Latest CLAHRC North Thames News

Learning exchange trip to PenCLAHRC a success

On Tuesday September 26th CLAHRC North Thames’ public and patient partners took part in a learning exchange visit to Peninsula CLAHRC (PenCLAHRC). The trip to PenCLAHRC’s Exeter office was part of our wider efforts to make connections with other CLAHRCs, especially those serving different populations in settings different from ours. A delegation of CLAHRC North […]

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Funding success to develop research on vitamin B12 trial for pregnant women in India

Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, Principal Investigator on our NEON study has successfully applied for funding to develop a major research programme addressing the needs of women and children in India. Professor Lakhanpaul (pictured below) is leading an application in respond to a call supported by a number of organisations from the UK and India (see below) […]

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Developing innovative approaches to increasing awareness of asthma control among young people

In Control Based on findings from research previously conducted by the school-based asthma project, part of our Child and Adolescent Health Theme, the team have worked with Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre to develop a theatre production addressing asthma control. The theatre piece In Control has been performed in schools since June 2017, and […]

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Registration now open! Introduction to Evaluation Workshop – 13 December 2017

The NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy is now accepting applications for the next instalment of our one-day, hands-on Introduction to Evaluation workshop on Wednesday 13 December 2017. This popular short course provides an overview to the evaluation process, complete with practical examples and useful tips for conducting your own evaluation. Aimed at frontline healthcare and […]

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Introducing innovation in the NHS – what is your experience?

Still time to tell us your experience of how innovation is adopted in the NHS We need your views; complete the DECIDE Survey by September 30th Decisions in health Care to Introduce or Diffuse Innovations using Evidence (or DECIDE) – is a major study investigating the role of evidence in decisions to introduce innovation. We are seeking the views of […]

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Congratulations to CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow Pinkie Chambers

Pinkie Chambers, a senior pharmacist at UCLH and former CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow is celebrating success in securing a prestigious NIHR Fellowship award. After spending a year with the CLAHRC to hone her research skills, and against stiff competition, Pinkie secured a Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF), which offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or […]

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We need your views on how innovation spreads in the NHS

We need your views; complete the DECIDE Survey Decisions in health Care to Introduce or Diffuse Innovations using Evidence (or DECIDE) is a two year study funded by the Health Foundation to investigate the role of evidence in decisions to introduce innovation. This survey is asking for your views about different types of evidence that are used when […]

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Is screening for HIV in primary care cost-effective?

Our recently published research on the cost-effectiveness of screening for HIV in primary care has caused a great deal of interest and widespread media coverage. We have produced a BITE sized summary of the paper with the headline findings and links to further information of interest. The research, published in The Lancet HIV, represents the first time […]

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CLAHRC asthma awareness video is making an impact

Our Behind the Jump video is impacting young people with asthma. Our asthma schools study worked with Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT) to produce the short asthma awareness film shot at the LEAP Parkour Park in Westminster, London. A recent comment has high praise for the film “The timing of the release of this […]

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CLAHRC PhD student Ryan Palmer enjoys success at the Health Services Research UK conference

CLAHRC PhD student Ryan Palmer enjoyed success at the recent prestigious Health Services Research UK conference in Nottingham. Ryan (pictured above) is a Health Foundation Improvement Science PhD Student working under the primary supervision of Professor Martin Utley. His research, part of our Methodological Innovation theme, focuses on patient flow between community and hospital services […]

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GP-based testing for HIV is cost-effective in areas of high prevalence and should be rolled out in 74 local authorities

New CLAHRC research published in The Lancet HIV has found that offering HIV testing to people on registration with a new GP in areas of high prevalence of the disease is cost-effective and will save lives. Researchers based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) carried […]

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Changing general surgery procedures could improve care for patients and save the NHS millions

The Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has completed a review of general surgery and stated that the NHS could see a significant reduction in the amount of people unnecessarily admitted for emergency general surgery if more acute hospitals introduced consultant-led surgical assessments at their ‘front door’. Analysis by the GIRFT team shows this […]

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Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop – 8 November – Apply Now!

We are pleased to announce that our popular Introduction to Economic Evaluation Workshop will be running again on Wednesday 8 November 2017, and applications are now being accepted – click here to read more. Aimed at staff from the NHS, Local Authorities, and CCGs, this short course provides an introduction to conducting an economic evaluation […]

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Quality of life in dementia: do staff and family share the same beliefs in care homes?

Sarah Robertson is a PhD student with funding from the NIHR Collaborations in Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care. Sarah is currently supervised by Professor Gill Livingston, Dr Claudia Cooper & Dr Juanita Hoe. The MARQUE project In 2012, the UK government announced that in the face of “one of the biggest health challenges […]

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How can we all best use scientific evidence?

Media coverage of the use of statins to prevent cardiovascular disease, of Tamiflu to treat flu and of the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer have opened up public debate about medical and scientific claims. CLAHRC researcher and leader of our behaviour change theme Professor Rob Horne (pictured below) has helped produce new resources for […]

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Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse

Training clinicians to proactively ask patients about domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is feasible for sexual health clinics to implement and could increase referrals to specialist services, according to a joint CLAHRC North Thames/CLAHRC West study led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the University of Bristol involving over 4,300 women. […]

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Helping the NHS visualise complex referral data

The NHS generates huge amounts of data but using it to track patient flow and pathways of care requires sophisticated mathematical modelling. CLAHRC PhD student, Ryan Palmer, is “embedded” within one of our partner organisations – North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) – where part of his work involves offering support and guidance to managers and staff interested in […]

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Memory study poster is award winning!

Research Assistant Moïse Roche enjoyed success at the recent prestigious Health Services Research UK conference in Nottingham. A poster outlining Moise’s work, as part of our Improving care of people with memory problems in Black African and Caribbean groups study won the People’s Poster Prize at the event – as voted by attendees. Congratulations to Moïse!

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Standards for public involvement in research – have your say

The National Institute for Health Research are asking for comments and ideas on some draft standards for involving people in research. Help us improve draft national standards for public involvement in research Invitation to review and improve draft national standards for public involvement in research Consultation: draft national standards for public involvement in research During 2016/17, Health and […]

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Celebrating applied health research in London

July 4th saw more than 100 policymakers, clinicians, researchers, representatives from charities, and patients and service users gathered at the House of Lords to celebrate the important applied health research being undertaken across London. All of the research showcased at the event took place within the three NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research […]

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Podcast – A call for increased paediatric palliative care research: Identifying barriers

Palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses is a relatively new discipline, and one where current practice in services has developed beyond the evidence base available. Barriers to conducting research in this area are numerous, and span the entire length of the research process. CLAHRC researchers from the BRAVES […]

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New short course for 2017! Becoming Research Active

Our CLAHRC Academy is running a new short course in 2017, in collaboration with the Research Design Service London (east London arm) and Clinical Research Network North Thames. Held on Thursday 12 October 2017, Becoming Research Active – what does it involve and where do I start? is an introductory level course for nurses, allied […]

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New King’s Fund report on the GIRFT programme

A new report from healthcare think tank the King’s Fund sets out progress in delivering the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme deliver improvements in quality and reductions in the cost of orthopaedic care in England. Tackling variations in clinical care Assessing the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme gives an overview of the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  

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Applications open for our HEENCEL CLAHRC Fellowship Scheme

Are you a nurse, midwife or allied health professional 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? Health Education England working across North Central and East London (NCEL) has commissioned the […]

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Saturday June 10th event – Make a difference in health research

Our friends at the NIHR North Thames Clinical Research Network are organising an exciting free event on Saturday June 10th at St Thomas’s Hospital Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/R9kFVU1Y7o62 Its your chance to find out what research is going on in your area, and how you can get involved. You can also watch a film about involving patients and […]

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Free workshop on June 22nd – Embedding innovation in the NHS: patient, practice and system perspectives

Embedding innovation in the NHS: patient, practice and system perspectives 22nd June 2017, 12-4.30pm Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9HU   This half-day workshop will bring together a diverse audience for lively debate and discussion about current practice in the UK’s health care innovation landscape. The workshop is a response to […]

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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 […]

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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 Jonathan 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 – Behind 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 schools can 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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Seminar on the role of boards in quality improvement brings together NHS leaders and board members

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames welcomed over 40 leaders and board members from our partner organisations and beyond for a seminar focusing on the Role of Boards in Quality Improvement. We welcomed Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who chaired the event , drawing on his long experience on boards in both […]

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iQUASER features at Barts research evening

As part of our engagement with the public Dr Linda Pomeroy presented the CLAHRC’s  iQUASER study at a recent Bart’s Health research evening. The event gave us a chance to showcase the project which is evaluating the impact of implementing QUASER – a Board-level intervention NHS Trust leaders can use to diagnoses the strengths and […]

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Reaching out to COPD sufferers – patient experience and priorities

A project under our Innovations in systems and models of health and health care theme is looking at the effectiveness of interventions in general practice to manage one of the UK’s biggest long-term conditions – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Innovations to improve pathway for people with COPD project is evaluating what works to […]

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Latest CLAHRC North Thames Events

This one-day workshop provides attendees with the skills and knowledge to undertake their own simple economic evaluation of a local intervention or service, and be able to appraise other evaluations.

Introduction to Evaluation

December 13 @ 9:00 am

This very popular one-day face to face workshop provides attendees with the practical tools to carry out pragmatic service evaluations. After attending this workshop, you will have the skills and knowledge to undertake your own evaluation of a local programme or service.

Get Involved With The CLAHRC

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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