Future-Focused Leadership Programme @NIHRresearch – Applications open @docjohnwright @profsuemason

NIHR Future-Focused Leadership Programme is now for applications. The closing date is Friday 9 August at 1pm.

To join the programme, you will be a current leader based within NIHR or delivering a national role for NIHR. You will be developing into or taking up leadership roles at the senior level, facing significant leadership challenges, where support will be most needed and impactful. The programme will enhance skills in leading across organisational boundaries, leading strategy and change and influencing others to achieve the strategic aims of NIHR.

Alongside your existing experience and leadership skills, the Future-Focused Leadership programme will provide time for reflection, refreshing existing skills and learning new ways of working which will support:

  • On-going self-awareness and recognising the impact and influence leaders have
  • Cross departmental collaboration with senior leadership
  • Creating an impact across the wider system
  • Developing team members and emerging leaders to maximise their potential.

This application window will be for the first two cohorts of the Leaders stream; Cohort 1 starts in late September 2019 and cohort 2 in January 2020. The third cohort is anticipated to start in January 2021 (with applications in summer 2020) so there is a further opportunity to participate at a later date.

This prestigious 12-month programme will consist of a blended learning approach, including face to face workshops and virtual, online sessions.

Further information on the format and content of the programme and how to apply is now available at www.nihr.ac.uk/fflp

 If you have any questions please get in touch at leaders-programme@nihr.ac.uk

 We will look forward to working with you on your leadership journey.


Compassionate Leadership for Cultures of High Quality Care
Michael West Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School/Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Unfortunately, this event is going to have to be rescheduled for 19th March 2020 due to industrial action taking place in the Trust next week.

A link to book via Eventbrite will be available nearer the time of the event.

Please could you inform any colleagues know who may have been planning to attend.

NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

Michael West Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School/Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Compassionate Leadership for Cultures of High Quality Care


How can we help to develop cultures of high quality, continually improving and compassionate care in the challenging circumstances we face in our health services and, at the same time, ensuring the well-being and growth of those who provide that care – our staff? And how can we become more effective at leading and working across boundaries to ensure the effectiveness of ‘systems’ such as ICSs and STPs?

This session offers the research evidence and practical guidance necessary to help us ensure compassion, high quality and innovation are at the heart of health care cultures in their organisations. It describes the link between good leadership, team working, staff experience and service user outcomes as well as other key cultural elements associated with good performance in health…

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News ~ Yorkshire and Humber awarded £9m to tackle biggest healthcare challenges of this generation @docjohnwright @ProfSueMason @CityOfResearch @BTHFT @OfficialNIHR #ARC

The NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber is delighted to hear that the NIHR ARC YH has been awarded for our region. This new infrastructure, to be hosted by Bradford Institute for Health Research (part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT) will build on the excellent collaborative work undertaken over the last eleven years by the CLAHRCs in Yorkshire and Humber.

Building on our core principles of Engagement, Addressing Health Inequalities, Patient Public Involvement and Capacity building, the YHARC carries forward our legacy and impact. The continued funding from NIHR will support improvements in both the health and wealth of the population of Yorkshire and Humber.


*Press Release


  • Yorkshire and Humber region will receive £9 million over 5 years through government funded investment in health research to equip NHS for the future
  • The funding will tackle the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years including urgent care, healthy childhood, frailty in older people and reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions
  • Research will help deliver commitments in Long Term Plan

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood has announced today multi-million pound funding for research that could transform the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including dementia, mental ill health and obesity.

Fifteen partnerships or Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) – including one for the Yorkshire and Humber region – have been set up across England, made up of NHS organisations, social care services, leading academics, innovators, and local authorities.

They have been awarded funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for ground-breaking new projects that will address the increasing demands on the NHS and give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

The Yorkshire and Humber ARC will be hosted within Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), which is part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The funding will enable BIHR and partner organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber, including 44 NHS organisations, 15 Local Authorities and 10 universities, to prioritise research into a number of health issues including older people with frailty, healthy childhood, urgent care and mental ill health.

Director of Yorkshire and Humber ARC, Professor John Wright, of BIHR said: “We are delighted that the Yorkshire and Humber region has been awarded this important programme of applied research. Medical research can often seem remote from everyday life.

“Our ARC will support people-powered research that aims to improve health and well-being for our communities. Our themes of healthy childhood, mental health, older people and urgent care are the priorities that have been identified by our NHS partners and the public and will ensure our patients benefit from cutting-edge innovation.”

Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber ARC Strategy Board, Lord Willis, said: “We are a silicon dale of health research in Yorkshire with some of the leading centres of excellence across Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds and York. The new ARC will ensure our NHS and social services are able to improve effectiveness and impact to benefit our patients and their families.”

Health Minister, Nicola Blackwood said: “As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

“The UK has a proud history of cutting edge health research and by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.”

 Notes for editors – NIHR section

  • NIHR Applied Research Collaborations are comprised of health and care providers, commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies, charities, and academics, who will work together to address a specific health or care issue in their region.
  • Details of priority for the Yorkshire and Humber ARC:
  1. Older People with Frailty
  2. Early Life and Prevention
  3. Urgent and Emergency Care
  4. Mental and Physical Multimorbidity
  5. Health Economics, Evaluation, Equality
  6. Improvement Science

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:

  • Funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
  • Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research
  • Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future
  • Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR supports applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries, using UK aid from the UK government.

For further media information, please contact communications@bthft.nhs.uk or call 01274 383901

 Note to Editors:

 Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

The Trust has its own Bradford Hospitals Charity: https://bradfordhospitalscharity.org/

Follow us on Twitter: @BTHFT

For more information please visit www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk



NIHR CRN Health Services Research Toolkit #HSRUK19 Blog features #VICTORImpact @MYorksResearch @NIHRresearch @natlouj @jo_cooke73

Blog is hosted on the NIHR CRN Health Services Research Toolkit, brought to you by the Health Services Research National Specialty Group at the CRN.

We want to bring together resources and support to help design, deliver and disseminate high quality health services research.

Excerpt from #HSRUK19 Blog………

The health services research methods section was a delight for any self-confessed ‘methods nerds’. We saw cancer research using systems level approaches to better model delivery, learned about the problems of outcome reporting in our discipline (not terrible, but room for improvement) and ‘lifted the lid’ on some of the murkier aspects of decision-making in reviews (which can differ a little from the pristine version which makes it into journals). Last year we did a session on the relationship between research activity and organisational outcomes, and it was great to see a talk on the VICTOR research impact tool which helps organisations capture those impacts.

Read the rest of the blog here

Find out more about #VICTORImpact here


Funding ~ @HealthFdn for research to build the evidence for health as an asset for the economy and society

Funding available for research to build the evidence for health as an asset for the economy and society

The Health Foundation’s £1.5m Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place Research Programme is now open for outline proposal applications.

An innovative research programme to investigate the impact of health on society and the economy

We are inviting researchers to submit proposals for research that builds the evidence for health as an asset for the economy and society, and generates new knowledge on how the physical and mental health of a population shapes their social and economic outcomes.

We are looking to support research projects with funding between £200,000 and £300,000 for a maximum duration of two years. These projects will develop the concepts and metrics needed to help understand how the health status of a population may influence the social and economic outcomes of that population.

More information can be found here



#PPI ~ Have you had a Coronary Angioplasty in the last 18 mths? @WeLoveResearch ‏@PPGHudUni

Would you like to take part in a research study?

Helping patients, doctors and nurses to work together.

When: 10:30 – 13:30 on Thursday 1st August.

Researchers at the University of Huddersfield are looking for volunteers to take part in a workshop to help design a digital patient decision tool for elective coronary angioplasty. The workshop is part of a research study called CONNECT .

Aim: To improve the quality of discussions that health professionals and patients have before a patient decides whether or not to have elective coronary angioplasty.

We want to hear from you if you are:
 Aged over 18 years
 Have had coronary angioplasty in the last 18 months
What will happen on the day?
 The workshop will be held at the University of Huddersfield between 10:30 and 13:30 on Thursday 1st August.
 Researchers from the University (Dr Emma Harris and Prof Felicity Astin) will run the informal and friendly workshop.
 There will be approximately 10 people (including yourself) who have been treated with coronary angioplasty at the event.
 At the start of the workshop, we will ask everyone to introduce themselves and then we will tell you about the study.
 We will then talk to you about our ideas on what could be included in the decision tool for coronary angioplasty.
 We will then ask for your feedback and ideas. Small group activities might be involved.

What we can offer you in return:
 Participants will be given a £50 gift voucher and reimbursement for travel expenses.
 Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact: Alison Morris 01484 47 3491 / a.morrs2@hud.ac.uk 

PPIE ~ NIHR Policy Research Unit #ESHCRUII seeking people to join our advisory groups. @CHEYORK @EviePPICRNyh

NIHR Policy Research Unit seeking people to join our advisory groups.

We’re recruiting!

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in the Economics of Health Systems and the Interface with Social Care (ESHCRU II) is looking for patients, service users, carers and members of the public with lived experience of health and social care services to join one of our Advisory Groups.
Are you

  • Interested in questions of value for money, quality of care, coordination of health and social care?
  • Willing to engage as a ‘critical friend’ with academic research?
  • Able to travel to attend face-to-face meetings?

Then we’d like to invite you to apply to join one of our Advisory Groups

Who are we? We are health and social care economists from the University of York and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

What does the role involve? We have a 5-year programme of work funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  We use economics to help us understand the health system, and its overlap with social care.  Our research mainly uses data and numbers (quantitative) and involves analysing large datasets.

We are looking for up to six members of the public to join one of our Advisory Groups.  The Groups will meet face-to-face once a year in London or twice a year York. We may offer other opportunities for involvement, such as reviewing our website for clarity and accessibility.

The closing date for applications is: 31 July 2019

Interviews will be held in the last week of August / first week of September 2019.

How do I find out more? Please visit our website for further information on the role and how to apply.

For informal discussion or more information about applying please contact Louise Campbell on che-eshcru@york.ac.uk or call 01904 325873.