2024 OPSYRIS Annual Meeting (Hybrid)

Friday 12th July 2024

Bournemouth University


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This year’s hybrid meeting will available for both in-person and virtual attendance. The programme includes both oral and poster presentations, as well as invited talks and short workshops. We will also be awarding an outstanding early career researcher or clinician with the OPSYRIS Rising Star prize.

Submissions are invited for symposium, oral and poster presentations (in-person or online submissions accepted). We welcome submissions on a broad range of topics relating to psychological research into stroke and advances in clinical services, including both planned and ongoing projects as well as service evaluations. Please submit your abstract by 29th April 2024. The abstract submission form can be found here: here 

Decisions regarding presentations and travel awards will be confirmed by the end May 2024. If you have any questions regarding abstract submissions, please contact Dr. Fergus Gracey on: F.Gracey@uea.ac.uk

Keynote speakers include Jon Evans (Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow) and Louise Clark (Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme Associate Director, Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust)

Professor Jon Evans

Talk Title: Thinking outside the box: Novel interventions to address the cognitive and psychological needs of people recovering from Stroke.

Jon Evans is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Glasgow and honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Jon was the first Clinical Director of the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely, Cambridgeshire. He is now Programme Director for Clinical Neuropsychology training programmes at the University of Glasgow. Jon has published more than 200 papers, books and book chapters in the field of cognitive neuropsychology, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. He has received several awards from the British Psychological Society including the May Davidson Award (for clinical psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology within 10 years of qualification); the Barbara Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award (for outstanding contribution to clinical neuropsychology in the UK) and the M.B Shapiro award (a late career award for clinical psychologists who have achieved eminence in their field). Jon is President of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Louise Clark

Talk title: Implementing the CHIME model in a stroke rehabilitation unit

Louise is a consultant occupational therapist working in Dorset, England. She is the admitting consultant for a small stroke and neurology rehabilitation unit and clinically works across the stroke pathway. Her passions are upper limb rehabilitation, spasticity and psychological care after stroke. Louise was the editor for the rehabilitation and recovery chapter of the national clinical guideline for stroke (NCG23) and is an associate director for SSNAP





Dr Caroline Ellis-Hill  Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Research

Talk Title:  Humanising lifeworld-led approaches to research and practice after stroke

Caroline is a Senior lecturer and researcher at Bournemouth University with a clinical background in occupational therapy and a PhD in psychology. She has been interested in the psychology of life following a stroke for over 20 years, focusing on subjective lived experience to develop her understandings. She has written extensively, with over 50 publications. She has developed the Life Thread Model using a life narrative approach and is developing a humanising lifeworld-led approach to stroke service provision. This philosophically informed existential approach, informed by phenomenology, highlights how the human lifeworld is co-created, ever-changing, embodied and part of a living system. This offers innovative insights into the nature of relationships within stroke service provision which can support wellbeing.