Friday, 20 October 2017


Renowned speakers at ‘Ideas to Impact’ research conference

Published on 24 Sep 2013

An opportunity to hear about some of the health-related research activity being carried out in the Western Isles – along with the chance to access expert help to develop your own ideas – will be available this month.


Working in partnership, NHS Western Isles and the University of Stirling School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, have organised a full-day conference on Friday September 27, with presentations by a number of renowned national speakers, to consider the important and expanding area of health-related research.


Professor Brian Williams, Director of the national Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Research Unit, will deliver the first presentation of the day, and will speak to those in attendance on ‘Developing Research’.


The Research Unit’s role is to develop a high quality research agenda which is useful and relevant to direct patient care and to provide a strong national focus for patient care research, so Professor Williams will be able to give detailed information and guidance on how to plan and proceed with a health-related research project.


Professor Williams’ presentation will be followed by a talk by Professor Andrew Watterson, Director of Research, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling. Professor Watterson teaches on public health and related courses, and his particular research interests are improving health outcomes; public health; and health, work and environment. He will speak to attendees specifically about health impact assessment tools and linking policy, practice and research.


The final visiting speaker of the day will be Professor Helen Cheyne, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) Research Unit, University of Stirling. Professor Cheyne has undertaken research in areas such as maternal health, decision making, and early labour, and has authored a number of research articles.


Professor Cheyne’s presentation on September 27 will cover nursing and midwifery research.


The conference, which takes place in the Clinical Skills Area, Western Isles Hospital from 9.45am until 4.15pm, will also include facilitated workshops, updates on local health-related research and discussions about opportunities for research in the Western Isles.


NHS Western Isles is pleased to be a partner in this exciting event and is confident it will provide a boost to ongoing efforts to develop research capacity amongst the local workforce, which will ultimately benefit the quality of care for our patients.


Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided. Those who wish to attend for individual talks or for part of the day are also welcome to do so (the full programme is available at


The conference is open to all. To register your interest in attending, please contact Christine Mackay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.