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You can find a list of presentations here from various ARC Wessex events

#CREDTalks: Care, Research Education and Debate: A forum to discuss what matters for social care. Wednesday 2 November 2022 - 15.00-16.00

England’s Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Professor Deborah Sturdy, has made promoting research and use of evidence her top priority. Research is key to shaping and improving nursing practice and the care and support that underpins living, ageing and dying well in social care settings. Together with colleagues from universities and the National Institute of Health & Care Research (NIHR), Deborah is delighted to launch the first of our #CREDtalks, providing a platform for staff working in social care to access research findings of direct relevance to their everyday work and learn how to get involved in research.

Social Care and Research Partnerships: What does research mean to you?

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Webinar: Better integrated care for people with Long-term Conditions


Sandra Bartolomeu Pires, PhD Candidate at the University of Southampton.
Integrated care - Setting the background for long term conditions.

Leire Ambrosio Gutierrez, Senior Research Fellow in Long term conditions at the University of Southampton.
Understanding the complex needs of people living with long term physical and mental health conditions.

Maria Victoria Navarta Sanchez, Lecturer at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Optimization of community resources and systems of support to enhance the process of living with Parkinson’s Disease: a multisectoral intervention.

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Webinar- Health and Justice Monday - October 10, 2022

Chair: Professor Julie Parkes, Head of the School of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education and Professor of Public Health within Medicine at the University of Southampton. ARC Wessex theme lead for Healthy Communities.


Dr Sara Morgan, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton – Trial to examine the effectiveness of ‘Gateway’ on improving health and well-being of offenders aged 18-24, as well as reducing recidivism and improving victim satisfaction
Mrs Katerina Porter, Senior Research Assistant at the University of Southampton for the Faculty of Medicine  – High Harm Domestic Violence Perpetrator Pilot Evaluation
Dr Michelle Myall, Senior Research and Implementation Fellow at the University of Southampton - Domestic Abuse and Life-Limiting Illness: identifying and supporting adults at risk (DALLI Study)
Dr Emma Plugge, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton - DIGNIFIE, ENRICHER and CHAMPION projects
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Exploring the complexity of patient journeys: analysing, representing and communicating experiences through visual methods

Qualitative Research Network webinar - 5 October 2022

Susie and Kate share their experience of using visual qualitative methods in health research exploring the complexity of patient journeys: analysing, representing and communicating experiences through visual methods.

Speakers: Dr Kate Lyle is a Senior Research Fellow in the Clinical Ethics, Law and Society research group at the Universities of Oxford and Southampton. Dr Susie Weller is a Senior Research Fellow in the Clinical Ethics, Law and Society research group at the Universities of Oxford and Southampton.

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Nursing-sensitive patient outcomes: using metrics to change practice

Speaker: Dr Jenny Sim, University of Newcastle, Australia

Chair: Prof Jane Ball

Nurses play an important role in improving patient outcomes yet measuring the outcomes of nursing practice is complex. This presentation will provide an overview of a programme of research that examines how nursing-sensitive patient outcomes have been examined in acute hospital settings in Australia.


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Webinar: Professor Carl May “Qualitative studies of innovations in treatment, organisations, and delivery of healthcare services: how the normalisation process theory coding manual can help?"

Professor Carl May leads the session and discussion

Chair: Dr Kinda Ibrahim


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Innovative settings for identifying and managing frailty in old age

Chair: Professor Jackie Bridges Professor of Older People's Care, University of Southampton


  • Dr Stephen Lim, Consultant Physician and Clinical Academic in Geriatric Medicine, University of Southampton
  • Dr Kinda Ibrahim, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton


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Understanding the Burden of Treatment

Chair: Professor Mari Carmen Portillo, Professor of Long Term Conditions, University of Southampton


  • Dr Hilda Hounkpatin, School of Primary Care, Population Sciences, and Medical Education, University of Southampton – Change in treatment burden among people with multimorbidity
  • Kate Matthews (MSc student) –The influence of health system change on treatment burden
  • Dr Kate Lippiett, ARC Wessex - Aspects of treatment burden in COPD and lung cancer 


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Webinar: Improving the Wellbeing of the Health & Care Workforce


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Professor Jane Ball presentation

Improving the Wellbeing of the Health & Care Workforce - Slide-set  1

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Professor Jill Maben presentation

Improving the Wellbeing of the Health & Care Workforce - Slide-set  2

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Professor Jackie Bridges presentation

Improving the Wellbeing of the Health & Care Workforce - Slide-set  3

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Wessex Domestic Violence & Abuse Research Event - June 22 2021 - Presentations - Download PDF

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How has Covid-19 Changed the way we do research? Watch the online seminar

Dr Nisreen Alwen MBE hosts a lively online seminar discussing how the Covid-19 Pandemic has changed the way we do research, with valuable insights from Dr Stephen Lim, Dr Caroline Barker and Dr Kat Bradbury. 

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How has Covid-19 changed the way we do research? Slide-set - Stephen Lim, Caroline Barker & Kat Bradbury

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Finding the Power in Empowerment - Episode One - Long Term Conditions- Sam and Lynn are joined by guests Holly and Mick.

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Finding the power in empowerment - Episode Two Research and Co-production

In this episode Sam and Lynn are joined by the 2 Sarah's talking about what it means to involve patients and the public in research

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Finding the power in empowerment - Episode Three Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

In this episode Sam and Lynn are joined by Ijeoma and Andi. In this episode you will hear open and honest accounts of pregnancy, birth and post-natal decision making, we delve into how maternity services can share power and what can be done to support people during this significant period.

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Finding the Power in Empowerment Episode Four Moving from Child to Adult Services

In this episode Sam and Lynn are joined by Amy and Natalia to discuss empowerment in the context of moving from a child/young person to an adult health service. We discuss differences in care, making difficult decisions and the practical aspects of empowerment.

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Finding the Power in Empowerment Episode 5: Chronic Pain Patient and Practitioner

In this episode Sam and Lynn are joined by Claire Campbell and Louise Trewern to discuss empowerment in the context of chronic pain both from a patient and a clinician viewpoint. We discuss relationships, reflections and what healthcare systems need to support empowerment.

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Finding the Power in Empowerment: Episode 6 Reflections on Empowerment

This is the final episode in our series of podcasts exploring and reflecting upon empowerment. Barney Jones of the Wessex Public Involvement Network hosts this episode, giving Sam and Lynn the chance to reflect on past episodes' themes and share their own personal experiences with empowerment. This episode highlights Sam and Lynn's personal experiences while recording this series, as well as an opportunity to hear how prior guests' insights on empowerment have influenced Sam and Lynn's understanding of empowerment.


Evidence Briefs

Evidence-briefs: short summaries and overviews of research addressing the key questions in Workforce and Health Systems

How do long shifts, overtime, and higher patient load influence activities that support good nursing practice? 

Nursing workforce factors like shift length, workload, and use of overtime are known to influence care quality and staff wellbeing. But to what extent do these factors influence other aspects of nursing work - such as care coordination and continuous professional development? We used data from a large national survey of nurses to see if working long shifts, overtime, and having higher patient loads influenced nurses’ opportunities for completing activities that support good practice. 

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What makes it difficult for patients to ask for help in hospital?

Failures in fundamental care of hospital patients can have serious consequences, including patients dying unnecessarily. NHS policy and nursing theory emphasise shared decision making by staff and patients. However they do not consider what prevents nurses providing care as they would wish, nor the difficulties patients can face in alerting staff to missed care.

Researchers from the University of Southampton interviewed 20 patients and six focus group members about their experiences of involvement in fundamental care decisions in hospitals, including whether they raised missed care with staff and if not, why not. This evidence brief presents our findings, taken from our recent paper.

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How long do nurses take to measure patients’ vital signs, and does it matter?

Patients in hospital may be at risk of unexpected deterioration. Monitoring patients’ vital signs, for example blood pressure and heart rate, ensures that any deterioration can be spotted early. This means that monitoring patients’ vital signs is an important part of safe patient care, and, if carried out effectively, has the potential to save many patients’ lives. However, previous studies have been unable to specify the workload this monitoring activity generates for nursing staff. This makes it difficult to plan how many staff are needed to monitor patients. 

Researchers at the University Of Southampton, University of Portsmouth and University of Oxford have teamed up to measure and estimate the time and workload associated with measuring patients’ vital signs, and this evidence brief reports what they found. (Download)

What keeps nurses in nursing? 

There is a shortage of registered nurses across the world, including in the UK. As demand for care increases, we need to find ways of recruiting more nurses and retaining those already in the workforce. But what makes some nurses decide to leave their jobs, or the profession altogether, and others stay? Understanding workplace factors that influence these decisions could help employers and policymakers to create the conditions needed to keep nurses in the profession. 

In this Evidence Brief, we bring together the key findings from a scoping review of reports and research papers to summarise what is known about factors that influence nurse retention, and consider what more needs to be done to develop effective retention strategies. (download the full article)

Burnout in Nursing: what have we learnt and what do we still need to know? 

Recent health workforce crises, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have meant that burnout has often become a ‘buzzword’ to represent stress, extreme tiredness, and a willingness to quit one’s job. Several studies in nursing focus on burnout as an indicator of adverse work environments or staff characteristics. Nonetheless, what burnout is - what aspects contribute to its development and what the effect is for nurses, healthcare organisations, or their patients - is often overlooked. 

This evidence brief describes a review, undertaken by researchers at the University of Southampton, of the research examining relationships between burnout and work-related variables. We sought to determine what is known (and not known) about the causes and consequences of burnout in nursing, and whether these relationships confirm or dispute Maslach’s theory of burnout. (Download)


 Many studies of registered nurse staffing in hospitals have shown an association between higher levels and better patient outcomes and care quality. Systems for determining the number of nursing staff needed on wards exist in abundance. However, research (Download)

Urgent care typically describes healthcare for non-life threatening conditions requiring prompt attention (‘same day’ or within 24 hours). In England, urgent care services have proliferated partly to divert people from attending overcrowded emergency departments but also to address policy concerns of patient choice and improved access to care. (Download)

Job-related stress and burnout are prevalent amongst healthcare staff; in particular, nurses in the UK have one of the highest levels of burnout in any country in Europe. Tackling this problem is a high priority in the UK and in other countries where shortages of healthcare professionals are affecting healthcare delivery.  

‘Magnet’ hospitals are reputed to attract and retain staff, and to achieve better outcomes for patients. But what do we know about whether Magnet hospitals are ‘better’ places for staff to work, and whether they improve staff wellbeing? (Download)

The Francis inquiries in 2010 and 2013 highlighted nurse staffing as a patient safety factor contributing to the care failings identified at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. The reports and government response led to the development of national ‘safe staffing’ policy. (Download)