NHS virtual research conference will show impact Covid is having on people’s mental health

Health experts from around the country are joining clinicians, academics and research participants online for Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s Annual Research Conference tomorrow (Tues) and Wednesday.

By Duncan Atkins
Monday, 16th November 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 4:28 pm

The goal is to celebrate health and social care research in a variety of fields, including dementia and mental health, to help support and encourage more health care professionals to offer opportunities for people to become involved in research studies.

One of the keynote speakers attending the virtual event is Prof Shanaya Rathod, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Research, at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Prof Rathod will be speaking about the psychological impact of Covid-19 by presenting a research study her team conducted during the first wave.

Sign up to our daily The Scarborough News Today newsletter

An online conference will show the psychological impact Coronavirus is having on people’s mental health.

This research had more than 29,000 responses, almost 5% of which were contributed by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s Research and Development network – one of the top 10 recruiting sites in the UK for this project.

When asked why this research felt important to her, Shanaya spoke about how every single human being across the globe has been affected by this pandemic; with mental health implications caused by a diverse and wide ranging set of factors.

It is important that these psychological implications are assessed so that we can develop coping skills and resources for those who need them.

The event is the fourth edition of the ‘Developing a City of Research’ conference and will shine a light on the Trust’s contribution to local, national and international research including primary care, new mental health and dementia interventions, the innovative use of telemedicine in addictions and research to encourage retention of nurses, as well as hearing directly from people living with health conditions about the impact research has had on their lives.

Cathryn Hart, Assistant Director of Research and Development, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our annual conference is an opportunity to demonstrate to our wider stakeholders why research is so important to advances in health care.

"We look forward to sharing our learnings from studies we’ve been involved in, demonstrating how the research we do benefits our communities and inspiring others by showcasing examples of how involvement in research has made a significant impact on those who have taken part.”

The event is free to attend and open to the public, taking place between 1.30pm and 4.30pm tomorrow and 9.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday.

Click here to view the full programme and register your attendance.