Sheffield Institute for
Translational Neuroscience

Work package 3 - focus groups

Focus groups to help improve the way in which non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is delivered to people with motor neuron disease (MND).

We are conducting a research project to help optimise NIV for people with MND. We have already carried out a systematic review to explore the evidence on the optimal use of NIV in people with MND and surveys to explore the current practices of delivering NIV to people with MND.

We are now moving on to the next phase. We are conducting focus groups with healthcare professionals who are involved in recommending, supporting and/or delivering NIV to people with MND and stakeholders from third-party organisations such as the MND Association. The focus group will last around 2 hours and will explore the group’s views on the research findings and how best to translate these into improved clinical practice.

The focus groups will take place in the following locations and on the following dates. To see the venues on a map please click here.

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Venue: Calyco room, St James’ Building, 61-95 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ
Time: 12:45-2:45pm

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019
Venue: Meeting room 3, The Space Centre, 94 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NT
Time: 1:45-3:45pm

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Venue: Clifton room, Landmark Bristol, One Temple Quay, Temple Back East, Bristol, BS1 6DZ
Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2019
Venue: Meeting room 1, iHub Office Birmingham, 3rd & 4th Floor, Colmore Gate, 2-6 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QD
Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Date: Wednesday 13 November 2019
Venue: Meeting room 4, No.1 Aire Street Leeds, LS1 4PR
Time: 12:30-2:30pm

For more information:

Please use the links on the right to learn more about the study and to access the participant information sheet. For any queries, please contact the research assistant, Lucy Musson using

If you are interested in taking part, please complete an expression of interest form (found on the right) and return it to the research assistant at your earliest convenience. When returning the form, please state your preferred choice of venue for the focus group.

Chief Investigator:
Dr Esther Hobson

Contact for this study:

Research Assistant:

Lucy Musson
The University of Sheffield
Department of Neuroscience
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)
385a Glossop Road
S10 2HQ