Newsletter @HSRN_UK October 2016


HSRUK Symposium 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!
6 – 7 July 2017
Nottingham Conference Centre

The Health Services Research UK (HSRUK) Symposium presents the leading edge of UK and International health services research in a multidisciplinary programme that includes research presentations and posters, plenaries from research and service leaders, and commissioned themes. It is the forum to be at for sharing services and applied health research.

We invite all stakeholders to save the date, and join us next year, including researchers, service users and carers, service leaders, policy makers and researchers.

Annual History Centre lecture on the History of NICE
Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 5.30 pm – 6.45 pm
Venue: John Snow A, Keppel Street Building, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health

Nicholas Timmins and Sir Michael Rawlins, the authors with John Appleby of A Terrible Beauty: A Short History of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence describe its origins and past and the challenges it currently faces.

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins was chair of NICE from its foundation until 2012. Nicholas Timmins is a Senior Fellow at the King’s Fund.

Simon Stevens to give annual Teddy Chester lecture at Alliance Manchester Business School.
Tuesday 15 November, 6.15pm – 7.30pm (networking reception from 5.30pm)
University Place, The University of Manchester

This year’s annual Teddy Chester lecture at Alliance Manchester Business School is being given by Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, and his chosen topic is “68 years old and counting… prospects for the NHS in its seventh decade”. It promises to be a very stimulating evening – more information about the lecture can be found on the events page of Manchester Business School.

There is no charge but booking is essential – to reserve a place, please click here .

This annual lecture marks the contribution of Professor Teddy Chester, who was the first professor of social administration at the University of Manchester. From his appointment in the early 1950s, to his retirement in the 1970s he was an influential pioneer in management development, using evidence and research with policy makers, and working with clinical leaders. He was involved in founding the Health Services Management Unit in 1956, in setting up the NHS Graduate Training Scheme, and in founding Manchester Business School.

The year 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the Healthcare Management Group at the University of Manchester, and its longstanding contribution to healthcare management education, development, analysis and research in the UK and internationally. You can find more information about the work of Manchester Business School in all these areas on their website at


Qualitative Research Methods, University of Oxford
Various dates
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

The Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford is running the following programme of qualitative research methods courses in 2016/17. The programme comprises the one-week Qualitative Research Methods (QRM) course, a two-day Analysis course, and one-day courses in Interview Skills, and Focus Groups. They are also offering a new one-day course on Conversation Analysis. Note that the one-day interview course and the two-day analysis course are scheduled so that participants can take either or both of the courses.

Courses and dates:

18 January 2017 

19-20 January 2017 

18 November 2016 


16 January 2017

24-28 April 2017 

Early registration is advised. For further details about each course or to make a booking, please go to University Stores

Funding call from The Health Foundation: Evidence into Practice

The Health Foundation is looking for great ideas that will put research findings into action to improve health service delivery.

This new programme is for grants up to £50,000 per project to fund the development of tools and resources, based on completed research studies, to support the implementation of findings in practice. They are looking for creative, innovative ideas that are likely to have impact on the front line of care.

Some of the ideas might include:

  • Training packs
  • Video presentations and animations
  • Infographics
  • On-line tools and checklists
  • Apps for mobile devices
  • Multi-media information campaigns

But funding is not limited to resources in these formats. The priority of The Health Foundation is to support fresh ideas that have the potential to achieve improvement in service delivery, including non-acute settings.

Applicants will need to be ready to start developing these actionable tools early in 2017, with a view to dissemination and implementation over the following 15 months. Proposals should demonstrate how research findings will be made accessible, interesting and practical to use by service providers or policy makers.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 November 2016

For full details and an application form visit the programme’s website.


The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre: Board and Panel Member opportunity

There are two opportunities for public members on the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme’s panel.

The NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR) aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services.

For more information about the role and to apply:

The closing date for applications is Monday 7 November 2016.

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