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'Struggling to Adapt or Adapting to Struggle': The Life Stories of Older Veterans Living with Limb-loss

Lecture Theatre 002, Ground Floor


'Struggling to Adapt or Adapting to Struggle': The Life Stories of Older Veterans Living with Limb-loss

in collaboration with Blesma, The Limbless Veterans Charity

 This event will be opened by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Northumbria University's Chancellor and a former Paralympic athlete. Dr Matthew Kiernan will introduce the Study into the Health and Wellbeing of Older Limbless Veterans - a new study using in-depth narrative interviews to explore the physical, psychological and social needs of limbless veterans across the life-course. The study aims to develop recommendations that will inform future service design and interface between the NHS and third sector charities.

Prior to joining Northumbria in 2013, Dr Kiernan was a Lieutenant Commander in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Academic Department for Defence Nursing and is co-founder of the Northern Hub for Veteran and Military Families’ Research. 

Following Dr Kiernan’s lecture, two military veterans will tell their powerful stories, having lost limbs in combat. These veterans have been trained to tell their stories with confidence, through the Talk by the Drive Project- a community project run by the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association. This project has enabled participants to take their stories of overcoming adversity to others to help deal with everyday issues and challenges.


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Event Details

Lecture Theatre 002, Ground Floor
Business School, Northumbria University
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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