Evaluation in Public Health and Care, Level 2 – Tuesday 5th November 2019; 09:00 – 17:00

Are you tasked with carrying out or commissioning an evaluation, but would appreciate guidance on what questions to ask, what outcomes to look for, or how to plan for an evaluation?

This one day, hands-on workshop, run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy, addresses these challenges. It is aimed at staff from NHS Trusts, CCGs and Local Authorities. By attending, you will gain expert tips on how to design an effective evaluation, and have opportunities to consult with other delegates and facilitators about information directly related to planning your evaluation.

Having attended the course, delegates will broadly be able to:

  • Develop an evaluation question
  • Apply a logic models and programme theory to address their evaluation questions and identify evaluation outcomes
  • Design a plan for conducting or commissioning an evaluation

This workshop is suitable for staff from NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and CCGs. It is not aimed at academic and/or researchers. Delegates should attend the course with an evaluation in mind. They should have previously attended our “Introduction to Evaluation” course (in person or online). As part of the course, some pre-programme preparation (approximately 3 hours) will be required.

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

Cost – This course is free for staff working in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames partner organisations (please click here to see a list of our partners). There is a delegate fee of £250 for other attendees.

Registration – Please complete the registration form and email to clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm, 30 August 2019.

Please note, a cancellation fee of £100 will be charged to both partner and non-partner delegates in the event of non-attendance without notice after 5pm, Tuesday, 29th October 2019.

For more information please contact clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk

Becoming Research Active: 27th November 2019; 9am – 5pm.

Are you a nurse, allied health professional, public health or local government member of staff who is interested in research or who has had some exposure to research?  Our workshop is suitable for staff from NHS Trusts, CCGs, and Local Authorities who are keen to become involved in research.

Engaging in research is a great way to address the questions that often arise in health care.  It can also play a vital role in producting new evidence and new knowledge for decision-making to improve health care.

This one day, practical workshop provides an introduction to the research process to enable NHS and local government staff to engage in research activity.  The course is run by the CLAHRC North Thames Academy, together with the Research Design Service London (east London arm) and Clinical Research Network North Thames.

This introductory level course is a first step on the journey towards becoming “research active”, either by developing your own small project or getting involved in other ways e.g. collaborating on research studies, assisting clients / patients in your care to take part in research, being a (critical) research ‘consumer’ or helping to shape research priorities, design and delivery.  We ask that participants attend the workshop with a research idea, innovation, or change that they would like to plan for, or collaborate on with researchers.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the research process, including the principles behind good research design and planning for dissemination and impact
  • Understand the different roles within a research team and identify the points at which you can become involved
  • Be able to apply criteria to judge the potential value and feasibility of a research project idea
  • Have a basic understanding of research governance and ethics requirements, and know where to find out more
  • Know how to involve patients and the public in every stage of research, and understand how it could benefit the research
  • Know how to access relevant resources or the help available across North Thames to design, plan and fund research

This workshop is not aimed at academics and/or researchers.

*e.g. you might have done a Masters level module in collecting and analysing data, or critical appraisal of research, or have helped to support research in your organisation or attended another one of our Academy courses.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Cost – This course is free for staff working in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames partner organisations (a list of our partners is available on our website). There is a delegate fee of £250 for other attendees.

Venue – Central London

Registration – Please complete the registration form and email to clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm, Monday 20th September 2019.

Please note, a cancellation fee of £100 will be charged to both partner and non-partner delegates in the event of non-attendance without notice after 5pm on 20th November 2019.

For more information please contact clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk

Introduction to Economic Evaluation – Tuesday 29th October 2019

Do you need to demonstrate the economic impact of projects in your organisation?

Do you want to assess the outcomes and sustainability of a new service?

Are you tasked with carrying out an economic evaluation, but don’t know where to start?

This one day, hands-on workshop aims to provide an introduction to addressing these challenges. It is run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy. The course is aimed at staff in frontline services in the NHS and local government, who have limited experience of conducting economic evaluations and decision making analysis.

After attending this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to undertake your own simple economic evaluation of a local intervention or service, and be able to appraise other evaluations.

The course will cover:

  • introduce the basic principles of economic evaluation methods
  • explain how to assess the costs of an intervention/service
  • explain how to measure and value outcomes of an intervention/service
  • give practical examples of economic evaluation analysis
  • help to understand how to use of economic evaluation in decision making
  • offer the opportunity to discuss in small groups the economic evaluation you are doing or thinking of doing. A facilitator will help scope your economic evaluation, draft its core elements, identify the data you will need to use, think how you could overcome information or data gaps. 

This workshop is suitable for staff from NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and CCGs who need to evaluate local programmes or services from an economic perspective as part of their work. It is not aimed at academics and/or researchers.

In order to be most beneficial for the participants, we invite applications from individuals who are carrying out or soon will need to carry out an economic evaluation of a service/intervention. In the selection process, we will give priority to applications providing a detailed description of such projects. Groups of people working on the same project are encouraged to apply. 

No previous knowledge of economics is required (or experience of study design and statistics), however an interest in economics and being comfortable with numbers is desirable.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Cost – This course is free for staff working in NIHR CLAHRC North Thames partner organisations (please click here to see a list of our partners). There is a delegate fee of £250 for other attendees.

Registration – Please complete the registration form and email to clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm, Friday 23rd August 2019.

Please note, a cancellation fee of £100 will be charged to both partner and non-partner delegates in the event of non-attendance without notice after 5pm, Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

For more information please contact clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk

Celebrating five years of CLAHRC North Thames applied health research

Over the past five years NIHR CLAHRC North Thames unique partnership of leading universities the NHS and Local Authorities, patients and industry has had a shared commitment to improving health and care and to reducing inequalities.

During the course of our work, we have identified the problems that most concern everyone across our patch ranging from poor uptake of bowel cancer screening to suboptimal asthma medication
management in school children.

We responded with innovative and high-quality applied health research that has addressed local needs and national priorities, then rapidly put findings into practice across our region and beyond. This is reflected in the volume, diversity and relevance of our research.

Highlights are captured in a new Impacts and Achievements booklet.

 

£135 Million Research Fund Announcement Marked By Visit To NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames By Health Minister

Government announces £135 million investment in applied health research to equip NHS, public health and social care for the future

The funding will tackle the biggest challenges the health and care system faces over the next five years

Baroness Nicola Blackwood, Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, visits ARC North Thames on the day of the announcement

ARC researchers, staff and patient partners welcomed Baroness Blackwood (centre) to the launch at Barts Health NHS Trust

 

The NHS is joining forces with some of the country’s best universities, leading innovators and local authorities to solve some of the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

From October 1st NIHR ARC North Thames (alongside fourteen regional partnerships across England) has been awarded funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for ground-breaking new research that will address the increasing demands on the NHS, public health and social care, improve outcomes and services and reduce inequalities.

NIHR ARC North Thames is a partnership of six leading universities (UCL, QMUL, LSE, LSHTM, City and UEL), the NHS and councils (across Central and East London, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire), patients, communities, charities and industry. All share a commitment to improve health and social care services and to reduce inequalities.

We focus on five Themes: mental health, multimorbidity, population health and social care, innovation and implementation, health economics and data.

We have studies planned in areas where we can achieve significant advances in tackling major health and care challenges– from reducing urgent care admissions to improving management of frailty; developing and evaluating pathways linking primary, secondary, and social care; addressing fairness and quality in provision of mental health services for all ages; developing the potential of diverse data for examining variations in outcomes; and providing tools to drive implementation across diverse settings.

We will examine persistent problems (such as child health inequalities, impacts of multiple disadvantage, pollution, polypharmacy and sustainable social care) and emerging issues (such as gambling, knife crime and built infrastructure for sustainability).

We have also been designated as the national ARC lead for population health.

Academy

We will train frontline NHS and Public Health staff in applied research skills. This will support them to use the highest quality research in their work for patient and public benefit. We will also enable them to develop into research leaders, widening our network of experts, thus ensuring that future research is grounded in health and care settings and in communities, so meeting their most pressing practical needs.

Public and Community Involvement

We have highly valued public partners who keep our work relevant and where necessary challenge our priorities, ideas and proposed research. Our aim is to deliver research in communities with communities and for communities.


We welcomed Baroness Blackwood to the national ARC launch at our host Trust Barts Health’s Royal London Hospital where the Minster met ARC academics and staff.

NIHR ARC North Thames Director Professor Rosalind Raine (pictured, centre with the Minister) said:

“The key to achieving the Holy Grail of delivering world-leading research and rapid impact is to work hand in glove with our partners. We are designed to be agile enough to tackle major emerging issues that come from the ground up, from frontline staff, patients and the public.  So our results will be of direct value and can be readily spread across the country in partnership with our AHSN, UCLPartners.

We are also passionate about reducing inequalities. We must achieve benefits for all those in our region, which encompasses a range of neighbourhoods including the third most deprived in England. We also serve ethnically diverse and highly mobile communities. By closely collaborating with ARCs across the country, we will ensure that our research is truly relevant to different social and demographic groups whether they live in urban or rural settings”.

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said:

As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

“The UK has a proud history of cutting edge health research and by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.”