2023 OPSYRIS Annual Meeting (hybrid)

4th July 2023, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University, Jubilee Campus

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9:00 – 9:25: Registration and coffee
9:25 – 9:30: Welcome from OPSYRIS Chair (Dr Stephanie Rossit) & from Director of Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham (Prof. Martin Orrell)
9:30 – 11:00: Invited Symposium: Lessons learned from running clinical trials testing complex interventions
Symposium Chair
Prof. Avril Drummond

Occupational therapist by professional background and Professor of Healthcare Research at the University of Nottingham.
Has diverse rehabilitation research interests including conducting trials of cognitive rehabilitation in MS and stroke.
Currently a trustee of the UK Stroke Association, member of the RCP Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and editor-in-chief of Clinical Rehabilitation.

Keynote Speaker
Prof. Audrey Bowen: “Trials – love them or loathe them, you can’t live without them”

Audrey Bowen is a Professor of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Manchester, with affiliations to the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology and the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre. Audrey has enjoyed a happy 25 year career in stroke rehabilitation research, enabled by funding from NIHR and Stroke Association, collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork and, superb Patient, Carer and Public Involvement.Through the use of RCTs and other designs Audrey’s research explores the evidence base for rehabilitation, with the ultimate aim of reducing the impact of the neuropsychological sequelae of stroke.

Symposium speakers
Prof Kate Radford: “Lessons learned from running clinical trials testing complex interventions: Supporting delivery of the trial intervention”

Kate Radford is an Occupational Therapist and Professor of Rehabilitation Research, with expertise in developing and evaluating complex rehabilitation interventions.  Her research interest is in vocational rehabilitation (VR). Kate’s current research involves trials to determine the clinical and cost effectiveness of job retention interventions for stroke survivors, trauma survivors and people with inflammatory arthritis, studies to develop and evaluate VR interventions for people with multiple sclerosis and post Covid-19; and peer coaching and assistive technology interventions to promote self-management and participation following brain injury.

Kate leads the Centre for Rehabilitation and Ageing Research and the Doctoral Training Centre for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research at the University of Nottingham.   


Dr Shirley Thomas: Lessons learned from running clinical trials testing complex interventions: Trial logistics “

Shirley is an Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Nottingham in the UK and a health psychologist. Her main research interest is in the psychological impacts of stroke, including the assessment and management of mood and cognitive problems. She led completed multicentre trials of behavioural activation for depression after stroke and collaborates on a range of stroke psychology and rehabilitation trials with researchers and clinicians in the UK and Australia.




Dr Eirini Kontou: Lessons learned from running clinical trials testing complex interventions: Training and competency”

Dr Eirini Kontou is a clinical academic clinical psychologist who holds appointments at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and at the University of Nottingham. She is currently a part-time Senior Research Fellow based at the School of Medicine. She has recently been awarded the NIHR Development Skills & Enhancement award to develop her expertise in developing and evaluating complex interventions in clinical trial.




11:00 – 11:30: Poster Session
11:30 – 12:35: Open Symposium 1: Assessment and intervention for emotional issues post-stroke
     Liz Lightbody: Confirming the mechanism of motivational interviewing therapy after stroke: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial
     Andrea Kusec: What are the Long-Term Psychological Consequences of Stroke?
     Georgina Ottaway: Reaching consensus to suggest guidelines for the non-pharmacological management of post-stroke emotionalism using the Delphi Method and mini-focus groups
     Tom Steverson: The Reliability, Validity and Clinical Utility of the Clinical Outcomes Routine Evaluation Ten Item Version (CORE-10) in a Post-Acute Stroke Inpatient Sample
     Josh Blake: The factor structure of the patient health questionnaire-9 in stroke: a comparison with a non-stroke population


12:35 – 1:35: Lunch and Poster Session
1:05 – 1:35: AGM
1:35 – 2:35: Workshop: NIHR funding for testing complex interventions
     Brian Crosbie and Rebecca Barnes (NIHR Research Design Service East Midlands)
2:35 – 3:00: Open Symposium 2 (part 1 Online presentations): Assessing and supporting people with aphasia post-stroke
     Jessica Hourston: Evaluation of Validity of an Aphasic Friendly Mood Measure for use with Post-stroke Patients
     Sian Carroll: Working with Stroke Survivors with Aphasia – An Online Vignette Study of Speech and Language Therapists
3:00 – 3:30: Poster Session
3:30 – 4:00: Open Symposium 2 (part 2 In-person presentations): Assessing and supporting people with aphasia post-stroke
     Faye Wray: Methods, benefits and challenges of using co-production and behaviour change theory to develop a self-management intervention for stroke survivors with aphasia.
     Madeleine Harrison: Identifying Key Components of a Computer Therapy Intervention for Aphasia Post-stroke: A Secondary Analysis of the Big CACTUS Trial Data
4:00 – 4:45: Open Symposium 3: Cognition and the body
     Dragos-Cristian Gruia: Disentangling hand motor-control and cognitive deficits during self-administered cognitive assessments in patients with stroke
     Catherine E Davidson: Understanding and defining people’s body image experiences after a stroke
     Emma Elliott: Using Rasch Measurement Theory to examine the Oxford Cognitive Screen
     **Rising Star Award talk** Kathleen Vancleef: Improving the Oxford Visual Perception Screen: A screening tool for visual perception difficulties after stroke
4:45 – 5:00: Closing remarks from OPSYRIS Chair
Poster Presentations (click on title to view or download)
First Author and Affiliations Title
Kim Fletcher, University of Nottingham, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Ministry of Defence A rapid realist review of clinical neuropsychology rehabilitation programmes to improve psychological wellbeing and quality of life for people with acquired brain injuries 
Joshua Blake, University of East Anglia Comparing the Symptomatology of Post-Stroke Depression with Depression in the General Population: A Systematic Review
Emma Trigg, Lincolnshire Stroke Service, Lincolnshire Community Healthcare NHS Trust Evaluating the use of Mood and Cognitive Screens in Lincolnshire Stroke Service
Crina Ene, University of East Anglia A Feasibility Randomised-Controlled Trial of Two Online Psychological Interventions for Stroke Survivors
Robyn Charleston MSc, University of Oxford Association of executive functions with emotion and psychological well-being in stroke.
John Kinley, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK A comparison of the efficacy of Behavioural Activation with and without Activity Segmentation in the treatment of depression in post-stroke populations
Sam S Webb, University of Oxford Development and validation of an IRT and theory-based Oxford Cognitive Screen short form (OCS-GP) for use in primary care
Lucy Snell & Dr Birgit Gurr, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust Dynamic Information Processing Programme (DIPP): A Dynamic Cognitive Stimulation Programme for Stroke Patients
Grinberg Eldad Basic needs satisfaction and work-related psychological outcomes of occupational and physical therapists in the rehabilitation climate
Kyle Kelleher, University of Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology Picture This: Mental Imagery as an Episodic Memory Management Strategy for Activity Planning in Stroke Survivors with Depression
Stephanie Rossit, University of East Anglia Impact of aging and stroke on a new computerized test of visual attention in far space
Charlotte van de Wouw, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Embracing technology: end-users’ perspectives on digital neuropsychological assessment in cognitive rehabilitation (ONLINE POSTER)
Kulsum Patel, University of Central Lancashire How would a Stroke Patient Concerns Inventory be implemented in practice? A qualitative study


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  • Please provide pdf copy of your poster by 30th June midday so this can be uploaded for online attendees including an email for questions to info@opsyris.org
  • In person – to facilitate the running of the meeting we ask that presenters please email their slide deck to info@opsyris.org  by 30th June midday.
  • Online – to facilitate the running of the meeting we ask that online presenters please email your presentation recording (respecting the timing you have been given) to info@opsyris.org  by 30th June midday.
CONTACT:  Please email our shared mailbox – info@opsyris.org
VENUE: Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
ACCOMMODATION: Nearest hotel to conference venue is the Jubilee Conference Centre. They have free onsite parking and cost varies but around £95 B&B.
PARKING: Link to instructions for parking and maps can be found here
Map and parking information: a site map and parking information can be found here parking is pay and display and on a first come first served basis. Spaces can be limited so please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to find a space. Please note that issuing of parking tickets is in operation on this site so if it is your intention to drive and park at the venue then please read the parking instruction document on the website. There are 3 disabled parking bays next to the Institute of Mental Health near Costa Coffee.