How does an intervention developed and tested by researchers make its way to the front-line of health care?
This is the topic of a new blog by Dr Natalia Lewis, a Research Fellow at Centre for Academic Primary Care in the University of Bristol.
Natalia is part of the research team investigating the impact of IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety), a general-practice-based Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) training, support and referral programme.
Professor Chris Griffiths featured on BBC’s the One Show last night talking about the impact of pollution on young lungs. The topical affairs programme ran a feature on the impact of poor air quality on children and young peoples (CYP) development.
Professor Griffiths is leading research into the impact of the Capitals’ upcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – introduced on April 1st – on both CYP respiratory health and physical activity levels. The ULEZ is predicted to deliver major improvements in London’s air quality, reducing nitrogen dioxide and particulate exposures in central London.
The feature runs from 6 minutes 30 seconds into last nights show
You can read about this recently launched CLAHRC study here;
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
Please note,a cancellation fee of £100 will be charged to both partner and non-partner delegates in the event of non-attendance without notic after 5pm on 19th June 2019.
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Antonio holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods and Implementation in Psychology and Health, both from the University of Granada, Spain. He has also been awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Granada, for his work in the Andalusian School of Public Health. During this time, he was part of several research projects, mostly focused on health inequalities and health systems, prior to joining UCL. Antonio has particular interest in research methods in health, mostly systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
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?
Consider enrolling in our four-week online course run by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames Academy to address these challenges. This course has been recently updated. It is aimed at staff in frontline services at NHS Trusts, CCGs and Local Authorities, who have limited experience conducting service evaluations and would like to learn about evaluations in flexible time.
After participating in this course, you will have the skills and knowledge to undertake your own evaluation of a local programme or service. Inspired by the content of our popular face-to-face evaluation course, the online course will cover:
- Different types of evaluation, including their pros and cons
- How to select suitable methods and approaches for evaluating a local programme or service
- Practical skills and tips in using evaluation methods and approaches
- Ways of sharing your evaluation findings to make an impact
Teaching will be delivered entirely online. You’ll learn by watching videos and lecture slides; interacting through activities and questions; and learning from others by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step. You’ll also develop a plan for a real life evaluation you may have to conduct.
Who is this workshop suitable for?
Staff from NHS trusts, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups who need to evaluate local programmes or services as part of their work. The course is not aimed at academics or researchers.
What preparation is needed?
Participants should attend the course with an evaluation in mind that they may have to carry out. No previous knowledge of evaluation is required, or experience of study design and statistics.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they undertake at least 80% of the course activities.
Dates – Tuesday 7th May – Tuesday 4th June 2019.
Learning hours – an estimate of 3 hours per week (12 hours in total)
Cost – £100 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 – Registration will open between 25th February and 3rd May 2019.
To register for this course, please go to the UCL online store.
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Helen is a consultant in public health medicine and a health services researcher. She is a member of the CLAHRC research partnership team, and Deputy Director of the CLAHRC Academy. Her research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate health care and public health services.