HSRUK Newsletter August 2016 @HSRN_UK


The International Society on Priorities in Health (ISPHC) is bringing its 11th biennial meeting to the University of Birmingham for 7-9 September 2016.

Formed in 1996, the ISPHC works to strengthen the theory and practice of priority setting in health care. It provides the leading international forum in which health researchers, clinicians and managers involved in priority setting come together to exchange ideas and experiences.
Society membership is drawn from across developed countries and includes academics from medical, public health, economics and social science disciplines. Previous meetings have taken place in Melbourne, Vancouver and Boston and have attracted over 300 delegates.

Issues of resource scarcity and priority setting in health care will be addressed through the following themes: 
A) Priorities for health: beyond the health sector
B) Decision making in difficult times
C) New investigations in priority setting

To book your place, visit the event website.

Fairer Futures? Reshaping Care for Older People
Organised by Health Services Research Centre at the Alliance Manchester Business School, this one-day symposium will look at how we can do better for our older people through improved health care and social innovation. Speakers include Rose Batt of Cornell University, Manchester’s Julie Froud and Debora Price, and journalists Madeleine Bunting and Gill Plimmer. The symposium will be followed by a drinks reception to mark the inaugural year of the Health Services Research Centre. We hope this will provide the opportunity for colleagues and collaborators with a general interest in the provision of health and social care services to meet.
For more information, please visit the event’s website.

Melting Pot Lunches: chat, connect, chomp.
Silos. Excellent for storing grain. Not good for joined-up thinking.

Despite this, the world of health and care is littered with separate groups (be they researchers, quangocrats, medics or journalists) having conversations within their own world, rather than between them. It’s not good for strategic thinking, and as a result, not good for individuals’ health and care either.

This is where Melting Pot Lunches come in. The aim is to bring together as many different perspectives as possible in order to make connections, discuss a particular topic of shared interest, and most importantly, enjoy lunch – all under the Chatham House rule.

There’s a variety of ways on getting involved including giving us your feedback on the concept through a quick survey, and signing up for updates.
If you’re keen to peek out of your silo and see what lies beyond, we’d love to have you get you involved.

Please see more information at: thoughtspace.org.uk/melting-pot-lunches


The Power of people: Five inspiring films showcasing health care innovation

The Health Foundation’s award-winning series of five short films, the Power of people, demonstrates what can be achieved when people working in the health service are given the time and support to innovate.

We supported the life-changing projects shown in these films and we are incredibly proud of their achievements. We hope they inspire you and encourage you to share them.
Watch our short films: www.health.org.uk/powerofpeople

  • Pills shines a light on an initiative which has successfully reduced medication use for care home residents, saved money for the NHS and changed the lives of patients, families and staff.
  • Flo introduces a telehealth system with a big personality, which uses text messages to support people to manage their own health. Winning Haelo Film Festival’s Film of the Year and a Gold International Independent Film Festival award, Flo has been used by 30,000 people and 70 organisations in the UK.
  • Recovery college tells the story of a safe, supportive space where people with mental health problems are helped by peers as they learn to manage their own recovery.
  • Gold Line is a deeply moving account of the vital care given to people in their last year of life. Through Gold Line, senior nurses provide 24/7 telephone support for people living with terminal illness, as well as their carers.
  • Bottoms up is the uplifting story of a trust in Northern Ireland where people at all levels are supported to innovate to improve care, completely transforming the culture of the trust.



Head of Health Research Networks – Universities UK

We are seeking to recruit a Head of Universities UK’s Health Research Networks to run Health Services Research UK and the NIHR CLAHRC Partnership Programme. Both networks bring together the producers and users of applied health research to improve services and benefit patients. They are hosted at UUK, working alongside the UUK Health Policy programme and reporting to the Assistant Director of Policy [Head of Health].
This is an exciting role for someone who believes in the importance of research to transform practice. It provides a unique opportunity to interact with stakeholders at all levels across research and health care and to develop these important networks for maximum impact.
The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm to use new media and platforms to develop the networks, an effective grasp of project and programme management, and a genuine commitment to health research and health improvement.
Experience in senior academic stakeholder management would be a distinct asset.

  • You may be a researcher interested in the practice of knowledge mobilisation and implementation.
  • You may be a research manager interested to broaden your field and experience.
  • You may be a network specialist interested to make a difference for patients and communities.

We support flexible working and job shares and welcome proposals for secondments.
This is an initial 12-month contract with possible extension subject to funding.
Closing date: Monday 29th August 2016 at midnight.

Please visit Universities UK’s website for more details

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (E&R) in Primary Care – University of Exeter

A full time permanent post is available within the University of Exeter Medical School to support the continuing development of research within the primary care research group. This permanent post is available immediately. The successful applicant will be primarily involved in supporting the development of our portfolio of primary care focussed health services research, in particular working with Professor John Campbell and members of his team.  The primary care research group is one of five groups presently contributing to the University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care.

The post will include the development and submission of bids targeting high-quality research funding bodies, building on the candidate’s personal areas of research interest where they dovetail with those of the primary care research group. Key outputs and markers of success in this post will include securing research funding as Chief or Principal investigator, publication of research outputs in high-quality journals of reference, and demonstrating relevance and impact of research developed and undertaken. Applicants will be able to contribute to the development of research strategies; participate in the overall management of the College in areas such as strategic planning, budget management and business planning; plan and deliver research, consultancy or similar programmes and actively seek and secure research funding.
For further details, please visit the website of the University of Exeter.

Five posts at the University of Birmingham

The School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham wants to attract outstanding individuals to the following posts:

Professor of Sociology
Reference 55751
Closing date: 11 September 2016

Professor of Criminology
Reference 55713
Closing date: 11 September 2016

Professor of Social Work
Reference 44694
Closing date: 11 September 2016

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Social Policy and/or Sociology
Reference 55714
Closing date: 11 September 2016

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Social Work
Reference 1721
Closing date: 11 September 2016

The mission of the School of Social Policy is ‘to understand the world – but also to change it’, and we want to be recognised as one of the top five units of our kind by 2020.
Key priorities for us are to continue building our social care research, building critical mass in criminology, increasing our international networks and exploring new ways for social policy, criminology, social work and sociology to work together to create even more attractive programmes and new research opportunities.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs.

Alternatively, please call 0121 415 9000 for more information about the roles.



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