Clinical Research Nurse Sheena Melendrez has been recognised as the overall winner of a research poster competition at a University of Plymouth research conference.
Taking place in November, the University of Plymouth hosted the Developing a Research Skilled Workforce conference (DRSW), inviting researchers from across the south west to share their work via a research poster competition.
Research posters are used by researchers to concisely publicise their work, showcasing their ideas and findings. During the conference, Sheena, who became a Chief Nurse Research Fellow at UHP last year, was invited to present her research findings, and her poster went on to become the winning submission.
Taking about event, Sheena said: "The DRSW was my first research conference. It was a great experience, and I was thankful for the opportunity learn and network with researchers from all over south west. I am glad to be able to represent UHP Research and Development together with Pete and Martin and share my research findings. Winning the poster competition was a pleasant surprise and a proud moment for me."
As well as Sheena, representing UHP’s Research and Development team was Chief Nurse Research Fellow and Staff Nurse, Pietro Martucci, and Research and Development Data Manager, Martin Walton, who submitted a poster on Data Management.
Pietro Martucci, known as Pete, said: “It was a privilege to be involved in the conference – It gave me a further insight into how research and development is integral to our NHS. It also allowed me to showcase the work I did as a Chief Nurse Research Fellow.
“I was amazed with the scale of the conference and met many people from many different areas. The speakers were fantastic and although I don't work in research, I found the subject matter and knowledge gained extremely valuable.”
The Research and Development team at UHP is made up of dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff and aims to provide on-going support and advice throughout the research process to ensure the development of high-quality research.