Funding opportunity ~ Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) @NIHRAcademy #CapacityBuilding #CLAHRC

Working together

Round 5 of the NIHR Infrastructure Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) has now launched, and is open for applications until Thursday the 29th of November at 1pm.  The NIHR SPARC funds up to £5,000 for a placement in another part of the NIHR. It is open to all NIHR Academy Members (Trainees) who:

  • are early career researchers (PhD or early career post-doc) undertaking a formal training/career development award, which is competitive, includes a training plan and has a defined endpoint (this may be an application for further funding);
  • are directly funded by an NIHR award to a part of the NIHR Infrastructure with a remit to build capacity (Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC)) or at the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) or Public Health Research (SPHR);
  • receive at least 25% funding from the NIHR Infrastructure for their salary/stipend/fees over the lifetime of the award.

Please see for more information, including guidance notes and the application form. Please also see ‘SPARC – Where Can I Go? for the types of opportunities on offer within the Infrastructure, and the attached documents of advice from previous applicants and most recent case studies. Other case studies can be seen here

Event ~ ReQoL in Practice #ReQoL ‏ @eeprunews @ScHARRMH @ScHARRHEDS @AJaneLane @ProfJohnBrazier @Young4T @timkendall1 @MJBarkham

ReQoL in Practice Event Sheffield 2018

The first national ReQoL in Practice event will be held in Sheffield on the 29th November 2018.

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Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) for users of mental health services: ReQoL is a new Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that has been developed to assess the quality of life for people with different mental health conditions. A PROM is a questionnaire that patients complete about their health.


This event is an opportunity for clinicians, peer support workers, managers, outcome leads, commissioners and service users to come together to create a community of practice, sharing learning and knowledge about implementing ReQoL and the use of ReQoL in clinical practice and quality improvement.

Event highlights include an address by Professor Tim Kendall, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, and structured opportunities for delegates to share learning across different trusts and organisations.

Hosted by: 

Dr Elizabeth Taylor Buck, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and NIHR CLAHRC YH
Dr Anju Keetharuth ScHARR, University of Sheffield and NIHR CLAHRC YH
Dr Tracey Young, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and NIHR CLAHRC YH

Chaired by: Professor John Brazier, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and NIHR CLAHRC YH

Guest Speakers
Professor Tim Kendall, Mental Health Clinical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement Mental Health Team
Professor Michael Barkham, Director, Centre for Psychological Services Research, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield
Professor Jo Cooke, Deputy Director and Capacity Lead, NIHR CLAHRC YH

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Newsletter ~ Health Economics and Outcomes Measurement #CLAHRC @SCHARRHEDS @CHEYORK @AJaneLane @bojke_laura

Welcome to the 6th Health Economics and Outcome Measurements theme newsletter. In this newsletter you can find out about:

  • Dr Aimée Fox from the University of York, provides an overview of recent work into evaluating a model of care referred to as ‘Core 24’, including the findings.
  • Dr Matt Franklin explains the Sheffield Test Bed: Falls-prevention care pathway, the modelling-based approach chosen to perform an exploratory economic evaluation of a falls-prevention care pathway and the three key aspects it incorporated.
  • Health Economists from the University of Sheffield (ScHARR) and University of York (CHE) discuss the paper they are developing titled “An educational review about using cost data for the purpose of cost-effectiveness analysis”.
  • Dr Lizzie Taylor Buck who invites you to the first national ReQoL in Practice event being held in Sheffield on the 29th November 2018. A link to register for the event can be found here

Read or download the full newsletter here 

You can find out more about the HEOM Theme and find our previous newsletters on our webpages 


Seminar ~ Diversity in Practice Leadership – A question of care, quality and safety @lauraserrant @YQSRdotorg @DrGillianJanes @RuthMBaxter

Diversity in Practice Leadership – A question of care, quality and safety

Professor Laura Serrant OBE, Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University

12.30-1.30pm Thursday 22nd November 2018 Sovereign Lecture Theatre, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford. BD9 6RJ

Abstract: Nursing and healthcare in the 21st century is charged with delivering high quality care within an increasingly diverse society. Much of the policy, practice and research drivers around cultural competence, diversity and nursing practice focuses on meeting the needs of patients, service users and the public – particularly following the findings of the Francis Report (2013). However, recent reports have highlighted that highlighting the need for compassionate care for patients often occurs in isolation from recognising the needs of the workforce or the nursing profession as a whole – in this regard we do ourselves a dis-service – and in the silent spaces between patient need and workforce responsibilities, we fail to acknowledge the importance of professional leadership as the catalyst to delivering the high quality, equitable and culturally competent care that we all hope for. This presentation will use personal and professional reflections to highlight the importance of culturally competent and compassionate leadership to truly achieving safety and quality in 21st century health care. It explores the challenges and opportunities faced at an individual and professional level in the UK. It looks back at nursing strategic drivers of the last 3 years in the UK and makes a case for centralising culturally competent, compassionate leadership in the light of the new strategic framework for nurses, midwives and care staff (2016).

Biography :Professor Laura Serrant OBE is Professor of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, one of the few black Professors of Nursing (out of 262) in the UK.  She is one of the 2017 BBC Expert women, Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s BME Strategic Advisory group and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is an ambassador of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue and the Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter for Higher Education. Her work has been recognised with numerous awards and prizes, including Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute to those who have shown leadership in community nursing. In 2014, she was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. The Powerlist 2018 lists her as the 8th most influential Black person in the UK. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year for services to Health Policy.

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Seminar ~ Learning from Never Events – a Resilient Healthcare analysis @YQSRdotorg @DrGillianJanes @RuthMBaxter @KingsNursing

Learning from Never Events – a Resilient Healthcare analysis

Dr Janet Anderson, Reader of Healthcare Improvement, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London.

When/where: Thursday 18th October 2018, 12.30-1.30pm, Sovereign Lecture Theatre, Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Abstract: Never Events are patient safety incidents that can cause harm or death and are so named because policy makers argue there is enough evidence available about how to prevent them, so they should never occur. Never events include wrong site surgery, wrong route drug administration, retained foreign objects and wrong implants. Between April-November 2017 332 Never Events occurred in hospitals in England, indicating that solutions to prevent them are not working. Although Resilient Healthcare is often described as a paradigm shift in safety management it is not clear how it can contribute to the investigation of adverse incidents. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is currently used for the investigation of Never Events, but recent studies have found the recommendations to be of low quality. There is little incentive, time or resources for healthcare organisations to consider other approaches and little work has been done on how to use Resilient Healthcare insights to augment Safety I practices such as Root Cause Analysis. In this presentation the results of an analysis of 39 Never Events that occurred at one hospital over a two-year period will be discussed. The focus will be on the new insights and perspectives that Resilient Healthcare can offer to improve learning from Never Events. Recommendations for strengthening RCA and learning from Never Events will be discussed.

Biography: Janet Anderson is Director of the Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare and a Reader of Healthcare Improvement at King’s College London. She is a human factors psychologist. Her research draws on psychological and organisational theories and knowledge and is focused on designing systems to support safe human activity. She has specialist expertise in the theory and practice of organisational resilience, system modelling using cognitive work analysis, incident reporting and adverse event analysis, and inter professional teamwork. Board level processes and hospital wide systems for improving quality are an area of current research.

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Survey ~ In the Name of Safety? low value safety practices #patientsafety #NHSstaff @YH_PSTRC @OfficialNIHR @DrGillianJanes @LawtonRebecca

In the Name of Safety? Identifying and letting-go of low value safety practices: what patient safety rule/procedure would you stop if you could?

Researchers at the National Institute for Health Research Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), are asking NHS staff to identify low-value, non-clinical  safety practices, rules or procedures we could potentially stop.

Click here to add your idea and please circulate to your networks/encourage colleagues to submit their own suggestions before end of this month.

Background: The NHS is characterised by a tendency to add more initiatives, protocols, interventions in an attempt, at least in part, to make care safer. There is increasing recognition that some clinical procedures are unnecessary and can do more harm than good. Top-down strategies are most often deployed to remove practices that are no longer useful by which external policy makers and commissioners decide what practices are least cost ineffective or evidence based and discourage health professionals from their use. It is plausible, however, that the staff themselves know best which safety practices are not fit-for-purpose, do not result in benefits for safety or are just not possible to implement. Where the evidence supports this we will then work with staff and patients to develop interventions to support and evaluate ‘mindful forgetting’ of these in practice.

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NIHR #CLAHRC Community e-newsletter Mental Wellbeing @ClahrcP featuring #DiamondsPPI @OfficialNIHR @SimonGilbody @MHARG_york @HealthSciYork @IMPACT_NIHR

NIHR CLAHRC Community e-newsletter – Mental Wellbeing Issue 75

Welcome to the NIHR CLAHRC e-newsletter, bringing you news from across the thirteen collaborations and the applied health research community. This month’s theme is mental wellbeing.

Leading Applied Health Research together – take a look at the new infographic highlighting the CLAHRCs work across the UK. Deputy Director of CLAHRC Wessex leads personal development programme for women the 2018/2019 Springboard Programme. If you’re a CLAHRC early career researcher, register for this event just for you. The CLAHRC East of England Fellows’ Showcase will celebrate this year’s fellows, come and hear about their work and their experiences so far. Plus, CLAHRC North Thames researchers enjoyed success at the recent Public Health England Annual Conference – take a look at their award winning poster in partnership with Islington Council.

CLAHRC East Midlands

Health is Everyone’s Business – Plan Ahead 

The “Health is Everyone’s Business – Plan Ahead” booklet has been produced by the Centre for BME Health to support individuals understand the importance of advance planning and decision making about your personal welfare, property and financial affairs. The guide is free to download here.

Helping Urgent Care Users Cope with Distress about Physical Complaints 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Health Anxiety booklet was developed to support people receiving treatment for health anxiety as part of a research study. It may also be useful for people trying to understand health anxiety and what might improve it. The booklet can be downloaded for free here.

The study produced eight video testimonials from participants who were involved in the study, sharing their experiences of having health anxiety and receiving the therapy.

CLAHRC East of England

The Mindful Student Study The mindfulness student study was a randomised controlled trial with a sample size of just over 600. It assessed the provision of an eight-week, mindfulness skills for university students course which aimed to increase resilience to psychological distress during the main examination period.

Mindfulness participants were one third less likely to be experiencing distress at a clinically relevant level during the examination period.

Preventative mindfulness courses are acceptable to students and universities, and are feasible and effective components of a wider student mental health strategy. There is a need for comparative effectiveness research on preventative mental health interventions for students.

CLAHRC Greater Manchester

Move a Little & Often for people with depression and long term physical health conditions Move a Little & Often is a behaviour change intervention which aims to reduce prolonged periods of sedentariness in this population group. It has been developed as part of a PhD study.

A feasibility study is due to start; it will examine whether this intervention reduces time spent sedentary and other secondary outcomes such as pain, fatigue and symptoms of depression. Qualitative interviews with participants will explore the acceptability of the intervention and will help refine the intervention further.

CLAHRC North West London 

Improving Physical Health of Mental Health Patients in The Community

NIHR CLAHRC NWL  collaborated with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) through the SHINE Community project, to improve the physical health of mental health patients in the community. Their aim is to ensure that, through the SHINE projects based at CNWL, patients in the community are offered a full annual physical health assessment inclusive of appropriate interventions.

The researchers’ proposals so far include:

  • Monitoring attendance  of a 2-day physical health training for mental health staff
  • Introducing a new process for inviting patients to physical health assessmentappointments
  • Integrating a physical health assessment with routine mental health appointments
  • Identify staff responsible for ordering and checking equipment needed for physical health assessments
  • To develop a list of physical health interventions, to ensure that patients are informed, updated and support regarding their physical health needs.


Evaluating CAMHS services in Oxon and Bucks

Researchers in the Oxford Early Intervention Theme have been working with local commissioners to set up new school-based mental health services and clinical collaboration with third sector partners. It is hoped that these changes will improve the accessibility of and engagement with mental health services as early as possible in the course of a child’s illness.
Implementing evidence based depression care in the Oxford Cancer Centre (OCC)

Major depression is known to reduce adherence to cancer treatment, impair quality of life and limit peoples return to normal activities, even after successful cancer treatment. ‘Depression Care for People with Cancer’ (DCPC) addresses this, integrating traditional cancer care with psychological and pharmacological depression treatment. It is delivered by a team of cancer nurses and specialist psychiatrists working with the patient’s GP. This solution comprises a screening system, for identifying symptoms of depression in cancer patients, and the DCPC treatment approach itself. It is being implemented and evaluated in the Oxford Cancer Centre.

CLAHRC South London

Exposure to nature in cities beneficial for mental well being

Researchers at King’s College London, landscape architects J & L Gibbons and art foundation Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to examine how exposure to natural features in cities affects a person’s mental well being.The team led by Dr Andrea Mechelli, King’s College London developed a smartphone app that monitors how exposure to different environments affects mental wellbeing in real time. Dr Ioannis Bakolis from the Centre for Implementation Science, which is part of CLAHRC South London led the writing up of the paper and the statistical analysis.


Supporting Teachers and Children in Schools (STARS)

The STARS study will examine whether the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management course can enhance teachers’ skills in promoting socio-emotional well-being among their pupils, with the help of primary schools across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

Alcohol use and disorders (AUDs)

The aim of the project is to review the evidence to date in order to understand the effects of physical activity. It will look at how it is best delivered, in what setting, and among which population, to encourage the prevention, reduction and abstinence from AUDs and SUDs.

Development of an Integrated Psychological Medicine service

Experiencing anxiety and depression alongside existing problems can worsen medical outcomes, putting strain of the patient, staff and resources. The aim of this projects is to provide excellent psychological care to patients attending the Royal Devon and Exeter (RD&E) hospital by development of an Integrated Psychological Medicine service, which will run alongside routine medical and surgical care.

Interventions with healthcare practitioners to promote psychological well being and change heath behaviour

This systematic review aims to identify healthy workplace interventions in health care settings to determine whether they improve the health and wellbeing of staff.


Innovative research into the link between the urban environment and health urgently needed

Researchers are calling for more innovative studies into the link between changes to urban neighbourhoods and their impact on residents’ mental health and wellbeing. The research team at the University of Bristol and NIHR CLAHRC West reviewed existing studies on this subject, and found 14 studies.

Syrian mental health assessment and migration study (SHAMIS) pilot

Triggered by the Syrian war, 4.6 million Syrians now form what has become the largest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. This project, working with refugees and city councils in the CLAHRC West area, will develop research methods to assess local health needs. This work will also inform the planning of a larger-scale study to investigate the mental and physical health needs of Syrian refugees across the UK, and in other countries in Europe.

Evaluating a chronic pain peer support network

Treatment in a pain management or self-management programme can help people learn how to improve mobility, reduce reliance on drugs, and gain a sense of control over the pain. It can help them to re-establish their roles in family and social life. But the positive impact of these programmes isn’t always sustainable after the programme has ended.

We are evaluating North Bristol NHS Trust’s patient-led peer support network that aims to help patients self-manage chronic pain.

Review finds psychological therapies are effective for adults with treatment-resistant depression

An NIHR-funded review has found that adults with treatment-resistant depression who are given psychotherapy in addition to usual care – taking antidepressants – had fewer depressive symptoms after six months, compared to those continuing with usual care. The researchers also found that patients who had psychotherapy – also known as talking therapy – in addition to usual care, were twice as likely to be depression free.

CLAHRC West Midlands

Routine measurement of emotional wellbeing in children and young people

The CLAHRC-WM Youth Mental Health Theme has been approached by Public Health, Coventry City Council, to support them in the implementation of routine measurement of emotional wellbeing in children and young people in primary and secondary schools in the city.

The team is developing an online hub through which students in Coventry will be able to complete the yearly measures in the comfort and security of their school environment. All data will be owned by individual schools and shared with the CLAHRC Research team, following anonymisation, who will produce yearly reports for schools. We hope this collaboration between CLAHRC-WM, Coventry City Public Health and schools will cement an ongoing relationship between these partners with the aim of improving children and young people’s mental health and well-being.

CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

Diabetes and Mental Illness: Improving Outcomes and Services

People with a severe mental illness have poorer physical health and a shorter life expectancy compared to the general population. Diabetes contributes to this inequality; people with severe mental illness are 2-3 times more likely to develop diabetes and to experience more diabetic complications (such as blindness, kidney problems, strokes, and death).

The DIAMONDS research programme aims to address this inequality by constructing an evidence base which can shape service provision. The DIAMONDS programme encompasses a range of workstreams including: literature reviews; EMERALD, a mixed methods study comprising longitudinal patient record analysis and qualitative interviews.