Join 2019 Student of the Year and PhD candidate Lauren Connell and Dr Jill Halstead for discussion and questions on all things research.

All the Tomorrow’s Podiatry Live are about helping student podiatrists shaping the discussion so please join in and ask questions.

The Team

Lauren Connell

Twitter: @laurenconnell13

Lauren is a graduate of Podiatric Medicine in NUI Galway. After achieving her first-class degree, she began her Masters by Research scholarship within the Podiatric Medicine department, where she gained extensive knowledge in Public and Patient Involvement, and Wellbeing within diabetic research. Keen to progress her career, she obtained a DFD Primo (CDA) Collaborative Doctoral Awards scholarship, in conjunction with the Health Research Board, within the topic of Health Literacy.

Lauren was afforded the opportunity to become a SPHeRE ( Structured Population and Health Services Research Education) scholar whereby the programme aims to expand Ireland’s capacity to conduct population health and health services research and to maximise its translation into policy and practice.

Tomorrow’s Podiatry means a great deal to me, as I feel that, it is progressing academics like myself that will help drive the force of Podiatry as a profession globally. Therefore we must promote the profession and enable others to become invested, like ourselves, in the importance of lower limb health and holistic patient care.

Area of study: Health Literacy in Diabetic Foot Disease (DfD).

Supervisors: Jane Sixsmith and Yvonne Finn.

Jill Halstead, PhD

Clinical Head of Podiatry Service, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Visiting Research fellow at University of Leeds
Co-founder and co-chair MSK:UK.

Twitter @HalsteadDr

Jill began her academic career after participating in a research internship scheme shortly after graduating in 2003 from the University of Huddersfield. Jill went on to complete an MSc in Health Research (2008) alongside building her clinical career at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation trust and working in private practice. Jill holds undergraduate degrees in both Sport and Exercise Science (2000) and Podiatry (2003).

Jill has worked as a specialist in leading rheumatology, diabetes and musculoskeletal services in Leeds and Salford, and is currently clinical head of service at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Jill completed her PhD in 2013 and has published research in the fields of foot biomechanics, Charcot neuroarthropathy, Foot osteoarthritis and MRI scores.
Jill has been funded through Versus Arthritis for her PhD and post-doctoral research grants and was awarded a NIHR/HEE Bridging Fellowship.

Since 2013 Jill held a visiting research fellow title at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine.
Jill has lectured extensively within and beyond our profession regarding rheumatology and musculoskeletal foot and ankle disorders.

I joined the Tomorrow’s Podiatry team as I am passionate that research be an accessible and normal part of clinical practice.
In addition, supporting the next generation of researchers and encouraging the clinical academic pathway is important to me.
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