Health Services Research Network Symposium 2014

19-20 June 2014, Nottingham Conference Centre

The Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Symposium presents the leading edge of health services research in a multidisciplinary programme that includes research presentations and posters, plenaries from research and service leaders, and commissioned themes.

Delegates attend from a broad range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups, universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector. Researchers, service users and carers, service leaders and policy makers are among those who will join us on 19-20 June 2014.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Naomi Fulop, University College London – Symposium Chair
  • Professor Nick Black, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – Measuring Quality(Landmark evidence)
  • Professor Martin Roland, University of Cambridge – Integrated Care
  • Dr Lisa Simpson, Academy Health – Global Health Services Research
  • Professor Jeremy Wyatt, University of Leeds – Data Futures
  • Dr Mary Baker, Research Advocate – Research for Patient Benefit
  • Dr Judith Smith, The Nuffield Trust – Care after Francis

As usual, there will be research presentations and posters – with expert docents guiding poster walks – selected from an open call for abstracts.

A breakfast session for Early Career Researchers includes Meet the Publishers and Meet the Funders sessions. Further speakers and strands to be announced.

We welcome all delegates to the Symposium dinner on the evening of 19 June at Nottingham Conference Centre (advance booking required) – a great opportunity to network with colleagues and hear from a distinguished dinner speaker.

We hope you can join us on 19-20 June for this key event of the HSR calendar.

Ticket prices (two days)

HSRN member: £190 HSRN member plus dinner: £210

Non-member: £260 Non-member plus dinner: £280

Find out more and book your place at

Learning event_Designing Healthcare through proactive risk management

CLAHRC Learning Together Event:Designing Healthcare through Proactive Risk Management

 This CLAHRC Learning Together Event will go ahead on 1st to 3rd April 2014 in Cambridge. This e-mail is to advertise the event and to encourage participation. Find out more on the event website.

Date: Part 1 – 1st April and

Part 2 – 2nd – 3rd April 2014;

Location: Engineering Department, University of Cambridge;
Cost: Part 1 (1st April 2014) – £Free (Optional but Part 2 is obligatory);

Part 2 (2nd & 3rd April 2014) – £80.

CPD CPD points (non-clinical) allocated through the Royal College of Physicians have been awarded, six points for Part 1 (code: 86016) and 12 points for Part 2 (code: 86011).
Booking: Link to on-line Booking site.

“So how can you “design out” problems in systems? The first stage is to consider “what could go wrong”. Risk assessment is a process that considers this question, the likelihood of failure, etc…. PHA is a proactive and systematic process which looks across systems in a holistic way to seek out the potential for systems failure…”


To share knowledge on risk based design between people that are committed to developing high quality and safe health and care services; particularly in relation to proactive (or predictive) design methods. For clarity, the workshop will not address individual service user clinical risk assessments but concentrate on systemic risk that are applicable to groups of patients and staff (e.g. through a care pathway or in a care bundle).

Attendees will also be trained in the application of the Prospective Hazard Analysis (PHA) toolkit to analyse existing services and to help design new services. The workshop will be based on the risk management standard process as indicated opposite. The practical parts of the event will use the PHA toolkit to structure problem solving through examples.

Who Should Attend

The event is mainly aimed at healthcare clinical staff, AHPs and managers that have responsibility for service improvement including quality and safety in their work domain. The workshop will benefit clinical staff of any medical speciality. Researchers implementing complex service interventions will benefit from leaning about the approach. Clinical academics with an interest in quality, safety and efficiency may also benefit from attending. Preference will be given to people working in or associated with one the NIHR CLAHRCs. CPD points (non-clinical) allocated through the Royal College of Physicians have been awarded, six points for Part 1 and 12 points for part 2.  If you would like to discuss attendance, please contact Terry Dickerson, contact details at the end of this page.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the event you will:

  • understand the fundamentals of risk management relating to service improvement;
  • know the difference between hazards, consequences, likelihood and risks;
  • be able to apply the PHA toolkit to identify and analyse risks in your own clinical areas and use this to plan service improvement.

Book your place here and find out more, and view the agenda on the event website.

Jenny Hawkins

HSRN and CLAHRC Partnership Programme