News archive: 2014



  • Congratulations to Rachael Thorneloe who passed her PhD viva with minor corrections and graduated in December.  Rachael has now started her post-doc in the Manchester Pharmacy School and Dermatology Research Centre, and is continuing the Investigating Medication Adherence in Psoriasis (iMAP) study as part of the PSORT programme of research.

  • Anna Chisholm attended MAHSC Our Impact on Health event in Manchester where she gave a poster presentation on 'The Pso Well study: Training dermatology specialist staff to manage lifestyle behaviour change in psoriasis'.

  • Chris Keyworth attended The UK Society for Behavioural Medicine 10th Annual Scientific Meeting in Nottingham was attended by Chris Keyworth and Anna Chisholm.  Anna gave 2 oral presentations on behalf of the IMPACT Team, entitled 'Exploring health practitioners' personal models of psoriasis: "We understand but we forget" and 'A Qualitative study exploring distress in psoriatic arthritis'.  Chris gave an oral presentation entitled 'Communicating cardiovascular disease risk factors to people with psoriasis: What techniques do practitioners use?' He was awarded highest scoring abstract at UKSBM 2014.  Chris also gave a poster presentation entitled 'Does message framing affect behavioural intentions in psoriasis patients? An experimental study'.

  • Chris Keyworth was awarded an educational bursary to attend the Psoriasis from Gene to Clinic 7th International Congress in London in December where he did 2 poster presentations entitled 'Supporting lifestyle behaviour change for psoriasis patients: Assessing health professionals’ core training competencies' and 'Health promotion for psoriasis patients: examining current signposting in UK health centres'.  Anna Chisholm also attended and gave 3 poster presentations on behalf of the IMPACT Team entitled 'Psoriasis as a Complex Long-Term Condition:  What do Healthcare Practitioners Understand?', ' You look fine to me': Conceptualising Cardiovascular Disease Risk with People with Psoriasis' and 'Drivers of distress in psoriatic  arthritis: A qualitative study'.


  • MCHP welcomed Dr Molly Byrne, HRB Research Leader & Research Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway to Manchester recently.  Dr Byrne gave an interesting seminar about her recent HRB Research Leader award, and there were productive discussions about how MCHP (biggest group of HPs in UK) could work together with her group (biggest group of HPs in Ireland).

  • Dr Fiona Ulph was key note speaker at the 9th International Society for Neonatal Screening European Screening Regional Meeting at Birmingham, presenting “Communicating with families”.


  • Professor Suzie Skevington attended the EHPS 2014 conference in Innsbruck and delivered an inspiring keynote lecture on “What is Quality of Life and Wellbeing. Can we really measure these concepts and what does it mean?”
  • DHP Conference 2014: Professor Alison Wearden was a Keynote speaker talking on 'Understanding & managing chronic fatigue syndrome in interpersonal context' and Professor Chris Armitage was also a keynote speaker at the conference presenting ‘Implementation intentions as theory delivery devices’.
  • Congratulations to MCHP PhD student Emma Brown who won a poster prize at the DHP annual conference in York!
  • Times Higher Education published Christopher Keyworth’s letter with some positives of doing a PhD - it's not all doom and gloom!
  • A fantastic £164.73 was raised at the MCHP Macmillan Coffee Morning, a massive thankyou to all for the wonderful bakes and generous donations!!


  • The Government has recently set aside £10 million for the Longitude Prize which will be awarded in 2019 for the best new diagnostic test to tackle antimicrobial resistance at the point of care. Prof Suzie Skevington was invited to attend the Longitude Prize advisory workshop at Nesta in London on August 15th to discuss the criteria for the award. ESRC has recently published a document on human and economic factors that influence antibacterial resistance following widespread consultation.

  • Congratulations to Dr Chris Gibbons who has been awarded a NIHR post-doc fellowship in which he will be conducting research across MCHP/Primary Care and SNMSW.

  • Prof David French has recently had an article accepted in Health Psychology entitled “The Question–Behavior Effect: Genuine Effect or Spurious Phenomenon? A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials With Meta-Analyses.”


  • There were a number of publications in July:
  • Ulph, F., Cullinan, T., Qureshi, N. & Kai, J. The impact on parents of receiving a carrier result for sickle cell or cystic fibrosis for their child via newborn screening European Journal of Human Genetics
  • Noke, M., Peters, S., Wearden, A. & Ulph, F. (2014) Disparities in current and future childhood and newborn carrier identification Journal of Genetic counselling
  • Ulph, F., Cullinan, T., Qureshi, N. & Kai, J. (2014) Informing children of their newborn screening carrier result for sickle cell or cystic fibrosis:  Qualitative study of parents' intentions, views and support needs. Journal of Genetic Counselling. doi: 10.1007/s10897-013-9675-2 [selected by the National Society of Genetic counsellors (America’s genetic counsellors’ society) to be featured in their online continuing development programme]


  • Prof David French has recently had an article published in Alcohol and Alcoholism entitled “Do UK television alcohol advertisements abide by the Code of Broadcast Advertising rules regarding portrayal of alcohol?” Prof French wrote a related piece for Manchester Policy Blogs .  This research was featured in the June issue of Alcohol Alert, the Institute of Alcohol Studies newsletter.
  • Dr Neesha Patel had her fasting and diabetes study featured in an article published in The Guardian online on 27th June


  • Lucie Byrne Davies was interviewed on Martin Sixsmith's "In Search of Ourselves... Bedside Manners" Radio 4 - the episode featuring work in consultation skills was broadcast on Wednesday 21 May.  It examined the ways in which thinking, emotions and mental events can affect our physical state, and the efforts of doctors and nurses to deploy psychological levers in the fight for wellbeing.  Martin Sixsmith discovers how medical students at Manchester University are being trained in better communication with patients and he looks at different ways of encouraging empathy in the next generation of doctors through poetry and music.

  • Congratulations to Professor Alison Wearden who has been awarded Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences for her contribution to the Social Sciences.

  • Rachael Thorneloe was awarded a travel fund from the FMHS graduate school to attend the Society of Investagitive Dermatology conference in Albuquerque, USA where she was awarded an oral presentation and discussed assessing adherence to topical therapies in psoriasis: Thorneloe, R, Nelson, P, Bundy, C, Griffiths, C, Ashcroft, D, Cordingley, L. Existing self-report tools are not suitable for measuring adherence to topical therapies in psoriasis  (oral presentation) The abstract is published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.


  • A paper using novel research methods has been accepted for publication by British Journal of Dermatology.“Psoriasis - snapshots of the unspoken: Using novel methods to explore patients’ personal models of psoriasis and the impact on well-being”   Bundy, C et al (in press)

  • Second year PhD student Christopher Keyworth has had a second publication success with the British Journal of Dermatology with a paper entitled: "Providing lifestyle behaviour change support for patients with psoriasis: an assessment of the existing training competencies across medical and nursing health professionals." He is supervised by Dr Lis Cordingley, Dr Christine Bundy and Dr Pauline Nelson.

  • Prof David French is an applicant on a project led by Queens University Belfast that has been funded by NIHR Public Health Research.  The project examines the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of financial incentives delivered via a Physical Activity Loyalty Card at maintaining increases in walking.
  • Prof David French has also recently had an article accepted in Health Psychology journal entitled “Predicting maintenance of attendance at walking groups: Testing constructs from three leading maintenance theories” and another accepted in Annals of Behavioral Medicine entitled “Which behavior change techniques are most effective at increasing older adults’ self-efficacy and physical activity behavior?  A systematic review.
  • Alys Griffiths has had a journal article entitled 'The prospective role of defeat and entrapment in depression and anxiety: A 12-month longitudinal study'published in Psychiatry Research with Dr.Sara Tai, Prof Alex Wood and Peter Tayler
  • Rebecca Band and Professors Alison Wearden and Christine Barrowclough have recently had an article accepted in Health Psychology journal entitled 'The impact of significant other Expressed Emotion on patient outcomes in chronic fatigue syndrome'
  • Professor Belinda Borrelli presented a paper at a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine entitled Treatment Fidelity:  Assessment, progress, and challenges in public health trials. 


  • Dr.Sara Tai, Becky Band (recently passed PhD student) and Alys Griffiths (PhD student) all contributed to a national workshop for postgraduates on conducting research in NHS settings, run by PsyPAG. This has been reviewed in the PsyPAG Quarterly

  • Professor Belinda Borelli is an invited speaker at American Academy of Allergy,Asthma, & Immunology Annual Meeting, San Diego on 'Motivational Interviewing to Increase Asthma Medication Adherence'


  • Dr Lis Cordingley has an Arthritis Research UK press release on her recent paper on depression levels in people with severe rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Dr Laura Brown has been awarded a grant (Valuing Different Perspectives) by the AHRC for a project that she is co-investigator on. The project is led by Dr Peter Matthews from Herriot-Watt University, and also involves researchers from the University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, and City University, as well as WHALE Arts Agency, Wester Hailes Health Agency, Prospect Community Housing Association and the community of Wester Hailes (Edinburgh) as community partners.  The project will evaluate the outcomes of a number of AHRC-funded ‘Connected Communities’ projects that have been delivered with the community and community organisations in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh. The project will run two evaluations: one led by the community, focused on their aims and objectives; and one run by academics using their methods of evaluation and analysis. As well as understanding the effectiveness of the projects, the research aims to look at questions such as: “why do we evaluate what we do?” “who choses evaluation methods and why?” and “what differences are apparent when communities are empowered to evaluate activities?” Ultimately, the project aims to produce guidance on effective evaluation with communities.  The project will start on 1 March, and will run over 9 months.
  • Dr Michele Birtel has been awarded a University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) grant for the project 'Time to Join Forces: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fighting Stigma' (internal grant of the Pump Priming Programme).  The project is about health stigma, and involves a few MCHP members (Alison Wearden, Simon Kyle, Chris Armitage and Peter Bower) together with people from Centrum.  Michele hopes to organise a seminar about stigma in the near future.
  • Dr Neesha Patel had her latest research study on fasting and diabetes published in the Journal of Health Expectations. The research study has attracted media attention and has been featured in the following: BBC Asian Network, The University of Manchester,, The Information Daily, Pharma Times, BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Radio Manchester.