Searching and Beyond Workshop comes to London

CLAHRC North Thames has joined forces with colleagues at PenCLAHRC to bring their successful ‘Searching and Beyond’ workshop developed by information professionals for information professionals to London.

Systematic reviews are an essential component of evidence based health care and the number being undertaken is increasing.


PenCLAHRC’s  popular workshop has been redesigned with an exciting new online element followed by a day of discussion and participation on how our skills as information professionals can be used in carrying out a systematic review.

The online modules will require around 5 hours of your time prior to attending the workshop and will include videos and learning activities. We hope they will make you think of questions to bring along to the face-to-face workshop which will involve discussion, demonstration, practical work and participation.

The workshop includes:

  • Systematic reviews in context;
  • Systematic review search methods:
    • Grey literature searching
    • Search filters;
    • Updating searches;
  • Reference management
  • Protocols
  • Screening
  • Data extraction and critical appraisal
  • Synthesis
  • Reporting
  • Writing

This one day, hands-on, interactive workshop offers librarians and other information professionals the chance to discover more about the systematic review process and how they can utilise many of the skills they already have within a systematic review. The workshop may also be of interest to researchers who have database searching experience and are keen to fine-tune their skills in both searching and reference management specific to systematic reviews.

Developed by: Evidence Synthesis Team, PenCLAHRC at the University of Exeter Medical School, in collaboration with clinical librarians at the Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

Delivered byAlison BethelMorwenna Rogers, (Information Specialists) and Rebecca Abbott (Systematic Reviewer)
Organised byJenny Lowe

Date:    Thursday 26th April 2018

Time:    TBC

Previous dates and locations:
23rd April 2014 – Exeter
13th January 2015 – Exeter
13th November 2015 – Winchester
14th January 2016 – Exeter
20th April 2017 – Exeter

Cost:   £175

Booking:    Please visit: http://store.exeter.ac.uk/conferences-events/university-of-exeter-medical-school/workshops/searching-and-beyond-2018-a-systematic-review-workshop-for-information-professionals

Feedback from our last course, April 2017, Exeter:
“I liked the teaching methods of videos/exercises a lot, then building on it face to face reinforced learning”  “all relevant” “I found it all useful”

#BeyondSearching

Bart’s Research Centre for Women’s Health is up and running with the EMmY study

We’re delighted to announce our latest research partnership – with the the Bart’s Research Centre for Women’s Health (BARC) .

BARC was launched in June 2017 and is led by Professors Shakila Thangaratinam and Khalid Khan.

The Centre is funded by Barts Charity and based within Queen Mary University of London at the Whitechapel campus.

The centre team (pictured above) will focus on improving the health of mothers and babies in East London, addressing healthcare challenges such as diabetes, obesity and heavy blood loss during childbirth.

The first BARC study is set to start in January 2018 –  “EMmY: Effectiveness and acceptability of myo-inositol nutritional supplement in the prevention of gestational diabetes: a pilot placebo controlled double blind randomised trial”.

EmMY will aim to randomise 200 women who are at risk of developing gestational diabetes, across three sites (Barts Health, Guy’s and St Thomas’, and Central Manchester University NHS Trusts).

Participants will be randomised to receive either 4g of Myo-inositol – a naturally occurring substance produced in the human body that belongs to the vitamin B complex group – or placebo study supplement daily, from the end of the first trimester until delivery.

The pilot will examine rates of recruitment and randomisation to the trial, and rates of adherence to the intervention. Researchers will analyse reasons for participation, non-participation, and non-adherence to the trial protocol. Any preliminary estimates and insight into trial procedures from the EMmY study will then inform a future large-scale trial.

The CLAHRC is supporting the study by providing health economic analysis for the pilot and full trial and assisting with patient and public involvement..

Contact Doris Lanz, BARC Senior Trial Manager for more info at d.lanz@qmul.ac.uk

Exciting new data partnership with Islington launches this month

Islington Council, Islington Clinical Commissioning Group, North East London Commissioning Support Unit, and the CLAHRC,  have been granted an award for a project which aims to create a linked data-set between NHS and a local government data for households across Islington.

Local authorities hold data on their residents in terms of social care, housing, early years settings, education and crime. All of these are important to health: and in turn affected by health.

Linking local government information with health data offers an opportunity to better understand the local population’s combined health and social needs and to improve health and wellbeing in the widest sense across the Borough.

We would be able to answer questions such as:

What are local pattern of health and social risk factors for homelessness at a household level?

How could we best target prevention services and support to households at high risk of homelessness?

The project builds on our close ties to Islington, and is part of the Health Foundation’s Advancing Applied Analytics programme, aimed at improving analytical capability in support of health and care services.

 

 

 

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

 

Conference success for CLAHRC PhD Marissa Mes

CLAHRC North Thames PhD Marissa Mes enjoyed success at the prestigious Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUK CAR).

Marissa accepts her award from AUKCAR Director Professor Aziz Sheikh

Marissa won best poster presentation when she showcased her work to delegates during the conference (below)  – her research focus is assessing whether pharmacists are a suitable delivery channel for an intervention aimed at asthma patients to improve their adherence to preventer inhalers.

Marissa in action at the ASM

Our congratulations to Marissa on her prize.

Marissa’s fellow CLAHRC PhD Caroline Katzer, who is developing and evaluating an intervention to improve adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in adult asthma patients also showcased her work at the conference via both a poster and an oral presentation, which generated a lot of discussion, and was among those complimented on the quality of her presentations.

 

 

Both PhDs are funded by the CLAHRC and affiliated to AUKCAR.