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Health & Wellbeing PRA Seminar Series 2017/2018

Please contact if you would like to reserve a place at any of the forthcoming seminars. Please note that seminars are held at The Open University, Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes (MK7 6AA).

25th September 2017 at 12:30 in CMR 15
Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care, NHS England presents: ‘Ageing Well: Reducing unwarranted variation in health outcomes’ (open to all)

By 2025 it is estimated that the number of people aged 65 and over will increase by 20% to over 12 million. While we can expect the overall prevalence of disability in older people to remain constant at around 20%, the absolute numbers living with lost functional ability is expected to increase by a quarter to nearly 3 million people. There is emerging evidence of significant and sustained differences in the trajectories of frailty and wellbeing between the richest and poorest thirds of the population across cohorts as they age. Taking these various factors into account, this seminar will provide an overview of recent developments in NHS England’s approach to supporting the population to age well and provide opportunity to explore ways in which we can begin to reduce unwarranted variation in health and well-being in late life.

7th November 2017 at 12:30 in CMR 01
Emily Oliver, Senior Education Research Manager from the British Red Cross presents: ‘First Aid – A gap in public health strategy’ (open to all)

The British Red Cross promotes first aid education as easy to learn, easy to remember and easy to do. It is based on medical and educational science. Yet research shows increasing numbers of people attending A&E and using GP services for minor ailments and conditions, many of which could be treated at home. Evidence also suggests that people are confused about what constitutes ‘urgent care’ and about the range of services they might access for different conditions. Recent thinking about first aid education broadens its scope away from traditional curricula, aiming to develop learners’ confidence and willingness. Based on a newly developed ‘Chain of Survival Behaviour’ by the International Federation of the Red Cross, it endeavours to emphasise planning and preparing for medical emergencies, thus placing it more firmly within the public health agenda. As a preventative health too, we make the case for first aid in Public Health.

17th January 2017 at 12.30 in CMR 15
Andrew Smith, Senior Lecturer in Networking the STEM School of Computing & Communication presents: ‘Pedagogical Social Media – how the experiences of network engineering could be translated into health and social care’ (open to all)

The Cisco networking team within the STEM faculty have been using social media as part of the teaching experience since 2013. Engaging students and other communities of practice via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This seminar explores what has been accomplished – where Twitter/Facebook and Facebook Live have been adopted and changed the way we interact with our students and wider community of practice.

14th March 2018 at 12.30 in Library Presentation Room
Dr Jerome Devaux, Lecturership in French from Faculty of WELS presents: Interpreting in the Healthcare Context: The interpreter as the third participant (open to all)

This presentation will first cover the history of interpreting in the health sector. Based on the main research paradigms in Interpreting Studies and the most recent findings, the second part will examine the reasons why interpreters should no longer be considered as ideological invisible language conduits but as fully-fledged participants. The third part will focus on how technologies, such as videoconferencing systems, have impacted on the role and the work of the interpreter. This presentation will conclude by presenting some potential research avenues.

16 May 2018 at 12.30 in CMR15
Dr Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation from Hospice UK, details TBC (open to all)

Fast Track Impact Workshop, 7th December 2017

We invite health and wellbeing researchers to this impact workshop run by Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact. Fast Track Impact are an international training company working in the Higher Education and research and innovation sectors. They provide up to date training based on the latest research that can be tailored to specific needs of attendees. Please get in touch if you have specific issues around impact that you would like addressing.

Participants will also receive a copy of the acclaimed Research Impact Handbook and will receive ongoing support from Prof. Reed during a five week follow up programme. Spaces to this workshop are limited so please email to reserve your place.

2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference, 1st – 3rd May 2018

This years theme is “Fusion – All things Digital Health & Wellbeing”.. After a successful symposium held in March 2017, we have decided to extend and expand. The 2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference is a 4-day conference held at The Open University campus, Milton Keynes. Due to the nature of the conference, we aim to challenge research and practitioners to explore, uncover and inspire the ethos of Digital Health & Wellbeing & how this can be deployed across varying environments, research & practice, innovation, health, community and non-profit organisations.

Call for Papers: We are seeking papers, symposium, doctoral work and workshop papers to be presented during the 3-day conference. The deadline for all submissions is 30th November 2017.

For More details visit the conference website

Registration details & ticket prices will be confirmed in the autumn. Please register your interest at this moment in time via

Death & Dying Seminar Series

• Tuesday 15th August 1.30pm Room CMR 11
Addressing the Needs of Family Carers at the End of Life: the New Zealand Experience with Prof Merryn Gott, University of Auckland

• Tuesday 19th September 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities with Louise Jenkins, Strategic Liaison Nurse For Secondary & Tertiary care, Hertfordshire County Council

• Tuesday 17th October 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
Adult Vulnerability and the Adult Attitudinal Grief Scale: From Theory to Practice with Dr Linda Machin, Keele University

• Tuesday 21st November 1.30pm Room CMR 11
Discussions Between Patients and Professionals on End of Life Issues with Dr Marco Pino, Loughborough University and Dr Ruth Parry, Nottingham University

• Thursday 14th December 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
Exploring End of Life Experiences and Care Needs in the Lives of Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People with Prof Kathryn Almack, University of Hertfordshire

• Tuesday 16th January 2018 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
A Debate on Assisted Suicide with Lesley Close, Dignity in Dying and Dr Kevin Yuill, University of Sunderland

Details and recordings of past Death & Dying seminars can be found here.

Mental Health Research Group

For our Autumn OU Mental Health Research Group event the focus will be on…
1. Journal selection – finding the right home for that mental health paper you have written.
2. ‘Getting over writer’s block’ – what to do when you’re stuck on a mental health paper.
3. ‘Top tips for rebuttals’ – managing challenging manuscript reviews and/or funding applications.

Professor Louise Wallace is also going to be presenting on NIHR funding opportunities.

Meeting 30 October 1.30-3.30 pm in Horlock 005, or via Skype. Contact Dr Mathijs Lucassen for details

Digital Health & Wellbeing Event

The Digital Health & Wellbeing Event will be taking place on Friday 24th March. If you are interested in attending please contact Dr H.R. Marston or for more details please visit the Events...

Second Health & Wellbeing Seminar in 2017

The second Health & Wellbeing Seminar for 2017 will take place on Wednesday 29th March, 2017. Professor Louise Wallace from The Open University will be speaking. Visit the Events page for more...

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