The latest advice, ramblings and reflections from the experts in Research and Improvement.

Want to contribute? Send your blog post to for your chance to be featured. 

Alexa Gayter is a wife, mother of two, and part-time support worker for older people's mental health. Here she shares her experience of being supported by the Solent Paediatric team through remote consultation during Covid-19.

Dr Sarah Williams normally avoids video calls and FaceTime, but in lockdown she has been forced to adapt to using Zoom and has discovered the joy in virtual connectivity.

Julian shares his journey of successfully quitting smoking whilst having a mental health condition, and with the help of the SCIMITAR research study.

Reverend Emma D'Aeth explores what happens when the Covid-19 pandemic means that she cannot meet with the patients and staff she supports.

Dr Thomas Richardson shares his thoughts and reflections on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted his work and how he delivers psychological therapy.

Solent Research Nurse, Abigail Jones, shares her account of catching and recovering from Coronavirus.

Side-by-Side network member, Mary Ramsay, is a busy, fit, fun-loving and capable person who has been categorised as "vulnerable" and is living alone during lockdown.

Caitlin Burchett joined the team as a new Research Nurse back in February - just as Covid-19 was starting to appear in the UK. In her first blog, Caitlin shares what it's been like to start a new role whilst the country is in lockdown.

Senior Research Nurse, Jo Turpitt, shares with us her career journey from ground-breaking clinical trials in the 90's to life changing PrEP IMPACT Trial.

Sarah Williams shares the story of Catering Operations Manager, Iain Robertson, as he and his team react to the rapidly changing needs of the organisation during Covid-19.