Registration now open! Introduction to Demand, Capacity and Flow

Registration for our next CLAHRC North Thames Academy short course, Introduction to Demand, Capacity and Flow, is now open!

Aimed at staff from NHS Trusts, CCGs and Local Authorities, this hands-on, one-day workshop may be for you if you are interested in learning more about:

  • What we mean by demand, capacity and flow

  • The role of variability in demand forecasting and capacity planning

  • How these concepts relate to flow within and between organisations

  • Common pitfalls including the role and limitations of using historical data

  • Some useful rules of thumb from ‘queueing theory’

  • Practical skills and tips for applying these concepts within your own organisations

Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Place, Central London

For more details on the workshop, including how to apply, please see the event page here.



Introduction to Evaluation Workshop – June 2017

The CLAHRC Academy held its latest installment of the popular Introduction to Evaluation workshop on Tuesday 13 June.


With 28 delegates from a wide range of NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and CCGs, there was in-depth discussion and engagement around all aspects of the evaluation process.

Throughout the day, delegates applied what they had learnt to create their own plans for service evaluations, and shared ideas and experiences with tutors and each other.

A few comments from our participants:

Vey engaging, I particularly enjoyed/liked the exercises after each session.”

A good comprehnsive overview of evaluation technniques“.

Very professional & informative. Useful & applicable to the work I do.”

Thank you to all those who attended – your engaged participation made for a very interesting workshop.

Interested in attending this course? We will be running the Introduction to Evaluation workshop again on 13 December 2017: click here for details.

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Quality of life in dementia: are the views of care home staff and relatives the same?

CLAHRC PhD Sarah Robertson is focusing on the quality of life of people living with dementia. Part of Sarah’s work compares the perspective of paid and family carers in quality of life. In a blog published on the Economic and Social Research Council website Sarah discusses the views of care home staff and relatives.



Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife/ Allied Health Professional/ Healthcare Scientist Academics –

 Fellowship Scheme

Health Education England, working across North Central and East London (NCEL) is delighted to announce that it has commissioned NIHR CLAHRC North Thames to run a research fellowship scheme for a fourth cohort of one to two fellows. This one-year fellowship is available for pre- and post-doctoral nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (AHP), and healthcare scientists, who want to pursue a clinical academic career path. A full list of eligible professions is available here.

This scheme is one of a range of opportunities the HEE local office is creating to fulfil its commitment to clinical academic development. Clinical academic research and the development of clinical leaders is an essential aspect of healthcare innovation. This scheme aims to develop a cadre of nursing, midwifery, AHP, and healthcare scientist clinical researchers who have influence locally and more widely to ensure that practice is of the highest possible quality and supported by a robust evidence base.

Louise Morton
Dean of Healthcare Professions, HEE, working across North Central and East London

Are you a nurse, midwife, allied health professional or healthcare scientist looking to develop your career as a clinical academic?

Would you like time and support to develop an application for external research funding to take your academic career to the next level?

If the answer is yes, then the Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife/ AHP / Healthcare Scientist Academics- Fellowship Scheme, sponsored by Health Education England North Central and East London and hosted by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames, will help you achieve both these things.

Why apply?

Applied health research studies the effectiveness of health care and public health services, placing emphasis on delivering findings that can be applied directly for the benefit of patients, the public and the NHS.

Fellows appointed to this exciting scheme will be seconded to the CLAHRC, four days a week for one year from December 2017. During the secondment, Fellows will receive supervision from a senior academic to develop an application for external research funding (for example to the ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme).

Fellows have the choice to work on either:

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss whether a proposed project would fall under the CLAHRC’s research remit.

HEE North Central and East London local office will contribute to the costs of the secondment, providing 3 days a week salary contribution for the duration of the fellowship. This would be paid to the employing organisation, which will be required to release the fellow for the fourth day. The fellow will work one day a week in their employing organisation.

Fellows will be provided with a desk and computer at one of the CLAHRC partner higher education institutions. They will also have access to monthly action learning sets to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and networking during and after the fellowship.

Who should apply?

The fellowship scheme is aimed at nurses, midwives, AHPs, and healthcare scientists who already have some research experience, and would benefit from support to build on this and take their academic career to the next level. More information, for you and your line manager, on building a research career as a clinical academic can be found in this NIHR guide.

Up to two one-year fellowships are available for 2017/8. Eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • The scheme is open to open to non-medical/dental healthcare professionals requiring statutory registration. A full list of eligible professions is available from the NIHR website.
  • Employed to at least Band 5 and normally up to and including Band 8a, within an NHS or public health organisation in north central and east London (see here for more information)
  • Hold a current registration with the relevant body.
  • Provide written evidence of director-level support for their application from their employing organisation (e.g. Director of Nursing, or equivalent). This should outline the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship scheme. It should also confirm that their employing organisation will a) release them to undertake a secondment, four days a week for one year, and b) contribute two days a week salary (40%) to the secondment. This is to cover one day of the fellowship and the one day that the applicant will continue to work in their employing organisation.
  • Have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or higher level award.
  • Pre-doctoral students must have completed an MRes or relevant MSc (or equivalent); those applying for a post-doctoral fellowship must have submitted their PhD thesis by the time of taking up the fellowship.
  • Not be enrolled or engaged in another course or programme of study during the fellowship.

During the fellowship, fellows will be required to:

  • Develop an application for submission to an external funding body to support either doctoral or postdoctoral studies.
  • Undertake activities to raise levels of research awareness in their base NHS Trust, for example establishing a journal club.
  • Develop a plan to implement their learning, in conjunction with their base NHS Trust, their supervisor, and the fellowship scheme.

How to apply?

Applications must be received by 5pm, Thursday 27th July 2017. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held in central London on 9th August 2017.

Applicants should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A letter demonstrating that there is director-level support for their application, from within their employing organisation (e.g. from the Director of Nursing or equivalent). This should outline a) the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship scheme and b) the organisation’s support for the secondment, including agreement to contribute two days a week salary (40%) to the secondment. This is to cover one day of the fellowship and the one day that the applicant will continue to work in their employing organisation.
  • An up-to-date CV (maximum four pages), highlighting your current experience and knowledge, as well as any specialist interests or advanced practice

Applications should be submitted by email to Anna Head (

What happens then?

  • Applications will be shortlisted by HEE NCEL and NIHR CLAHRC North Thames
  • Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in central London on 9th August 2017.
  • Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview by Friday 18th August 2017.
  • Successful fellows will begin their secondment to the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames from December 2017.

For any further information about the fellowship scheme or the application process, please email Anna Head (

Photograph selected in competition for UCL India Voices poster

Congratulations go out to Jennifer Martin, who has had an image she took in India chosen to represent the UCL India Voices project in 2017.

A PhD student with the Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) project, Jennifer took the picture while conducting research with women in Mumbai. After submitting it to a UCL photography competition, Jennifer’s photograph was selected as the image for UCL India Voices poster.

Advertising UCL’s Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding India Voices cross-disciplinary programme of film, debate and the arts, the poster can be seen across UCL.

Details of the India Voices programme can be found on the UCL Grand Challenges website.

Trends in evidence use in public health decision-making

A new CLAHRC publication offers valuable insight into the types of evidence used by decision-makers working in public health. In 2013, responsibility for public health services and planning shifted from the “health” boundary to local authority control. These services can range from health checks to open access sexual health.

CLAHRC researchers examined English local public health decision-making in a new review of what evidence is used and how by those planning, designing and commissioning services.

The review, published in a new paper in the Journal Implementation Science identifies three clear trends in evidence use

  • the primacy of local evidence
  • the important role of local experts in providing evidence and knowledge, and
  • the high value placed on local evaluation evidence despite the varying methodological rigour.

Barriers to the use of research evidence included issues around access and availability of applicable research evidence, and indications that the use of evidence could be perceived as a bureaucratic process.

This is part of a wider project entitled Exploring decision-making processes and knowledge requirements in public health


Read the full paper

Kneale et al. Implementation Science (2017) 12:53
DOI 10.1186/s13012-017-0577-9
The use of evidence in English local public health decision-making: a systematic scoping review

The value of theory in programmes to implement clinical guidelines: Insights from a retrospective mixed-methods evaluation of a programme to increase adherence to national guidelines for chronic disease in primary care