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, and open to all. You can find out about upcoming seminars by emailing HSC.News@uea.ac.uk, or following our social media accounts.

All seminars are held online, through your browser with nothing extra to download.

Seminars are also recorded. If you are unable to make the live event and would like the recording sent to you, you can email HSC.News@uea.ac.uk. Past recordings are also listed below.

Explore our Recent Seminars. 

27 July 2022

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Are we missing a trick?

Dr Karen Heslop-Marshall

Anxiety is an important co-morbidity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causing significant morbidity and mortality. We investigated if cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), delivered by respiratory nurses, reduced symptoms of anxiety and was cost effective.

Karen is a Nurse Consultant from Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked in the Chest Clinic for over 30 years. She has represented nurses on several national groups and BTS committees. Karen is currently co-chair of the BTS Nurses Specialist Advisory Group, Chair of ARNS Education & Research Committee and President of the North East Thoracic Society.

Karen’s main area of expertise is the psychological impact of respiratory disease.  Karen completed a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in 2003, developed a CBT treatment for respiratory patients and completed a National Institute of Health Research PhD Fellowship in 2016.  Karen continues to undertake clinical research in CBT and behavioural activation.


29 June 2022

Integrating safety science in clinical simulation to improve performance variability in clinical practice

Ken is programme leader for the MSc in Medical Healthcare Simulation at the University of Hertfordshire, and a consultant nurse professionally skilled in simulation education, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, critical care, and healthcare related project management. 
His research interests include patients' experiences during recovery from cardiac arrest, near-death experiences & awareness during resuscitation from cardiac arrest, and virtual reality technology in simulation education.

23 May 2022

How experienced professionals show empathy in sensitive healthcare conversations: Insights & evidence from conversation science

Prof Ruth Parry, Loughborough University Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, LOROS Hospice Leicestershire and Rutland

In our domestic and our working lives, we’re able to recognise and describe empathy in broad terms. However, we aren’t able to describe, in fine detail, precisely what communication practices enact empathy. Fortunately, ‘Conversation Analysis’ – an observational method for investigating language and social interaction – gives us access to the fine details. Conversation analysis works rather as anatomists do: anatomists uncover the structure and functioning of the human body, conversation analysts uncover the underlying structure and functioning of human interaction.

In this talk I will first outline conversation analytic perspectives and methods by reference to ‘Match of the Day’, bee dances, and gait labs. I’ll then focus in upon what conversation analytic studies tell us about how to communicate empathically in healthcare interactions. I will draw on video-based research conducted by myself and colleagues (particularly Dr Joseph Ford) on how experienced doctors, patients and their family members communicate in hospice consultations, and on other research on empathy in both healthcare and everyday interactions.

My aim will be to describe and explain some specific communication practices that are applicable to practice and also to training others to develop their skills in conveying empathy.

Ruth is Professor of Human Communication and Interaction, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University. She first practised as an NHS physiotherapist before moving into research. After randomised controlled trial work, she specialised in studying healthcare communication. Her focus has been upon how people navigate conversations about sensitive and potentially upsetting issues. She leads an evidence-based communication training initiative called RealTalk.



6 April 2022

Language(s) for health: challenges and opportunities in a multilingual world

Dr Maria Garraffa, Associate Professor in Speech and Language Therapy, UEA

Dr Maria Garraffa is Associate Professor in Psycholinguistics at UEA and PI of the Language Across the Life Span Lab. Maria is also Honorary Fellow of Bilingualism Matters, Research visiting at the University of Oslo and member of the British Council UK/Malaysia board. Her primary research interest includes the impact of language learning in both adults and children with a language disorder, with an emphasis on bilingualism and people with aphasia. Her current projects are exploring the effects of reading in adults and the benefits of bilingualism in populations with no access to education. She is an advocate of the benefits of multilingualism for healthy ageing and for a more tolerant society.

In this talk we will discuss the benefits of language therapy for both short-term goals, such as the right language assessment in children with a language disorder and speaking more than one language, and long-term goals, for example the role of language learning for healthy ageing.

Data from a comprehensive study on reading in adults with aphasia and healthy older adults will be presented, supporting a crucial role of reading for assessing adults and its possible relation with milder outcomes in people with aphasia. We will also look at pioneering study on the benefits of multilingualism in later life and in populations with neurological conditions.

The talk will end presenting some ideas for the role of linguistic training in health sciences, to avoid misdiagnoses in speakers of multiple languages and to support a more integrated health system that can respond quickly to the issue of health inequalities.


3 February 2022

Nurses' Contributions to Mental Health Research

Dr Sheri Oduola, Mental Health Nurse and Lecturer in Nursing Sciences, UEA

Dr Sheri Oduola is a mental health nurse and lecturer in the School of Health Sciences. Prior to joining UEA, Sheri had held various clinical and research roles at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), and King’s College London. She is a visiting researcher at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Trust.

Her research interests focus on the role of social factors in the aetiology and treatment of severe mental illness, pathways to care, mental health inequalities and service utilization. In this lecture, Sheri will explore the challenges and opportunities for nurses undertaking clinical research. She will discuss nurses’ contributions to mental health research and share findings from her own work.


Explore our previous seminar highlights listed below.

December 2021

Clinician driven innovation in the NHS

Dr Peter Young

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18 November 2021

Student PT experiences of integrating a Biosychosocial approach on clinical teaching

Dr Rachel Chester and Prof Nicola Spalding

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20 October 2021

A Critical Analysis of Practice Education in Health and Social Care

Dr Jane Hibberd

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1 September 2021

Diversity leadership in healthcare: A question of care, quality and safety

Prof Laura Serrant OBE

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21 July 2021

Lost voices in research: Including adults with capacity and communication difficulties in ethically-sound research

Dr Karen Bunning and Dr Anne Killett

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10 March 2021

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.

Deborah James, Professor of Educational Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University

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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

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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

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1 December 2020

Decolonising COVID

Dr Katherine Deane

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, 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, UEA


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


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


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?

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


1 November 2018

The Power of Volunteering

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


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


23 May 2018

Supporting the health and wellbeing of the ambulance sector workforce: the UK and beyond

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


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

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

Wendy Mitchell

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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

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21 June 2017

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


24 May 2017

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

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