Vacancy ~ Research Fellow @BTHFT @YH_PSTRC @DrGillianJanes @yqsrdotorg

Following promotion of the current postholder, we seek a highly organised and motivated Research Fellow with experience of conducting health-related qualitative and quantitative research to join our team in the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (YH PSTRC) on a one-year contract starting  October/November 2019.

The successful candidate will join our wider research network: the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group (YQSR group) which is part of the Bradford Institute for Health Research.  The YQSR group is a friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic This dynamic group  comprises researchers and leading academics from the Universities of Leeds, York and Bradford teamed with clinicians and managers across the region to make a real impact on the way health services are delivered. Over the past decade the YQSR group has established a national and international reputation for working collaboratively across institutions and disciplines to address key, clinically relevant questions in patient safety.

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VISION 2021: Inspiring New Researchers @NIHRCRN_yorks @jo_cooke73

The CRN next Vision event will take place on the 1st October at the Principal Hotel In York – registration is available here.

The Vision 2021 meetings in 2019/20 have focused on celebrating our workforce. This meeting highlights the key aim of the CRN to inspire, develop and support new researchers. This includes our early career researchers and those at different stages of their careers who are starting out in research.

The meeting is for all Y & H researchers, the clinical delivery workforce, researchers in training across all professional groups and academic trainees.

The aspiration is that by 2040, one generation’s time, the Yorkshire and Humber population experience substantial and on-going improvements in physical health; mental health; health-related quality of life; and health equity, beyond the expected current trajectory. In addition, Yorkshire and Humber researchers will have contributed towards UK and global health improvements and health and care strategies.Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss current research and new research ideas.

We will hear about the support offered by the CRN for new researchers, some of the experiences of new researchers, an example of a trainee network and mentoring and support.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To register for this free event, please click here.

Lecture ~ the ‘relationship between practice, policy, political processes and research, using ‘the Shape of Caring’ as a case study’. #WRML2019 @LordWillisg @theRCN @wolstenholme_d @tonyryan_UoS

Winifred Raphael Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing Foundation.

Our speaker will be Lord Willis of Knaresborough

Lord Willis has been a member of the House of Lords since 2010 and chaired the: Shape of Caring: A Review of the Future Education and Training of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants

Lord Willis will speak to the ‘relationship between practice, policy, political processes and research, using ‘the Shape of Caring’ as a case study’.

Wednesday 4th September 7pm, Sheffield Hallam Pennine Lecture Theatre, S1

We hope you will be able to join us for this prestigious event and will stay for a post lecture drinks reception.

Please register via eventbrite

The Winifred Raphael Memorial public Lecture (WRML) is one of the main events in the RCN Research Society calendar. Thanks to Mrs Raphael’s family who launched the memorial fund, and to all those involved since, the lecture is an event which often draws together a variety of nurses from different nursing and geographical areas.

The lecture itself has evolved in 3 stages. From 1981 – 1993, the annual lecture took place in London, England. With a 1995 lecture, there then followed a break of 5 years before the lecture was reinstated as an evening lecture within RCN Congress between 2001 – 2006. After the 2006 lecture, it was decided to encourage the regional groups of the RCN Research Society to take turns in hosting the event. The lecture became a public one in 2011, and since 2015, the RCN Foundation has supported the annual lecture.

Find out more about previous Winifred Raphael Memorial Lectures


PhD ~ E-Qaly ~ Cost effectiveness ~Routine and Linked data @CHEyork @bojke_laura @ScHARRHEDS #YHARC

PhD opportunity to work on the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs), Health Economics, Evaluation and Equality Theme (HEEE).  The studentship will be based at the University of York, within the HEEE team.  The closing date is 9 August and interviews take place on 4 September. 

We are the PhD opportunity in one of the following three topics. 

1.      Older Peoples Theme. Develop a system level approach to model the economic impact of implementing interventions to prevent/improve frailty and delayed transfers of care (DTOC) for older people with complex and heterogeneous needs, explicitly recognising the supply side impact. We will also explore the equity impact of frailty interventions and implement the new E-QALY.

2.      Early Life and Prevention Theme. Implement value of information methods to prioritise further data collection in existing studies focusing on evaluations for interventions in childhood obesity and healthy schools, in order to strengthen the evidence and develop methods for cross sectoral evaluation and distributional effectiveness and cost-effectiveness analysis.

3.      Mental and Physical Multimorbidity Theme. Using econometric models, analyse the relationship between environmental factors, such as blue and green spaces and air quality, on mental health, utilising routine and linked data (CPRD, HES and the Mental Health Services Dataset (MHSDS)) in people with serious mental illness.

Full details are here:

PhD ~ Identifying and Working with People with Co-existent Physical and Cognitive Frailty @UniofBradford

Are you interested in undertaking PhD study into dementia and frailty?  An exciting opportunity exists to work on this priority topic for ageing research, policy and practice within a dynamic research environment.

World-wide the increasing life-expectancy of the population can be considered both a success story in terms of improved health care but equally is placing pressure on existing health systems. There is a consequent focus in policy and practice on frailty and dementia due to their increasing prevalence and impact on the individual’s overall quality of life.

This fully funded University of Bradford studentship will examine how to identify and work with frail older people, and in particular those with cognitive as well as physical frailty.  This mixed methods study will be jointly supervised by academics from the world renowned Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford and Bradford Institute for Health Research, and University of Leeds.  The successful candidate will be a member of the established Dementia Doctoral Training Centre and the Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research (a collaboration between the Universities of Bradford, Leeds and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust). They will therefore benefit from the established excellence within the Centre for Applied Dementia studies as well as being a member of a new interdisciplinary, cross agency applied research initiative, which will provide many opportunities for an ambitious and dedicated individual.

Future-Focused Leadership Programme @NIHRresearch – Applications open @docjohnwright @profsuemason

NIHR Future-Focused Leadership Programme is now for applications. The closing date is Friday 9 August at 1pm.

To join the programme, you will be a current leader based within NIHR or delivering a national role for NIHR. You will be developing into or taking up leadership roles at the senior level, facing significant leadership challenges, where support will be most needed and impactful. The programme will enhance skills in leading across organisational boundaries, leading strategy and change and influencing others to achieve the strategic aims of NIHR.

Alongside your existing experience and leadership skills, the Future-Focused Leadership programme will provide time for reflection, refreshing existing skills and learning new ways of working which will support:

  • On-going self-awareness and recognising the impact and influence leaders have
  • Cross departmental collaboration with senior leadership
  • Creating an impact across the wider system
  • Developing team members and emerging leaders to maximise their potential.

This application window will be for the first two cohorts of the Leaders stream; Cohort 1 starts in late September 2019 and cohort 2 in January 2020. The third cohort is anticipated to start in January 2021 (with applications in summer 2020) so there is a further opportunity to participate at a later date.

This prestigious 12-month programme will consist of a blended learning approach, including face to face workshops and virtual, online sessions.

Further information on the format and content of the programme and how to apply is now available at

 If you have any questions please get in touch at

 We will look forward to working with you on your leadership journey.


Compassionate Leadership for Cultures of High Quality Care
Michael West Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School/Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Unfortunately, this event is going to have to be rescheduled for 19th March 2020 due to industrial action taking place in the Trust next week.

A link to book via Eventbrite will be available nearer the time of the event.

Please could you inform any colleagues know who may have been planning to attend.

NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber

Michael West Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School/Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Compassionate Leadership for Cultures of High Quality Care


How can we help to develop cultures of high quality, continually improving and compassionate care in the challenging circumstances we face in our health services and, at the same time, ensuring the well-being and growth of those who provide that care – our staff? And how can we become more effective at leading and working across boundaries to ensure the effectiveness of ‘systems’ such as ICSs and STPs?

This session offers the research evidence and practical guidance necessary to help us ensure compassion, high quality and innovation are at the heart of health care cultures in their organisations. It describes the link between good leadership, team working, staff experience and service user outcomes as well as other key cultural elements associated with good performance in health…

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News ~ Yorkshire and Humber awarded £9m to tackle biggest healthcare challenges of this generation @docjohnwright @ProfSueMason @CityOfResearch @BTHFT @OfficialNIHR #ARC

The NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber is delighted to hear that the NIHR ARC YH has been awarded for our region. This new infrastructure, to be hosted by Bradford Institute for Health Research (part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT) will build on the excellent collaborative work undertaken over the last eleven years by the CLAHRCs in Yorkshire and Humber.

Building on our core principles of Engagement, Addressing Health Inequalities, Patient Public Involvement and Capacity building, the YHARC carries forward our legacy and impact. The continued funding from NIHR will support improvements in both the health and wealth of the population of Yorkshire and Humber.


*Press Release


  • Yorkshire and Humber region will receive £9 million over 5 years through government funded investment in health research to equip NHS for the future
  • The funding will tackle the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years including urgent care, healthy childhood, frailty in older people and reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions
  • Research will help deliver commitments in Long Term Plan

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood has announced today multi-million pound funding for research that could transform the lives of millions of people living with a range of conditions, including dementia, mental ill health and obesity.

Fifteen partnerships or Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) – including one for the Yorkshire and Humber region – have been set up across England, made up of NHS organisations, social care services, leading academics, innovators, and local authorities.

They have been awarded funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for ground-breaking new projects that will address the increasing demands on the NHS and give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

The Yorkshire and Humber ARC will be hosted within Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), which is part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The funding will enable BIHR and partner organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber, including 44 NHS organisations, 15 Local Authorities and 10 universities, to prioritise research into a number of health issues including older people with frailty, healthy childhood, urgent care and mental ill health.

Director of Yorkshire and Humber ARC, Professor John Wright, of BIHR said: “We are delighted that the Yorkshire and Humber region has been awarded this important programme of applied research. Medical research can often seem remote from everyday life.

“Our ARC will support people-powered research that aims to improve health and well-being for our communities. Our themes of healthy childhood, mental health, older people and urgent care are the priorities that have been identified by our NHS partners and the public and will ensure our patients benefit from cutting-edge innovation.”

Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber ARC Strategy Board, Lord Willis, said: “We are a silicon dale of health research in Yorkshire with some of the leading centres of excellence across Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds and York. The new ARC will ensure our NHS and social services are able to improve effectiveness and impact to benefit our patients and their families.”

Health Minister, Nicola Blackwood said: “As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

“The UK has a proud history of cutting edge health research and by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.”

 Notes for editors – NIHR section

  • NIHR Applied Research Collaborations are comprised of health and care providers, commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies, charities, and academics, who will work together to address a specific health or care issue in their region.
  • Details of priority for the Yorkshire and Humber ARC:
  1. Older People with Frailty
  2. Early Life and Prevention
  3. Urgent and Emergency Care
  4. Mental and Physical Multimorbidity
  5. Health Economics, Evaluation, Equality
  6. Improvement Science

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:

  • Funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care
  • Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research
  • Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future
  • Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services
  • Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR supports applied health research for the direct and primary benefit of people in low- and middle-income countries, using UK aid from the UK government.

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 Note to Editors:

 Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

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NIHR CRN Health Services Research Toolkit #HSRUK19 Blog features #VICTORImpact @MYorksResearch @NIHRresearch @natlouj @jo_cooke73

Blog is hosted on the NIHR CRN Health Services Research Toolkit, brought to you by the Health Services Research National Specialty Group at the CRN.

We want to bring together resources and support to help design, deliver and disseminate high quality health services research.

Excerpt from #HSRUK19 Blog………

The health services research methods section was a delight for any self-confessed ‘methods nerds’. We saw cancer research using systems level approaches to better model delivery, learned about the problems of outcome reporting in our discipline (not terrible, but room for improvement) and ‘lifted the lid’ on some of the murkier aspects of decision-making in reviews (which can differ a little from the pristine version which makes it into journals). Last year we did a session on the relationship between research activity and organisational outcomes, and it was great to see a talk on the VICTOR research impact tool which helps organisations capture those impacts.

Read the rest of the blog here

Find out more about #VICTORImpact here


Funding ~ @HealthFdn for research to build the evidence for health as an asset for the economy and society

Funding available for research to build the evidence for health as an asset for the economy and society

The Health Foundation’s £1.5m Social and Economic Value of Health in a Place Research Programme is now open for outline proposal applications.

An innovative research programme to investigate the impact of health on society and the economy

We are inviting researchers to submit proposals for research that builds the evidence for health as an asset for the economy and society, and generates new knowledge on how the physical and mental health of a population shapes their social and economic outcomes.

We are looking to support research projects with funding between £200,000 and £300,000 for a maximum duration of two years. These projects will develop the concepts and metrics needed to help understand how the health status of a population may influence the social and economic outcomes of that population.

More information can be found here