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Health research news, events and info for the South West

NHS England & NEoLCIN plan to hold an event for the palliative and end of life care research sector

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The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (part of Public Health England) and NHS England plan to hold an event for the palliative and end of life care research sector to gain a better understanding of the research areas underway and to explore ideas for working together. They are hoping that representatives from the range of academic, clinical and educational researchers across the UK will attend. This will be an opportunity for researchers to engage with Public Health England, NHS England and research funders to influence research in palliative and end of life care.

The one day event will be hosted by PHE and NHS England and will be held on Thursday 15 January 2015 at a venue in London.

The objectives of the day will be:

• To update on policy and roles in research - Public Health England and NHS England

• To gauge the extent to which current research can contribute to improving end of life care

• To explore what is needed to get from knowledge generation to impact on practice

• To provide a networking opportunity for the end of life care research community, funders and policy makers

To support the day, they are asking researchers to inform them about their areas of research in advance of the day and would be very grateful if you will complete a short questionnaire.

A commentary on Prof Eccleston et al’s Cochrane Review featured in Evidence Based Medicine

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A commentary on Professor Chris Eccleston et al’s recent Cochrane Review - Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents – is featured in tthe journal, Evidence Based Medicine.

Full details of the paper: Eccleston C, Palermo TM, Williams ACDC, Lewandowski Holley A, Morley S, Fisher E, Law E. Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD003968. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003968.pub4

App finds design solutions to everyday problems for people with disabilities

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The success of an innovative design app competition, organised through the Bath Centre for Pain Research, is cited in a recent Parliamentary Report on advances into assistive technology that could help the elderly and people living with disabilities.

Countering the rise in chronic conditions, coupled with the push towards greater independent living for these groups, researchers from the University of Bath's Department for Health and Bath Research & Development launched the ‘ifOnly’ crowdsourcing app to encourage these populations to share the everyday problems they face.

Through the app, users recorded, uploaded and posted videos to demonstrate a variety of challenges experienced; from opening cans to making a cup of tea. Under the premise of ‘if only I could…’ the competition set out to bring together a user community with new designers each challenged to come up with innovative solutions.

Over the course of the project, over 100 ‘ifOnly’ videos were uploaded charting a variety of challenges and attracting over 22,000 views via YouTube. In tandem, a community of interest grew via an ifOnly webpage displaying films and providing a forum for potential design collaborators.

As part of the competition, designs were considered by a panel of stakeholders including representatives from the NHS, social care, creative industries and the third sector as well as members of the public.

The overall winner of the competition, announced in May, was student Simon Lyons of Loughborough University whose design found a simple cutting tool to help elderly people open packets, jars and bottles without the risk of injury.

South West and Wessex Pain Society annual meeting

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The annual meeting is being held on 17th October 2014 at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Shurdington Road, Brockworth, GL3 4PB – this is just off Junction 11A of the M5 between Cheltenham and Gloucester.

The meeting is a good opportunity to meet up with colleagues from around the region and the programme should be of interest to all members of the Multidisciplinary Pain Teams.

For those travelling from a distance who might want to stay overnight, the Chase Hotel is holding a number of rooms for a reduced overnight bed & breakfast fee of £99.00 until 16th September.

For further details and to request an application form, please contact Carolyne Claydon at Carolyne.Claydon@glos.nhs.uk.

 

Prof Chris Eccleston's recent Cochrane Review featured on popular blog, Mental Elf

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Mental Elf is a popular blog, with over 30,000 followers, which aims to keep busy health professionals up to date with the latest reliable research, policy and guidance. This week it featured a blog post about Professor Chris Eccleston, Bath Centre for Pain Research, et al's Cochrane Review paper: Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents.

Full details of the paper: Eccleston C, Palermo TM, Williams ACDC, Lewandowski Holley A, Morley S, Fisher E, Law E. Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD003968. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003968.pub4

 

Talk: Outcome research: how do we know what we think we know about clients?

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On the evening of Weds 3rd September the Bristol hub of the South West branch of the BPS presents Dr Andreas Vossler and Dr Naomi Moller who will be speaking about: Outcome research: how do we know what we think we know about clients?

The talk will start at 6:15pm and will be held at the Holiday Inn, Bristol, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3LE

Full details of the talk can be found here.

Research Capability Funding: new competition released

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RCFNIHR Research Capability Funding (RCF) is a research funding stream made available by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to help research-active NHS organisations maintain and develop research capacity. Bath R&D have launched a competition for funds to free up time to prepare an NIHR Grant Application, or for Pump Priming / Pilot work to generate preliminary data to support an NIHR Grant Application.

This scheme can be used to:

  • Fund time to prepare one or more NIHR research grant applications in the area of Primary Care; and/or
  • Fund the generation of preliminary or underpinning data to support an NIHR application in the area of Primary or Community Care

The Scheme will not fund studies which will not directly generate data for NIHR grant applications, and applications should clearly illustrate the need for the research and its potential impact for the NHS.

Please contact Lisa Austin: L.Austin@Bath.ac.uk for an application form.

Competition closes 26th Sept 2014

PHR Programme to hold webinar to support applications to the commissioned topics

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The Public Health Research Programme funds research to evaluate non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The commissioned calls listed here have been issued for research proposals.

A webinar will be held on 24 September 2014 to support applications to the commissioned topics closing on 18 December 2014. The style and content will vary depending on the interest shown, so if you would like to attend the webinar, please register using the webinar sign-up form.

The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antibiotic resistance

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The inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture 'The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antibiotic resistance’ will be given by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health.

The lecture will be held on 26 November 2014 at 6pm, at the University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building.

Dame Sally Davies has played a major role in the formation of the National Institute for Health Research and has spoken out on many topics of major importance in public health, including the threat of antibiotic resistance and the normalisation of being overweight.

This Public Lecture is named after Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the USA and to be placed on the UK’s medical register.  Elizabeth was born in Bristol in 1821 and returned to the UK in 1859 to lecture at a social sciences congress held on the site now occupied by the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building.  Elizabeth Blackwell worked tirelessly throughout her life to improve public health.

DATE: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7pm.  The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

VENUE: Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1RJ

This event is free to attend but registration is required: http://dame-sally-davies.eventbrite.co.uk.  Places are filling fast so hurry up and book now to avoid disappointment!

 

NIHR School for Social Care Research: Call for Research Proposals Launched

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The NIHR School for Social Care Research's mission includes commissioning high-quality research to improve the evidence base for adult social care practice in England.

Our first Call for Research Proposals is now live. We are looking for innovative and high-quality research proposals addressing the big questions for adult social care practice for the next 5 to 10 years. A number of key themes have been identified for this Call. The School has £2 million available for this Call, and expects to commission a range of projects (around 8 in total) in terms of size and budget, with a maximum budget of £1m for any individual project.

SSCR welcomes proposals led by academic researchers, practice researchers, professionals, people who use services and/or carers.

For further information see website: http://www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk/