So, where was I …?

Brighton is an extraordinary place. Described by the journalist Keith Waterhouse as ‘a town that always looks as though it’s helping the police with their enquiries’, I’ve imagined Eastbourne and Worthing either side folding their arms, tapping their feet in an irritated fashion and wishing it would just sit down and be quiet, for goodness sake. I blame the Prince Regent; if he hadn’t come waltzing down here with his entourage, partying like it was 1799 and building hallucinatory palaces, the sixties would never have got a look-in and we would not now have this noisy, unruly, flamboyant, drama-queen of a city. I can’t help thinking Hove is a reluctant bride in … Continue reading So, where was I …?

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Colin Lindridge 1955-2012

We were so sorry to hear that Colin, who had been a leading clinician and manager in our Older People’s services for many years, died on Monday May 7th. His partner, David, asked for the news to be posted on Facebook and there have been many messages there since, expressing the sadness his friends and colleagues are feeling at his passing. People are also talking about his smile, his humour, his dry wit, and his welcoming openness; Colin was not one for maudlin sentimentality. I knew him far less well than the people who have left their thoughts on that page, but … Continue reading Colin Lindridge 1955-2012

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Using Virtual Reality to Provide Health Care Information to People With Intellectual Disabilities

It can take a long time to translate the uphill trek of the funding application into the enervating research you set out to do And afterwards, there seems to be an even longer trail towards placing an academic report of that work in a suitable publication.  The Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) is about as appropriate a positioning as we could have hoped for, with its focus on best use of technology in the interests of health. As you might expect, JMIR does not confine its publication to dry text, and so there are images drawn from the study, and even a video tour of the virtual environment. We are … Continue reading Using Virtual Reality to Provide Health Care Information to People With Intellectual Disabilities

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Spirit of Enquiry Conference, Dec 5th 2011

Sussex Partnership Research & Development directorate is holding its third Spirit of enquiry conference on December 5th this year.  Designed to complement our major showcase event in the Summer, this conference invites submissions from new researchers who are Trust staff and partners, Trust staff and partners supported by us to complete research towards Masters or Doctoral degrees, and Trust staff and partners who have conducted research-relevant audit. Our keynote speakers this year are Professor Val Hall (University of Brighton) on the Research Design Service, Stephanie Goubet (University of Brighton) on statistical methodologies, and Dr Nicky Petty (University of Brighton) on Professional Doctorates. Following the success of last year’s Ethics panel and discussion, there will be a similar opportunity to talk with … Continue reading Spirit of Enquiry Conference, Dec 5th 2011

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Sussex Partnership ‘Spirit of Enquiry’ conference

The Sussex Partnership ‘Spirit of enquiry’ Audit & Research conference is a Trust-wide, multi-disciplinary event. Its primary aims are to show continuities between audit and research, to give new researchers an early experience of presentation, to expose delegates to information and opportunities for A&R development, and to encourage creative and innovative thinking across applied disciplines. We were very pleased to have two keynote speakers representing different aspects of research and innovation. Dr Bob Brecher, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the university of Brighton and member of the South East Research Committee and the university’s ethics panel, gave a challenging talk … Continue reading Sussex Partnership ‘Spirit of Enquiry’ conference

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Imperial College London | Treet TV

Imperial College London | Treet TV. Imagine making a live TV show with a bunch of potentially maverick scientists and a studio audience. Nervous? Good. Now imagine that you’re going to do this in a virtual world with all your presenters and guests represented as avatars and communicating using text, in-world voice, and VOIP. Not to mention you need them to face front at the right time, have in-world voice turned on but not up so you get lip sync without echo, and nobody’s connection cracks up. That’s the challenge faced by the Treet TV team that followed Dave Taylor, … Continue reading Imperial College London | Treet TV

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Sussex Partnership Search for a Star

On Thursday June 17th, about 500 employees of Sussex Partnership, a 5000 strong organisation, gathered in posh frocked, tuxed and bow-tied unfamiliarity, at the Corn Exchange in the centre of Brighton for our annual awards ceremony. This is a night of celebration, a way for outstanding achievement and exemplary professionalism to be recognised so that everyone from volunteers to leaders has chance to excel. And this year, for the first time, there was an award for Excellence in Research which just goes to show how far we have come in getting clinician-led research on the map. We were all there, … Continue reading Sussex Partnership Search for a Star

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Sussex Partnership research conference

This was the Trust’s third R&D conference, a reflection of the key role research now plays in NHS activity and how recent this incorporation has been. Clinicians have always undertaken research and development, whether in response to highly focused problem solving for a specific issue or as a more speculative process out of which something entirely original was born. The difference now is that, rather than working alone with no formal structures by which to network for new skills and ideas, we are increasingly able to access the vast resources of university colleagues and they, in turn, are able to … Continue reading Sussex Partnership research conference

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Research & Development conference

Big day tomorrow. The R&D team will be standing to attention, fingernails scrubbed and hair neatly parted on the left (right, for the lefties – if you get my drift). It’s our annual conference and an opportunity to let the rest of the organisation and local media know what we’re up to in research terms. Prof Louis Appleby CBE is a reformer of mental health services and our keynote speaker and there are others from the fields of autism and academia – Prof Hugo Critchley of Sussex Partnership and the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Prof Graham Davey of … Continue reading Research & Development conference

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