BDRN PhD student wins research prize

In October 2019, one of our PhD students, Jo Johnson, travelled to Harrogate for the Unite-CPHVA (Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association) annual conference to present some of the findings from her research which seeks to understand perinatal mental healthcare referral decisions among health visitors and midwives.

The conference was well attended by health visitors from all over the British Isles and gave Jo the opportunity to share her ongoing research with practising health visitors and other healthcare professionals. Jo said “The poster generated lots of interest from the health visitors about my research, and they seemed genuinely interested in the findings from my interviews”. Jo was delighted to win best poster in the academic poster presentation display. Jo thanked University of Worcester and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for co-funding her PhD and enabling her to attend this conference. Professor Lisa Jones, Jo’s PhD supervisor, said “We are all very proud of Jo for winning this prize, which is well-deserved. As a midwife and health visitor herself, it is wonderful that Jo is now conducting research that has the potential to make a real difference to clinical practice and improve the mental health care of women during pregnancy and postnatally. Well done Jo