Our monthly series of lively interactive seminars provide a regular focus for staff, students, clinicians and interested members of the public to connect with current debates on research and evidence and to build scholarly activity. 

Our seminars are free with no prior booking necessary. If you need more information please get in touch with us at HSC.News@uea.ac.uk.

We appreciate though that you may not be able to attend each seminar so, to ensure we reach our potential audience we record each seminar and share in our Highlights section. Please do take the time to explore our previous seminars listed below. 


Exploring mental health in the time of COVID-19

  • Nov 2, 2021 18:30PM
  • Online
  • Seminar
  • Free - booking essential

Exploring mental health in the time of COVID-19: Do the medical and health humanities have a role to play? Free online seminar hosted by UEA's Health and Social Care Partners. Email enquiries to: ueahscp@uea.ac.uk


UEA at Norwich Science Festival - Football and the brain

  • Oct 27, 2021 18:30PM
  • Stage Two, Theatre Royal, Norwich
  • Seminar
  • Free - booking essential

Norwich City legend Jeremy Goss and former Crystal Palace Captain Freya Holdaway join UEA researchers Michael Grey and Ellen Boucher for a panel discussion on the short- and long-term benefits and risks associated with ‘the beautiful game’


HSC Seminar Series: Clinician driven innovation in the NHS

  • Dec 15, 2021 13:00PM
  • Online
  • Seminar
  • Free

Dr Peter Young, ICU Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn. Dr Young is a full time critical care clinician and full time innovator, on a mission to promote patient safety and to minimise serious adverse and never events across the world using engineered solutions. The HSC Seminar Series is online and open to all. Register by emailing HSC.News@uea.ac.uk

Further Information

Please note our seminars are currently running as virtual sessions only. These are held via Collaborate and you can obtain links to join advertised seminars by emailing HSC.News@uea.ac.uk.

The Edith Cavell Building  is not on the main University campus but is located near the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. For SatNav purposes use postcode NR4 7UL. On arrival please report to the main reception who will advise on available parking facilities. 

The Queen's Building is located on the main University Campus, postcode NR4 7TJ.  Please allow plenty of time to find a parking space as the main campus car parks are usually very busy and parking can be limited. The ticket machines in the main car park accept notes and coins.  Other car parks accept coins only.

If in the event of an emergency you would need assistance please contact us before attending to arrange a Personalised Emergency Evacuation Plan.

If you have any enquiries related to our seminars, please email HSC.News@uea.ac.uk.


Explore our previous seminar highlights listed below. 

Seminar Highlights 2020-21


Wednesday 10 March

Systems transformation of the communication and language pathway in the early years model in Greater Manchester: Working from the inside out using video-based coaching with leadership teams.

In this talk Prof James described a new leadership coaching model that was delivered as part of Greater Manchester’s city region delivery of the Department for Education’s Early Outcomes Fund. The coaching model explicitly paralleled the relational practices that are increasingly shaping early intervention policy and practice. Goodwin’s theory of professional vision (1994) and Shotter’s theorisation of with-ness (2011) will be used as the conceptual framing of the talk. The coaching facilitation aimed to afford the emergence of a new way of seeing leadership by scrutinising events of relational practice between participants in the coaching sessions (using video recording and review) and creating discursive practices using strengths-based analysis. Prof James will exemplify the coaching model using notes from a collaborative ethnographic evaluation of the six half-day group coaching sessions, surfacing how a new way of seeing silence may have seeded a new ‘object of knowledge’ in the group’s emerging professional vision of trans-disciplinary leadership in the early years. 

Deborah James is Professor of Educational Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She did her undergraduate degree in Speech Science at UCL in the 1990s. Classified as ‘non-standard entry’ at UCL, with two shabby A levels in English Lit. and Theatre Studies and Grade D in Maths, her interactions with four years of excellent teaching at UCL sparked a love of learning and a belief in education as a leveller of social inequality. Her new degree in Educational Psychology at Manchester Met has just been validated and commended by the British Psychological Society for its design for inclusivity. She has been working with video methods with families with children with complex needs for nearly two decades. 

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System Transformation of the Communication and Language Pathway in the Early Years Delivery Model in Greater Manchester

10 February 2021

HSC Placement Innovations in Response to Covid-19

Charmaine Chandler, Dr Lisa Taylor, Kelly Walker and Emma Ferris

How did the School of Health Sciences respond when student practice placements were suspended due to Covid-19? Hear about how innovative models of practice placements have now been developed for speech and language, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students.

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Physiotherapy Virtual telehealth placement presentation

Peer Enhanced E-Placement (PEEP) An Innovative, technological and Pedagogical Model presentation

26 January 2021

Did Lockdown 1.0 change lifestyle behaviours?
Findings from the COVID-19 health and wellbeing tracker study.

Dr Felix Naughton

In rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the sweeping changes to healthcare and restrictions on daily living, in early April 2020 a UEA team set up a UK intensive longitudinal study (N=1,044) to understand the secondary impacts of COVID-19 on health behaviours and mental health/wellbeing.
We used daily diaries throughout lockdown and followed the cohort up at 3 and 6 months.

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1 December 2020

Decolonising COVID

Dr Katherine Deane

Covid-19 has been found to be particularly risky for those from Black and Asian communities. Whilst some of this additional risk might be genetically based, there is a strong suspicion that much of it is due to our society's racial bias. This talk will examine some of the structural racial biases within the healthcare system that negatively impact on the care of BAME Covid patients, and some ideas on how to challenge them.

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17 November 2020

Social dimensions of disaster impact: tracing the parallels between extreme climatic events and the pandemic crisis

Prof Roger Few, ClimateUEA Hijack

The impacts of COVID-19 have reached across the globe, directly affecting many millions of people and intensifying existing development challenges in many countries. But, while in many places the pandemic has brought a level of societal disruption seldom experienced before, in others the situation has broad parallels with the losses and disruptions experienced in recent major disasters. Every crisis is different, of course, and this one is certainly like no other contemporary event. Nevertheless, it would be unwise not to recognise the insights that can be gained from other disaster and post-disaster contexts. In July, DEV researchers brought together insights from recent research across multiple countries on disaster risk and recovery to produce a briefing document for the British Academy. This talk by the lead author presents some of the ideas and case study examples from that work.

Central in our arguments is the importance of supporting people to recover their livelihoods and wellbeing, equitably and sustainably. As in all disasters, there are much greater numbers of people affected by the coronavirus pandemic than physically harmed by the hazard (in this case a biological hazard - the outbreak of a virus). And, as in all disasters, these impacts do not fall evenly. Hence, the lessons we report on are oriented to the needs and concerns of those most vulnerable to long-term impacts, as shaped by differential exposure to hazards and barriers to recovery associated with poverty, marginalisation and  exclusion.

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19 October 2020

Making the invisible, visible: The evolution of specialist nursing in the UK 

Prof Alison Leary, Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling, London South Bank University

22 September 2020

Social care personal assistants: who are they, what do they do, what potential do they have for offering person-centred care and are there any downsides?

Dr John Woolham, NIHR SSCR Senior Research Fellow, Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London


Seminar Highlights 2019-20


January 2020

“Narrative Healthcare– Is it time we taught poetry and prose to all healthcare students?”    

Christie Watson, bestselling author of the "Language of Kindness". 


December 2019 

"Implementing Digital Interventions: my 13 year journey" . 

Zarnie Khadjesari, Senior Lecturer in Health Promotion, School of Health Sciences, UEA.


13 November 2019

"Volunteering in health and social care - the potential, the challenge". 

Dr Jurgen Grotz, Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UEA.


29 October 2019

"Intuitive Eating: empowering children and young people to develop healthy relationships with food and their bodies"

Katie McGhee, Senior Lecturer in Child Health Nursing & Deputy Director of Education, School of Health Sciences, presenting her proposal for research activity that shifts the emphasis from weight to wellbeing in the prevention and management of childhood obesity.


Seminar Highlights 2018-19


2 July 2019

"Patient Involvement in the Assessment of Pre-registration Adult Nursing Students Practice" 

Dr Nickey Rooke, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Health Sciences, UEA

19 June 2019

  “Apathy Subtypes and their Impact in Neurodegenerative Disease”

Dr Ratko Radakovic, Senior Research Associate (Motor Neurone Disease), School of Health Sciences, UEA. 

Please note there are no video recordings or slides for this seminar.

22 May 2019

"Facilitating Implementation of Evidence-based Interventions - from Art to Science"

 Prof Nick Sevdalis.  Professor of Implementation Science & Patient Safety, Director of the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London. 



10 April 2019

  "What's going on in his head?"  The story of his own traumatic brain injury and recovery. 

James Piercy, Communication & Engagement Officer, John Innes Centre


Please note there are no video recordings or slides for this seminar.

19 March 2019

"Why Me?"  "Why would anyone want to give their time to Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research? What is it in the first place and what is it good for?"

Speakers at this public information and discussion event, funded by NIHR CLAHRC EoE, explain, from personal experience, ways for community and health partners to collaborate.” (Dr Jurgen Grotz).


21 February 2019

"Childhood Immunisation: Achievements and Challenges"

Helen Bedford, Professor of Childrens' Health, UCL, Great Ormond Institute of Child Health.


30 January 2019

“The wrong kind of knowledge and the wrong kind of knower?  An exploration of the status of knowledge in the experience of Healthcare Assistant (HCA) transition to Registered Nurse”.


Dr Kevin Bryant. King’s Teaching Fellow.  Associate Tutor in BioSciences, School of Health Sciences, UEA.


12 December 2018

"Community Health: Physical activity, Health inequity and marginalised groups".  


Dr Sarah Hanson, Lecturer in Nursing Sciences, School of Health Sciences, UEA.


21 November 2018


"Evaluating the costs and benefits of health care from a patient's perspective: getting to the heart of the matter".  


Professor Jennifer Whitty, Professor of Health Economics, Norwich Medical School, UEA.


5 November 2018

N-of-1 Design PPD Training. undertaking within-person investigations. 

Dr Felix Naughton

Please note:  group discussions and conversations with attendees were not recorded.  


1 November 2018

The Power of Volunteering. 

Colin Rochester, David Horton Smith, Jurgen Grotz. 


Colin Rochester: Rediscovering Voluntary Action: how we challenge the dominant paradigm


David Horton-Smith: Voluntary Associations: how we change the world.


Jurgen Grotz: Beyond tokenism and tick box approaches: how we govern the NHS.


31 October 2018

“Full and equal equality: what consensus can there be in the case of people labelled as having an intellectual disability under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?”


Marcus Redley, Senior Research Associate, School of Health Sciences, UEA


17 October 2018

“Developing new methods to evaluate complex health interventions: analysing context, texts and disruptions”


Dr Jamie Murdoch, Research Fellow in Process Evaluation Methodology, School of Health Sciences, UEA


11 July 2018

"More than just the facts: What roles can scientists play in shaping policy?"


Dr Andrew Atkin, Lecturer in Behavioural Epidemiology, School of Health Sciences


13 June 2018

Places and Spaces: learning about re-learning, in home-based rehabilitation, for people with aphasia.


Dr Ciara Shiggins, Academic Fellow, School of Health Sciences.

Please note there are no video recordings or slides for this seminar.


31 May 2018

“The INSPIRED COPD Outreach ProgramTM: From research and proof-of-concept to spread and scale-up across Canada.”


Prof Graeme Rocker, Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

There are no video recordings for this seminar


23 May 2018

"Supporting the health and well being of the ambulance sector workforce: the UK and beyond".


Prof Kristy Sanderson, Professor in Applied Health Research, School of Health Sciences

Please note there are no video recordings or presentation notes for this seminar.


18 April 2018

“ ‘Behaviour that Challenges’ (BtC) in dementia: can we prevent ‘diagnostic overshadowing’ in research, practice and policy?”


Prof Esme Moniz-Cook, Professor of Psychology Ageing & Dementia Care Research, Faculty of Health Science, University of Hull, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Hon),  Humber NHS FT, Clinical Lead – Dementia; Division 4, Yorkshire and Humber LCRN, Founder chair now co-chair INTERDEM,


21 February 2018

"Improving Dementia Care in General Hospitals" 


Prof Martin Orrell, Director, Institute of Mental Health, Head of Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology University of Nottingham


31 January 2018

“Evidence-based practice “on-the-go”- using the Viatherapy app to support clinical decision-making in upper limb rehabilitation after stroke”


Dr Nicola Hancock, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Researcher with the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Alliance, ABIRA, School of Health Sciences, UEA

Please note there are no video recordings or presentation notes for this seminar

Seminar Highlights 2017-18


13 December 2017

"Body balance with light touch - human individuals and pairs and robots" 


Dr Leif Johannsen, Senior Lecturer - Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences, UEA


8 November 2017

"Enabling Person-Centred Care:  Developing the Support Needs Approach for Patients (SNAP) with Advanced COPD" .     


Dr Morag Farquhar, Senior Lecturer in Nursing Sciences (Adult), School of Health Sciences, UEA


18 October 2017

"Mobile Health (mHealth) Technologies to promote smoking behaviour change"


Dr Felix Naughton, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Health Sciences, UEA.


20 September 2017

 "Living with Dementia and My Passion for Research Involvement".     


Blog:  www.whichmeamitoday.wordpress.com

Twitter @WendyPMitchell


3 July 2017

Development of the Brachial Assessment Tool (BrAT)​ a new patient-reported outcome measure for Brachial Plexus Injury


Bridget Hill. PhD, MAPA, Research Fellow, Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Melbourne


28 June 2017

 " 'Talking for Walking':  Reproducing Body Normality in a Turkish Rehabilitation Hospital"


Dr Dikmen Bezmez, Marie Curie Individual Fellow, Norwich Medical School, UEA

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Koc University, Istanbul


21 June 2017

Dr Alpar Lazar, Lecturer in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life, School of Health Sciences.

Please note: there are no video recordings or presentation notes for this seminar


24 May 2017

"Dementia diagnosis in primary care: Who is undiagnosed, why are they undiagnosed and does it matter?" 


Speaker:  Dr George Savva, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences.


26 April 2017

"Drawing on social connection in ageing and dementia: understanding what helps people maintain social inclusion"


Prof Fiona Poland, Professor of Social Research Methodology and Dr Linda Birt, Senior Research Associate, School of Health Sciences, UEA.


15 March 2017

"Exploring implementation fidelity within complex behaviour change interventions: a journey from physiotherapy to public health research".


Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, National University of Ireland Galway.


9 March 2017

"How do people with dementia and their carers make assistive technology work for them: innovation, personalisation and bricolage".


Dr Grant Gibson, Lecturer in Dementia Studies, University of Stirling. 


February 2017

"Concussion in Sport: toward a better assessment"


Dr Michael Grey, Reader in Rehabilitation Neuroscience, School of Health Sciences 

Please note: there are no video recordings or presentation notes for this seminar