Annual Research Forum

The Annual Research Forum is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the outcomes of projects carried out in the previous year(s) and to share details of new research.

Our 14th Annual Research Forum

The 2022 Annual Research Forum showcased the fantastic research work completed by our Trust and academic staff. A range of delegates from disciplines including nurses, allied health professionals (AHPs), psychologists, academics, researchers and psychiatrists attended the event which was held at thestudio, Leeds on Thursday 31 March 2022.

The event was previously postponed from 11 November 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The event was opened by Max Henderson, Research and Development Clinical Lead, who celebrated the achievements of the past year. He highlighted how the Trust has performed through challenging circumstances in the climate over the last year and emphasised how important National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio research is.

Seven presentations covered a wide range of topics and included a mix of study outcomes and future research priorities. Outcomes included sharing the early findings of the projects that the Child Oriented Mental health Intervention Centre (COMIC) Team have been working on (which are currently embargoed). We also looked at the progress of the Fresh Start study, seeing how we can improve the support offered by the NHS to people who self-harm. There was also a couple of excellent dementia studies, NIDUS and EMBED-Care, presented by our colleagues at University College London and North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

The event also saw three parallel interactive workshops covering patient and public involvement in research, embedding research into your career development and optimising recruitment into research project. All workshops were well attended and some great discussion and emerging ideas were generated.

This year we enlisted the help of Leeds Media Services to help capture the event and promote future forums. The video, presentations, abstracts and biographies from the day can be found below:

During the event, eight posters were displayed and delegates had the opportunity to vote for their top two. After the votes had been counted, the winners were announced:

Joint 1st prize

  • ‘In BIG letters’ by Learning Disabilities, Pharmacy and Patient Experience teams.
  • ‘Routinely used interventions for improving attachments in infants and young children: an updated systematic review and comprehensive UK survey’ by Eleni Tsappis.

2nd prize

  • ‘Alleviating specific phobias experienced by children trial’ by Sarah Parkinson

Watch our forum presenters


Early feedback and evaluation from the event shows that 100 per cent of respondents rated the 2022 event as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

View our Twitter moment for all of the comments, quotes and photos from the event.

Here’s some early feedback we’ve received too:

“The content of the presentations were good. Not too much information on there to make it overwhelming”.

“Good to have a range of presentations covering different topics”.

“I enjoyed the joint presentations from different teams as well as single presentations. I thought the delivery style was very engaging and enjoyed the question and answer segment”.

“Everything was really good. I think more time was needed for the workshops at the end”.

“I was happy with the delivery of presentations. The key speakers were excellent.”.