Our Let’s Talk Research Conference is back:


Thursday, 1st July 2021, The Monastery, Gorton

Let’s Talk Research: The Time is Now celebrates the exemplary work of early career NHS researchers that is laying the foundations for the methods and practices of the future and asks us to consider what we want research and innovation in the NHS to look like in 2050 and beyond.

The conference venue, The Monastery, Gorton, is a part of the long history of monastic medicine and the Franciscan focus on giving care to the poor. The mix of breathtaking Gothic architecture and modern renovations reminds us that the present is built on deep foundations and strong traditions and invites us to take a long view of the future of research and innovation in healthcare.

We build tomorrow today. The future is now!

The jam-packed day aims to deliver a programme of creative content and speakers to stretch the imagination of attendees, giving them inspiration and support on how to challenge the barriers of communicating their research in innovative ways.  Challenging them to do things differently in an environment where research truly matters.

Are you a nurse, midwife, allied health professional, healthcare scientist or pharmacist?

Are you currently working on a research project and want to make a difference to your research journey?

Do you want to communicate your research in a creative way?

Do you want to learn new skills and develop your delivery techniques?

Join us for Let’s Talk Research, a one-day conference aimed at early career researchers in the NHS, where you can meet like-minded individuals looking to the future. Meet with experts across the field, learn new techniques and open your eyes to how you can make a difference!

So what are you waiting for – sign up today!

  • Join the research community and build your network
  • Be inspired by the creative delivery of our speakers and workshops
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain confidence to do things differently
  • Share your journey and get invaluable input from like-minded colleagues


Confirmed speakers

Prof Soo Downe, Professor in Midwifery Studies, UcLan

Professor Soo Downe is Professor in Midwifery Studies at the University of Central Lancaster and featured in our first Wonder Women Film Series.  Click here to watch this short film about Soo’s research journey.

(as Soo will be out of the county her keynote will be done by live feed – something not to be missed!!!)

Prof Dave Jones OBE, Dean, NIHR Academy

Professor Dave Jones is responsible for assisting NIHR and universities in the leadership training and career management of all trainees funded through NIHR Integrated Academic Training Schemes and NIHR Personal Awards Schemes

Dr Justin Jagosh, Director, Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation & Synthesis, University of Liverpool

Justin is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Liverpool and Director for the Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis – CARES.  He is an advisor on numerous research contracts involving realist methodology and delivers training workshops in the UK and Internationally, including an annual CARES Summer School.

Simon R. Stones, Patient Advocate & Consultant

Simon is a postgraduate researcher based in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds. He is a passionate patient advocate, consultant and ambassador for young people living with musculoskeletal diseases, inspired by his own journey with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and Crohn’s disease since childhood.

After Dinner Speaker – TBC


We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers is open and invite presenters to submit abstracts for presentations, posters and workshops.  This year we are looking for abstracts for innovative workshops, alternative format presentations and Research Has Got Talent 3 minute paper presentations.

Please click here to download the guidelines.

Download an application form for presentations and workshops here.

Download an application form the alternative format presentations here.


Special early bird offer until March 2021;

£99 + VAT per person – conference only

£125 + VAT per person – conference and dinner

Prices will increase after March 2021 so book your place today!!!!

Full cost after March 2021;

£150 + VAT per person – conference only

£175 + VAT per person – conference and dinner


Please click here to book your place, you will be redirected to Eventbrite.