Psychiatrist to top sports stars launches research festival

A psychiatrist who supports elite British athletes as well as health professionals has opened the first ever Doncaster Festival of Research (today, October 17).

Professor Steve Peters, who has worked with a variety of people, ranging from NHS staff, staff from ‘blue light’ services and the public to top sports men and women to support and improve psychological fitness, happiness and success, officially opened the research festival watched on by health leaders and local politicians at the Holiday Inn, Warmsworth.

Running until October 20, the Doncaster Festival of Research is a new initiative set to showcase the high quality of health-related research taking place in Doncaster. It has been organised jointly by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and Doncaster Public Health.

Professor Steve Peters said: “It’s a real honour to be able to come to Doncaster and be involved in this research festival. I would encourage residents to get involved in research as it can help make changes and enhance services on offer.”

Pictured at the opening of the festival is, from the left, Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health in Doncaster; Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive, RDaSH; Doncaster Cllr Rachael Blake; Steve Peters; Dr Nav Ahluwalia, Executive Medical Director for RDaSH and Dr Sarah Caddy.

The festival aims to encourage knowledge sharing and shed light on research by explaining why and how researchers carry out their work and what they do with the knowledge it creates.  There is a range of events across Doncaster during the festival covering a wide variety of topics including:

  • Working with the deaf community to improve access to services.
  • Using research to deliver positive youth sexual health services.
  • A showcase of food related research projects.

Dr Nav Aluwahlia, our Executive Medical Director, said: “Aimed at both researchers and the wider population, we’re taking a festival approach in order to enable as many people as possible to hear about the diverse research projects the community is engaged in and hope to encourage even more people to get involved.”

Cllr Rachael Blake, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: ”The festival is a great opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of health-related research taking place across Doncaster. With the first event planned for this year it would be great to see this develop as an annual event.”

For further details on the range of events and to register to attend please visit