HSRUK Newsletter_CLAHRC YH is a @HSRN_UK member


HSRUK’s new website
We are delighted to let you know that we have just launched our first website following our re-brand from HSRN to HSRUK.

Our main aims were to create a valuable resource for our members and anyone with an interest in health services research (HSR). We wanted it to be easy to navigate and contain useful and up to date information on HSR including jobs and research opportunities. We also wanted to promote our work and events and highlight opportunities for our members to get involved. We want to keep this website as relevant as possible for our members and for the HSR community.  If you would like to post any stories, blogs, events or other news items please get in touch with Christina Heap, Head of UUK Health Research Networks by email at christina.heap@universitiesuk.ac.uk


HSRUK Symposium: Bookings are open
HSRUK’s ninth annual Symposium will take place on 13-14 July 2016 in Nottingham.
The Symposium presents the leading edge of health services research in a multidisciplinary programme that includes research presentations and posters, plenaries from research and service leaders, and commissioned themes. Delegates attend from a range of organisations.

We are delighted to confirm that Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health will be the key note speaker on the 13 July. To book your place visit the event website. Tickets are from £190.

HSRUKs spring meeting: Patient Feedback: Potential or Problem in a changing NHS?
Download the presentations from our Spring meeting which discussed why we should do more with the unrivalled resource in the patient experience data we collect. Speakers included Martin Roland, Professor of health Services Research at the University of Cambridge, John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Exeter and Sue Zeibland,  Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of HERG at the University of Oxford

Mind the gap: bridging healthcare management and research, University of Birmingham, 3 May
The College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham is hosting its inaugural lecture with  Judith Smith, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Health Services Management Centre on Tuesday 3 May.

In this lecture, Professor Smith will use research evidence to examine what she argues to be the relatively separate and insular worlds of healthcare management and research, identifying their distinctive professional and cultural features. To register visit the University of Birmingham’s website.

Advances in Patient Reported Outcomes Research and their application to decision making, University of Sheffield, 9 June
This inaugural PROMs Conference sponsored by NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber, NIHR CLAHRC Oxford, NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula and NIHR CLAHRC East of England will ring together leading researchers to discuss cutting edge developments in PROMs research. There will be three plenary sessions on ‘Realist synthesis’, ‘using Computer Adaptive Testing’ and ‘Wellbeing’. For more information visit the University of Sheffield’s website.

European Health Management Association (EHMA) 2016 Annual Conference’ Portugal, 14-16 June
Hosted by University of Porto, the 2016 EHMA Annual Conference “New Models of Care. Reinventing healthcare: why, what, how” will be held in Porto, Portugal from 14 to 16 June 2016.

The Conference is an international knowledge sharing event. It is a meeting place where, according to EHMA’s vision statement evidence, challenge and experience are valued and the “unthinkable” can be discussed. Participants coming from all around Europe and beyond will have the opportunity to bring and share their knowledge – derived from academic work and practical experience – and explore fundamental managerial and policy issues. For more information and to book your place visit EHMA’s website.


Evaluation of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Programme – Invitation to Tender
The Health Foundation and UCLPartners are seeking a provider to undertake an evaluation of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA). The aim of the NIA is to deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – creating the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practice for demonstrable patient and population benefit.  Bids up to a maximum of £150,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses) are invited.- Read more

Your chance to influence NIHR research
Opportunities are available for experienced professionals to join several of NIHR’s panels and boards. Membership of a board or panel involves detailed review of research briefs and other papers, as well as online preparation in advance of attendance at meetings, which are usually held in London. Applications close at 1pm on 25 April 2016. For more information and details of how to apply visit NIRH’s website

Lecturer post in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy
Applications are invited for the post of Lecturer within the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames in the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London. The Blizard Institute is the largest institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and aims to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service.

The post holder will be employed by NIHR CLAHRC and QMUL, but based at NIHR CLAHRC in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) at UCL. The appointee will join an established team of researchers and support staff working in health care / public health evaluation. The closing date is the 18 May. Apply here.


Better Endings – right care, right place, and right time: NIHR Dissemination Centre’s first themed review
Helping people to die with dignity, compassion and comfort is an important goal of any health service. Recent accounts have provided rich insights into some of the challenges for healthcare professionals trying to meet the needs of people at the end of life, ranging from reports of inequalities in access to specialist palliative care to skills and training gaps for general staff caring for the dying.

Better Endings is the NIHR Dissemination Centre’s first Themed Review. It brings together evidence from the NIHR, focusing largely on the quality and organisation of care. The review aims to help those delivering, planning or using end of life services to ensure that the right care is delivered in the right place at the right time. For more information and to download the review visit NIHR’s dissemination Centre’s website.

Age UK has published findings of a survey into the provision of dementia adviser services in CCGs and local authorities in England.
Dementia advisers provide a single identifiable point of contact for people with dementia and their carers following a diagnosis. They have knowledge of and direct access to the whole range of available local services, providing advice, information about where to get care and enabling contact with other services. Download the report


How was it for you? Reflections on patient experience research
Expect to see blood in your semen.” This was the shouted afterthought from the clinician to a middle aged patient with prostate cancer across a crowded waiting room as he left the consultation. A room of strangers turned to look at him now thinking, as he pointed out wryly, about his sexual activity. Just a small thing. But one which affected this patient deeply. This was just one of the filmed patient experience stories which can be used as triggers for real change in staff behaviour and service delivery.

To read Tara Lamont, Deputy Director, NIHR Dissemination Centre and HSRUK Board member’s reflections on the key messages from our Spring meeting on Patient feedback visit the  BMJ’s website

Health and social care devolution: The Greater Manchester experiment
Although we know that the aims of devolution are to improve health and reduce health inequalities, it is less clear how this will be achieved. Kieran Walshe, HSRUK Board member, and colleagues from Manchester University examine how it might work and the likely problems. To read the full article visit the BMJ’s website

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