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Optimising Quality of Life
A one day sandpit to explore challenges and
potential solutions in the care of head and neck cancer

10am-4pm, Monday 14th April 2014


Leeds Metropolitan University

The Centre for Applied Social Research, Leeds Metropolitan University and the Speech and Language
Department, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are organising this sandpit to identify ways of optimising
quality of life for those diagnosed and treated for a head and neck cancer.
The aim of this sandpit is to bring together a multi-disciplinary group
of about 20 to 30 people who will create projects that will improve
expectations about the impact of treatment and improve posttreatment communication, self-care and swallowing. The Speech &
Language Department and their patients are particularly keen to
explore digital and engineering solutions for use by individuals that
recognise and incorporate the social aspects of living with a head
and neck cancer.
The success of this sandpit relies on getting the right mix of people
together. We need people from a range of disciplines and
backgrounds (e.g. from the arts, humanities and social sciences to
engineering, physical sciences and mathematics) and they will need
to have the right mix of personal attributes. We also seek people
who are at different stages in their careers: sandpits are not just
aimed at those with senior positions. We imagine that this sandpit
may appeal to those with expertise in animation, digital apps, fluid
dynamics, product design, production and marketing, and speech
production – nevertheless, if you think you have something to add
then we are interested in hearing from you
This sandpit is a one-day interactive workshop involving 20-30
participants, the director, patients and a number of independent
stakeholders. An essential element of a sandpit is a highly
multidisciplinary mix of participants taking part, some being active
researchers and some being potential users of research outcomes,
to drive lateral thinking and radical approaches to addressing
particular challenges.
The sandpit is an intensive discussion forum where free thinking is
encouraged in order to delve deep into the problems on the agenda
and uncover innovative solutions. Each sandpit is led by a director,
whose role is to define the topic and facilitate discussions at the
sandpit event.

The process can be broken down into:

Defining the scope of the issue.

Agreeing a common language and terminology amongst
people from a very diverse range of backgrounds and

Sharing understanding of the problem domain, and the
expertise brought by the participants to the sandpit.

Taking part in break-out sessions focused on the problem
domain, using creative and innovative thinking techniques.

Creating a plan and timeline

The sandpit approach is about bringing together people who would
not normally interact. We are looking for people who can bring new
thinking to an existing problem. You do not need to have any prior
knowledge of head and neck cancer, but will need to demonstrate
an enthusiasm for working at the interface between disciplines.
The criteria for selecting sandpit participants are:

The potential to contribute to research at the interface
between disciplines

The ability to work in a team

The ability to explain research to non-experts

The ability to develop new and highly original research ideas

To apply please send a covering letter and 2 page CV to:
With any queries please email: P.Branney@leedsmet.ac.uk

Application Deadline: Monday 31st March 2014

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