On Monday 18th January RCBC Wales held a ViPER event at Glyndwr University, Wrexham for its First into Research fellows. Each researcher presented details of their research topics with
the aid of a poster and group discussion. The ViPER format (which stands for Visual Presentation and Expert Review) was used as a basis to encourage interaction and discussion within the group.
Each researcher produced a poster about their chosen research topic and then made a short presentation explaining its content. The researchers’ project supervisors were present and were asked to
contribute by identifying some of the key themes from each presentation, thus encouraging further debate amongst the group. Five First into Research fellows presented their projects to an audience
which included the project supervisors, members of the research team, researchers’ colleagues and RCBC Wales representatives.
The RCBC Wales First into Research Award supports projects lasting one year and is relevant to newcomers to research or those wishing to update research expertise. Awards cover agreed funding for
one day a week to work on projects seeking answers to questions relevant to Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions. The research topics presented on at the ViPER event included:
- Decision-making in clinical practice (by Nikki Lloyd-Jones, Glyndwr University)
- An evaluation of instructors’ views and experiences of delivering Mental Health First Aid training in Wales (by Julia Terry, Swansea University)
- Scapulohumeral assessment in the clinical setting: The development of a robust measurement tool (by Michael Smith, Cardiff University)
- An exploratory study examining the impact of stroke on spousal relationships (by Peter Jones, Bangor University)
- Is the pain experienced by infants during immunisation affected by method of administration? A Randomised Controlled Trial (by Anne McGowan, Cardiff University)
The event was introduced by Professor Donna Mead OBE of the University of Glamorgan and chaired by Professor Joy Merrell of Swansea University. Martin Semple, Head of Institute at RCN Wales,
attended to present each researcher with a certificate and plaque recognising their RCBC Wales First into Research award. Congratulations to all the researchers and thank you to all who
See below for a selection of photos from the day and the posters presented.