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Research Conference 2018

Welcome to NTW's Research and Development Conference 2018

Follow us on Twitter: @ResearchNTW    #NTWRES18


9am – Arrival 
Registration – refreshments

9.25am – Welcome
Simon Douglas, Joint Director of Research, Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness

9.30am – CEO welcome 
John Lawlor, Chief Executive

9.40am – Behavioural Activation for Depression delivered by non-specialists
David Ekers

10am  – Sport, exercise and mental health
Prof Alan Currie

10.20am – Blue Room Virtual Reality Intervention: Moving from research to implementation
Dr Jeremy Parr

10.40am – Developing an adult autism diagnosis tool incorporating autistic adults’ experiences of diagnosis
Barry Ingham


11.10am – Breakout Session
The Castellan Suite – Posters                                                                

Browse the gallery of research posters and chat with the presenters.

Judges: Fiona Grant, Paul Courtney, Paula Whitty                 

The Wansbeck Room – Academic Collaboration presentations 

Take a seat and listen to:

Maisie Buchanan, Shaira Banas, Jane Goodwin
Jessica Maxwell, Sally Askey-Jones and David Mason.

12.10pm – Outcomes from Research Involving NTW
The Castellan Suite

  • Living well with dementia: The IDEAL study – Dr Catherine Quinn
  • Evaluating the Use of Patient Experience Data to Improve the Quality of Inpatient Mental Health Care (EURIPIDES) – Dr Sarah-Jane Fenton
  • Creating space for voices within teams who work with children with complex and challenging needs – Dr Deborah James

12.55pm – Making Sense of Group Singing
Dr Dave Camlin

1.15pm – LUNCH BREAK

2pm – Breakout Session
The Castellan Suite Building a Career in Clinical Research

  • Designing Research that Improves Health and Wellbeing for All: How the NIHR Research Design Service Can Help – Bronia Arnott
  • Greenshoots Award Winners – Dr Neeti Sud, Dr Priya Khanna, Dr Barry Ingham
  • Research aspirations of a clinical psychologist – Dr Vicki Grahame
  • Occupational therapist: Their lived experience of phenomenon of effective occupational therapy with children and young people – Dr Maria Avantaggiato-Quinn

The Wansbeck Room – Engaging Patients and the Public in Research

  • CALM: Collaboratively Augmenting Longitudinal Monitoring co-design and co-production. Our journey so far – Dr Aditya Sharma and Kelly McGurk
  • PPI and the Digital Medicine System – Dr Nathan Cope
  • NTW Research Registers – Jill Davison, Sam Bulmer and Lynsay Duke


3.10pm  – Outcomes from Research Involving NTW
The Castellan Suite 

  • Improving end of life care in dementia (The SEED programme) – Claire Bamford and Julie Young
  • Update on the Diamond-Lewy Study – Dr John-Paul Taylor
  • Can we diagnose dementia with a skin biopsy? – Paul Donaghy

3.55pm –  Poster Prize Presentation and Closing Remarks
Simon Douglas

4pm – Finish

Conference Bios

Dr Bronia Arnott

Dr Bronia Arnott is a Research Methodologist with the Research Design Service North East. Her expertise is in Developmental Health Psychology. Her research focuses on:

Understanding and explaining physical and mental health and developing and evaluating interventions to improve mental and physical health in children, young people and families.

Bronia has worked on research projects with typically and non-typically developing young people and their families from infancy through to adolescence across a variety of topic areas including obesity, physical activity, breastfeeding, low mood and resilience. She has experience in longitudinal studies, feasibility and pilot studies, and cluster randomised controlled trials and has worked in large, multidisciplinary teams and on projects from a variety of different funders (ESRC, EPSRC, MRC-NPRI).

In her role as the first Fellow of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) Bronia promoted knowledge exchange, public engagement, and political advocacy in relation to behavioural medicine in the UK. She has also served as UKSBM Web and Communications Officer for 3 years.

Bronia collaborates with a variety of research teams within Newcastle and across the UK on topics relating to developmental health psychology: including academic colleagues in: Newcastle and Cardiff (Repetitive behaviours in young children); Newcastle and Bradford (Children’s active travel); York (Behavioural activation for young people); Swansea (Breastfeeding and parenting in early infancy). She is also a member of the international Attachment Synthesis Collaboration (Intergenerational transmission of attachment).
To ensure impact she also works with professionals from a variety of backgrounds including Public Health practitioners and consultants in local NHS Trusts.

Dr Maria Avantaggiato-Quinn

Dr Maria Avantaggiato-Quinn is the Associate Allied Health Professional (AHP) Director for Specialist Children’s Services at NTW FT. She is actively involved regionally and nationally in the strategic development of AHP research, leadership and workforce development in mental health/disabilities. Dr Avantaggiato-Quinn is an elected service manager representative on the National Council for AHP Research (CAHPR) which strategically coalesces the R&D activity across all 14 of the AHP professions, the national AHP professoriate and Regional CAHPR hubs and, more locally, helped to develop the Cumbria & North East NMAHP Research Strategy launched in November 2017 and is part of the Implementation Group seeking to improve regional AHP research activity and careers.

Maria represents AHPs & Subgroups on the Cumbria and North East Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB), Chairs the AHP and Co-chairs Mental Health Sub groups and is an AHP Clinical Leaders with the STP/Integrated Care System network.

Maria currently Chairs the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) national mental health OT Managers Forum and was previously Chair of the RCOT Northern & Yorkshire Regional Group, Chair of the English Board, RCOT/BAOT Company Director and Trustee as Council Member for England and an alumni of Leadership Fellows of the Health Foundation. Her doctoral research focussed on effective Occupational Therapy in child mental health and learning disabilities specialist services.

Maria is a Visiting Scholar with Northumbria University, aiming to enhance NTW/NU AHP research collaboration and activity.

Claire Bamford

Claire Bamford is a senior research associate in the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She is a qualitative researcher who has contributed to the development and evaluation of a number of interventions for people with dementia. These have included interventions to improve: diagnostic disclosure; interaction in consultations with old age psychiatrists; recovery from falls; end of life care; and the diagnosis and management of Lewy body dementia. She has a specific interest in exploring and understanding the factors which influence whether and how complex interventions are implemented in trials and routine practice.

Dr Dave Camlin

Dr Dave Camlin is a singer / song-writer, educator and researcher. Grounded in a passionate belief in the humanising nature of music-making, his work spans performance, composition, teaching and research. He performs solo, and with a variety of bands, including vocal group Mouthful, acoustic songwriters’ collective The Coast Road, and Celtic rock band Tryckster. He was the founding Creative Director of Cumbrian music organisation, SoundWave, from 2005-10, and one of the organisers of Solfest music festival in Cumbria from 2004 – 2015. He is a trustee of the Natural Voice Network (NVN), believes that singing is a birth-right, and leads a number of choirs in west Cumbria and the NE who perform regularly.

Dave enjoys an international reputation as an academic musician, giving regular guest lectures around the world. His research interests focus on the benefits of group singing, musician training and Community Music (CM). Dave’s doctoral studies outlined an integrative model of ‘music in three dimensions’ which recognises the interdependence between music performance and participation, and their social impact. He is currently Head of Higher Education and Research at Sage Gateshead, and part of the core team of lecturers on Trinity-Laban’s innovative Masters programme, ‘The Teaching Musician’.
Recent ACE-funded artistic projects include:

  • Phoenix Voices with Mouthful for Festival of Thrift (2017)
  • Missing Time with Serena Korda and Mouthful (2017 /18)
  • Fellowship of Hill and Wind and Sunshine with National Trust, AHRC and University of York (2018)

Professor Alan Currie, Consultant Psychiatrist MB ChB, MPhil, FRCPsych

Dr Currie is a Consultant Psychiatrist in NTW’s Regional Affective Disorders Service, a lecturer at Newcastle University and a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

He has published on a range of sports psychiatry topics including editing an award winning handbook of Sports Psychiatry for clinicians and overseeing the 2007 UK Sport guidelines on eating disorders.

He is chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) and a member of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry (ISSP). Over a 20-year period he has acted as a consultant to a number of national sports organisations and supported them in developing practice guidelines and educational materials. He has presented his work to the American Psychiatric Association (2012) and the World Psychiatric Association (2017) as well as many other national and international meetings. He will join the International Olympic Consensus group on athlete mental health later this year.

Dr Nathan Cope

Nathan has worked in national and international senior roles across the healthcare sector; from academic scientific research, commercial pharma and consulting with pharma and NHS organisations. He has worked for Otsuka since 2014 and is currently leading a team to examine how mobile health, wearable and sensor technology could be used to assist practitioners and individuals with serious mental illness with recovery. In his spare time, Nathan volunteers for SANE line to provide signposting, emotional and advocacy support to service users.


Dr Paul Donaghy

Dr Paul Donaghy is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry. He completed a PhD at Newcastle University in 2015 and now work half-time in research and half-time as an SpR in Old Age Psychiatry. His research interests are dementia with Lewy bodies, imaging and other biomarkers and early diagnosis.

David Ekers. PhD, MSc, ENB 650 (Dip CBT), RMN

David is a nurse leader with over 30 years’ experience in mental health. For the past 15 years he has have operated as a senior Nurse Consultant in Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT combining clinical, research and leadership roles. David has a strong commitment and passion for improving the access of people to psychological interventions for common mental health disorders. He has been an accredited Cognitive Behavioural therapist since 1997 and led large teams of therapists in both Southampton and the County Durham. His current clinical role combines the delivery of evidence based interventions with teaching and supervision of other health professionals.

Alongside clinical leadership David has developed a research portfolio aimed at testing new innovative approaches to improving access to high quality psychological interventions. This has established his reputation as a nurse who is a leader in research, signified by his contribution to a number of national policy and guidance committees for the Department of Health and NICE. David is the Mental Health Speciality Lead for the Clinical Research Network in the North East and North Cumbria.

David is recognised internationally as an expert on Behavioural Activation for Depression. Behavioural Activation (BA) is a psychological approach attracting considerable attention due to its potential for cost effective dissemination. His research is highly cited both within the UK and internationally and has led the way in developing the evidence base to support such dissemination. He was the chief investigator of an initial proof of principle randomised controlled trial that was the first to investigate the delivery of BA by non-specialist therapists. That study directly informed the design of three large multi-centre NIHR HTA funded studies. Findings of these studies are now published in high impact journals and are informing NICE guidance and clinical practice. David is the Chief Investigator of the Community Pharmacy Mood Intervention Study, funded by the NIHR PHR. This is a study breaking new ground in mental health promotion in the important area of depression prevention in people with long term health conditions.

Dr Sarah-Jane Fenton

Dr Sarah-Jane Fenton is a Lecturer in Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham.  Sarah-Jane holds a joint PhD in Social Policy from the Universities of Birmingham (UK) and Melbourne (Australia). Her PhD research looked at mental health policy and service delivery for 16-25 year olds in the UK and Australia. Since completing the PhD Sarah-Jane has worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) on an NIHR funded study looking at Evaluating the Use of Patient Experience Data to Improve the Quality of Inpatient Mental Health Care (EURIPIDES)

Dr Vicki Grahame

Dr Vicki Grahame is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK. She is the Clinical Lead for the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service (CNDS), Newcastle, England, which is a specialist tertiary service that provides second opinions about children and young people who may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other complex mental health or neurodevelopmental problems. She has expertise in the successful planning and delivery of randomised controlled trials of complex interventions for children with ASD and their families and in adapting interventions to meet the needs of children and young people with ASD and co-morbidities. She has specialist training in Paediatric Neuropsychological Assessments.

Dr Barry Ingham

Dr Barry Ingham is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Associate Psychological Services Director as well as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. He was worked clinically with autistic adults and people with learning disabilities over a number of years. He has also been a co-applicant in a number of National Institute of Health Research and charity funded clinical research projects evaluating assessment approaches and healthcare interventions for autistic adults.

Deborah James, Associate Professor and Programme Lead CYP IAPT Parenting, Northumbria University

Deborah trained initially as a speech and language therapist at UCL in 1997 and then took up a funded PhD by research at the Institute of Child Health (Brain and Behaviour Sciences Unit) in psychology. She has always maintained a clinical practice throughout her academic career and has had specialist speech and language posts in early years and special needs. Deborah retrained in Video Interaction Guidance about 10 years ago and has been able to conduct research on the mechanisms of change in VIG and the impact of it with families and workforces.

Dr Jeremy Parr

Dr Jeremy Parr is a Paediatric Neurodisability clinical academic with wide ranging research interests in the Neurodisability field, including investigating the neurobiological basis of disabilities, carrying out intervention studies to ameliorate disability, and undertaking research into clinical service delivery.

Jeremy’s clinical work is for two local NHS Trusts:

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Great North Children’s Hospital in the Regional Neurodisability service (Regional Feeding clinic, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic)

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust in the Regional Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, management and intervention service, where he leads multidisciplinary assessments of children with ASD (the Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service).

Dr Catherine Quinn

Dr Catherine Quinn is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Catherine has been involved in research with people with dementia and their family members for over ten years. Catherine’s primary interest is on the experiences of informal caregivers of people with dementia, particularly the positive aspects of caregiving. She is also interested in the quality of care for people with dementia and the ways in which psychosocial interventions can help to improve quality of life both for people with dementia living within the community and within long-term care settings. Catherine was Principal Investigator on the SMART trial which involved the development and piloting of a self-management group intervention for people with early-stage dementia. Catherine is currently a co-investigator on the IDEAL study (living well with dementia) and the recently funded IDEAL-2 study.

Twitter: @cquinn196
Google scholar:

Dr Aditya Sharma

Dr Aditya Sharma is a Clinical Academic Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at NTW and a Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with Newcastle University.

Dr Sharma’s areas of clinical academic interest area are bipolar disorder impacting on children and adolescents and complex neurodevelopmental disorders.

He has received specialist training in the field of mood disorders within the UK and in the USA (at Stanford University, NIMH and at Washington University at St Louis)
Dr Sharma leads on the National Adolescent Bipolar Service, which is a tertiary second opinion service specialising in the assessment and treatment of children and young people with mood disorders. This service is part of the Northern Centre for Mood Disorders (a joint academic clinical collaboration between NTW NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University).

Dr John-Paul Taylor

Dr John-Paul Taylor MRCPsych PhD is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Newcastle University and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. His research focuses the application of neuroimaging and neurophysiological approaches in understanding symptom aetiology in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Clinically he leads a specialist Lewy body dementia clinic in Newcastle, works into the local memory clinic and provides liaison sessions to Parkinson’s clinics in North East England.

Twitter: @John_PaulTaylor

Conference Presentations

Aditya Sharma and Kelly McGurk (2Mb)

Alan Currie (7Mb)

Barry Ingham (223kB)

Bronia Arnott (1Mb)

Claire Bamford (671kB)

David Camlin (55kB)

David Ekers (3Mb)

David Mason (143kB)

Deborah James (6Mb)


Jane Goodwin and Jessica Maxwell (393kB)

Maisie Buchanan (6Mb)

Maria Avantaggiato Quinn (3Mb)

Nathan Cope (1Mb)

Paul Donaghy (5Mb)

Research register presentation (119kB)

Vicki Grahame (4Mb)

Sally Askey-Jones (173kB)

Sarah J Fenton (8Mb)

Shaira Banas (1Mb)

How to find us

The close proximity of the major road networks means that the hotel is easily accessible by car.

Situated on the A696, the A1 north and south are only 5 minutes drive away, as is the A69 that links with the M6.

The light railway system (Metro) is located in the Airport Terminal, just 350 yards away from the hotel.

Only 7 miles from Newcastle City Centre.

Free onsite parking.