New Rising Star Dr. Emma Patchwood

We are happy to announce that Dr. Emma Patchwood has been recognised as the 2020 rising star.

Emma obtained her PhD in 2015 and began a Stroke Association post-doctoral fellowship at Manchester in 2019. The fellowship (March 2019 – May 2022) involves co-development and feasibility testing of a remotely-delivered psychotherapeutic intervention to support adjustment post stroke. Emma has a rapidly growing, well-deserved reputation for her collaborative, inclusive, applied psychological research in stroke, specialising in service user involvement and supporting people living with cognitive and communication difficulties. As co-chief investigator on the OSCARSS carers’ cRCT Emma presented the results to 5000 stroke researchers at ESOC2019, demonstrating effective leadership, passion for research and commitment to stroke. In addition, Emma developed the evidence base for six-month reviews for stroke survivors, working effectively at getting these into practice, e.g. publishing practical guidance for commissioners/providers for the six-month review CQUIN through membership of NHS England National Stroke Plan, Task and Finish Group.

To find out more about Emma and her work, visit: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/researchers/emma-patchwood(7ef3b4bb-aaae-40cb-a6e4-112efe225d5e).html

Ongoing Studies Seeking Participants

Please have a look at any relevant studies and help if you can. Details below.


Questionnaire on the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on assessment of cognition:

Survey by Oxford. Please see the link for more information.

https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/impacts-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-assessment-of-cognition-2


Survey on fatigue management (additional information in the links)

Letter from Professor Avril Drummond from the University of Nottingham on a study on post-stroke fatigue and other topics.

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for a mass email!

We have been funded by the UK Stroke Association to do a survey on fatigue management in the UK- both post stroke fatigue and for other conditions. To date, the response has been good, but we want to have a final push in the last month. 

We need more medics, more psychologists, and more nurses- but are also keen to have more OTs and PTs if possible. We also need more clinicians from Scotland, Wales, and N.Ireland!

If you have not done so already, please would you complete the survey below and/or pester your mates?

Many thanks indeed.

With best wishes,

Avril 

(on behalf of the NotFAST2 – Nottingham Fatigue after stroke- team)

Professor Avril Drummond

Professor of Healthcare Research and

 Lead for Rehabilitation Research Group,

School of Health Sciences,

University of Nottingham

Nottingham Fatigue Study (NOTFAST2) Online survey BOS nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk

https://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/nottingham-fatigue-study-notfast2-copy


Survey on goal setting with stroke survivors with aphasia

Please see the letter and links below for more details

Dear OPSYRIS members,

This is a gentle reminder to consider participating in our survey about goal setting with stroke survivors with aphasia. The survey is open now and closes on Tuesday 13th October 2020. Please see further information and survey link below.

We are conducting a survey to find out how healthcare professionals set goals with stroke survivors with aphasia and the training and support they have received. Your participation will help us to improve the rehabilitation experiences of stroke survivors with aphasia and the support available to healthcare professionals in future. We would very much appreciate your help!

You can take part if you are:

·        a healthcare professional (e.g. occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, social worker, psychologist, dietician, rehabilitation/healthcare/therapy assistant) 

·        providing rehabilitation to stroke survivors in any setting 

·        setting goals with stroke survivors 

·        based in Ireland, the UKCanadaNew Zealand, and Australia 

The survey is ethically approved, takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and closes on 13th October.

To complete the survey, click on the following link:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/goalsettingaphasia/

Please consider sharing the survey with colleagues who may be interested.

Sophie Eleanor Brown (PhD Researcher) | Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Dr Lesley Scobbie | Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Professor Linda Worrall | University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Marian Brady | Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

If you have any queries, please contact sophie.brown@gcu.ac.uk

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

The following virtual meetings are coming soon so make sure to check the details below.

European Stroke Organisation and World Stroke Organisation Meeting: 7th – 9th November

www.eso-wso-conference.org


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Annual Stroke Meeting: evenings of 10th, 12th & 16th November

The session on the 12th is dedicated to psychological issues and will feature talks from Prof. Audrey Bowen and Prof. Nele Demeyere.

https://rcpsg.ac.uk/events/Stroke-2020-11-10-386***


StrokeCog & Stroke Clinical Trials Network Ireland Joint Conference, 27th November Please register your interest here: http://www.strokecog.ie/conference/#registerinterest

OPSYRIS 2020 Virtual Metting With Links

A big thank you to our Members for supporting the OPSYRIS 2020 Virtual Meeting – from your enthusiastic response to the idea, through spreading the word about the event among colleagues, to attending the webinar. Our disappointment with cancelling the annual face-to-face conference was rewarded manifold by what turned out to be the biggest meeting in OPSYRIS history, bringing together speakers and attendees from all over the world. 

For those of you who missed part of the webinar, were not able to join us at all, or would just like to re-watch their favourite talks – we have some great news! The recording from the meeting is now available to watch here:
https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/rec/share/SVvo06YB71EDiI7CMqoLgpv4D8edv1WB68XrzlqhuL0EIAbod7igIdJpl2cyREDk.gfY7cPorqZYBruVY?startTime=1600415968000
Presented talks certainly sparked a lot of interest, reflected in an impressive number of questions for our speakers. If you were disappointed that not all could be answered on the day or felt that the busy chat was tricky to follow, many of the details will be added to the website.

Leaving Message From OPSYRIS Chair Terry

Sadly OPSYRIS chair Terry and the existing team at Glasgow, Bogna and Satu, who have served their roles so well will be passing on their positions. However, we can look forward to Nele and the Oxford team taking on their new roles. In his last regular newsletter for OPSYRIS Terry left the message below:

Message from OPSYRIS Chair

Hi everyone.

This is the last OPSYRIS Newsletter from the Glasgow team. Although its only a few weeks since our conference, we already have loads to share with you – see below.

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone who has helped build up the OPSYRIS membership and generally raise the profile of the psychological issues in stroke. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I think the OPSYRIS family can be proud of what we have achieved so far. You will see from the Stroke Association report that we are entering challenging times for stroke and for research. Let’s continue to look out for each other and if OPSYRIS can help in anyway let us know.

My final words have to be a massive thank you to our secretary and treasurer Bogna and Satu, without their input our meetings, newsletters, prizes would not have happened.

I am off to sit in a dark room and recover from the stress of running a live zoom meeting – Nele and team Oxford, its over to you!

Best wishes

Terry

We all wish Nele and the new team at Oxford well.