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UCLan student shortlisted for innovative research award

18 November 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Nadeem nominated for North West Coast Research and Innovation Award  

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has been shortlisted for a regional award in recognition of his research project designed to support mental health patients.

First year PhD student Nadeem Gire has been nominated for Research Student of the Year at the 2015 North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards and will find out if he’s been successful at the end of the month.

The 27-year-old made the shortlist of three for his research into the use of mobile technology in supporting people with mental health problems, in particular psychosis.

His research is a collaborative venture between UCLan and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. It focuses on the development of a mobile app that asks a patient questions depending on his or her individual situation to assess potential symptoms. It will then respond with a personalised guided self-help based psychological intervention with the aim of reducing the symptoms. Examples include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, goal setting, problem solving and showing the patient tailored music or images known to help them. Nadeem is currently recruiting 16 service users and up to 10 health professionals to take part in a feasibility study.

 

“I am very pleased to be shortlisted for this award. It can only motivate me more to achieve my research goals."

Speaking of his nomination Nadeem commented: “I am very pleased to be shortlisted for this award. It can only motivate me more to achieve my research goals and I don’t think I would’ve got to this point without the excellent guidance and mentorship from my supervisors both at UCLan and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.”

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards is a collaborative celebration event between the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN), CRN: North West Coast (CRN NWC) and National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

The Research Student of the Year award is designed to honour a student who has developed and implemented substantial research that results in new knowledge, applications or understanding. At the event’s core is the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast and to showcase ideas.

UCLan academics Professor Joy Duxbury, an internationally renowned mental health expert, and Dr Mick McKeown are supporting Nadeem in his PhD programme. He is also working closely with Dr Nusrat Husain and Professor Imran Chaudhry from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust on the project.

Professor Duxbury commented: “I am delighted that Nadeem has been shortlisted for this prestigious award."

 

“His mobile application is both innovative and ground-breaking. If adopted in practice in the future it has the potential to ease the suffering of individuals with mental health problems."

She continued: “His mobile application is both innovative and ground-breaking. If adopted in practice in the future it has the potential to ease the suffering of individuals with mental health problems in early intervention services by using technology which is easily accessible and tailored to individual needs.”

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the NWC AHSN, said: “We’re delighted to have shortlisted for the inaugural North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards. The North West Coast is a hub of excellence in life sciences research and innovation and we’re very pleased to be part of the collaboration recognising and celebrating these achievements.

“The event’s primary goal is to demonstrate the impact that outstanding clinical research and innovation has had on improving patient care across the North West Coast. The event will also showcase the new ideas and techniques that are emerging from the cutting-edge research taking place across the region so that everyone will be able to view the nominations and consider if the innovation or evidence can be applied in their system or organisation.”

Nadeem is one of eight students that went through a competition to gain funding for his PhD from the NIHR CLAHRC NWC thanks to UCLan’s Professor Caroline Watkins, the CLAHRC’s Director of Capacity and Implementation, who secured the funding for all eight projects with an underlying focus of reducing health inequalities.

The awards are aimed at a variety of stakeholders who work with the three organisations; NWC AHSN, CRN NWC and CLAHRC NWC, including NHS partner organisations, local authorities, industry partners, academic partners, and business partners working in health innovation. Nadeem will find out if he’s won on Monday 30 November at the Awards ceremony held at Chester Racecourse and hosted by NHS writer, broadcaster, and speaker Roy Lilley.