FiMT Research Centre Conference 2024

Research with impact for ex-Service personnel and their families.

Bush House, London, United Kingdom

The Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference 2024 will be an unmissable event, giving a platform to individuals from across service provision, government, and research, presenting current topical evidence involving ex-Service personnel and their families. Alongside fascinating talks on the day, there will be ample opportunities for networking with professionals from across the sector.  


The theme for the 2024 conference is 'Research with impact for ex-Service personnel and their families’. It will showcase high-quality research with the potential to inform practitioners, service providers and decision-makers and advance knowledge, policy and practice. Producing real-world change and benefits for UK ex-Service personnel and their families.



Lifetime Achievement Award 2024



The Lifetime Achievement award recognises an individual who has made a significant and impactful contribution to research involving ex-Service personnel and their families. They will have fostered progress in the field of research through innovation, collaboration, and leadership throughout their career. Their body of work and dedication to research will have made a significant contribution to evidence and knowledge and addressed key issues impacting the ex-Service personnel community.

Deadline for Nominations - 5th March 2024


Research Excellence Award 2024



The Research Excellence award recognises an an individual who has, within the last year, produced markedly high-quality research that will advance our understanding of the experiences of ex-Service personnel and their families and key factors that affect this community. Recognition will be given to high-quality research methodology and conduct and innovative approaches and potential for significant future impact.

Deadline for Nominations - 5th March 2024




  • mceu_95709622511701448886561.pngmceu_57410505411701449297041.png
  • 09:30 - 10:00 – Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:05 – Welcome - Professor Nicola T Fear, Co-Director of the FiMT Research Centre
  • 10:05 – 10:20 – Update on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre - Dr Mary Keeling, Research Manager of the FiMT Research Centre
  • 10:20 – 11:00 – Keynote: Mark Ormrod MBE in conversation with Professor Sir Simon Wessely
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Morning break and networking
  • mceu_62212738121701449301695.png
  • 11:30 – 11:35 – Session intro by chair
  • 11:35 – 11:55 – “A Legacy of Pain”: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Blast Injury – Dr Sarah Dixon Smith, Imperial College London
  • 11:55 – 12:15 The Roadmap to No Homeless Veterans – Dr Lisa O'Malley, University of York
  • 12:15 – 12:35 – Veterans and the UK benefits system: Findings and impact from the Sanctions, Support and Service Leavers project –                              Professor Lisa Scullion, University of Salford
  • 12:35 – 13:00 – Speakers Q&A panel
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch and networking
  • mceu_93084901831701449307457.png
  • 14:00 – 14:05 – Session intro by chair
  • 14:05 – 14:25 – GCSE attainment in children from military families –Alison Cotton, Oxford Brookes University
  • 14:25 – 14:45 – ‘Grown-Up’ Children from Military Families: The Impact of Their Childhood ExperiencesDr Anne Chappell, Brunel University
  • 14:45 – 15:05 – Barriers to help-seeking for domestic abuse within the British Armed Forces: Experiences of female civilians accessing support from a military refuge. - Dr Louise Morgan, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 15:05 – 15:30 – Speakers Q&A panel
  • 15:30 – 16:00 - Afternoon Break and Networking
  • mceu_13485570111701449441143.png
  • 16:00 - 16:05 – Awards introduction.
  • 16:05 – 16:35  Where Are All the Veterans? Increasing Veteran Registration in Primary Healthcare - Dr Rebecca Randles, Arden University (Prev. University of Chester).
  • 16:35 – 16.45 – Dr Rebecca Randles Q&A
  • 16:45 – 17:15 – Veterans’ physical health, getting engineering involved - Professor Anthony Bull, Imperial College London. 
  • 17:15 – 17:25 – Professor Anthony Bull Q&A
  • 17:25 – 17:30 - Closing remarks
  • 17:30 – 19:30 - Drinks reception and presentation of the 2024 FiMT Research Centre Awards.


  • Mark Ormrod MBE

    Former Royal Marine, Invictus Games athlete, author and motivational speaker

    Mark is a former Royal Marine, award-winning author, motivational speaker, coach, ambassador and an Invictus Games multiple medallist. In 2007 Mark sustained serious injuries from an IED whilst in service, resulting in the amputation of both legs and his right arm. Following a remarkable recovery, Mark continues to push his own boundaries whilst advocating for and inspiring others to reach their potential.


Click below to register for the FiMT Research Centre Conference 2024. Join us for a day of presentations of impactful research with the potential for real-world change for ex-Service personnel and their families, and networking with a broad range of delegates from across the Armed Forces community. 

Register now


Bush House, King's College London, Bush House, London, United Kingdom

Bush House, at King's College London on the Strand Campus will host the FiMT Research Centre Conference in 2024. Bush House is based in the heart of London, with perfect blend of historical features and all the features of a state-of-the-art event space. The presentations throughout the day will be held in the spacious auditorium, and our drinks reception following the conference will be held in a beautiful eighth-floor venue with outstanding views of the London skyline.

Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

Nearest tube stations:

  • Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk.
  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk,
  • Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk

Nearest train stations:

  • Charing Cross: 9 minute walk
  • Waterloo: 12 minute walk.
  • Waterloo East: 10 minute walk.
  • Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.
Get directions

KCMHR Veterans Mental Health Conference.

Bush House, Strand Campus, King's College London.

The Veterans Mental Health Conference is organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) and will be held in the same location, on the 14th of May 2024. Bringing together leading academics, researchers, medical professionals and charities to discuss the key issues in military mental health and the Armed Forces community. 

Find out more