Therapy Services

Therapy research and development

Staff working in our Therapy Services are involved in research and development in a number of different areas.

Research is essential to help us better understand what happens when people fall ill, and how to deal with things when they do go wrong.

Each of our research projects will help – or is currently helping – to improve patient care and outcomes for patients.

Get involved

We are always looking out for people to get involved in our research projects.

To find out about the current research projects we are running, and how to get involved, please speak to the doctors, nurses and therapists involved in your treatment.

One researcher’s experience

James Faraday is a Speech and Language Therapist working for Newcastle Hospitals. Here, he shares his experience carrying out an internship and of working in research:

“I work with adults who have problems with speech and swallowing. For a long time I’ve been aware of the need to ensure our assessment and intervention is evidence-based – but have felt uncertain of how to actually go about this.

When I heard about the Clinical Academic Internship it sounded like an ideal way to move forward with this – to learn some concrete skills, and get a flavour of clinical academic work.


It has been a great experience! Some of the highlights have been:

  • I’ve completed a Masters module on Research Methods at Newcastle University, which has enabled me to brush up on my (initially rather rusty!) knowledge of statistics and methodology, and given me confidence in thinking about how to apply this to my own research ideas.
  • I’ve met some really helpful people, and now genuinely feel part of the clinical academic community. For example, I’ve become a member of the DevMod group (DEVeloping and MODelling complex interventions) which looks at using guidelines to evaluate complex treatments.
  • I’ve had the opportunity to develop my own research project. I am interested in the effectiveness of speech and language training for nurses/care staff working with people with dementia – in particular on the topic of eating and drinking difficulties. As part of the internship I’ve written a protocol for a systematic review, and in doing this I’ve learned so many new things, eg about complex interventions and review methodology. 

The internship has also given me some valuable thinking time to consider how to take this further. As it’s come to an end, I’ve felt inspired and motivated to continue down this clinical academic path, so I’ve successfully applied for Research Capability Funding from Newcastle Hospitals. I will use this to complete the systematic review, and put together a PhD proposal.

I would never have had the confidence and skills to do this without the internship!”

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