Newsletter _ @HSRN_UK September 2017

HSRUK Newsletter, September 2017


Save the date: HSRUK Conference 2018
4 – 5 July 2018

Following the success of our 10th HSRUK Symposium, where the HSR Community gathered in Nottingham for two days to exchange a great wealth of knowledge on health service innovation, evidence and improvement; the HSRUK team are pleased to announce the dates for our event in 2018: The Health Services Research UK Conference will take place on the 4-5 July 2018 in Nottingham.

Join us, and an international audience of over 300 delegates at this important event in the HSR calendar!

10th Health Services & Policy Research Conference
1 – 3 November 2017
Gold Coast, Australia

The 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast Queensland on Wed 1st –Fri 3rd November 2017.

The theme is ‘Shifting Priorities: balancing acute and primary care services’ and it’s topical.

The conference will focus on current and future priorities for resources in acute and primary care, in order to achieve a sustainable and functional system into the future.  The conference will bring us back to the basics of health services research – examining the structures and processes for the organisation and delivery of healthcare services to society – as we look to build a sustainable, future-ready, and patient focused health care system.

Click here for more information.

CLAHRC Care Homes Research day
23 November 2017
Friends House, Euston, London

This cross-CLAHRC research event will showcase what CLAHRCs have achieved in care home* research to date and will foster learning from the variety of regional research that has national application and significance.

The event will provide a platform for developing collaborations with care homes that can address the differences in how health and social care (and independent providers) are organised; to explore the implementation of evidence; and to look at how CLAHRCs can support research capacity building with care homes.

Find more details and register for the event here.


Applying Discrete Choice Experiments in Health Economics:  Theoretical and Practical Issues.
15 – 17 November 2017
Jury’s Inn, Aberdeen

This course is aimed at those interested in applying DCEs in health economics. We focus on the practical and theoretical issues raised when applying the technique. The course includes practical, computer-based group work sessions that allow participants to gain first hands-on experience with the conduct and analysis of DCEs. No prior knowledge of DCEs is required to follow the course.  Knowledge of regression methods is needed.

A limited number of places remain available. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please click here for further information and registration details. The workshop will be a yearly event, if you are unable to attend this year, however may be interested in attending in future years, please email to be added to the mailing list.


PhD Studentship in Epidemiology/Applied Quantitative Health Research using population cohorts of Ageing in the UK and USA

A funded PhD studentship (UK/EU) in epidemiology and public health is being offered at Newcastle University – start date: January 2018.

The PhD offers exciting opportunities to develop and apply methodological skills in epidemiology/ applied quantitative health research as well as to work with leading national and international collaborators. The studentship will suit someone keen to advance core, transferable and methodological research skills in applied quantitative health research. Publications and presenting at national and international conferences will be key outputs of the PhD.

Start date and duration

January 2018

Application closing date

31 October 2017

More information here.


Research Assistant in HEHTA
Full time for two years

HEHTA are looking to appoint a researcher to make a leading contribution to the project: Developing a Type 2 Diabetes Policy Model and a web-based decision aid “dashboard” (CSO funded 2-year project).
Specifically, the post holder will conduct, manage and publish research in the area of diabetes policy modelling as well as assist in managing and directing this complex and challenging project.

Click here for further details and to apply.


September update @AHSN_YandH @OfficialNIHR #lifesciences #Industrialstrategy @HSJ_Awards

AHSNs support proposals to build UK’s status as world leader in life sciences

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has welcomed the announcement on proposals to help the UK’s life sciences sector become an international benchmark for success during an event at the Institute of Translational Medicine.

Attended by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford and Chair of the Office for the Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research, outlined the industry’s vision for how government can work alongside the sector to boost businesses large and small across the £64 billion life sciences sector.

The industry-led Life Sciences Industrial Strategy follows Sir John’s comprehensive cross-sector review into the long-term future of the industry and brings together input and recommendations from a broad range of stakeholders, including global companies, healthcare groups, SMEs and charities. The report’s recommendations will be considered carefully by the government and used to work towards a sector deal between government and the global life sciences sector.

More here

Faecal Calprotectin programme nominated for HSJ Award

We are proud to announce that our innovative Faecal Calprotectin Pathway has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Award.

The new Faecal Calprotectin Pathway, which helps GPs make the difficult discrimination between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), was developed by Dr James Turvill, Consultant Gastroenterologist at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has successfully supported the rollout of the new pathway across seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and 198 GP practices. A further nine CCGs are fully engaged with implementation plans in place and the new pathway is influencing national guidelines.

Read more here

Bigger, better Health Innovation Exchange

Our Health Innovation Exchange portal is now providing a larger showcase for exciting new innovations after been expanded in partnership with the Innovation Agency (the AHSN for the North West Coast).

The Health Innovation Exchange is an online platform where NHS staff and industry innovators across the health and care sector can connect, share and showcase new innovations to improve patient outcomes and experiences, provide cost-effective solutions and accelerate the delivery of safer, better care.

Around 142 proven innovations are currently listed on the portal.

Other refinements to improve the user experience include:

  • The introduction of four tiers indicating the technology readiness level of an innovation, ranging from proven products and services through to new ways of working and support networks available for innovators
  • An improved search function, including the ability to search by category and tier
  • Users can now receive notifications of new projects added within specific categories

Think Differently: Disruptive & Empowering Innovations for Healthy Ageing 

The AHSN Network and NHS England is working together to produce a report highlighting the work that is being done across the country to encourage and support active and healthy ageing.

The new report will bring together exemplar case studies and ideas in healthy ageing and will be a useful resource for health and social care professionals working in this field.

A leaflet has been produced to provide an outline of the content of the report, which is due to be published at the end of the year.

SBRI Healthcare’s Annual Review

Launched at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo, the SBRI Healthcare Annual Review tells the story of how it is bringing new technology to the NHS to helps address some of the big healthcare challenges.

SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Network and aims to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice.

Great strides have been made over the last five years:

  • 788 jobs created – valued at £47.2m to the UK economy
  • £140m additional funding leveraged through grants and venture capital
  • 382 finalised agreements with UK and overseas companies, with more in the pipeline
  • 135 patents, copyrights, trademarks and scientific publications applied or awarded

Read the full report here

Event: Save the date

Our annual Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference and Awards Ceremony is to be held on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at The Royal Armouries, Leeds.

We will be opening registration shortly and would encourage you to book early as places fill up fast.

We will also be opening nominations for our awards so please look at the categories and enter your top teams and projects.

Event: Join us at Patient First

We are looking forward to showcasing the work of the Patient Safety Collaborative at the annual Patient First conference at London’s Excel on 21 and 22 November.

Once again there will be a Best Practice Theatre plus exhibition stand and a dedicated poster zone. Delegates from the NHS and AHSNs can attend for free by quoting a voucher code.

View the full event programme here and see the schedule for the Best Practice Theatre and the free registration code.

Sign up to our funding bulletin here Sign up to our Innovation Exchange bulletin here Sign up to our news bulletin here


Newsletter _ September 2017 @Devices4Dignity @OFFICIALNIHR

Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages living with long-term health conditions

Newsletter September 2017

Quanta Dialysis Technologies unveils SC+ personal haemodialysis machine for market launch next year

Based on clinical experience obtained during Quanta’s extensive pilot studies, which included over 1,100 successful patient treatments at four NHS Trusts across the UK, the Company has optimised SC+ for commercial launch. In addition to the small, simple-to-use and powerful features that already set SC+ apart from traditional dialysis machines, Quanta is introducing state-of-the-art technology enhancements that include a new user interface featuring a high resolution screen and improved touch functionality, improvements for usability and capabilities to integrate with digital health solutions.

D4D Renal Theme Leads Dr Elizabeth Lindley and Dr Sandip Mitra have provided long-term support to Quanta during the development of their technology, and are members of the company’s Medical Advisory Board.

You can read more on our website here.

Starworks funding available, up to £50k – deadline 27 October 2017

The Starworks prosthetics funding call has opened. The call is open to organisations from academia, industry and the NHS (a minimum of two organisations from different sectors should be involved) and each project should have a close interface with children and families. Entries will be selected primarily on their potential to address the unmet needs identified around child prosthetics and on the improved outcomes delivered to children and families.

You can find details on how to apply here.

You can still register for our child prosthetics sandpit events which will highlight these areas of need here.

D4D and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

In the last 2 weeks, D4D has been involved in two Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund workshops looking at ways in which new approaches to business and technologies can provide stepping-stones into meeting future needs.  Healthcare technologies will be an important part of this initiative, which was announced by the government earlier this year.

The Life Sciences Strategy was also launched at the end of August, and D4D will continue to make sure that the voice of patients and health care systems are heard alongside those of science and industry.

Brain Injury Technologies Think (BITT) Tank event in paediatric neurorehabiitation – 17 October 2017, London

In association with D4D and TITCH, the NIHR Brain Injury HTC brings you the ‘BITT Tank’ series, exploring themes that have been identified as priorities and gaps in the area of brain injury during roadmapping workshops.

SMEs, start-ups, clinicians and project teams are invited to attend the next event in the series, Paediatric Neurorehabilitation, to be held on Tuesday 17 October 2017 in London (Herringham Hall, Regent’s University London, NW1 4NS). Further details and the registration link can be found on Brain Injury HTC’s website, here.


D4D is delighted to see the new human factors guidance released by the MHRA this month to help medtech companies develop safer and more usable products.  Authored with input from a range of informed stakeholders including NICE, ABHI and BSI, the document is a practical walk-through of the importance and benefits of effective usability engineering across devices’ lifecycles.  Its scope extends to include drug delivery devices and drug-device combination products and is a must-read as its responds to the requirements of the new EU Medical Device Regulation that came into force in May this year.

You can read the guidance here.


CAHPR in the North East of England and Yorkshire and Humber held a funding competition in order to support clinicians aiming to develop research skills.

We would like to congratulate the four winners of the CAHPR awards and in particular Samantha Armitage, who has won the D4D award. Samantha is a Specialist Occupational Therapist, working for Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.  She will be looking at pre-appointment written materials used by children’s therapy teams across England to explore how differing content impacts upon engagement with families, attendance rates at appointments and the development of rapport between families and their treating clinicians.

We look forward to supporting Samantha in this valuable project work and will report on her progress.

If you have identified an unmet clinical need, please tell us about it through our Innovation Portal, here.

You can also find some of our films on our D4D Youtube Channel


September edition of the Working Together Newsletter out now

The Working Together Partnership Vanguard is a partnership of the seven local acute Trusts, working together to strengthen each organisation’s ability to deliver safe, sustainable and local services.

The partnership issues a monthly newsletter with a number of short articles about how the Trusts are all working together to improve services for our patients.

The September edition can be found here and includes information about the launch of the radiographer academy, Trusts aligning Board meetings, and a new Managed Clinical Network.

Seven hospital Trusts working together

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, by collaborating on a number of common issues, the Working Together Vanguard aims to strengthen each organisation’s ability to deliver safe, sustainable and local services.



Cross-CLAHRC Care Homes Research

23 November 2017 10.00am – 16.30pm Friends Meeting House, Euston, London

With a networking dinner for all delegates on 22 November


This cross-CLAHRC event will use Care Homes* research as an exemplar of CLAHRCs’ collaborative approach and how they have implemented evidence-based change in health and social care.

Bringing together researchers and stakeholders in the field, and through an agenda of interactive sessions, presentations and time to network, this event aims to:

Ø  Discuss a summary of the CLAHRC supported care home work, submitted and collated prior to the event in a briefing document for all participants

Ø  Examine what does and does not work when planning and undertaking care home research.

Ø  Contribute to a narrative of how CLAHRC supported research has made a difference to the care of older people living and dying in care homes regionally and nationally.

Ø  Lead to a briefing and paper that complements the recent NIHR review,

  • Work towards a national collaboration to inform priority setting and future work in care home research

We are inviting the following groups to take part:

  • CLAHRC Leads and researchers working in care homes research
  • Representatives from care homes who have been involved in research
  • Patient/resident and public representatives interested in shaping research

Please note: attendance to the event is free, but costs for travel, dinner and accommodation for delegates will need to be covered by attendees’ respective CLAHRCs (or employing organisation as applicable).

**Please contact your local CLAHRC Programme if you wish to attend the event. 

For more information and to register, please see here

Registrations closes on 8th November

 *’Care Homes’ refers to all long term residential care provision across health and social care services (including independent providers).

E-learning_addressing alcohol stigma @NHS_HealthEdEng ‏ @HINSouthLondon @KingsCollegeLon @CLAHRC_SL

New e-learning programme to reduce the stigma that patients with alcohol problems face

Alcohol dependence is a chronic, relapsing illness like many other health conditions. Taking a moment to understand this may help to improve longer-term outcomes and reduce re-attendance.

A new free Health Education England e-learning programme, which includes a powerful film reflecting on service user experiences, will be of interest to health and social care staff who come in to contact with patients with alcohol problems, whether that is in hospital, primary care or community settings.

Health Education England training programme addressing alcohol stigma, which was developed by our alcohol research team. The e-learning programme includes a mix of resources including a film reflecting on some service user experiences, facilitator’s notes for group or face to face delivery of the training and also a shorter online version for individuals keen to learn about this, who do not have access to the group training.

About the Alcohol Stigma programme

Every patient has their own, very different story. Alcohol dependence is a chronic, relapsing illness like many other health conditions. Taking a moment to understand this may help to improve longer-term outcomes and reduce re-attendance. This training will be of interest to all NHS staff who come into contact with patients – from receptionists to A&E clinicians, nurses, hospital consultants, junior doctors, hospital porters and beyond.

Call for abstracts_Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond @UCLBehaveChange #CBCCONF18

Abstract submissions are NOW OPEN!
for our 4th Annual Conference
“Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond”

In association with e-coaching for Health and Wellbeing and UCL’s Institute for Digital Health

Deadline 30th September – Don’t miss out!

This year we are broadening the scope of the conference to include non-digital behaviour change. Contributors can select to submit their abstract under one of the following headings:

  • Research
  • Knowledge in Practice
  • Symposium
  • Panel discussion / debate

Why present at Behaviour Change for Health: Digital and Beyond?Year on year, the CBC Conference has attracted an increasingly diverse audience and has succeeded in bringing academic and industry professionals closer together. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to join delegates at one of the most unique cross-disciplinary behaviour change conferences around.

Click here to submit your abstract

View full submission guidelinesFind out more about the Conference