Welsh Government
Health and Care Research Wales conference 2018

Health and Care Research Wales conference 2018

25 October 2018   |   08:30 - 16:30   |   SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff   |   £0.00

Speakers include:

  • Dr Frank Atherton, Chief medical officer for Wales
  • Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for children, older people and social care
  • Dr Tom Foley, Senior clinical lead for data, NHS Digital
  • Mair Elliott, Mental health and autism awareness campaigner, NCMH champion, St Davids Award winner 2018

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  1. Future-proof yourself – how can mentoring help? - workshop is full
    Alexis Hutson, Coaching Doctors and Katie Welch, Mentoring Scheme Coordinator

    Alexis Hutson from Coaching Doctors will guide participants through an interactive session looking at what mentoring is, and how it can benefit mentees, mentors and organisations as a whole. Alexis holds a Diploma in Professional Coach-mentoring (Oxford Coach Mentoring School) and is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

    Katie from the R&D Division will provide an overview of how the Health and Care Research Wales mentoring scheme pilot went and what’s planned for the future.

    And, Emma Yhnell, Health and Care Research Wales Fellow, will tell us about her experience of mentoring, and how it’s helped her in her career to date.

    Delegates will gain a greater insight into mentoring and how it can help them, and find out more about getting involved in mentoring within Health and Care Research Wales in 2019.

  2. Research with Impact: Health and Care Research Wales Funding Schemes
    Michael Bowdery, head of programmes and joint interim director Health and Care Research Wales

    This workshop will showcase four projects from recent Health and Care Research Wales grant schemes that demonstrate the applied value of research funded by Health and Care Research Wales.
    The workshop will also feature a short discussion of the best ways to ensure impact from research funding schemes as a precursor to a new programme of dissemination activity.

  3. Disseminate This. - workshop is full
    Dr Chris Stock, head of communications and engagement, Health and Care Research Wales
    Dissemination’s fine, communication plans are fine. What really matter are great stories.
    Stories of lives transformed by new treatments, of brilliant discoveries made through sheer grit and determination; of work and careers like yours. It’s these that open minds and doors to your research, win grants and connect people with the worth of your work.
    Participants to this workshop will walk away with the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to begin crafting compelling narratives explaining and furthering their work.
    The session will give insight into the critical ingredients of all great stories, examples of effective storytelling in research and tools for developing your own stories. There will be opportunity to apply this knowledge and these techniques to your own research or work in the session, and discuss using storytelling skills in research, from public speaking through to grant applications. summary

  4. Research in Care Homes - workshop is full
    Richenda Leonard, senior project officer, Wales School for Social Care Research
    As more people live longer and some need higher levels of support, care homes are likely to play a more central role in care in the future. Identifying and constructing best quality evidence to inform the best practice in future relies on the best possible research.
    This workshop will look at Research in Care Homes from different perspectives. Presenters from Wales School for Social Care Research, Enrich Cymru Network, a member of the public, Wales Cancer Research Centre and Centre for Trials Research.
    The cross organisational group will give participants the opportunity to:
    - find out why research in care homes is so important
    - find out about new and current research happening in the Care Homes in Wales
    - find out about research themes and aspects of research in care homes including research involving people who lack the capacity to consent
    - find out about the different organisations represented and how to get involved in research
    - explore why it is important to involve residents and family members as fully as possible in research in care homes whenever it might be relevant

  5. Showcase sessions 
    A selection of 10 minute presentations highlighting research excellence in Wales

There will be interactive stands and opportunities for networking across the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure.

New for 2018! We will have a conference poster zone which promises to feature over 30 posters from across Wales.

The day will also feature awards for:

  • Best interactive exhibition stand voted by delegates
  • Public Involvement Achievement Award
  • Best poster

Registration for the Health and Care Research Wales conference 2018 is now closed.

Keep up to date with plans via #ResearchWales18

Conference theme: Future-proofing research in Wales

What is future-proofing?

"Future-proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of shocks and stresses of future events." Brian Rich

In general, the term "future-proof" refers to the ability of something to continue to be of value into the distant future; that the item does not become obsolete.

The venue:

CF11 9XR

On foot
The most popular and pleasant means of reaching the SSE SWALEC from Cardiff Central Station is on foot. The final part of the 15 minute leisurely stroll takes you along the banks of the River Taff through Bute Park and the grounds of Cardiff Castle.

A popular way to travel to the Stadium is by bicycle and they are in the ideal location to do so i.e. via the Taff Trail which runs from Cardiff Bay to Brecon. The Stadium has more than 30 cycle parking spaces located underneath the Pro-Copy stand. Copies of the Cardiff cycle map are available by contacting cycle@cardiff.gov.uk 

By bus
Cardiff Bus services run regularly between Cardiff Central Station and Cathedral Road (adjacent to The SSE SWALEC)
Routes going via Cathedral Road include:

- Number 25 Circular Service to Llandaff North and North Road
- Number 62 Service to Llandaff, Danescourt, Pentrebane, Fair Water & Canton.
- Number 63 service Ffordd Berllan, Central Station, Radyr to Llandaff.

If you are planning to travel by bus please use www.travellinecymru.info for more information.

By road
From London
Travel time is approximately 3 hours via the M4 Westbound.

From Birmingham
Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours via M5 Southbound and then the M4 Westbound.

From the east
Exit the M4 at Junction 29 and follow the A48M towards Llandaff. Join Cardiff Road. The SWALEC Stadium is situated off Sophia Close which is on Cathedral Road.

From the west
Exit the M4 at Juntcion 33. Follow the A4232 for 6.2 miles and exit on the slip road onto Leckwith Road. Follow the A4161 and then turn left onto Cathedral Road (A4119). Turn right onto Sophia Close where the SWALEC Stadium is situated.

Public car parking is available in the Sophia Gardens Pay and Display car park situated within Sophia Close.