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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Keele Honours from Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) have awarded two prestigious honours this year to Keele physiotherapists in acknowledgement of their outstanding contributions as members of the profession.

Steveson_Kay staff photoNadine Foster (FCSP) has been awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for her exceptional contribution to the advancement of physiotherapy knowledge and research, and for her outstanding work in raising the impact of research on the profession.

Kay Stevenson (DSA CSP) has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award for her physiotherapy practice within the NHS over 30 years, excellence in mobilising knowledge from research into physiotherapy practice and for her work involving patients in decisions about service developments.

Congratulations Nadine and Kay!!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Dr Majid Artus awarded NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Majid Artus has been awarded a highly competitive Clinical Trials Fellowship from the NIHR. 

NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowships support existing NIHR Trainees within the setting of a Clinical Trials Unit in a training programme that exposes the trainee to all aspects and stages of trials across a number of studies. More details of NIHR training and career development funding can be obtained from

Majid says, "This fellowship will provide me with the opportunity of formal training to develop as a clinical trialist. It came at a perfect time as I currently work on developing clinical trials ideas with a team of distinguishd researchers here at the Primary Care Science at Keele University. I anticipate a number of exciting projects to come to a fruition as a direct outcome of the previlage of this fellowship"

Congratulations Majid!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

RCGP Research Paper of the Year

Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham and Dr Joanne Protheroe were authors on a paper published in the BMJ in 2013 which won a category prize in the Royal College of General Practitioners 'Research Paper of the Year'. 

The paper, 'Implementation of self management support for long term conditions in routine primary care settings: cluster randomised controlled trial', reported a trial of self management support for people with long term conditions in primary care. Barriers to the implementation of a complex intervention in primary care were highlighted.

The prize was presented at the RCGP conference a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Patient experiences of gout

Dr Jane Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research, was interviewed on BBC Radio Stoke's breakfast show last week in response to a new report from Arthritis Care showing that one in 40 people now suffer from gout.
Dr Richardson, Jennifer Liddle and colleagues have carried out research on patient experiences of gout for the award-winning website – visited by over three million patients, carers and health professionals every year.

They have presented different aspects of the findings at health and social science conferences recently, including a prize-winning poster at the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research's 'Promoting Excellence and Impact' Showcase.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

First experience of Low Back Pain Forum XIII, Campos do Jordao, Brazil

I attended my very first Low Back Pain Forum, the 13th Forum, set in Brazil on 30th September to 3rd October 2014. I was not the only virgin though, Brazil was too, as this was the very first forum to be staged in Latin America. The venue for the conference was stunning (Grande Hotel), all nestled within the slightly quirky (for Brazil!), but beautiful alpine based town of Campos Do Jordao. 

The central theme of the forum was the juxtaposed questions of “are we over simplifying, or over complicating low back pain?” and this theme flowed like the Amazon river throughout the sessions, with side tributaries focusing on causation, prognosis and contemporary pain management. This was a truly worldwide forum and recognised the increasing international burden of back pain, raising challenging questions for future research. The plenaries and key note speakers were all excellent and all sessions were well organised. There was plenty of time to reach the sessions of interest, and importantly also ample time to meet and network with colleagues. 

The local team who organised the forum in Brazil were very friendly and welcoming and put on some extra curriculum activites for all delegates to enjoy, from a lesson on the grace of Brazilian football through to a display of the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira topped off with an excellent gala dinner. 

If you work in the research field of back pain the forum is a must for you, and I look forward to my next forum, organised by Keele University set in the UK in 2016.

By Paul Campbell, Research Associate

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at NIHR events

Congratulations to Cliona McRobert, Lorna Clarson and Gemma Mansell for brilliant presentations during the NIHR School for Primary Care Research showcase meeting in Oxford on 26th September. We had a great turnout from our centre with many other staff and students preparing fantastic posters, including Jenny Liddle's poster titled 'Diagnosis and treatment of Gout in Primary Care: A qualitative study of patient experience, which was awarded third prize in the best poster competition.

Also definitely worthy of a mention was PhD student Dan Green's performance during the elevator pitch competition at the meeting of NIHR and MRC early career research methodologists that won him 2nd prize, when all the other award winners were post doc researchers.

Photos of the event can be seen here

Well done all!