Improving Participation by Changing Environment: Are We Talk or Game?
  • Lecture Theatre 1, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Derriford Road, Plymouth (North campus)

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Participation, or “doing meaningful stuff”, is a key health outcome widely valued by people and recognised in policy. 

Participation is influenced by the person’s environment; the things around us shape what we do. Yet, research and our experiences of clinical practice suggest that bringing about change in a person’s environment can be challenging. Dr Niina Kolehmainen will draw on the latest research on participation, environment, and clinical practice to discuss how we can move from talking about changing environment to actually changing it.

Dr Niina Kolehmainen is a senior research fellow at Newcastle University, and an Honorary Consultant Allied Health Professional in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her research focuses on improving health and participation outcomes across the life course, and especially in children, and on advancing the related NHS interventions through the systematic use of complex interventions methods. She also leads and supports the implementation of the resulting research evidence in practice. As an allied health clinician academic, she is a strong advocate of high quality allied health research that is of direct, national and international relevance to health care practice and policy.

This free lecture is part of the School of Health Professions Lecture Series, co-hosted by the Institute of Health and Community. Everybody is welcome to attend - please just turn up on the day. 

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