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Health research news, events and info for the South West

Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) Events

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Simulation, Robotics and Telemedicine: Innovation Driving Patient Care

Tuesday 12 November 2013 at UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol, BS34 8QZ

This one-day conference has been organised by Health Education South West, the Royal Society of Medicine, and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. It brings together leading clinicians, academics and researchers to discuss latest advances in Medical Robotics, Simulation and Telemedicine.

The conference provides an excellent forum for debate and gives attendees a deeper understanding of current issues and technologies for delivering better patient care, as well as showcasing research and best practice.

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Digital Health event

6pm – 9pm on Thursday 21 November 2013 at the University of Bath Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD.

An evening networking event organised by the Assisted Living Action Network with Graham Worsley from the Technology Strategy Board giving an overview of work in progress on the DALLAS (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles At Scale) programme plus James Savage from Simpalarm and Martin Sotheran & Peter Claydon from Continuum Bridge.

Places cost £10 plus VAT.

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Struggling to be me with chronic pain - a short film

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This is a short film based on a synthesis of 77 qualitative studies exploring the experience of over a thousand adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain. The script is drawn from peoples' own words about what it is like to live with chronic pain and is performed by an actor.

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme. Visit the HS&DR website for more information. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HS&DR programme, NIHR, NHS or the Department of Health.


Making involvement in dementia research count

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This day will celebrate the partnerships between scientists and the public that lie at the heart of dementia research at the University of the West of England.

The morning will include focussed presentations, each lasting about ten minutes, emphasising how those affected by dementia have contributed to the main findings of the research. It is aimed at those who would like to find out more about UWE’s dementia research, including students, academics, practitioners, members of the public and others who have been affected by dementia.

Date and time: Monday 9 December, 09:45 to 13:00, followed by buffet lunch

Venue: Severn Room, UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre

Organised by: The University of the West of England, Alzheimer’s Society and South-West Dementia Research Network (DeNDRon).

The event is free, but numbers are limited. To reserve a place, contact Richard Cheston or Lauren Gatting on +44 (0)117 32 88927 or e-mail


Training opportunity from WEAHSN

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As part of the Evidence Based Commissioning initiative, the West of England Academic Health Science Network would like to offer Commissioning member organisations a day’s training delivered by Government Knowledge and the University of Chester, and designed to help people to improve their understanding of evidence and how to make the best use of it.

The course aims to equip people with techniques and skills to work more effectively with professional analysts; to identify what evidence is needed to develop a policy proposal; where the gaps are and how to fill them.  It will also help people to present a proposal more effectively to different audiences.

WEAHSN will cover the course fee (395 + VAT) for one staff member from each organisation.  In return, the WEAHSN would require a short summary of the day including the key take home message, which could then be shared across the AHSN.  Only one summary would be required, representing the combined efforts of all those supported by the AHSN.

The course will take place at a venue to be confirmed on 14 November and full information can be found here:


Calling all Scientists & Engineers

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will soon launch its first Science Photo Competition, open to all EPSRC-supported researchers and students.

Enter the competition to share your research through pictures.

Prizes will be awarded in a range of categories.

Launch: 16 October 2013

Keeping checking this page for more details -


Not just ticking boxes – patient and public involvement (PPI) boosts study success

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It’s official:  patient involvement increases the likelihood of study success.  Research from King’s College, London[1], found that studies which collaborated with service users were up to four times more likely to recruit successfully than those which only consulted them.

Researchers analysed 374 studies registered with the Mental Health Research Network - the largest database of UK mental health studies. They found better recruitment in studies where service users were involved in designing and running the research. These benefits increased with higher levels of involvement; such as having just one or two service users in the study team.

This new evidence for PPI bringing practical benefits is good news for researchers, funders and patients.  Most researchers know that citing patient involvement will improve their chances of getting funding, but good intentions are not always carried through.  The positive effect on recruitment of involving patients as partners at every stage of the research process may encourage real collaboration with service users, rather than a lip service approach. PPI can be hard work, but resources and support are available to ensure the experience is a positive one.

If you are a researcher or member of the public who wants to find out more or get involved, contact Geraldine Cooney Patient Public Involvement Research Co-ordinator at Bath Research and Development, Department for Health, University of Bath. Email Website:

[1] Ennis L and Wykes T. Impact of patient involvement in mental health research: longitudinal study. British Journal of Psychiatry (September 2013)


Watch Bristol's health innovators - videos from TEDMEDLive Bristol

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Bristol Health Partners hosted TEDMEDLive Bristol on 18 April 2013 at the MShed in Bristol. TEDMEDLive Bristol was the official launch of Bristol Health Partners and brought together some of Bristol's leading thinkers, researchers and innovators. The event aimed to inspire and provoke, to share ideas and find ways to transform the understanding of, and approach to, key health problems in Bristol.

To find out more about the event and Bristol Health Partners, watch our overview of the day. You can also download the programme for the day to find out more about each speaker.

Talks are available on our YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to for more videos from Bristol Health Partners.

TEDMEDLive Bristol was developed in partnership with TEDMED, a multi-disciplinary community of innovators and leaders who share a common determination to create a better future in health and medicine.


The Future of Digital Health and the Role of Sensors Meeting

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Date: 30 October 2013
Venue: The Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol
Time: 10:00 - 17:00

The recent launch of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) opens up new opportunities for companies to engage with the NHS, providing “a systematic delivery mechanism for the local NHS, universities, public health and social care to work with industry to transform the identification, adoption and spread of innovations and best practice.”

This UWE Bristol, Electronic Sensors Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP KTN) and UK Innovation Forum (UKIF) meeting is an opportunity to encourage innovation from industry into the NHS - and to commercialise innovation coming from the NHS.

For more information visit:


WEAHSN launch the first Evidence into Practice Challenge 2013/14

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The West of England AHSN is a new geographical network which brings together the local Universities, NHS Trusts, social enterprises who provide community health and social care services, Clinical Commissioning groups and colleagues from industry and is launching its first “Evidence into Practice “challenge.

This year we want to select a small number of proposals, mainly from evidence generated within the West of England which has demonstrated clear and rapidly achievable health outcome and financial benefits.

This year we will favour proposals which have local champions who have experience of successfully implementing their evidence in part of the West of England.

We will choose schemes from a wide spectrum across acute medical and surgical specialties, children and maternity, mental health/learning disability, primary care and public health with the intention of evaluating our success and rolling them out across the whole of the West of England, using the learning for the future. We will also choose one or two schemes from other Academic Health Science Networks or national evidence bases in discussion with the Strategic Clinical Networks for the South West.

The WEAHSN are offering three Question & Answer sessions in October and will try to offer additional sessions if there is a demand for them.

Tuesday 15 October 1:00 -- 2:00 pm
Engineers' House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, BristolBS8 3NB

Wednesday 16 October 12:30 -- 1:30 pm
Oasis Conference Centre, Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust, Combe Park, Bath

Thursday 17 October 1:00 -- 2:00 pm
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Trust Headquarters,1College Lawn, Cheltenham

If you would like to attend or would like further information please contact Ms Lisa Austin at


WCLRN Enhancing Commercial Research Conference

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Western Comprehensive Local Research Network

Enhancing Commercial Research

Monday 2nd December 2013

9.00am – 4.00pm

Grand Council Chamber, Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JG

Aims of the day:

  • Enhance the delivery of industry sponsored research and integrate commercial research into clinical practice more effectively
  • Understand financial benefits of commercial research
  • Embrace the transition to the new Local Clinical Research Networks
  • Networking event with speakers from industry and CROs

For further information please contact Dr Sarah Leaver, WCLRN Industry Manager – or 0117 3421377

Places are limited. Please register your interest online at: