Secondment_Career Development Opportunity #CAPHRSY #AHP #CLAHRCYHRCB @CahprYorkshire @AHP_SHU @kate_grafton

NIHR CLAHRC CAHPR Career Development Opportunity

This secondment opportunity is for an AFC band 6 or 7 (or equivalent) Allied Health Professional to work with NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber and CAHPR 1 day per week for 3 months to undertake a project around an AHP Clinician Researcher Career Competency Framework. The secondment will enable the successful candidate to further develop their research and project management skills.

Recent CAHPR events have identified that clinicians who do not currently engage in research are unclear as to where to start, perceive that they do not have adequate skills and find it challenging to find time alongside their busy clinical workload. It is proposed that an AHP Clinician Researcher Career Competency Framework to support AHPs who would like to engage in research would be valuable.

The project will be to scope what career competency frameworks currently exist and to identify what needs to be developed or adapted for use by the regional CAHPR networks.

The project secondment objectives are:

  • to scope and review from  wide ranging literature what clinical research career frameworks for non-medical staff currently exist and to undertake a critical review of them.
  • to conduct workshops to gather opinions regarding the suitability of what is already available and to identify what is needed for further development from a principal investigator skills perspective, an NHS employers and other employers perspectives.
  • to produce a scoping document that captures the findings and recommendations.

The secondment will be based at the NIHR CLAHRC offices in Sheffield, or as negotiated.

The secondment will be co-supervised by Prof Jo Cooke NIHR CLAHRC YH and Dr Kate Grafton SY CAHPR Hub co-lead, Sheffield Hallam University, with support from Dr Rebecca Palmer from University of Sheffield

Applicant Skills

  • masters levels or above
  • literature review and evaluation skills
  • experience of running workshops / focus group
  • experience of communicating with different stakeholders
  • an able to work independently

Funding:  up to £3000 for salary costs and up to £500 for project workshops

Eligibility: you must live or work in the Yorkshire and Humber region and be a member of the Yorkshire or South Yorkshire CAHPR hubs.

Secondment dates: November 2017, the start date can be flexible.

To apply please email you application to Dr Kate Grafton  before 10am on Monday 25th September 2017. Please include:

  • Your CV
  • A statement (max 1 side A4) of why you would be good and effective at undertaking the project and delivering the project objectives.
  • A letter of support from your line manager indicating how they will support you to be available for the project. The project must be undertaken as a secondment from or an extension to an existing contract.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 4th October 2017 in the afternoon at the CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber offices at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

If you would like to discuss the opportunity further please contact either:

Professor Jo Cooke, Deputy Director and Capacity Lead NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber or

Dr Kate Grafton, South Yorkshire CAHPR Hub Co-Lead, Sheffield Hallam University

You can find out more about CAHPR visit

To join and be included in CAHPR updates please contact Stephanie Portier

To find out more about CLAHRC’s capacity building work please visit

NIHR Strategic Review of Training #NIHRTraining @OfficialNIHR @NIHRTrainees

Research training is integral to the NIHR mission. For 10 years the NIHR has received substantial investment from the Department of Health to help individuals realise their potential and become tomorrow’s research leaders, whilst collectively building national research capacity. NIHR training has aspired to advance all areas of health science. By integrating training pathways with awards from other funding bodies, such as the MRC and Wellcome Trust, the NIHR has also had the capability to influence training in biomedicine and the life sciences across the health sciences spectrum. Together, the goal has been improvements in career development and research conclusions that shape the health and care systems.

The NIHR was launched in 2006 under the banner ‘improving the health and wealth of the nation through research’. The following decade has been marked by changing healthcare needs and enormous technological advance. This makes it timely and important for the NIHR to review the past, and look proactively at future training needs. The goal is to evolve and adapt for the next 10 years building on the strengths of the past. It is vital that NIHR’s career development structures and activities effectively meet the needs of patients and the public, the health and life sciences industry, and the UK economy.

In March 2016 the NIHR Strategy Board agreed that the NIHR Dean for Trainees and the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (TCC) should take forward a strategic review of training to inform its future vison. The process has involved wide consultation amongst stakeholders, gathered expert opinion and established a range of working groups (Appendix 1 and Appendix 2). The product is this report which synthesises and reviews the evidence from the last 10 years, identifies new and evolving challenges; and, in response, sets out a vision underpinned by a series of recommendations.


NIHR Strategic Review of Training


CARE 75+ Study Newsletter No. 6 August 2017


Welcome to the summer edition of the CARE75+ newsletter…

If only everything could be as reliable as a CARE75+ participant.  Whilst the weather may have let us down this summer, you certainly have not!

We are almost at the half way mark for our recruitment with 493 participants on board.  And even more impressive is the number of two-year follow ups which now stands at over 100!

Read on here……..………

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Find out more about the Care 75 + study here:

Lecture 12/09 Expectation vs Reality: Refugee health in Northern Greece with a focus on Syrian populations @WUNetwork @refugeecouncil ‏@sheffielduni

Expectation vs Reality: Refugee health in Northern Greece with a focus on Syrian populations.

Speaker: Meghan Gunst, Syrian American Medical Society

Tuesday 12th September 2017. 17.00-18.30

Workroom 3, The Diamond Building, The University of Sheffield

You are invited to join us for a free open lecture and drinks reception to follow.

This open lecture will explore the highly topical issue of refugee health provision, with a focus on Syrian populations in Northern Greece. The outcomes of healthcare provision to refugee communities in Northern Greece will be explored by discussing the health system in Syria prior to the onset of conflict in 2011, the expectations of care that arise as a result and the challenges of addressing these patient expectations in a dynamic and under-resourced health system.

Places are limited so please reserve your place via

Speaker Bio: Meghan Gunst is an Australian doctor with a passion for global health equity and sustainable development. She started her Paediatric specialty training in Australia before taking a sabbatical in 2016 to complete a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London, UK.  The following year, Meghan worked for the Syrian American Medical Society Global Response in various capacities including volunteer doctor, Medical Coordinator in Northern Greece, and program management in an out-of-country capacity. Meghan has also worked in medical humanitarian projects in South East Asia, Latin America and East Africa.

New initiative #redbag will be introduced @SheffieldHosp #HospitalTransferPathway #NICEguidance

In the bag – making moving between hospital and social care better

The introduction of a ‘red bag’ Hospital Transfer Pathway has helped to improve and speed up the transfer between hospital and care home settings.

Sutton Homes of Care Vanguard Programme developed the simple and novel approach to follow NICE guidance on the transition between hospital and care home settings.

When a resident becomes acutely unwell and needs to be taken to hospital, this new pathway ensures they are transferred with a set of standardised paperwork which details all necessary health and social care information about that resident to support staff in providing the right care. This is contained in a “red bag” which also holds their medicines and personal belongings. Following this pathway has improved care and ironed out potential problems for patients and their carers that can cause confusion and delay.

Delays in the discharge of patients place a huge burden on the NHS. Figures show that more than a million hospital days were lost due to delayed discharges in 2015. In 2012-13, more than a million people were readmitted to hospital as an emergency within 30 days of discharge. This cost the NHS £2.4 billion.

Through collaborative working, the partners of the Sutton Homes of Care Vanguard programme identified some issues in the transfer of residents to hospital, and agreed a standardised handover process would lead to better quality of care in its area.

Ambulance crews were being delayed while care home staff put paperwork together. Medical teams did not have sufficient information on the resident’s clinical needs and would have to make frequent calls to care homes to get information on residents. Personal belongings were also not being transferred or could be lost while residents were in hospital.

Furthermore, many residents were arriving back at care homes without the right medication, treatment information, or changes to their care plans.

Improved communication, speedier transfer times

To tackle this, the Sutton Vanguard introduced the Hospital Transfer Pathway, also know as the ‘Red Bag’ initiative. The bag and its contents stays with the resident throughout their stay at hospital and is returned home with them on discharge.

Through standardising the paperwork all staff who provide care for the resident will have the information required about their general health. When they are discharged, a ward nurse ensures all the paperwork is updated and sent back with the resident.

So far, the Hospital Transfer Pathway has led to:

  • improvement in communication and relationships between hospital and care homes
  • fewer phone calls and follow ups made by the hospital staff to the Care Homes looking for health information about the resident
  • smoother admission and discharge processes
  • better person-centred care for the residents

Future evaluation may also demonstrate a reduction in length of stay but it is too early to confirm this.

A ‘strikingly simple’ method of improving care

Viccie Nelson, Care Home Director at NHS Sutton CCG, said: “Since we’ve carried out the red bag initiative, we’ve had positive feedback from both care home staff and residents’ families. It has improved communication, speeded up transfer, and reduced the number of calls that the hospital makes to the home from around 5 or 6 for each resident to just 1.

“At Sutton we’ve focused on improving the quality of care for those in care homes. NICE guidelines have helped this project by to showcasing best practice and providing neutral territory for us as an organisation to agree on good quality care.”

Listen to Viccie Nelson and Christine Harger, Quality Assurance Manager with Sutton Homes of Care Vanguard Programme, talk more about the project.

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of NICE, and Director of Health and Social Care, added: “It is important that people experience a smooth and timely transition from hospital back to their care home or own home. This can help improve a person’s experience of care and their quality of life. It also eases pressure on hospitals, and avoids people becoming caught in a ‘revolving door of care’ when they get readmitted to hospital.

“Sutton’s red bag approach is an innovative way tackling these problems, yet is striking in its simplicity. We wish them success in their project, and look forward to seeing further results as it progresses.”

Sutton Homes of Care is one of four NHS vanguards that NICE is sponsoring. Listen to Chris Elliot, a Sutton GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Sutton CCG, talk more about how he feels Sutton’s vanguard status will help improve care.


Event_Realising a systems approach to healthcare design and delivery #CLAHRC @CLAHRC_EoE @PenCLAHRC @TheEAHSN

Realising a systems approach to healthcare design and delivery

27 – 28 November 2017

Hughes Hall – University Of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2

The NIHR CLAHRCs for the East of England (EoE) and the South West Peninsula together with the Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network (EAHSN) are pleased to announce the jointly organised Knowledge-Sharing event:

Realising a systems approach to healthcare design and delivery”

This event is designed to bring together members of the NIHR CLAHRCs and affiliated organizations, and a cross section of industry with a focus on the use of the systems approach in healthcare, in a two-day conference.

This event is scheduled to take place from the 27th of November to lunch time on 28th November 2017 in the University of Cambridge.

The aim of this event is to identify the diversity of tools that are often employed by practitioners and researchers in the context of a systems approach to healthcare design and delivery and to explore how these map onto four fundamental ways of thinking that drive the approach – Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Risk Thinking and People Thinking.

Who should attend?

Attendance is encouraged from members of the following groups/bodies:

  • Academic researchers
  • AHSNs
  • STPs
  • Vanguards
  • Improvement staff
  • NHS clinical staff and managers
  • Patients and carers

Expected benefits of the conference will include:

  1. Becoming acquainted with the latest thinking on the Systems Approach to healthcare design and delivery.
  2. Networking with other researchers and practitioners across the national CLAHRC on the Systems Approach to healthcare design and delivery.
  3. Share your own work on the Systems Approach to healthcare design and delivery.

The event will be free of charge but delegates will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

We invite all members of the NIHR CLAHRCs and affiliated organisations involved in one way or another in using a systems approach in supporting healthcare design, delivery and improvement to express their interest in attending by booking a free ticket for this event.

If you are interested in attending, please visit the event’s website, and find more information.

Training_Evidence and Evaluation workshop @WEAHSN @CLAHRC_West

Evidence and Evaluation workshop training:  One day training event from West of England AHSN & CLAHRC West to support trainers and share resources

27th September 2017 Time:  10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

CLAHRC West offices in central Bristol 

Limited places available deadline to register interest 08/09/2017

West of England AHSN and CLAHRC West are offering a one day training event for other AHSN and CLAHRC staff to learn about delivering two successful workshops:  ‘Finding the Evidence’ and ‘Getting Started with Service Evaluation’. These two workshops have been designed specifically for commissioners to support the ongoing drive for greater use of evidence and evaluation in commissioning processes and generate wider engagement with these activities.  The importance of this approach has been highlighted in the ‘5 Year Forward View’ to support system transformation in the current climate of financial constraint and a growing demand for health services.

 To date in the West of England region, the two 2-hour workshops  have been delivered to 142 staff across seven CCGs and have been positively evaluated, with consistent ratings of ‘interesting’ and ‘useful’.  A 3-6 month follow up of participants recorded one participant getting “more reliable evidence as a result [of attending the Evidence workshop]” for business cases and other purposes, and another who changed policy resulting in significant in-year savings, having found no evidence of clinical effectiveness for a routine procedure, patella resurfacing.  She said: “the workshop made me go out and check some of these things and not take things at face value”.  The Evaluation Workshop helped one participant get started with their evaluation, which was successfully completed on follow-up.

 This one day training event is an exciting opportunity to learn the course material in an engaging and interactive session, designed to support anyone wanting to deliver the workshops in their own area.  In response to interest and demand from within and outside the West of England, we have begun to create an electronic ‘train the trainer’ package to enable cost-effective spread across our region and beyond – to CCGs, STPs and other health organisations.   The  course material will be presented as a mixture of face-to-face and newly-created electronic resources; you will be invited go to give your feedback on these components – so come prepared to join in, share ideas and take away plenty of tips and resources!

Number of places available: 8 places available ( 4 places already booked; maximum number of participants: 12)

Cost: Free of charge.

Please register your interest with Lucy Pettler on by 8th September 2017.