On 19th April Steve McManus (pictured above on the left), the new Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust joined Adrian Williams (Research Dean for Health), Ben Thompson (Strategic Partnership Manager for Health) and Becky Nadal (Strategic Project Manager), to tour some of the many Health focused research facilities, and hear about some of the exciting Health related projects being undertaken at the University of Reading. While on campus the group were shown around the new facilities for the AnDY Clinic by Claire Hill, before meeting with Jon Gibbins (pictured above on the right - Institute for Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research), Doug Saddy and Tom Johnstone (Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics), and Emily Moore (TVCTU).
It was great to meet with Steve and hear about the many and varied opportunities there are for the AnDY Research Clinic to collaborate with RBH on research projects that bring together mental and physical health for children and young people both in clinical settings and in the community. We look forward to developing our links with the hospital. Claire Hill (Clinical Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Clinical Psychologist AnDY Clinic)
The visit culminated in an informal working lunch, with Sir David Bell (Vice-Chancellor for the University of Reading), Laurie Butler (Head of School for Psychology and Clinical Language Studies), Kate Hough (Head of Strategic Projects), Richard Ellis (Director of Health Partnerships) and Louise Jones (Strategic Projects Officer for Research) joining the group to discuss links between the University of Reading and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, as well as potential future projects.
The commitment of senior leaders to draw together the health-related researchers, educators, care providers and policy makers within the two institutions opens up new and exciting opportunities to innovate and deliver the highest quality care to patients across our region. Adrian Williams (Dean for Health)