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Dr Rebecca Palmer

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From post-doc to present day.
Presentation for the NIHR CLAHRC National Conference Careers Day: for postdoc research careers in the allied health professions

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Dr Rebecca Palmer

  1. 1. From post-doc to present day Dr Rebecca Palmer
  2. 2. Background • Speech and language therapist • Qualified university Reading 1999 • Worked as generalist SLT in North Lincolnshire for 2.5 years • Interest in research: – Much of treatment based on theory and experience – Wanted to know more about what works – Interested in how we can improve the interventions we deliver to patients and improve understanding of what works for who and why.
  3. 3. • Research opportunity at University of Sheffield – SLT on European research project (Computer programme for dysarthria therapy using speech recognition) – With leading researcher in SLT – PhD
  4. 4. Post doc • Decision time – clinical / research / other? 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Percentageworktime year post-doc network research clinical
  5. 5. • Band 7 specialist SLT on stroke unit (2005-2010) • Research associate working on project developing speech recognition technology for a communication aid (2005-2007)
  6. 6. • NIHR stroke research network – rehabilitation and community trials manager in Trent region (2007-2013) • NIHR RfPB grant – pilot RCT evaluating independent aphasia therapy delivered via computer software (2009-2012) - CACTUS • Combined: – Knowledge of trials – Clinical awareness of limited amounts of therapy can offer – Interest in using technology as mode of delivery of SLT post stroke • NIHR CLAHRC South Yorkshire – stroke theme and telehealth theme (2010-2014)
  7. 7. http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/training-programmes.htm
  8. 8. Assessment Tailoring software -personalisation -targeted exercises Independent practice ~30 mins per day Volunteer support -motivation -encourage use of vocab -feedback Clinical activity within fellowship (2012-2017) Piloted implementation of independent aphasia therapy delivered using computer software.
  9. 9. Academic activity within fellowship (2012-2017) • NIHR HTA multicentre RCT of clinical and cost effectiveness of computer aphasia therapy (Big CACTUS)
  10. 10. Academic activity within fellowship (2012-2017) • Building clinical research capacity: – Masters students (MClinRes) – PhD students – Development of team of researchers • Co-investigator on range of studies – Focus on the rehabilitation of communication post stroke – Focus on technological solutions – Enabling people with aphasia to participate in stroke rehabilitation research • Stroke patient and public involvement • Publications
  11. 11. • Build networks, external activities
  12. 12. • Trustee for research and development – Building research capacity of the profession – Setting research priorities for profession – Encouraging evidence based practice
  13. 13. Thank you for listening!

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