UCLan researcher chosen to represent the UK Council for Allied Health Professions Research

23 January 2015

Rachel Atkinson

Dr Hazel Roddam was a panellist on a prestigious NHS webinar event

A researcher from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has taken part in a prestigious NHS webinar broadcast for healthcare professionals.

Dr Hazel Roddam was one of three invited panellists at the ‘Unlocking the evidence of best practice’ webinar, which was organised by the NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Service, with a focus on rehabilitation services for long-term conditions.

The Principal Lecturer in Research was asked to represent the allied health professionals’ sector, including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Speech and language therapist Dr Roddam, who is based in UCLan’s Allied Health Professions Research Unit, has extensive experience as a clinician and manager, working within NHS and local authorities, prior to taking up her current post.

Dr Roddam is the Hub Lead for the Cumbria and Lancashire Council for Allied Health Professions Research. She said: “The focus of this event was on effective support for front-line practitioners and teams, to build research capacity in the workforce and to develop capability in individuals, some of whom will be the clinical-academic leaders of the next generation.”

The audience included more than 100 practitioners from around the United Kingdom who are involved in delivery and commissioning of rehabilitation services, (including NHS, social care, voluntary and charitable sectors).

The event, which was in partnership with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and supported by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, was held on 19 January in London.