Research Conference 2023

The 2023 Research Conference will focus on maximising research opportunities in Lincolnshire.

It is a celebration and showcase event of Research and Evaluation in LPFT. 

Date: Thursday, 5 October 2023

Time: 9am - 4pm 

Location: The Bentley Hotel, Newark Road, South Hykeham, Lincoln LN6 9NH

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We will also be hosting a poster competition with a prize for first place.

You have until Thursday 28 September to enter. See the entries here.

The order of the day


Arrival, registration, refreshments, posters and stands


Welcome, housekeeping and overview of the day



Maximising the benefits of research: Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Host: Dr Jaspreet Phull, Deputy Medical Director, LPFT

Martin Fahy, Director of Nursing, Lincolnshire ICB


Campus for Future Living, Mablethorpe

Host: Tracy McCranor, Clinical Research Manager, LPFT

Ivan Annibal, Rose Regeneration




Veterans Research

Host: Diane Brennan, Senior Research Nurse, LPFT

Professor Matt Fossey, Director of Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research, Anglia Ruskin University





LPFT Research Team – Kelly and Lyn


Grounded Research, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH)

Host: Dr Jaspreet Phull, Deputy Medical Director, LPFT

Heather Rice, Director of Research and Innovation, RDaSH


Clinical Academic Career Development:

HEE/NIHR funded post-doctoral fellowship - Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF)

Host: Tracy McCranor, Clinical Research Manager, LPFT

Dr Gregory Whitley, Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science University of Lincoln (UoL) and Paramedic Research Fellow East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and UoL




The SPS Study: assessing psychological support for people with emotional distress and difficulties in relationships

Host: Lizwi Nyathi, Research Nurse, LPFT

Dr Mike Crawford, Chief Investigator, Imperial College London


RECOLLECT2: exploring the impact of Recovery Colleges on student outcomes and factors which effect these   

Host: Charlotte Wesson, Clinical Research Practitioner, LPFT

Dr Tesnime Jebara, Research Study Coordinator

Amy Day, Recovery College Manager and Principal Investigator, LPFT


Poster Competition Results



Closing Remarks



The speakers:

Martin Fahy - Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB)


Martin Fahy is the Director of Nursing and Quality with the Lincolnshire ICB. His background is in nursing and leadership and before joining the Lincolnshire system three years ago, he was the Director of Nursing in Birmingham & Solihull and Bedfordshire CCG’s and prior to that he was the Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality for the NHSE regional central midlands team. He is an experienced Senior Nurse Leader with over 34 years’ experience within a variety of settings across provider and commissioning organisations. More recently he has been working in regional and ICB/CCG roles with executive responsibilities for the commissioning health and care services. He has steered on several large-scale work programmes e.g., vaccination programme, transforming care, developing the co-commissioning quality transfer arrangements from NHS E to CCG’s, lead for Children commissioning, CHC, SRO for the LMNS, Safeguarding, Patient safety & Experience and recently appointed as the lead for the NHS E Midlands Mental Health Quality Oversight Group 

Ivan Annibal - Campus for Future Living, Mablethorpe


Ivan has a national reputation in economic and community development, with particular specialisms in coastal and rural issues. He is the inventor of the Social Value Engine the only Social Value International accredited software in the UK. Ivan is currently providing capacity support to a number of local authorities, helping them to apply for, and implement, their Shared Prosperity Fund and Levelling Up bids. Ivan has also been working with FE, HE and employers to develop capital programmes for technical and vocational skills. Before setting up Rose Regeneration in 2008 Ivan was an Assistant Director of Development at Lincolnshire County Council and prior to that Assistant Chief Executive at Lincolnshire Training and Enterprise Council.  Ivan is the Operations Director at the National Centre for Rural Health and Care; a visiting fellow at Lincoln International Business School; a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce); and a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Development. 

Professor Matt Fossey - Veterans Research


Prof Matt Fossey is a professor of public services research. He is the Director of the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) and co-Director of the Centre for Military Women’s Research (CMWR) at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chelmsford. Matt leads the overall strategic and research direction of the VFI. He is the recipient of over £4 million of research and innovation funding and has nearly 100 publications across a range of topics associated with veterans, the military, mental health and co-morbidity. His primary research and practice interests relate to research impact and knowledge exchange between organisations. Matt originally trained as a mental health social worker and has worked as an NHS practitioner, manager, and change agent. His last job in the NHS was as a Deputy Director within the Department of Health, helping to lead the flagship programme for improving access to psychological therapies. He has subsequently worked for UK based think-tanks developing mental health policy and practice. He currently sits as an academic advisor to the NHS as well as the UK Office for Veterans Affairs. Matt is co-chair of the NATO research group on sexual violence in the military. 

Heather Rice, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust


Heather has been working as Director of Research & Innovation for RDaSH for the last nine years, successfully expanding the work and staff within the Grounded Research Team. A graduate of the NHS national graduate management training scheme, with a career spanning more than two decades in health and local government. Heather’s achievements include being one of the youngest women to gain a place on the King’s Fund Leadership 2000 Programme in 1998/1999. She was awarded a Nuffield Trust/Institute of Health Services Management Travelling Fellowship to evaluate leadership development for senior women in health care in the Australian Public Service and has won a scholarship with the US based International Women’s Forum Fellows Programme - a global leadership development programme that actively challenges senior women from the public and private sector to confront international leadership and management issues.  

Dr Gregory Whitley, Clinical Academic Career Development


Greg is a UK registered paramedic who joined the ambulance service in 2010. He currently works across the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the University of Lincoln as a Paramedic Research Fellow and a Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science. He completed his PhD titled "Pre-hospital pain management in children: A mixed methods study" in 2020. He has worked on several clinical trials including the NIHR HTA funded AIRWAYS-2 and PARAMEDIC-3 studies. He is an active member of the University of Lincoln Community and Health Research Unit (CaHRU) and leads the Prehospital and Emergency Quality and Outcomes (PEQO) theme. He is also an Associate Editor for the British Paramedic Journal. Greg has recently been awarded a prestigious Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF), making him the first paramedic in England to receive a HEE/NIHR funded postdoctoral fellowship. 

Dr Mike Crawford, The SPS study


Mike Crawford is a Professor of Mental Health Research in the Division of Psychiatry, Imperial College London. His research interests lie in the development and evaluation of complex interventions for people who experience severe mental health conditions. He has published papers on the management of suicidal behaviour, psychosis and personality disorder. Current projects include a clinical trial of a low intensity intervention for people with probable personality disorder. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist at Central and North West London Foundation Trust where he works in the acute care services and is clinical lead for the Complex Emotional Needs Pathway. 

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