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Tuesday 17 October, 2pm to 4pm @ Holiday Inn, Warmsworth, DN4 9UX

Presentation / workshop by Hannah Lewis, Ellen Kavanagh & Rachel Walton, Assistant Psychologists, RDaSH Growing Older with a Learning Disability (GOLD) dementia project.
It is hypothesised that following the GOLD training, support staff will have an increased knowledge of difficulties those growing older with a LD will experience, they will become competent in person centered planning through the use of the GOLD Person Centred Plan, and sensitive and responsive to individual’s needs and skills on a day to day basis.

Tuesday 17 October, 2 - 4pm @ Holiday Inn, Warmsworth, DN4 9UX

Presentation/debate by Pete Nelson, Vanessa Powell-Hoyland, Catherine Homer and Lee Pollard

A 'Question Time' debate - 'Is child obesity an overlooked child protection concern?'
The debate will include four of the researchers, one to chair, one to set the scene and two to debate. Following a scene setting introduction, two of the researchers, one from public health and one from social work, will debate the question 'Is child obesity an overlooked child protection concern?' using the views, opinions and words of the participants from the research.

Peter Nelson is Principal Lecturer and Resource Manager in the Department of Social Work Social Care and Community Studies and Research Coordinator for Social Work in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.

Catherine is a Research Fellow who joined the Centre for Health and Social Care Research in March 2011. Catherine also works as a Public Health Specialist in the public health team at Rotherham Borough Council and is currently completing her PhD on the experience and expectation of bariatric surgery patients. Catherine's research and professional interests include obesity and weight management, fuel poverty, cold homes and health inequalities.

Lee Pollard began his career in child protection social work in 1995. He has since worked as a children and families social worker, Principal Child Protection Training Officer and Safeguarding Children Board Development Officer for Rotherham and Barnsley local authorities. He began his current post at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007. Social Worker Experience of Fatal Child Abuse, An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, is the culmination of four years' work and marks the completion of his Doctoral thesis. He has delivered papers on the subject of fatal child abuse at a number of conferences, most recently at the ISPCAN International Congress in Dublin and Edinburgh

Vanessa Powell-Hoyland– Sheffield Hallam University

Vanessa Powell-Hoyland is a Researcher fellow who joined the Centre for Health and Social Care Research in January 2015 seconded from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, where Vanessa also works as a Public Health Co-ordinator. Vanessa was awarded her MA in Public Health from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015. Vanessa’s research and professional interests include, fuel poverty, cold homes and health inequalities. Recent projects include fuel poverty and the decision making of families with children suffering from asthma

Presentation by Helen Oldknow, Research Nurse, RDaSH The presentation will cover the role of Dementia Research Nurse.

Wednesday 18 October, 10 - 11am @ Civic Building Office Waterdale DN13BU

Presentation by Maggie Peat, Lead Research Nurse, Harrogate and District NHS FT,
Evie Chandler, Patient Public and Carer Involvement and Engagement Officer | CRN Yorkshire and the Humber The presentation and discussion will cover the role and contribution of Patient Research Ambassadors

Wednesday 18 October, 1 - 3pm @ Civic Office Waterdale Doncaster DN13BU

Interactive Session by Professor Charmaine Childs, Sheffield Hallam University

Can we see what we feel?
The session will cover research on the assessment of thermal comfort in older people living in a communal setting, there will also be Thermal imaging ''live'' demonstrations with participants to show the novel
technology application amongst local people and to invite feedback
This session will be a great opportunity for rontline staff and commissioners to participate in the thermography event- the purpose being to 'bring to mind' the issues of thermal comfort and skin temperature variations
during Autumn weather in vulnerable groups (babies and older people)
The session will also present a short film capture/documentary interviews with volunteers talking about how they keep warm in winter (and cool in summer) and what it means to them to ''see'' their body temperature (typically
hands, face and ears) and for us to understand whether ''seeing'' temperature has a benefit for
those who have problems communicating their temperature preferences and comfort.

After qualifying, care of burned children inspired Charmaine's early research interests. Later, as a Medical Research Council scientist, she headed up the metabolic research programme on childhood burn trauma at the North Western Injury Research Centre, Manchester. Her work focused on fever and its complications and led to development of a bespoke calorimeter to measure energy expenditure; their ‘metabolic-cart’ became the prototype for later commercial systems. In 2000 Charmaine was appointed to senior research fellow at the University of Manchester and her research focus moved from injured skin to injured brain. Here, she pioneered the use of new, implantable brain sensors in neurocritical care, seeking to understand the relationship between fever and hypoxia in secondary brain damage.

Thursday 19 October, 10 - 11.30am – St Catherine’s House Woodfield Park, Tickhill Rd, Doncaster DN4 8QP

Presentation by Dr Sue Peckover Reader in Public Health Nursing
Sheffield Hallam University The Presentation will cover reserach currently been undertaken on 0-19 research priorities. Sue joined SHU in January 2014 having previously held posts in the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield and at the University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Sue as a professional background in health visiting and currently teach on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programme. Her teaching and research interests lie in the field of child and family health and welfare, public health, safeguarding children, domestic abuse and e- technologies.

Thursday 19 October, 12 - 1pm – St Catherine’s House Woodfield Park, Tickhill Rd, Doncaster DN4 8QP

Presentation by Katie Shearn, PhD Researcher Sheffield Hallam University

The presentation will cover research on the positive youth sexual health services: a realist evaluation. English and international policy calls for positive youth sexual health services, (positive services), that support young people to achieve sexual wellbeing. Katie will present her study aimed to provide theory and evidence to support their delivery

Thursday 19 October, 2 - 4:30pm – Edlington Eco Project Yorkshire Main Community Centre, Doncaster, New Edlington, Doncaster DN12 1AB

A Workshop: ‘Food for Thought’ Includes presentations around food banks, food in mood, food and the environment and the Way Forward Project

Katie Badger, Kevin Williamson, Matt Hobbs and Jennifer Harris

‘Food for Thought’ will be a showcase of food related research projects in Doncaster including local research around food banks, food in mood (includes nutritional intakes for those with psychosis and those with dementia and nutrition and stress in the workforce), weight management, food and the obesogenic environment , there will also be a displays around food developments in Doncaster.

Matthew Hobbs

Matthew is a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health at Leeds Trinity University and PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett University investigating links between the physical environment and health outcomes such as obesity. He completed his MSc. Physical Activity and Public Health at Loughborough University and has recently presented his work at international conferences including the European Congress on Obesity and International Society for Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Katie Badger

Katie graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2016 with an MA in food security and food justice, following her undergraduate degree in human geography. For her dissertation, she completed a six-week placement within Doncaster Council’s public health department, conducting qualitative research into food poverty within the area. The key focus of her research was on the importance of the role of community organisations for alleviating food poverty, and exploring the different strategies used by individuals to ameliorate this, and the implications this had for diet. Currently, Katie is working at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council within the Public Health team as a graduate trainee manager, and has recently been involved in a pilot to address holiday hunger within the local area.

Kevin Williamson

Kevin is a Registered Nutritionist in the United Kingdom and is currently a Consultant Nutritionist within the Centre for Nutrition and Behaviour based in RDaSH NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified with a Master of Medical Science (MMedSci) from the University of Sheffield. His career has spanned the development and delivery of a nutritional service to those with psychosis, lecturing widely on the topic of nutrition and behavior, particularly in the field of severe mental illness and the development and implementation of research within the NHS. Currently, Kevin’s main research projects are linked to several universities in the UK and are centred on the themes of nutrition and severe mental illness and nutrition to improve the wellbeing of the workforce. Kevin has been shortlisted for, and won, a variety of awards from both the health service and academia and he is currently studying his PhD in nutrition and psychosis at the University of Leeds.

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer has worked at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2004 after graduating with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University. She specialised as a Senior Children’s Physiotherapist in 2006 working with children and young people with musculoskeletal, neuro-developmental, rheumatology and orthopaedic conditions. In 2015, Jennifer participated in the Health Education England / National Institute for Health Research Integrated Clinical Academic (HEE/NIHR ICA) Internship Programme supported by Research & Development NorthWest. In 2016/2017 Jennifer was involved in the ‘Way Forward Doncaster’ service improvement programme working alongside NIHR CLAHRC Y&H and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. This project applied a co-production and participatory approach to support implementation of weight-management and public health guidance in outpatient physiotherapy. She completed HEE/NIHR ICA MSc in Clinical Research Methods at the University of Leeds in 2017 inspired by and promoting principles in paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy and public health.

Friday 20 October, 10 - 12noon – Denaby and Cadeby Miners Welfare, Tickhill Square, Denaby Main, Doncaster DN12 4AW

Well Doncaster

An installation of Community Engagement and Resilience.

Community Engagement and Resilience’ Denaby Main hosts an exhibition examining community engagement and resilience. On show will be examples of innovative engagement techniques such as enterprise and art. There will be research focusing on understanding how to services can communicate more effectively with the deaf community and understanding the relationship between young people with arts and culture. Resilience will be explored through photographic case studies and geographical simulation techniques to explore health resilience at high spatial resolution.

The event will be opened by Prof Jane South Healthy Communities, Jane is currenlty working in the field of volunteering, active citizenship and community health.

Jane has a national and international reputation for her research on lay health workers and volunteer roles in health. She has a long standing interest in community engagement and is currently on secondment to Public Health England as an expert advisor on community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. From 2006-2013, Jane was Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at our University where she built up an extensive portfolio of research, publications and public engagement activity.

Phil Jones

Phil is a geographer based in the Centre for Criminological Research in the School of Law, University of Sheffield. His PhD (submitted; awaiting assessment) was based on the geographical analysis of health inequalities and health resilience in Doncaster, and was supported by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. Phil specialises in geographical simulation, GIS, spatial analysis, and quantitative social research methods.

Phil recently submitted PhD where he used geographical simulation techniques to explore health resilience at high spatial resolution. He identified a number of areas in Doncaster that had low prevalence of clinical depression despite economic and social disadvantage. In this talk he will discuss the characteristics and nature of these areas and what is likely to make them 'resilient' compared to similarly deprived areas, and how he come to these suggestions. This talk would be useful for policy makers and community practitioners interested in the health and wellbeing of residents in Doncaster.

Sophie Anderson

The Voice Project – ‘Developing the Voice of the Child for Arts & Culture in Doncaster’ was set up by the Doncaster Culture Education Partnership [DCEP] to give a voice to Children and Young People in the Doncaster Borough, so they can inform decision making about provision.

DMBC have recently finished the first phase of a three part study, The Voice Project - a project jointly funded by DMBC and Cape UK (now known as IVE). The first phase of the project looks specifically at 14-17 year olds in 3 areas of the borough and explores the current level of provision and youth engagement with Arts & Cultural. The consultation elements were written by Young People for Young People. Sophie will be sharing the interesting results of this process.

Les Monaghan

Relative Poverty is an on-going body of work being created by Les Monaghan with families defined as destitute in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It is a process-led photographic investigation both documentary and collaborative, which deals with issues of agency, visibility, public engagement and fairness of representation.

Ellie Holding

Ellie joined ScHARR in October 2014 as a Research Associate in the Public Health section and as a part of the CLAHRC YH Public Health and Inequalities theme. Ellie is Project Manager of the Yorkshire Health Study (; a longitudinal, regional cohort study containing data from over 45,000 people on their healthcare usage, health conditions and health related behaviours. Ellie also works on a collaborative research project between ScHARR and Sheffield City Council evaluating a city wide social housing intervention as well as an evaluation of the British Red Cross Community Connectors Programme.

Before joining ScHARR Ellie completed an MSc in Public Health and Health Related Research at Newcastle University and worked as a Research Assistant in the Institute of Health and Society on a qualitative project on the impact of the Bedroom Tax on health and well-being in one of the most deprived areas in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Friday 20th October 2-4 pm CAST Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

Design research for service design-

Speaker: Thomas Kohut, Principal Consultant, Uscreates

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council has commissioned a piece of customer insight research to help inform how it designs and commissions services. This is being carried out by Uscreates - a service design, research and innovation agency with a 12-year track record of working with public sector, specialising in health and wellbeing. In this session, the Uscreates will share their user-centred design research methods, explaining how they use insights to help generate new ideas, improve existing service offers, and contribute to tackling societal challenges. Including many examples of work from across the UK, Uscreates will share emerging insight from their work in Doncaster, which includes ethnographic studies of residents alongside a piece of digital and community engagement.


This seminar will be of interest to researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds; employees of organisations across Team Doncaster with an interest in tackling health inequalities across the Borough; commissioners of services; front-line staff involved in the delivery of public services; those with an interest in understanding the Doncaster population.

Thomas uses design, collaboration and creativity to solve problems, rethink services, and develop campaigns, behaviour change and engagement programmes. He has experience in applying a human-centred approach in service design, research and policy development in and for the public and private sectors, charities, Parliament, Central Government, universities and academia. Prior to Uscreates, he worked for the UK's national academy for humanities and social sciences - the British Academy - and for a Westminster think tank. He has led teams and projects working with and for the health sector (including in the NHS, for CCGs, hospital trusts, and in the independent sector), local authorities, in the design, manufacturing and creative industries, and in education and skills. Recent projects have examined staff retention and wellbeing in mental health, the prevention of homelessness, cancer data and survivorship, digital engagement for service design, challenges around engaging men in health improvement, childhood obesity, and health inequalities for people living with long-term conditions.

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