Better data to improve health and wellbeing

We have been reaching out to colleagues in local authorities and public health departments to highlight the value of research evidence in improving health and well being among local populations. The CLAHRC is forging useful links with our partners in local councils, bridging the gap between research and the front line.

Local authorities are a key audience for the CLAHRC as they are responsible for public health in their area. Public health includes prevention of illness and disease, sexual health and smoking cessation.

CLAHRC partners Islington and Camden Councils run lunchtime learning sessions for staff as part of their Using Data Better initiative. They invite speakers from various sectors to present the potential for data to improve health and health services for local residents. The boroughs have joined forces to deliver public health, and have a team of data analysts at work –  identifying issues that have a negative effect on people’s health, and planning to deal with those issues.

In October Dr Chiara Di Poli (below left) presented to public health staff and analysts in the two Councils.  Chiara was joined by the CLAHRC’s Professor Gwyn Bevan and health economist Dr Elena Pizzo, presenting evidence of the limited impact of current policy options on the projected diabetes ‘epidemic’ in Islington, which stimulated a lively discussion about what Islington might do to tackle this.

Chiara’s work is part of a wider CLAHRC study, led by Professor Bevan, investigating the design of research and decision support processes to ensure the utility of research outputs. We are making efforts to make our research more “user friendly” and accessible to colleagues in the NHS and local government so they can use it in decision-making around planning and commissioning services and interventions for the populations they serve.

There was learning on both sides – our researchers got an insight into the challenges faced by staff on the front line and an appreciation of the type of data local authorities collect and analyse to improve health and well-being. We offered projections on the likely impact on diabetes prevention of current policies adopted by local authorities.

Feedback from our audience was extremely positive and we hope this is the start of a fruitful collaboration between the CLAHRC and the Public health teams within Islington and Camden.

“Once again, thanks for delivering a wonderful presentation – many of us were fascinated by your progress, and it’s no surprise that our head of dept. is now keen to collaborate further”

Mustafa Kamara, Intelligence & Information Analyst, Camden and Islington Public Health

Patient and public involvement – learning and sharing with Peninsula CLAHRC

We recently went on a “learning exchange” visit to our friends and colleagues at NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).

It was a chance for researchers, staff and patient and public contributors from both CLAHRCs to meet each other.

We also took advantage of the combined expertise and experience of the assembled group to look at a research study early in development.

Read a report of the day here.



Category 2 – Early career researcher, including PhD students, service user researchers and members of CLAHRC Fellowship Programmes

This award will recognise an early career researcher, PhD student, service user researcher or Fellow. They will need to demonstrate their commitment to developing their experience and expertise in working with patients, service users, carers, families and communities in the design, delivery and evaluation of their work to ensure that their research or improvement addresses the needs and preferences of those using healthcare services.

This award is open to researchers who can demonstrate a direct connection with the London CLAHRC programmes for example through funding, supervision and mentoring or scrutiny in the CLAHRC governance structures.

Category 1 – Teams working with patients, service users, carers, families and communities

This award recognises research and improvement teams who can demonstrate how they have worked with patients, services users, carers, families and communities to ensure that those on the receiving end of research and care influence the process and the end results.

This award is open to applied health research and improvement teams who can demonstrate a direct connection with the London CLAHRC programmes for example through being funded or affiliated, or subject to scrutiny in the CLAHRC governance structures.

Brian Turley Awards for Patient and Public Involvement 2017

CLAHRC North Thames has joined colleagues at CLAHRC North West London (NWL) and CLAHRC South London to present the 2017 Brian Turley Awards for Patient and Carer Involvement

This inaugural award was made last year by NIHR CLAHRC NWL in the memory of Brian Turley, a dedicated and committed patient advocate and disability rights campaigner.

Brian (pictured left) became involved with NIHR CLAHRC NWL through ‘My Medication Passport’. Together with his mother Margaret, he was a passionate ambassador for the ‘My Medication Passport’.

Brian strongly believed the passport was a way to involve and engage people in their own care and to initiate better conversations with clinicians and other services including the police and the criminal justice system.

Sadly Brian died unexpectedly in February 2016 and in honour of his contribution and as a way to sustain his values and commitment to patient engagement and involvement the award is being extended to all three CLAHRC programmes in London and introducing two new categories.

The awards aim to celebrate and promote patient and carer involvement in healthcare research and improvement.

The awards will:

  • Raise the profile of involvement
  • Showcase examples from practice
  • Promote reflection and shared learning
  • Discourage ‘tick box practice’

For all three awards, we welcome nominations from teams and individuals who are actively and currently involved or working with patients/carers and the wider community.

Category 1 – Teams working with patients, service users, carers, families and communities

Category 2 – Early career researcher, including PhD students, service user researchers and members of CLAHRC Fellowship Programmes

Category 3 – Patient/Service User/Carer with influence

The role of board-level clinical leaders in quality improvement

CLAHRC researcher Dr Lorelei Jones has been invited to deliver a seminar on the role of clinical leaders on NHS boards in quality improvement (QI).

The Health Services Research Centre is a leading authority on health care management and has invited Lorelei as part of their prestigious events series.

The poster below gives an overview of what she will be covering.

Dr Jones is part of our iQUASER study looking at how NHS boards implement QUASER – a dialogical tool for senior hospital leaders to develop and implement QI strategies across their organisation.

Lorelei will be presenting some results from her extensive fieldwork among NHS boards for this research, which involved interviewing board members, observing meetings and scrutinising papers and documents.

Patterns of childhood body mass index (BMI), overweight and obesity in South Asian and black participants in the English National child measurement programme: Effect of applying BMI adjustments standardizing for ethnic differences in BMI-body fatness associations