Ahead of Researcher’s Week next week (12-16 July), the Academy team is today (9 July) announcing the winners of the researcher poster competition held to recognise and celebrate the contributions made by applied health and social care researchers during 2020/2021.

Researchers throughout the region, including academics, healthcare and social care professionals, were invited to take part and submit a poster that reflected a research project.  All entries were then evaluated by a panel of judges made up from members from the Organisation and Research Capacity Group (ORCA), Early Career Researcher Consultation Group (ECR Group) as well as ARC KSS public advisors.

Following 18 submissions, the judges awarded the winning prize to Dr Rasa Mikelyte (Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent) for the poster on: Optimising the Depression Pathway Enabled by Novel Digital Assessment Technology.

The runner-up prize was given to Dr Hasan Naveed (Ophthalmology Department, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust) for a poster on Improving Patient Safety: A Novel Drive-Through Glaucoma Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Judges also awarded three highly commended to posters submitted by:

  • Pete Eaton-Williams from South East Coast Ambulance Service for Paramedic identification of patients with end of life care needs;
  • Dr Harriet Sharp from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for Wonders of the Woodland: A mixed methods evaluation of Green Care in First Episode Psychosis; and
  • Brontë MacDonald from University of Sussex and ARC KSS for School Attendance Problems During Covid-19 - In West Sussex, East Sussex, and Brighton and Hove.

Professor Sally Kendall, ARC KSS Building Capacity Lead said:

“We would like to congratulate all the researchers who entered our first research poster competition. The judges panel agreed that all entries were of very high standard and reflected the quality of research taking place across Kent, Surrey and Sussex and its potential for making a real difference to patients, families and the wider community.

“We’d like to thank everyone that took part and invite you to take a look at all the entries on our website.

“As part of the programme of events next week, we’ve also invited Rasa and Hasan to present their research posters during the Research Themes Symposium on Friday 16 July between 10am and 12noon.”

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All the poster entries can be viewed on our Researcher’s Week 2021 Poster competition page.

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