Sir Andrew Cash recognised by Health Service Journal for outstanding leadership

24 November 2017

Sir Andrew Cash recognised by Health Service Journal for outstanding leadership

Sir Andrew Cash has been honoured by the Health Service Journal for his outstanding leadership and achievements as Chief Executive at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew, who has been Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation since its inception in July 2004, was recognised in the prestigious ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ category in the Health Service Journal Awards.

The Awards are one of the most coveted in the healthcare industry.

Andrew’s collective leadership style has fostered successful collaborative working throughout the Trust and across the wider NHS and social care system, and he is always ‘one step ahead’ in setting, articulating and supporting people to achieve a vision that reflects the ever-changing landscape of health and social care.

He successfully led the organisation through one of the biggest mergers of an NHS acute Trust, bringing together Sheffield’s five adult acute hospitals to create Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The organisation then became one of the first wave NHS Foundation Trusts.

In 2011 he guided the successful integration of community health services with the City’s adult acute services in 2011 – resulting in the Trust becoming one of the largest integrated health providers in the NHS.

Under his leadership, the Trust has won the ‘Trust of the Year’ title in the Good Hospital Guide three times and was one of only 18 out of 174 NHS Trusts to be rated ‘Good’ in all of the Care Quality Commission’s fundamental standards – Caring, Safe, Effective, Responsive and Leadership.

He has been a catalyst for many successful collaborations, including the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Accountable Care System, and has personally led a drive to improve workforce race equality standards.

Andrew has a values-driven approach, and personally encourages staff at all levels to try new ideas which make things better for patients, colleagues and the wider NHS. This has resulted in over 5,000 staff being actively involved in ‘My idea makes a difference ‘ projects.

Tony Pedder OBE, Chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Andrew is one of the most inspiring and effective Chief Executives in the NHS. His loyalty, not just to the Trust and its staff, but also to the city of Sheffield and the NHS, is apparent in all that he does. He has an exceptional ability to bring people together to achieve positive change for patients and he has made a major contribution to health policy, system reform and healthcare delivery at national, regional and local level. This recognition is richly deserved.”

Webinar: A guide to the ICA programme for NHS managers @officialNIHR @NIHR_Trainees #CapacityBuilding #CLAHRC

NIHR Webinar: How Clinical Academic Careers can benefit the whole NHS

A guide to the ICA programme for NHS managers
Tuesday 12 December at 11am

The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides personal research training awards for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development.

Managers of aspiring and developing clinical academics can find it challenging to release staff to participate in research programmes, even when funding is provided to support backfill, particularly in speciality areas. We are holding a one hour webinar to support NHS managers on these applications.

This special webinar specifically aimed at managers of clinical academics/aspiring clinical academics will demonstrate how managers have made clinical academic career development work for their departments and their staff.

The webinar will be presented by:
Professor Joanne Cooper, Assistant Director of Nursing (Research, Innovation and Professional Regulation) at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Visiting Professor at Coventry University and Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
Pete Thompson, Assistant Director at the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre

There will be a 30 minute presentation and 30 minute live Q&A session.

Please click to register for the webinar.
If you have any issues when registering please email

We would be grateful if you could share this with NHS Manager colleagues.

Kind regards
NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre

Funding call _ Pushing frontiers in health research @ArthritisRUK @arthritis_care

Pushing frontiers in health research

Call for applications in Applied Health Research

Arthritis Research UK has released its next Health Research call “Pushing frontiers in health research”, inviting applications for research awards whose outputs will have a direct impact, or significantly contribute to the knowledge and evidence base, on the quality of life of people with arthritis.

The focus of the call is applied research into health service and delivery which is relevant to people with arthritis by supporting a range of awards, including evidence synthesis and primary research, to answer health-related question(s) in areas of demonstrated importance to people with arthritis.

There are three priority areas that this call seeks to address.

  1. Equity and access to MSK services (including timeliness in diagnosis and treatment)
  2. Evaluating system and organisational change in services for MSK and new models of care (including health and social care)
  3. Evaluation of non-pharmacological treatments. At this stage we are only interested in systematic reviews of promising non-pharmacological interventions for MSK conditions rather than primary research.

The call was released on 29 November 2017 and is inviting outline applications in the first instance with a deadline of 7 February 2018.

Please visit our website for more information.

Newsletter November 2017 @Devices4Dignity @officialNIHR @natwm10 @Pryde1978

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

Newsletter November 2017

Head Up license and product launch

We are delighted to announce that the long-awaited Head Up collar will shortly become available for people suffering from neck muscle weakness. The product is now licensed to TalarMade, a company specialising in orthoses, where it joins their existing range.

More details will become available through our website and other sources over the coming weeks, including information on how to obtain the collar. Many thanks to all the people who have made this product’s development possible, and we are looking forward to the product’s launch in Boston, US, on 8 December!

INVOLVE is a national body, funded by the NIHR, to raise the profile and standards of public and patient involvement in research. This year our Patient Partnership Lead, David Coyle, and our Programme Director Nicola Heron were selected to speak at the INVOLVE at 21 Conference, where they shared insight around the value of a patient as a co-applicant in an NIHR HTA grant. The BISTRO study is led by Professor Simon Davies at Keele University.

More information on BISTRO (BioImpedance Spectroscopy to maintain Renal Output) can be found here.

Kids’ Toilet Talk

The TITCH and IMPRESS networks would like to thank all the children and parents that attended the Kids’ Toilet Talk  event at the Thackray Museum in Leeds earlier this year.  We learned a great deal about the issues that children living with incontinence face, and how it impacts them on a daily basis. During the day we identified potential opportunities for technology development to support children, and we have shared our findings at the Bladder and Bowel Paediatric Study Day, and at the Institute of Mechanical Engineerings Incontinence: the Engineering Challenge XI conference.

You can find further details in the event report, here. We’ve also produced a comic to illustrate the day and the issues raised, and which you can download here.

Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about the facilitation process that we undertook as it may be valuable when working with other difficult to reach groups. To discuss further, contact Nathaniel Mills, here.

7th Uk Swallowing Research Group Conference – 1-2 February 2018, London

This conference may be of interest to professionals working with swallowing and feeding management in adults and children, and will be delivered by leaders in the field of dysphagia. The UK SRG covers a wide range of disciplines, and recognises the multidisciplinary nature of the clinical and basic science that supports developments within the field.

The programme is now available for the Conference, and you can find out more and register online through the following link, here.

Goodbye and good luck

January will see our Programme Director, Dr Nicola Heron, taking up a new post as Head of Collaborative Research and Development (Medicines Discovery Catapult) at Innovate UK. D4D has grown and matured considerably over the 8.5 years of Nicola’s management; during this time we have become well-established as a go-to partner for technology development projects. She leaves us in an excellent position as we enter a new phase of funding, having successfully brought together a range of new partners for the coming 5 year programme.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Nicola for her insights and leadership over the years, and wish her all the best for her new role  and future at Innovate UK.

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 here: D4D Youtube Channel


MECC Link ‘Simple Signposting to Better Health and Wellbeing’ #meccithappen

MECC Link is simple online tool designed to provide Very Brief Intervention (VBI) and Signposting support to anyone delivering Making Every Contact Count within Yorkshire and the Humber.

MECC Link is designed to support people to embed and extend prevention and promotion of wellbeing and resilience into everyday practice by providing:

  • Easily accessible information on key healthy lifestyle topics
  • Suggested open questions using the Ask, Assist, Act model
  • Information on a range of primary self-care tools and resources
  • Signposting to recommended national and local support services.
  • On opportunity promote a social movement for MECC #MECCithappen

MECC Link has been developed by the Yorkshire and Humber MECC Community of Improvement (CoI) to support and promote lifestyle behaviour change at scale within the region. The MECC CoI is jointly sponsored by the Y&H Directors of Public Health Network and the Y&H Public Health England Centre. Sheffield City Council’s input into this network was supported by funding from NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber and Sheffield Hospitals Charity.



MECC Link was officially launched by the CoI Chair Susan Blundell (pictured here) who was speaking about the work of the MECC CoI at a regional Behaviour Change and Quality Workshop in York on 29 November 2017




Find out more about this project on our website

CoRNN: COLLABORATION FOR NEUROLOGY NETWORK MEETING @Sheffieldhosp @natlouj @jodie_keyworth @KayCrossland


Monday 11th December 9.00 to 10.30 SR07 Medical School, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

If you would like to attend this meeting please contact Mandy Congreve – 0114 27 12471 to confirm your place

9.00 Welcome, refreshments  and Introduction to the Meeting Nat Jones
9.05 The challenges of evaluating new health interventions. Dr.Nasrin Nasr
9.25 Are we meeting the information needs of individuals with Motor Neurone Disease and their families? Exploring experiences of patients and their families. Kay Crossland
9.45 My role as the Sheffield NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Manager. Jodie Keyworth


10.05 Networking, sharing research ideas and building new collaborations  
. Any other business Nat Jones
10.25 Date and Time of Next Meeting

Thursday 8th March 2018

Nat Jones


Sport, exercise, & OA 2018 Internship scheme @ArthritisRuk @movemoresheff @CSES_shu @DrRobCopeland ‏

Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

2018 Internship Scheme: Expression of Interest

Applications to the 2018 scheme will open in the New Year

Scheme dates: Monday 2 July – Friday 24 August 2018

See the Aims and Applications page for further details.

If you are interested in applying for the scheme and would like to be on our mailing list, please complete the form on our website:

These internships are aimed at graduates with a first or upper second class degree. Also eligible to apply are medical students (3rd year or later).

The Centre internship scheme provides the opportunity for newly graduated health clinicians and health scientists, and medical students (3rd year or later), interested in research in sport, exercise and osteoarthritis to obtain first-hand experiences of multi-disciplinary research environments.

This is an unpaid internship; however £500 will be paid towards living costs and travel for internship-related activities during your placement.

The full Aims and Objectives of the scheme can be found here.

Further details on the projects being offered in 2018 will be added as soon as possible. Examples of the projects offered in 2017 can be found here.

Please email if you have any questions.