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NIHR leader speaks at MLTC networking event

The CEO of the NIHR delivered a virtual keynote presentation at the latest meeting of a national networking event organised by ARC East Midlands.

ARC East Midlands leads a project focused on improving multiple long-term conditions (MLTCs) research by sharing information and best practice through a series of mini conferences.

The Chief Executive of the NIHR and the Department of Health and Social Care’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Lucy Chappell, delivered a virtual keynote presentation at the event which took place in Leicester on Tuesday, May 2, at College Court Conference Centre.

More than 55 individuals attended from 33 different organisations of which 10 NIHR ARCs were represented on the day. Researchers, clinicians, and policymakers were bought together to share knowledge, discuss best practices, and develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of people living with multiple chronic conditions.

Presentations were given from the projects on the national ARC MLTC implementation programme, followed by interactive workshops in the afternoon covering:

  • Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)
  • Strengthening primary care to manage the growth in MLTCs
  • Real World Data for MLTCs

The poster presentation competition was won by Aysegul Kafadar, a PhD candidate from the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the factors underlaying COVID-19 vaccination behaviour with people with young-onset dementia and carers in the UK.

Professor Khunti said: “As the lead ARC on MLTC, we are proud to organise this event and I am grateful to all of the speakers, who have taken time out of their busy schedules to attend. I am also grateful to the other ARCs who presented on their examples of good practice and innovative research.”

Professor Chappell said: “‘Thanks very much for inviting me on a topic that I think is so fundamental across our health and care system.”

Feedback received following the event include:

  • “I found the MLTC event most rewarding and informative for my involvement in a number of different research projects as a PPIE member, some of these led by researchers present. It was an excellent programme.”
  • “The presentations were well organised and delivered with a good flow to the whole event.”
  • “Range of speakers made it clear the importance of this research.”
  • “More seminars, lectures on specific studies to gain better insights and for development of knowledge.”

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Published on: 26 Jun 2023