Latest CLAHRC North Thames News

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 […]

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A fantastic free event to celebrate life changing research

Each year, the International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near the 20th of May in order to celebrate the day that James Lind started his famous trial on the 20th of May 1747. On Wednesday 24 May this year, Barts Health NHS Trust (in association with Queen Mary University of […]

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Involving patients and the public in writing academic papers

Proving that there is always value in involving patients and the public in research, however complex and technical the topic may be, the CLAHRC’s lay document reviewers have been acknowledged in a prestigious British Medical Journal paper. CLAHRC patient and public partners who make up our “virtual” panel of reviewers were involved in producing an academic […]

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“Getting help for forgetfulness”: Encouraging timely help-seeking for dementia in Black African and Caribbean families

A project under our mental health theme focuses on improving the care of Black African and Caribbean people with memory problems, which can be an early warning sign for dementia. We know that Black African and Caribbean elders develop dementia earlier, and seek help later than their white peers. This delay can greatly impact access […]

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Evaluating a Healthy Schools programme – our report and recommendations published

School-based interventions to increase health and wellbeing The health and wellbeing of school children is a pressing concern in England, with a  growing prevalence of obesity and diabetes in childhood. It is also widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and […]

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London Evening Standard features CLAHRC research on asthma

The London Evening Standard features CLAHRC research in a story on the impact of air pollution on the capital’s younger asthma sufferers. Our newly published research highlights poor asthma control and knowledge among London secondary school pupils and is referenced in the piece, which also includes contributions from CLAHRC researchers Professor Jonathan Grigg and Kate Harris. The […]

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CLAHRC research reveals poor asthma control and knowledge common among London schoolchildren

Newly published CLAHRC research has revealed that nearly half of secondary school pupils living with asthma have sub-optimal control of their condition and gaps in knowledge around symptoms, triggers and treatments. The findings, published in the Journal of Asthma,  emerged from the results of nearly 800 pupils from across London schools completing questionnaires incorporating the […]

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Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop

On 22 March, the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy held its first face-to-face course of 2017, with a workshop on Economic Evaluation held by Professor Stephen Morris, Dr Elena Pizzo, Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, Nishma Patel and Nicholas Swart, all from UCL. The workshop was oversubscribed, and on the day, we had 28 participants with […]

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Bringing patient and public perspectives to research partnerships

The CLAHRC bought some patient and public perspective to a recent academic event on collaboration in research. We were invited to the prestigious UCL Qualitative Health Research Symposium which this year focused on effective partnerships in research under the title Engagement, Co-production, and Collaborative Meaning-Making: Collaboration in Qualitative Health Research. As well as cooperation between […]

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Introduction to Evaluation Workshop – June 13 2017

  The NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy has just opened applications for its next short course – Introduction to Evaluation, to be held on June 13, 2017. Do you need to demonstrate the impact of projects in your organisation? Do you want to improve the design and implementation of your programmes? Are you tasked with […]

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Success for CLAHRC Fellow Emma Dunphy

Physiotherapist and CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow Emma Dunphy has been successful in her application for a prestigious Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Emma’s proposed research will develop an E-Health intervention to improve rehabilitation for anterior cruciate ligament injuries. After spending a year with the CLAHRC on our fellowship scheme honing […]

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Leading the campaign against pollution caused by diesel engines

The Doctors Against Diesel campaign that was launched in December 2016 and has already received widespread media coverage with ongoing interest from the health community, local government and media. The campaign is led by health professionals and is calling for the use of diesel fuels to be banned in urban areas and progressively phased out elsewhere. On February 22nd the CLAHRC’s […]

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A research trial with a difference

CLAHRC Researcher Professor Johnathan Grigg has been part of the ever largest study of the effects of a biomass-fuelled cookstove intervention on health outcomes. The intervention comprising two biomass-fuelled cookstoves, a solar charger, repair and maintenance service, and user training. Many people in low- and middle-income countries do not have access to reliable energy sources […]

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Making the Jump….to improved asthma management

Our Asthma Schools project is investigating asthma control among young people in schools and developing interventions to help them manage the condition better. The project worked with Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT) to produce a short film – Breaking the Jump – about the importance of asthma awareness among young people. It carries […]

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How to guide to establish NHS youth forums

Children and young people are a key population for everyone working in the NHS and Public Health. Involving them in commissioning and designing services makes for more appropriate care that’s more likely to be taken up by those who need it Our ground-breaking diabetes project worked with young people impacted by the condition in east London – we trained young co-inquirers in research skills so they could […]

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Spreading the word about involving patients, carers and the public in research

A recent conference gave our Patient and Public Involvement Officer Steven Towndrow, joined by one of patient/public contributors Sudhir the chance to spread the word about involving patients and the public in research. We were invited to deliver a workshop on Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPI/E) by the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research […]

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NEON project makes the news

Our innovative Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition (NEON) project has made the headlines..in India!. The project is exploring whether a South Asian model proven to promote healthy nutrition in children can “travel” successfully to the UK and help children of Bangladeshi origin in East London.Professor Monica Lakhanpaul is leading the project and spoke to The Goan […]

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Award winning short film about the project

Dr Golnar Aref-Adib has produced a fantastic video about health related internet use amongst people with experience of psychosis. The short film won joint first prize in the prestigious NIHR new media competition. Click on the image below to watch Lets go Digital

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iQUASER workshop for NHS Trust Boards

Helping NHS Trusts develop their quality strategies Quality and quality improvement are now recognised as imperative for all NHS organisations in England. A recent workshop brought together leaders of six NHS Trusts to develop their organisation-wide quality improvement strategies. QUASER (Quality and Safety in European Union Hospitals) is a research-based tool senior hospital leadership teams can […]

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CLAHRC widens access to training by switching learning online

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 How can training in research methods for front line NHS and public health staff be made more accessible and convenient? How do you translate a face-to-face course to an online learning resource? Dr Helen Barratt (Deputy Director of the CLAHRC Academy) shared her experience of taking a successful face-to-face course and transforming […]

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CLAHRC showcase a success

November saw the CLAHRC hold its biggest engagement event so far with a major research showcase event at Hamilton House in central London. We invited our partners from across the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector, offering them the chance to meet researchers and find out more about what we do in a relaxed […]

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New funding success

Professor Lakhanpaul (pictured above third from left) is one of three international collaborations based at UCL to receive Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) awards, in recognition of research partnerships improving health in low and middle income countries. Professor Lakhanpaul is Deputy Lead for our Child Health research theme, and leads our NEON study – a […]

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CLAHRC widens access to training by switching learning online

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 How can training in research methods for front-line NHS and public health staff be made more accessible and convenient? How do you translate a face-to-face course to an online learning resource? Dr Helen Barratt (Deputy Director of the CLAHRC Academy) shared her experience of taking a successful face-to-face course and transforming it […]

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Now recruiting to our Research Advisory Panel!

Do you want to get involved in helping health research benefit the NHS and patients? Do you want to work with an organisation committed to improving the quality of care and tackling health inequalities through research? Do you want the opportunity to meet and work with world-class health researchers in world-leading universities?

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Asthma Board game a hit

Our school asthma project is working with parents teachers and pupils from schools across to improve the ways in which schiil scan support young people with asthma. The CLAHRC is working with young people to develop a suite of resources to encourage open discussion of the condition and improve understanding among peers. This includes a […]

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“We don’t do dementia” identifying barriers to help-seeking for memory problems among Black African and Caribbean British communities.

CLAHRC researchers have heard first-hand perceptions and beliefs among Black adults that prevent them from approaching their GP when they have concerns about memory problems – an early indicator of dementia. Focus groups and interviews revealed five main beliefs and perceptions preventing people’s seeking help for dementia: • Forgetfulness is not indicative of dementia • Dementia is not an illness […]

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Latest CLAHRC North Thames Events

Do you need to demonstrate the impact of projects in your organisation? Do you want to improve the design and implementation of your programmes? Are you tasked with carrying out an evaluation, but don’t know where to start? This one-day workshop addresses challenges as these that you might face in undertaking your own evaluation of a local programme or service.

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Now recruiting to our Research Advisory Panel!

Do you want to get involved in helping health research benefit the NHS and patients? Do you want to work with an organisation committed to improving the quality of care and tackling health inequalities through research? Do you want the opportunity to meet and work with world-class health researchers in world-leading universities?

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