A UCLan student has been shortlisted for a regional award in recognition of his research project to support mental health patients.Advertisement
Nadeem Gire, first year PhD student, has been nominated for Research Student of the Year at the 2015 North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.
His research, a collaboration between UCLan and Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust, focuses on the development of a mobile app that asks a patient questions depending on their situation and symptoms and then issues a personalised guide to self-help.
Speaking of his nomination Nadeem said: “I am very pleased to be shortlisted for this award.
“It can only motivate me more to achieve my research goals and I don’t think I would’ve got to this point without the excellent guidance and mentorship from my supervisors both at UCLan and Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.”
Nadeem is currently recruiting 16 service users and up to 10 health professionals to take part in a feasibility study.
Professor Joy Duxburry, a UCLan academic with a worldwide reputation, is helping Nadeem with the research.
She said: “I am delighted that Nadeem has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.
“His mobile application is both innovative and ground breaking.
“If adopted in practice in the future it has the potential to ease the suffering of individuals with mental health problems in early intervention services by using technology which is easily accessible and tailored to individual needs.”
Nadeem will find out whether he has won on November 30 at the awards ceremony held at Chester Racecourse.