Event ~ ‘Delivering research to make healthcare safer’ Citizen Participation Group #PPI @YH_PSTRC @yqsrdotorg @CSmith_CLAHRCYH

Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre
‘Delivering research to make healthcare safer’
Citizen Participation Group

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated members of the public to join a
citizen participation group to advise the new Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety
Translational Research Centre (Y-H PSTRC). This is a new centre funded by the
National Institute for Health Research in partnership with Bradford Teaching
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Universities of Leeds and Bradford.
We are looking to build a patient and public involvement group to help us
understand what matters most to patients, carers and families and help with specific
research projects. We would like you to have recent experience using healthcare
services as a patient, carer or as a family member and you will need to be able to
listen and respect other people’s views and join in discussions. We will invite you to
events a few times a year so you will need to have access to email so we can keep in
touch and reimburse your expenses.

Interested? Come and find about how you can get involved
Join us at either:

The Midland Hotel, Bradford, 27th March 2018, 6 – 7PM
Pudsey Civic Hall, 12th April 2018, 6 – 7 PM

Refreshments provided

If you would like to book a place at either event please contact:
Carolyn Clover (YQSR Group Administrator) Telephone: 01274 38 3430
Email: Carolyn.Clover@bthft.nhs.uk

FORWARD THINKING NIHR research on support for people with severe mental illness @NIHR_DC @CLAHRC_EoE @SimonGilbody

Severe mental illness (SMI) affects somewhere between one in one hundred and one in two hundred adults. People with severe mental illness, like schizophrenia, psychosis or bipolar disorder, often experience poorer health and, as a result, die sooner than others. Psychotic illnesses can have a profound effect on people and their families, and appropriate and effective interventions are needed.

Forward Thinking provides an overview of recent published research, funded by the NIHR, on support for people living with SMI. These studies address particular uncertainties and evidence gaps identified by those working in and using these services. It also highlights research currently taking place to inform the support and care of people with severe mental illness.


This report reminds us of the significant disadvantages faced by many people with
severe mental illnesses (SMI) – with difficulties in gaining and keeping employment, in
maintaining stable relationships and receiving a decent income. They also face distinct
inequalities when it comes to their mental and physical health, both in terms of having
timely access to evidence-based mental health treatment and a experiencing a greater likelihood of poor nutrition, obesity and smoking-related diseases – all of which can and do contribute to premature mortality. Our intention is to change this as we implement the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. With significantly increased investment in both the mental and physical health of people with SMI, we aim to not only help people with SMI quickly access evidence-based, NICE-concordant mental health care; we also want them to access NICE-concordant physical health care, to secure gainful and meaningful employment and for services across a range of sectors to work together to help improve their clinical and social outcomes in such a way that they have the same opportunities to live healthy, full and fulfilling lives like anyone else. In our view, we can no longer accept women and men with SMI struggling to access the high-quality care and support they ought to receive during their lifetime and dying 15 to 20 years before they should.

The findings set out in this useful research review will support this drive to improve care – and, indeed, lives – and we commend the report to you.

Karen Turner
Director of Mental Health, NHS England

Professor Tim Kendall
National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England



Applications are now open for the prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award.

The NIHR Clinician Scientist award offers up to five years of funding to undertake focused training and development in order to develop specific skills that will enable a transition from basic research into clinical research or from clinical research into translational and applied research.


  1. The NIHR-CS is open to medical and dental graduates who are either in specialty training/specialty registrars or have consultant status or the equivalent in General Practice and General Dental Practice.
  2. Applicants for an NIHR-CS must either have a research doctorate (PhD or MD) in basic science, clinical or health-related research at the time of applying OR have submitted their doctoral thesis (leading to the award of PhD or MD) for examination. See further information for applicants not yet awarded a doctorate below. Professional or taught doctorates are not accepted as research doctorates.
  3. Applicants must be able to show evidence of publication in peer reviewed journals.
  4. Applicants must be able to show evidence of developing research capacity and research capability of others.


The guidance notes include details of the scheme and the application process:



The 18th Round of this scheme closes for applications at 1.00pm on Wednesday 9th May 2018.

1st UK Implementation Science Research Conference @CLAHRC_SL @KingsCollegeLon #Implementationscience

Strengthening partnerships between researchers, health professionals and policy makers: 1st UK Implementation Science Research Conference

Thursday 19 July, King’s College London, Denmark Hill Campus

About the conference: This one-day conference will showcase the latest research in the field of implementation science applied to health and social care.

Join applied-health researchers, policymakers and clinicians to share how best to implement evidence-based practice and clinical research within health services and systems to improve health outcomes.

The conference will feature presentations from leading international researchers working in the field, oral and poster presentations, and parallel sessions. It is being organised by the Centre for Implementation Science at NIHR CLAHRC South London, and is supported by the UK Implementation Society (UK-IS), an independent organisation connecting those working in implementation science, practice and policy.

Call for abstracts: We welcome submissions from researchers, policymakers or clinicians for an oral or poster presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is: Monday 16 April 2018. The abstract submission form is attached.

Cost: £131.25 (until 3 April 2018). £175 thereafter. Discounts available for UK-IS members / charity and NGO staff / service users and patients / students / those from low- and middle-income countries.

Register and find out more:

If you have any questions, please email clahrcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk

Safer Prescribing for Frailty #Qualityimprovement @AHSN @sarahdebiase @Improve_Academy ‏@HealthFdn

The NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Older People theme has been collaborating with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network to produce several videos in relations to Safer Prescribing for Frailty:



Background: The population is ageing, with increasing incidence of people living with frailty and multi-morbidity who have complex needs. The 5 Year Forward View recognises the need for increasing support for the frail population, whilst recognising the need to deliver care more locally i.e. in primary care.

Medication review in frailty care is important as there are higher levels of avoidable
harm amongst older people due to polypharmacy. The King’s Fund document
‘Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation: making it safe and sound’ (2013) details
how patients experiencing polypharmacy are at higher risk from adverse drug
events and more likely to be admitted to hospital. In recognition of this, from July
2017, new GMS contractual arrangements will require GPs to use an appropriate
tool, e.g. electronic Frailty Index (eFI), to identify patients aged 65 and over who are
living with moderate and severe frailty. Patients identified as living with severe frailty,
will receive clinical review which will include providing an annual medication review
and other clinically relevant interventions.

As part of the Healthy Ageing Collaborative’s work to reduce inappropriate
prescribing and prevent harm from medication for older people living with frailty the
Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network’s Improvement Academy,
in partnership with Connected Health Cities, will support primary care teams from
across the five CCGs currently hosted by the HaRD CCG Medicines Optimisation
Team (MMT) to implement systematic evidence based medication reviews for
people with frailty, this will include using the eFI and the SystmOne automated STOPP

The Safer Prescribing for Frailty project is supported by the Health Foundation, an
independent health care charity, as part of its £1.5 million Innovatng for
Improvement programme: http://www.health.org.uk/news/twenty-two-newinnovative-projects-selected-improve-quality-health-care-0

Benefits for participating teams
In addition to improving patient safety, participating teams can expect:
 Training in the theory of behaviour change and behaviour change tools (for
more information see: http://www.improvementacademy.org/tools-andresources/abc-for-patient-safety-toolkit.html)
 Training in change management and quality improvement techniques
 Opportunities to learn and share good practice within and beyond your
 Opportunities to raise and address specific issues you are facing in clinical
 A package of on-going support from the Improvement Academy team
including on-site visits, phone calls and email contact.

For further information please contact:

Chris Ranson
Clinical Lead Pharmacist at Harrogate & Rural Districts Clinical Commissioning Group

Sarah De Biase
Improvement Programme Manager, Healthy Ageing Collaborative

SEMINAR @HSRN_UK Co-producing Health Services Research: the Hows and Whys #Coproduction @wolstenholme_d #Knowledgemobilisation

Co-producing Health Services Research: the Hows and Whys

Friday 4 May 11am-5pm

Woburn House, London. WC1H 9HQ

What is ‘co-produced’ health services research? How do you do it? What helps make it happen? What are the challenges? When is (and isn’t) it appropriate? How can you capture the difference it might make? And is it worth it?

This highly pragmatic and interactive day, co-organised by NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellows and HSR UK, will answer those and other questions.

Drawing on real-world experiences, co-production partners such as service users, commissioners, practitioners, the third sector, and even creative artists will share what did (and didn’t) work. Through workshops, participants will experience innovative approaches to co-produced health services research such as modelling, learning circles, participatory service evaluation, theatre and design. We will also have experts from Canada and the N8 Research Partnership to discuss how to capture the impact from co-production and reflect on the topics arising over the day in an interactive ‘co-production clinic’.

See more details, and register for our HSRUK Spring event here!

(Places for this event are limited, and tickets have a cost of £50/each)

Health Services Research UK
Universities UK, Woburn House
20-24 Tavistock Square
London, WC1H 9HQ

020 7419 4111
W www.hsruk.org

Second wave of the NHS Test Beds programme is now open @innovateuk @Devices4Dignity @ariss_s @Sheffieldhosp #NHSTestbed @Perfect_pathway @AHSN_YandH

Second wave of the NHS Test Beds programme is now open

 Following Simon Stevens’ announcement at NHS Expo last September, I am writing to let you know that the competition for the second wave of the NHS Test Beds programme is now open with a deadline for entries of 27 March 2018.

The Test Beds programme provides funding and support to NHS organisations and industry to test combinations of technology and pathway innovation to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

The first wave of the Test Beds programme was unprecedented in scale: it leveraged £15m from industry, included 40 innovators, 51 digital products, and five voluntary sector organisations. Find out more about the seven Test Beds currently involved in the first wave of the programme here.

Up to £4.5 million will be available from the Office for Life Sciences for the second wave of Test Beds, with individual projects receiving between £500,000 and £1.5 million. There will also be a separate stream offering up to £1.5 million from NHS England for projects that focus on learning and self-management support for people with Type 2 diabetes.

This competition is open to digital innovators and NHS organisations who can bid for funding to implement and evaluate innovations until March 2020. Projects must tackle health and care challenges (system or clinical) aligned with national and local priorities.

Each Test Bed must be led by an NHS provider organisation and should be a partnership between NHS organisations and businesses working together to solve a specific and focused health and care challenges through a combination of digital products and pathway development, which will be evaluated during the programme.

How to register your interest

The competition is being run by Innovate UK and expressions of interest must be submitted via their online portal by the deadline of 27 March 2018. Companies can register here, while NHS organisations and partnerships should register here.

Find out more

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will be able to provide assistance to NHS organisations and companies who are part of a bid for Yorkshire & Humber based Test Beds. Therefore please keep us informed by contacting Sophie Bates if you are planning to submit an Expression of Interest or have any queries.

Kind regards,
Richard Stubbs
Chief Executive Officer
Yorkshire & Humber AHSN