Launch of Research4Gloucestershire drives research agenda

19 Aug 2019, 8 a.m.

Exciting new opportunities in research in Gloucestershire are being explored thanks to the launch of a new research arm of the county’s Integrated Care System (ICS).

Research4Gloucestershire (R4G) will see health and social care providers join forces with the University of Gloucestershire and Cobalt Health. Under the R4G name, they want to create a platform to bring together people across the county with an interest or involvement in research, as well as those able to drive the research agenda within their own organisations.

To mark the launch, R4G: Research Matters 2019 will take place on Tuesday 10 September at the University of Gloucestershire. As well as keynote speakers, the event will also provide opportunities for networking and to influence the potential for the county to become a centre of excellent to deliver educational research.

Keynote speakers include Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. He is internationally renowned for his work in person-centred practice development and research.

Also speaking is Gloucestershire Hospital's Dr Sean Elyan, who will be focusing on educational research, looking at how health and social care organisations can overcome workforce challenges and plan for the future.

As well as question and answer sessions, which is it hoped will generate interesting and challenging discussions, there will also be a marketplace with stands and networking opportunities.

Peter Lachecki, Chair of Research4Gloucestershire, said: “We believe Gloucestershire truly has the potential to become a centre of excellence for research and we’re delighted to be launching Research4Gloucestershire to deliver on this goal.

“We want to shape a bright future for research in Gloucestershire over the next five to 10 years. Working together, we have produced a broad vision statement, want to further recognise the great work that is already taking place across the county and decide on key research priorities.

“Research Matters 2019 will be a truly collaborative event and we are excited to be working with attendees to drive the research agenda in the county. There will be the opportunity for plenty of interaction, ideas generation and sharing of best practice, as well as identifying ways we can work together.”

Research Matters 2019 will take place at the School of Business & Technology, on the Oxstalls Campus, University of Gloucestershire.

The organisations involved in Research4Gloucestershire are 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University of Gloucestershire and Cobalt Health.