRC) presented R&D strategy for 2017-2020 and Dr Peter Brindle (UWE Bristol Visiting Professor, R&D Programme Director for APCRC) presented "More impactful research, better evidenced services".

UWE Bristol project to reduce injuries in Nepal

Research being led by Dr Julie Mytton will see a new UWE Bristol project looking at how to reduce injuries in Nepal as part of £120m funding from the NIHR.  As part of this project, UWE Bristol will establish an Injury Research Centre in Nepal


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