Service User and Carer Group Advising on Research

September 26, 2014
by Alexandra Thornton

NPNR Workshop

SUGAR members and staff from the School of Health Sciences at City University London collaborated on a stimulating, fun and informative workshop at the 2oth international Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research conference, at Warwick University on 19th September 2014.

Entitled ‘SUGAR in Everything!’, the workshop explored all six themes of the conference using a range of methods that included spoken personal accounts of involvement with SUGAR from members and researchers; video contributions from collaborators Professor Len Bowers (London), Professor Kazuyo ‘Kay’ Kitaoka (Japan) and Dr Leonie Cox (Australia); a colourful booklet in comic style; a giant sugar cube dice and an incredible ‘Come to SUGAR’ rap.

Themes addressed included contemporary practice in mental health nursing research; innovation in teaching, learning and practice;  involving people – where has it got us?; building new knowledge for effective practice; methodologies, methods and magic; and reflections and reminders.

The atmosphere was buzzing and the SUGAR workshop was praised by many attendees and received good coverage on Twitter via the hashtag #NPNR2014 and username @SugarSolution.

Thanks to all who contributed to preparation and on the day, and to those who attended.

September 15, 2014
by Alexandra Thornton

NPNR here we come!

Preparations are being finalised for our workshop presentation at the 20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR) conference, being held at the University of Warwick on the 18-19th September. Eleven of us will be heading up from London to dazzle the world of mental health nursing with our interactive workshop. Workshop attendees will be treated to an array of audiovisual delights, discussions and will also receive a copy of the SUGAR booklet, hot off the press! We hope to further convince researchers that adding a spoonful of SUGAR at different stages of the research process will sweeten their research and make any practical implementations more palatable to people who use mental health services (puns intended!). If you’re coming to the conference, please join us at 1pm in room 38 on Friday 19th September. We look forward to seeing everyone there!