Short course ‘Real-World’ Evaluation: Ten Key Principles for Evaluating Complex Health and Social Interventions @ScHARRSheffield

Real-world evaluation: Ten key principles for evaluating complex health and social interventions” for the fifth year in February 2018:

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Recognise differences between simple, complicated and complex interventions
  • Identify and prioritise areas of complexity
  • Describe ten key principles for evaluating complex interventions
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of various approaches for evaluating complex interventions
  • Plan the application of methods for theory-driven evaluation
  • Develop and test programme theories
  • Appreciate the key issues for data analysis and presentation of findings


We are introducing the short course “Experiential Research Approaches (ERA):  Qualitative Methods using Observation, Description and Interpretation” for the first time in November 2017:

In addition to these, we run a Master module in spring semester 2018 for the fourth year: HAR6062: Evaluation Methods for Complex Settings, which is linked to the short course: Real-world evaluation. If you have students who are considering complex evaluation methods in their research/evaluation projects, it would be great to direct them to the module.

Newsletter from @NIHRINVOLVE ‏features #CLAHRC project #ADHD #Lego @AHTShef @NIHR_RDSYH

Lego 13102016University of Sheffield researchers used Lego to involve children with ADHD and their parents in research!

Children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can encounter a number ofdifficulties including finding it difficult to concentrate at school, finding it difficult to communicate with others, struggling with change and school life, finding it challenging to form and retain friendships with others…the list goes on!

There are also some really great things about having ADHD such as often having a great sense of humour, being very creative, and when managing their condition in the correct way, can go on to lead extremely successful lives. For example, Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympian to date), Lewis Smith (Olympic gymnast, also won Celebrity Strictly Come Dancing!), Richard Branson (hugely successful entrepreneur), Will Smith (actor) and Jim Carey (actor) all have ADHD.

Here at the University of Sheffield, we are interested in how technology can help children and young people manage their ADHD properly so that they can go on to lead successful lives.

Read the rest of the article……

Event _..‘Gender Injustice in the 21st Century’, flexible working to date in the NHS Athena SWAN NHS Hosted by @BurginSue @SheffieldSWiM @Athena_SWAN

Sheffield Women in Healthcare and Medicine event

9th November

17:30 Networking, Stalls and BMA Drop – in Advice Clinic with Shazia Karim in Cafe 1828, Sheffield Medical School

18.45 Talks begin in Medical Lecture Theatre 1 at 18.30 with Q & A panel to follow

We aim to showcase local innovation and research into the impact of Gender in career progression and will be hearing from:

Shami Chakrabarti, Shadow Attorney General: a Labour Party politician and Member of the House of Lords, barrister, former director of Liberty, will discuss ‘Gender Injustice in the 21stCentury’.

Kirstie Stott, Managing Director Equilibrium: Kirstie will be presenting the findings of the largest survey on flexible working to date in the NHS.

Mohammed Bilal Leadership Fellow, Athena SWAN NHS, Health Education England:  will present the work of the Athena SWAN NHS being piloted across Sheffield Teaching Hospital Directorates, exploring how working practices, gender and workplace culture impact on career progression for NHS Staff.

​The event will be hosted by Sue Burgin, Development Advisor, NHS Improvement who will highlight the importance of Gender Equality and how this links with Culture Change and a more compassionate workplace.

​Featuring a BMA Drop in Advice Clinic in our Market Stall area

From 17.30 open for Networking, Food & Drinks,

18:45-2030: Speakers followed by Q&A, 

To register please follow link:

Seminar _ Value of online access to EHR & linked services to patients in primary care @YQSRDOTORG @BTHFT @RUTHMBAXTER @UniofBradford ‏

The value of online access to electronic health records and linked services to patients in primary care.

Professor Mohamed A Mohammed and Jane Montague, Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford

When/where: Thursday 2nd November 2017, 15.30-16.30 in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at the Bradford Royal Infirmary

Policy directives and technological innovation are increasingly encouraging and facilitating online engagement between patients and healthcare providers. Typically, this involves using a Patient Access Portal (PAP) that enables patients to book appointments, make medication requests, view their medical records and send messages using the internet. This presentation reports on the findings of a relatively large cross-sectional survey of NHS patients in Great Britain who use an online PAP.


This presentation reports on the findings of a relatively large cross-sectional survey of NHS patients in Great Britain who use an online PAP. The survey sought to elicit their views on how valuable they found the PAP in comparison to other online services such as banking and shopping as well as the value they placed on it in monetary terms. We found that the majority of patients place a high value, but not monetary value on the PAP and report a positive impact from using it. This increased with the number of long term conditions.  One in five responders rated the PAP as their favourite online service second only to online banking. Almost three out four responders stated that availability of online access would influence their move to another general practice. However, PAP usage is low in the UK. The study findings prompt a number of interesting questions on availability and access as well as the significance of patient social characteristics. Given the continued challenges of accessing GPs, the ageing population and increasing levels of population morbidity, we suggest that further work to understand and remove the barriers to online access, without untoward negative consequences for general practice, is urgently required.


Mohammed A Mohammed is a Professor of Healthcare, Quality & Effectiveness in the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford. He is also Deputy Director at the Bradford Institute for Health Research, Academic Director of the Improvement Academy and Non-Executive Director for the Yorkshire & Humberside Academic Health Sciences Network. His main areas of interest are health care quality, performance monitoring, league tables and more generally health services research and the science of improvement. He has extensive experience of teaching and applying the science of improvement to enhance health care quality in primary and secondary care.

Jane Montague is a Lecturer in Health Studies within the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.  Her areas of interest include inequalities in health care and the impact of diversity and cultural difference on health and wellbeing. She has recently been involved in a number of research activities related to patient safety. She has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and is currently the university programme coordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma for Practitioners with a Special Interest (in partnership with The Ridge, Bradford).


Please register here:

The seminar will be followed by food, drinks, and an opportunity for further discussion.  

For queries please contact Ruth Baxter or Liz Thorp

Seminar 12/10/2017 #Patientsafety @jbraithwaite1 @YQSRDOTORG @BTHFT @RUTHMBAXTER

The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group are delighted to invite you to our upcoming research seminar:


Patient safety: the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University, Australia

When/where: Thursday 12th October 2017, 12.15-1.00pm in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

 Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services and systems researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement. During his last visit to Bradford he spoke on the topic of Resilient health care: re-conceptualising patient safety. This seminar will analyse recent developments in patient safety and discuss a number of issues crucial to understanding where we are in the perennial search for better ways to care for patients in safe, effective environments.

Please register here:


The seminar will be followed by food, drinks, and an opportunity for further discussion.  

For queries please contact Ruth Baxter or Liz Thorp

Now online @eshiftcare Paris event e @StLukes_Sheff @DrPhilJennings @ESCLHIN @SouthWestLHIN @LJMU

1st European eShift event in Paris on 14th September.

14092017 Paris Eshift event InvitePost-production activities have now been finalised and our event page has been updated. Here, you will be able to download PDFs of the presentations delivered and you will also be able to watch the recordings of these presentations.

Through the participation of delegates from Canada, the UK, France and the Netherlands, we were able to share experiences of challenges and successes within our respective healthcare systems and how an innovative platform, such as eShift®, could help facilitate change.

Thank you to everyone who attended, collaborated and helped organise our 1st European eShift® Event in Paris.

Find out more about NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humbers work with Eshift




Welcome to the NIHR CLAHRC HEOM newsletter

In this issue you can:

Read about the research work being carried out by our five PhD students, covering:

  • Expert elicitation as a tool for characterising uncertainty in cost-effectiveness decision models.
  • The validity and acceptability of existing quality of life (QoL) and wellbeing measure in older people using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • The incorporation of multi-sector perspectives for economic evaluation of public health interventions, using a case study methodology.
  • The cost effectiveness of screening for post-natal depression.
  • Methods for the economic evaluation of public health interventions.

We also provide a flavour of the research papers emerging from the HEOM theme, along with the key contacts, should you wish to find out more about each of the HEOM project outcomes.

If you have not received a copy of issues 1 or 2 of our newsletter, please visit the NIHR CLAHRC YH HEOM Theme webpages to download your copy at

You can find out more about the NIHR CLAHRC YH HEOM Theme here


Dr Tracey Young
Acting HEOM Theme Lead