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. 

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.


Explore our Recent Seminars. 

Dr Rachel Chester and Prof Nicola Spalding: Student PT experiences of integrating a Biosychosocial approach on clinical teaching


18 November 2021

Student PT experiences of integrating a Biosychosocial approach on clinical teaching

Dr Rachel Chester and Prof Nicola Spalding


Dr Jane Hibberd: Practice Education in Health and Social Care


20 October 2021

A Critical Analysis of Practice Education in Health and Social Care

Dr Jane Hibberd


Prof Laura Serrant: Diversity leadership in healthcare


1 September 2021

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

Prof Laura Serrant OBE


Dr Karen Bunning and Dr Anne Killett: Lost voices in research


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


Prof Deborah James


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

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

HSC Placement Innovations in Response to Covid-19


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

Dr Felix Naughton: The COVID-19 health and wellbeing tracker stud


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.


Dr Katherine Deane: Decolonising COVID


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.


Prof Roger Few, ClimateUEA Hijack


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.


Prof Alison Leary: The evolution of specialist nursing in the UK


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


Dr John Woolham: Social care personal assistant


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


Explore our previous seminar highlights listed below.

Seminar Highlights 2020


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

Seminar Highlights 2019


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

Seminar Highlights 2018


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

Seminar Highlights 2017


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

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


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