Consultation survey ~ Health Foundation Research & Improvement grants ~ are you doing innovative work but havent applied to @Healthfdn then they want to hear from you! #CLAHRC #Health #Innovation

The Health Foundation launches consultation for their Research & Improvement grants.

The Health Foundation are carrying out a consultation for their Open Call Research and Improvement Programmes and want to hear the views and experiences of academics and staff from other institutions in the UK with a passion for health care improvement.

They are particularly keen to hear from individuals and teams who are delivering innovative research and improvement projects but have never applied before for a grant award from the Health Foundation through these programmes.

The Health Foundation has appointed an external consultant to conduct interviews on their behalf, and taking part is completely anonymous – responses will not be attributed to individuals or institutions.

You can sign-up for an interview by emailing The closing date to take part is 1st December 2018.

Alternatively, you can share your views by completing their online survey:

Newsletter ~ October 2018 @AHSN_YandH


Here are the latest news, events and opportunities from the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network. Our October edition includes:

Read our annual report
Proud to support new ICS
Joint working nets £30k funding
October funding bulletin
Safety Innovation Challenge Fund
Bridging the Gap 2
Local Health & Care Record Exemplar Team update
Latest events

Welcome to our October newsletter, which this month focuses on our recently published Annual Report for 2018.

This report marks the end of our first five year licence so we’ve highlighted some of our achievements to date and also started to set out how we aim to continue to work together with our local and national partners in the future.

We are particularly proud of the examples of innovations that had their origins in Yorkshire and Humber and are now having national impact.

These include:

  • Our region is saving £2.5 million every year as a result of the ‘Faecal Calprotectin Pathway programme’ that we helped to develop and spread and has led to revisions in NICE guidance
  • 1 million older people have now been assessed for severe or moderate frailty following the national implementation of Yorkshire’s ‘electronic Frailty Index’
  • 129 CCGs across the country now use the ‘Physical Health Review’ template that we developed to assess and identify health risks in people with serious mental illnesses

These successes could never have been achieved without the close collaboration of our regional partners. As an AHSN we continue to work with the Integrated Care Systems and Sustainability and Transformation Partnership in our region, and we also work at place and individual organisation level whenever appropriate.

As you will no doubt be aware, NHS England has now re-licensed all 15 AHSNs for at least the next five years. This firmly establishes the AHSN Network as the innovation arm of the NHS. On behalf of our national commissioners at NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences we act as a bridge between healthcare providers, commissioners, academia and industry. We continue to connect these sectors, building a pipeline of solutions from research and product development and taking these innovations through to adoption and spread at scale.

One of the biggest challenges of being the largest AHSN Network in England is maintaining constant dialogue with all our stakeholders. We are working hard on improving this (especially post-GDPR) and we will be launching our new approach to external engagement very soon.

If in the meantime you have any questions or would like further information or a conversation about our Annual Report for 2018 please do get in touch

Proud to support new ICS

We are delighted to be supporting the work of the new South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System and we will continue to work closely together as they embark on this new journey, including supporting the development of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Innovation Hub.+  Read more

Joint working nets £30k fund

A project to help home care staff and families and friends who are carers recognise if the health of people they are looking after is getting worse has been awarded £30,000 in development funding from the Health Foundation’s Q Exchange.+  Read more

October funding bulletin now published

Our October funding bulletin has now been published and is available to view here.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN works to identify funding opportunities for industry and NHS organisations in order to facilitate collaboration and accelerate innovation in healthcare +  Read more

Safety Innovation Challenge Fund

The NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), which is funded by The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), is offering funds of up to £10,000 in its Safety Innovation Challenge Fund. The fund has been set up to help healthcare staff, researchers and patients get their patient safety research ideas off the ground.+  Read more

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BRIDGING THE GAP 2 – 12 December 2018

Do you have a product or technology for use in the NHS?

Struggling to understand NHS finances? Lost in the healthcare maze?

Join Commercial Directors from across The AHSN Network on 12 December 2018 for a range of talks, workshops, one to one advice sessions and networking opportunities at a fully subsidised event that’s open to all health technology companies.

Tailor your own event!
You can choose between the various sessions and workshops to arrange your own personalised programme that matches your needs and interests and make the most of your time.

Cost effective engagement
Delegates will be able to get advice about how to make their engagement with the NHS sharper and more cost effective. That means understanding how decisions are made in the NHS, who makes the decisions and how to get their attention.

We’ll also provide opportunities to test and develop your value proposition, your budget impact model and your approach to evaluation and case study development.

In addition, you’ll be able to find out more about local NHS priorities and approaches, how AHSN support can bridge the gap between industry and the NHS, and national programmes and resources.

Register now!
There are limited places available, so register now to avoid missing out. To help us ensure you have the best possible experience it is important we have your correct details to confirm your booking.

In June the Yorkshire and Humber region was awarded one of five exempler positions on the NHS Local Health Care Record Exempler (LHCRE​) programme.

The programme’s ambitious objective is to integrate health and care records across the region with the aim of improving care by providing timely and relevant information to care professionals and citizens securely and safely.

Over the summer a small team called the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record Delivery Board and Team has been working with local representatives to understand how we will deliver this commitment and the Yorkshire and Humber Digital Care Board has met to oversee and govern the programme. Our final funding agreement is now with NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care for approval and they are aiming to release the monies to Yorkshire and Humber within the next few weeks.

The work undertaken by LHCRE will both impact and benefit all NHS and social care providers in the Humber Coast and Vale Health Partnership, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Health Partnership, and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Partnership.  Over the coming months we will communicate updates, events and workshops that you may want to be involved in. In the meantime if you would like to know more or engage with the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record Team please contact

13 November Imaging Innovations: Clinicians & Academics Knowledge Exchange Find out more

22 November Managing Digital Change in Health and Care Find out more

30 November Improving the Physical Health of people with SMI Find out more


22 January 2019Vision 2021 – Personalised Medicine+   Find out more

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Call for abstracts OPEN ~ @HSRN_UK #HSRUK19


The call for abstracts for our annual Conference
is now open! Submit your abstract and/or before Sunday 13th January

The call for abstracts and sessions for the 12th annual Health Services Research UK Conference is now open.

Health Services Research UK (HSRUK) is dedicated to the promotion of health services research in policy and practice. The HSRUK19 conference is open to everyone interested in health services and systems research, and offers you the opportunity to hear about the latest research, build your network and meet the agenda-setters.

The 2019 call invites submissions for individual abstracts (for oral presentation and/or poster presentation) or for whole sessions (comprising a number of linked oral presentations within one session). We welcome abstracts on all aspects of health services, systems and policy research, especially research that will have a positive impact on patients and the health service, builds research capacity in the NHS or advances research methodology.

To find out more and submit your abstract or session proposal, go to the HSRUK19 conference website.

The call for abstracts closes on Sunday 13 January 2019 at midnight.

We have some very topical plenaries planned, with key opinion leaders across research, policy and practice. Confirmed to speak so far are:

The impact of health research: future priorities and strategies
Professor Jo Rycroft Malone, Director, NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research
James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield
Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients, Carers and the Public and Chair of INVOLVE

Social care research, policy and practice
Richard Humphries, Senior Policy Fellow at The King’s Fund and visiting Professor at Worcester
Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London

Using patient experience data for service improvement
Jocelyn Cornwell, CEO and founder of The Point of Care Foundation
Glenn Robert, Professor of Health Care Quality & Innovation, King’s College London
Sue Ziebland, Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), University of Oxford

Researching the healthcare workforce: what do we need to know?
Professor Peter Griffiths, Chair of Health Services Research, University of Southampton 


Call for papers ~ Journal of Research in Nursing @JRN_latest ‏~ Innovation in Nursing ~ Guest editor @wolstenholme_d @theRCN @ShefSNM @SheffieldHosp @CRFSheffield @Shef_Research


Focus Edition Guest Editor Dan Wolsteholme
Clinical Researcher, NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, South Yorkshire, UK

The Journal of Research in Nursing is a leading peer-reviewed journal that underpins good research with current policy and aims to publish papers that will influence nursing practice and health and social care policy

Innovation is a contested term in health and social care but is being used increasingly to describe a range of approaches or activities associated with developing new knowledge, technology and practice. This edition of the journal is keen to explore nurses’ contributions to this emergent field.

The act of innovation and the use of technology are often positioned as the panacea for the health concerns and needs of the 21st Century. However, all too often there is a lack of critical discussion of the relationship between the two, and that often technology is only one output of an innovation process. Service re-design, practice development and other non-technology-based methods and solutions are also key to improving how we provide, organise and receive care. Technology should also be seen as an output of an innovation process and not the driver for it. Identification of a need from those involved in care, in its widest sense (providers, commissioners and users) should be at the heart of the drive to innovate. Questions might include, is this understanding recognised in practice or are nurses still the passive recipients of technology? More broadly can these innovations live up to their expectations and if so in what conditions? What might be the role of design practice, human factors and end-user involvement in innovation in health and social care? What impact do these sorts of innovations have on the role and function, now and in the future, of nurses?

For this edition of JRN we are seeking papers that illuminate the experiences and impact of design, technology and innovation on and in nursing.

Papers can be research studies of any design, case-studies, evaluations or practice development initiatives and may address any of these issues in relation to design and technology:
• Improving the quality of healthcare and health, access and safety through design methods.
• Improving recruitment, deployment and retention of healthcare workers.
• Developing new multi-professional/workers, innovative models of care enabled by
• The development or use of technology.
• Demonstrating initiatives that use technology to promote health and wellbeing.
• Demonstrating the unintended consequences of the application of technology or innovation in healthcare.

As JRN’s mission is to contribute knowledge to nursing practice, research and local, national and international health and social policy, the contribution of the paper to, or implications for, both nursing practice and health and social-care policy should be made explicit.
Authors interested in contributing to this edition of JRN should submit their papers by 1st March 2019

Papers must be submitted on-line and adhere to the JRN manuscripts guidelines that can be accessed from the journal homepage:
All papers will be double blind peer reviewed. Accepted papers may be published Online First and issued with a DOI number.
NB. Papers are normally restricted to a maximum of 5,000 words including references. A review is published alongside each paper.

To view past issues of the journal please register for a free trial at:

Event ~ First Steps in Clinical Research: Managers and Clinicians Working Together #AHP @CahprYorkshire @jenharris1981

Monday, 26 November from 6pm – 8pm with refreshments served from 5:30pm at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, DN2 5LT.

Are you an AHP who doesn’t know where to start with research?

As a manager, do you feel equipped to support clinicians starting in research?

Would you like to understand more about research opportunities from both clinicians and managers ‘perspectives?

Join us at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for a unique opportunity to hear perspectives from clinicians and managers.

We have a limited number of places which are available on a first come first served basis.  If you would like to attend this event, please sign up through Eventbrite by Monday, 19 November, link below:

Outcome ~ NHS Test Beds programme Successful Wave 2 Test Beds @NHSEngland

The Test Bed Programme brings NHS organisations and industry partners together to test combinations of digital technologies with pathway redesign in real-wold settings.  The goal is to use the potential of digital technologies to positively transform the way in which healthcare is delivered for patients and carers.

We are delighted to announce seven Wave 2 Test Beds that will be testing a new set of innovations to tackle some top health and care challenges.  Over £2 million is being provided by NHS England to support interventions aimed at improving the management of diabetes and over £5 million is being provided by Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and OLS to support interventions in other priority areas.

The sites receiving funding from government are:

  • Care City in London, which is bringing together market-ready diagnostics, smartphone applications and management tools to support patients with long-term conditions;
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve breast cancer screening;
  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, who will be providing patients with access to their digital health records with the aim of reducing missed appointments and duplication of clinical activity; and
  • Royal Stoke University Hospital, who will be using new market-ready digital technologies to coordinate community-based clinical interventions for patients with heart failure, to reduce hospital re-admissions.

Sites focused on self-management of diabetes and being funded by NHS England are:

  • Greater Manchester Strategic Clinical Networks, who will be testing a one-stop digital platform (MyDiabetesMyWay) designed to help people self-manage their condition more effectively;
  • South West London Health and Care Partnership, who will be using a combination of new technologies to empower patients to take control of managing their condition; and
  • North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG, who will be using digital solutions embedded within existing diabetes pathways in primary care to provide structured, ongoing self-management support for lifestyle change. 

Newsletter ~ NIHR CLAHRC Community e-newsletter – Career development of the healthcare workforce @ClahrcP #CLAHRC #CLAHRCImpact

NIHR CLAHRC Community e-newsletter – Career development of the healthcare workforce   Issue 76

This issue of the CLAHRC Community e-newsletter showcases initiatives that CLAHRCs are implementing in the regions to support the healthcare workforce to further their career development – from mentorship programmes, fellowships and leadership development programmes, to learning events like the Career Development Conference held in London earlier in the month, jointly run by the London CLAHRCs.



We’re adding new features to our website! Have a look at the new CLAHRC Impact section, containing numerous added-value examples of the world-class research that the CLAHRCs are leading across the regions. DROPLET, a weight management trial designed by CLAHRC Oxford is now complete and has been published in the BMJ. Read about the trial and share the infographic! CLAHRC North Thames, in partnership with RDS London and Clinical Research Network North Thames will be running a workshop to enable NHS staff and local authorities to become more research active by providing an introduction to the research process. CLAHRC NWC will present lessons from their Neighborhood Resilience Programme at the learning exchange event Pathways to tackling housing challenges. CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber are hosting the event “ReQoL in practice”, to share learning about the implementation of their recovery-oriented patient reported outcome measure ReQoL.

CLAHRC East Midlands

Clinical academic and workforce development

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands supports clinical academic and workforce development in a number of ways. Placements are offered for non-medical trainees as an introduction into applied health research. Students can spend up to 3 weeks with the CLAHRC clinical study teams and operational teams, gaining understanding and experience in research approaches and techniques, PPI and implementation.

Mentorship and coaching in developing both clinical academic careers, and applied health research careers, is offered to CLAHRC EM PhD and postdoc students, and provided by members of the Executive team and wider Faculty members. CLAHRC EM also support the East Midlands’ Clinical Senate’s Clinical Research Fellows in accessing appropriate mentorship.

Research bursaries are offered to any East-Midlands based PhD students through a regional competition held twice a year. Funds can be used to cover research costs or for dissemination purposes. Fellowships for clinical academics to study for a PhD and postdoctoral pump-priming development work are offered, and complement the NIHR ICA pathway. Training sessions are offered, free of charge, on a variety of research approaches and related study and community engagement skills.

Other initiatives include:

East Midlands Clinical Academic Careers Advisory Group

East Midlands Clinical Academic Practitioner Network
CLAHRC East of England

CLAHRC EoE Felowship 

In 2017, a CLAHRC EoE Fellowship enabled East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) Research Paramedic, Larissa Prothero, to undertake a qualitative patient safety research project, in collaboration with Cambridge Engineering Design Centre. The aim of the project was to evaluate pre-hospital sepsis care errors to help prevent their recurrence. Following this Fellowship, Larissa has become an integral member of EEAST Sepsis Quality Improvement Group, sharing her learning to improve patient care at Trust level and more widely, via publications and presentations at national sepsis and emergency care conferences.

As a CLAHRC EoE Fellow, Larissa has been exploring new opportunities for research collaborations with both academic researchers and clinicians from CLAHRC, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, the Eastern Academic Health Science Network and the Q Community. Such collaborations would not only offer great personal development opportunities, but would also increase EEAST’s research capacity and capability.

Gabriel Abotsie works as a Lead Nurse Research Associate in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), working with the Child, Family and Young People (CFYP) research team to develop clinical research protocols for NIHR funding grants.

During his CLAHRC Fellowship in the 2014 cohort, Gabriel worked on a project looking at physical health problems among people with the diagnosis of serious mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. Together with his supervisors, Gabriel designed the research protocol which was action-oriented, aimed at promoting physical health care in a community mental health team.

Having completed his CLAHRC EoE fellowship, Gabriel is now doing a PhD and working as an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University.

CLAHRC Greater Manchester

Research career development for NMAHPs

The CLAHRC GM internship programme is a 30 day programme delivered over 6-9 months. The programme starts with an intensive 1.5 workshop that introduces interns to the world of health services research, including an introduction to research and evaluation methods. Interns select a topic, review the evidence and have the opportunity to conduct a small scale evaluation, and potentially implement their findings into practice. Interns present their progress at a second workshop mid-way through the programme and at a Celebration Event. Throughout the programme interns have monthly supervision with academic staff and a colleague from practice.  Many interns go on to further study such as a Master’s in Research (MRes) or a Bridging Fellowship.

These opportunities have been taken up by a wide-range of partners, who wish to support their staff with developing research skills and initiatives that will ultimately benefit patients and service users. All of the programmes align with CLAHRC GM core objectives and our vision of delivering high quality research which improves healthcare and has impact in Greater Manchester and beyond.

For more information, please contact
CLAHRC North Thames

CLAHRC North Thames Evidence in Practice Programme to hone NHS staff research skills

Getting evidence into practice is a challenge shared by all researchers, and CLAHRCs have a role in both addressing the underuse of effective treatments and promoting use of current best evidence in patient care. The Evidence in Practice (EiP) Programme is a UCLPartners-funded project that CLAHRC North Thames is undertaking with St Bartholomew’s Hospital to encourage evidence-based practice. The programme will work with point-of-care clinicians, nurses, and AHP in their workplaces, to share the importance of research in clinical settings, and to empower them to take leading roles in the implementation of evidence generated through research. The EiP Programme launches on the 26th of November 2018.

The programme builds on CLAHRC North Thames’ successful capacity building across its patch, in particular our Academy short courses aimed at partners in frontline services in the NHS and local Government. Our training is delivered by experienced researchers and provides staff with the tools and methods they need to use evidence based approaches to decision making and carrying out various types of evaluations of services and research. Contact to register for our upcoming courses or for further information.
CLAHRC North West Coast

Interns shine under showcase spotlight

CLAHRC NWC Interns gathered in Lancashire to showcase their work to an enthusiastic audience at the University of Central Lancashire on 10th October. The research presented included improving access to psychological therapy for stroke survivors, stroke rehabilitation and building research capacity through a supported NIHR Internship. The Internship opportunities have been offered and taken up by staff from CLAHRC NWC partner organisations across the region.

Partners such as NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting their staff to complete research projects with the aim of findings being implemented for the benefit of their service users and wider health economy. Projects must address health inequalities and support the priorities of the CLAHRC NWC.
CLAHRC North West London

London CLAHRCs come together to support career development 

An immense networking and connectivity opportunity. CLAHRC South London, CLAHRC Northwest London and CLAHRC North Thames recently co-hosted the NIHR Careers Development Conference. It was a timely gathering, with the launch of the NIHR Academy in October 2018. The event was attended by over 90 researchers from across the national CLAHRC network. The conference provided an opportunity for early career researchers to present and showcase their research to peers and senior researchers through a range of poster and oral presentations. Keynote speeches from Dr Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research & Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care and Professor Dave Jones, NIHR Dean of Faculty Trainees, were energising and inspiring reminders of the challenges and opportunities for developing a career in applied health and care research. Visit the blog to read more about the NIHR CLAHRC Career Development Conference and relive the story of the day in tweets.


Dementia Education for Health and Social Care Staff

The DHSC Mandate to Health Education England (HEE) set out a work programme to create and develop, in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, a tiered dementia training programme for all NHS staff beginning with a national roll-out plan for foundation level training. From this, PenCLAHRC created a set of high-level standards to be sued by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes. These standards are used to as a guide in development programmes for dementia education and as a framework to support existing programmes. Read more here.

Health Modelling Service Associates (HSMA)

The Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) Programme is a scheme run by PenCLAHRC’s operational research team, PenCHORD. Working directly with staff from NHS organisations in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, the programme aims to support the increased use of Operational Research (OR) within health service development and decision making.

The Associates undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work on specific projects within their own organisations. They receive mentoring, support, and training from PenCHORD, whilst being supported in their own organisation by a HMSA Workplace Supervisor. The supervisor facilitates the implementation of the HMSA’s project and helps to champion the work within their wider organisation.

The next HSMA event will be taking place on the 5th December 2018 – Register here.
Read more here or head the HMSA website.


Nikki Cotterill on how CLAHRC West helped her develop her career

Dr Nikki Cotterill has been working at CLAHRC West for the last 18 months as Post-Doc Nurse Fellow in Continence Care. She has just been made Associate Professor in Continence Care, working across CLAHRC West, the University of the West of England and Bristol Urological Institute. Here she describes how her career has developed.

CLAHRC West Midlands

Leadership Development Training for Distributing Leadership

Evaluating a leadership development programme at one of the hospitals within the NIHR CLAHRC-WM region showed that localised in-house training, rather than national-level training, can support relational development within service teams by improving communication between individuals, but remains difficult to enact as distributed leadership across the wider hospital.

Barriers to enacting leadership training towards distributed leadership

Based on a longitudinal, qualitative study involving over 30 participants, professional identities meant some clinicians proved reluctant to enact hybrid leadership roles that crossed clinical and managerial organisation, hence transfer of leadership models presented in the classroom proved slow to realise. Rather than distributed, power was concentrated with doctors, which leadership development did not challenge. Finally, resource constraints meant participants were too pressurised to enact distributed leadership on the frontline, instead focusing upon immediate operational concerns commonly dictated by central government policy.

Looking Forward

We need to consider the wider organisational and systems context within which leadership development is delivered, since this may stymie transfer of learning. Organisational managers should mediate the influence of professional hierarchy and resources as much as possible, and recognise that leadership development may be about socialising clinicians towards leadership, as much as developing leadership competence. In the absence of managerial agency to affect such matters, then we suggest foundations for distributed leadership may be better developed in earlier professional training.

For further information contact Gary Kerridge, email

CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

Shaping better practice through research: an integrated research competencies framework for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)

The NIHR CLAHRC YH Capacity Lead Jo Cooke has been working with the Council of Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) to develop a research competencies framework for AHPs. The competencies framework aims to provide some guidance to managers, and provide a structure to plan and implement research into clinical job planning and practice.

This project was based on findings and recommendations from the national mapping exercise on the research capacity support delivered by CLAHRC community (see Cooke et al 2016). The mapping report found that clinical managers had a limited knowledge of how to support AHPs wanting to pursue an applied research career, and recommended that the CLAHRC community should work more closely with the AHP professional bodies to support such career trajectories.

Our project was jointly funded by NIHR CLAHRC YH and CAPHR. It involved integrating 19 research competencies frameworks across the full range of professional groups identified from the national and international literature, and from snowball sampling within the AHP professional networks. The content of these research frameworks were thematically coded and the first integrated framework presented to a consensus workshop of invited participants early in October 2018.  We aim to publish the final version of the integrated framework early in 2019, and will disseminate this via the CAPHR and CLAHRC communities. Find out more about our Capacity Building work here.