We are pleased to announce that the NIHR report “A case management occupational health model to facilitate earlier return to work of NHS staff with common mental health disorders: a feasibility study.” Vaughan Parsons, Dorota Juszczyk, Gill Gilworth, Georgia Ntani, Paul McCrone, Stephani Hatch, Robert Shannon, Max Henderson, David Coggon, Mariam Molokhia, Julia Smedley, Amanda Griffiths, Karen Walker-Bone and Ira Maddan has been published in Health Technology Assessment Volume 25, Issue 12, February 2021. ISSN 1366-5278. doi: 10.3310/hta25120. The report is available here
Health and work beyond COVID-19 will be taking place virtually on Wednesday 12 May 2021 via Zoom.
Professor Karen Walker-Bone is an invited speaker at this event. The title of her talk is:
Musculoskeletal health beyond COVID-19
You can find the link to the programme here:
Well done to Lisa Shipway (PhD student, University of Southampton) who passed her PhD viva on 18th March 2021. Her thesis explored return to work following lower limb arthroplasty.
We are pleased to announce that the report “Individualised placement and support programme for people unemployed because of chronic pain: a feasibility study and the InSTEP pilot RCT” has now been published in the HTA journal on the NIHR Journals Library website and can be downloaded here:
The work was undertaken by a study team led by Karen Walker-Bone and Cathy Linaker at the University of Southampton.
Belated congratulations to Drs LaKrista Morton (University of Aberdeen), Steve Duffield (University of Liverpool) and Elena Zaballa who were all awarded their PhDs in 2020- a fantastic achievement! LaKrista and Elena continue their postdoctoral careers within the Centre, while Steve is now working for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
After more than 20 years at the University of Southampton, we would like to pay tribute to Clare for her dedication and hard work as an inaugural member of the team and Centre Manager. We wish her a long and happy retirement!
Professor Karen Walker-Bone spoke to approximately 120 General Practitioners at their TARGET meeting on the topic of “What is Fibromyalgia”? This was an online seminar.
Despite the fact that we were unable to hold the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Centre in person at our Southampton hub, three online Scientific Meeting sessions were held in February and March and were well attended, with a wide variety of fascinating talks from many of our Early Career Researchers within the Centre, Programme Leads and also external scientific colleagues. Many thanks to all who contributed and to all those who attended (including a number of our international colleagues) and made each session such a success!
Dr Vaughan Parsons, Research Manager at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has recently conducted an exploratory survey investigating the impact of stammering on job performance, job satisfactory and quality of life among NHS staff. As a result, NHS England has provided funding to establish an NHS Employee Stammering Network which aims to raise awareness of stammering within the NHS workforce and provide support for staff who stammer. It will comprise a dedicated website for staff (due to go live in April 2021) and will provide information and resources, and access to specially-trained peer mentors representing different staffing groups (medical, nursing, allied health and administration).