Dr Antonio Rojas-Garcia

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.

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames funded PhD studentships launched

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames is now recruiting to its 2019 PhD studentships. NIHR CLAHRC North Thames is funded to conduct high quality applied health research, focused on the needs of patients and the public to produce a direct impact on health and the way health care and public health is organised and delivered.

Led by Professor Rosalind Raine (UCL), we are a collaboration of 50+ partners, including leading universities, NHS trusts, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, UCLPartners, industry and organisations representing patients and the public.

We invite applications for these 3-year PhD studentships starting October 2019 (exact date dependent on the individual university). Studentships will be based at one of the following Universities: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, University College London. Details of the individual projects and supervisors are given below. The studentships include a stipend and full UK/EU fees.

Read more about how to apply on this page;

http://clahrc-norththames.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-clahrc_north-thames-academy/phds/ 

The PHDs on offer are below:

Cancer and comorbidity: impact of comorbid conditions on equity of access and safety and outcomes of cancer treatments

CLAHRC Research area: Health Economics and Data

Developing and evaluating an online community of practice for public health decision-makers

CLAHRC Research area: Health Economics and Data

Addressing the polypharmacy challenge in working-age adults

CLAHRC Research Area: Multimorbidity

Optimising resources from the internet in primary care consultations

CLAHRC Research area: Innovation and Implementation Science

Somatic and psychotropic polypharmacy: Understanding sociodemographic factors and the effects of polypharmacy in people with mental health problems

CLAHRC Research Area: Multimorbidity

Mapping Complex CAre Pathways for Personality Disorder (MACCA-PD)

CLAHRC Research area: Mental health

Understanding and facilitating self-management in child and youth mental health for socially excluded populations

CLAHRC Research area: Mental health

Evaluating services for older adults with multimorbidity across health and social care

CLAHRC Research area: Multimorbidity

Patient experiences on inpatient psychiatric wards: does this information get used to improve outcomes?

CLAHRC Research area: Mental health

Equity in service provision for people newly diagnosed with dementia and their family

CLAHRC Research area: Mental health

Implications of digital health innovations on the demand, use, cost and experiences of health and social care services

CLAHRC Research area: Innovation and Implementation Science

 

Introduction to Evaluation Online: 7th May – 4th June 2019

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.

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

Dr Helen Barratt

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.

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

Dr Elena Pizzo

Elena is a Senior Health Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Padua University, a Master degree in Economics and Management of Health Care Services from Ferrara University and a first degree in Economics from Padua University.

Prior to coming to UCL she was a Research Associate at the Imperial College Business School, working on the economic evaluation of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Northwest London.

She previously held a research post at the Department of Economics, Ferrara University, where she collaborated to a multi-year research project and undertook an economic evaluation of a Regional Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.