SRR Winter 2015 Meeting Manchester

03 Feb 2015

Society for Research in Rehabilitation Winter 2015 meeting at University of Manchester

The Society’s Winter meeting was held at the University of Manchester, hosted by Prof Sarah Tyson.

The meeting started on a sombre note as we remembered Prof Bipin Bhakta, a former President and great friend of SRR who passed away in December. 

The theme of the conference focused on “Rehabilitation Research: Time for a Radical Re-think?” It’s been just over 10 years since the advent of NIHR changed the landscape of funding for rehabilitation research and gave us the opportunity to undertake much more ambitious breadth and depth of studies. We have seized that opportunity with both hands but the results of several large definitive trials have not been as expected. This symposium aimed to reflect on why that maybe and how rehabilitation research may progress in the next 10 years or so. We had three eminent speakers. Prof Sallie Lamb from Warwick and Oxford Universities and the NIHR HTA Programme spoke about how to run successful Phase III rehabilitation trials. Then Prof Trish Greenhalgh of Oxford University heroically joined us by skype as she was unable to travel to Manchester.

Thankfully the technology was kind and she presented an alternative paradigm for rehabilitation research taking taking a philosophical stance to question the primacy of randomised controlled trials to evaluate complex interventions. Finally Dr Richard Emsley from the University of Manchester presented his work within mental health research to improve fidelity in rehabilitation. After coffee there was a lively ‘question time’ session where we could explore these issues further.  

The afternoon was devoted to the latest rehabilitation research with 8 platform presentations, 14 posters and 11 ‘work in progress’ posters. It was great to meet overseas delegates from Sweden, the Netherlands and India amongst the 80+ attendees. As ever at SRR, standards were high, the setting was excellent and (more unusually for a Winter meeting) the weather was kind. Some of us were even able to sit outside for lunch.

The symposium presentations are available to SRR members on the ‘members’ area of the website or by request to the SRR Secretariat [email protected]

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