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HSRUK Symposium – Call for abstracts and session proposals – deadline 19 February
There’s only 3 days left to submit abstracts and session/workshop proposals for the HSRUK Symposium 2016. We’re particularly keen to see submisisons for sessions/workshops!

The Symposium presents the leading edge of health services research. The programme is multidisciplinary and includes research presentations and posters, plenaries from research and service leaders. Delegates attend from a range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups,universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector.  This year all abstract submissions and session proposals will be uploaded via our.  For more details and to submit your abstract or session visit the  event website.   Closing date for submissions 19 February (midnight).

What do you want from FellowsConnect? 26 February, London
FellowsConnect is a new network to provide peer support and new opportunities to fellows and ex-fellows in the fields of improvement science, knowledge mobilisation and evidence into practice.

A national event is being held in London on the 26 February which aims to shape how this network will develop and plan activities for fellows over the next few months. Register your place today.   To ensure the network will meet your needs and interests please take a moment to complete this short survey. The results will be used to inform the event agenda.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Department of Health Services Research and Policy, 30th Annual Lecture, 8 March, London
Why is improving healthcare so hard and how can we do it better?  Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology and Wellcome Trust Investigator at the University of Leicester will address the challenges of measuring the quality of care, particularly its safety, and consider how interventions to improve quality can be evaluated. This lecture is open to all with no ticket or registration required.  Read more

Patient Feedback: Potential or problem in a changing NHS, 7 April, Exeter  
Taking place in Exeter on the 7 April, this event in an opportunity for you to hear different perspectives on the value of patient feedback in the NHS  and join the debate on whether patient feedback is an effective or ineffective means of achieving change in the NHS. You will also  gain an understanding of the do’s and don’ts of patient experience metrics.

With a fantastic line up of speakers this event is not to be missed. See the full agenda and book your place. Free for HSRUK members.

31st International Conference of Alzheimers Disease international, 21 – 24 April, Budapest
The conference is for all with an interest in dementia; medical professionals, researchers, professional and family carers, people with dementia, volunteers and staff of dementia organisations. With a diverse programme there is something for everyone. See the full programme and register


New approaches to evaluating complex health and care systems, BMJ
This BMJ article discusses how researchers can help service leaders to evaluate rapidly changing models of care and suggests a range of approaches depending on needs and resources.

In 2015 an international symposium on Evaluating service and system innovations in health care and public health  was held in London, convened by the National Institute for Health Research, the Health Foundation, the Medical Research Council, Universities UK, and AcademyHealth.  This has led to a ‘state of the science’ overview of the methods available to evaluate healthcare services to be published shortly by NIHR Journals. This article summarises a related discussion that took place between research funders, researchers and service leaders to identify barriers to healthcare evaluation as well as potential solutions. It argues for closer partnership between service leaders and researchers, based on a shared culture of basic principles and awareness of a range of options for evaluation Read the article

NHS England’s NHS mental health taskforce report is  launched: A million more people to access  services in 2020.
An independent taskforce on mental health has launched a report, setting out a detailed five-year plan for NHS mental health services. Ministers and health leaders accepted the findings and agreed to treat a million more people by 2020 with £1bn extra to tackle the problems.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the plan would help put “mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing”. Read the report

The future of child health services: new models of care
A report published by the Nuffield Trust highlights what the problems are in current health care services for children and young people, and investigates how emerging new models of care could provide an opportunity to address these.  It describes the current state of child health and quality of care in the UK, including problems around increasing use of hospitals to treat conditions that could be dealt with in other settings; capacity issues in primary care; and the often disjointed care provided between hospitals and the community. It then looks some examples of new models of care – which have been emerging both within the Vanguard scheme and inspired by it – and how they are responding to these issues. Read the full report.


ESRC WR DTC PhD Studentship: Mobilising service-user involvement for the co-design of public services: , University of Sheffield – Management School,
The project will examine user involvement in public service design, with specific focus on the healthcare context.  The candidate should have knowledge of the healthcare and NHS context.  Ideally, they will have experience of working with patients and/or health and social care service providers and/or research interests in the sociology of health care, organisation and management research or health services research. Deadline 7 March 2016. Read more

 PHD, University of Bradford and Bradford Institute of Health Research: Investigation of the health and wellbeing of UK migrant communities.
This study will contribute to a wider project investigating the life course and generational trajectories of health and well-being of migrant communities in Bradford  and will support the development of evidence for preventative and public health strategies to promote health and reduce health inequalities among migrant communities in the city. Deadline 1 April 2016. Read more

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