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Health Services Research Network Symposium 2014

19-20 June 2014, Nottingham Conference Centre

The Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Symposium presents the leading edge of health services research in a multidisciplinary programme that includes research presentations and posters, plenaries from research and service leaders, and commissioned themes.

Delegates will be there from a broad range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups, universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector. Researchers, service users and carers, service leaders and policy makers are expected to attend the two days on 19-20 June 2014.

You are invited to submit abstracts for presentation and/or poster display. We are keen to receive abstracts on the following themes, suggested as guidance only:

  • Patient voice
  • Patient experience
  • Workforce
  • Organisations
  • Leadership
  • Methods
  • Commissioning
  • Productivity
  • Access and equity
  • Quality
  • Self-care
  • Innovation
  • International
  • Improvement Science

The Health Foundation invites abstracts on the theme of Improvement Science, that is new approaches to achieve measurable and timely improvement in care processes; development of the underlying theory and evaluation of methods to improve quality, safety and value; implementation of evidence-based healthcare.

The HSRN welcome quantitative and qualitative research and work across all health care professions including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, management, physiotherapy, midwifery and all relevant disciplines including sociology, economics, epidemiology, health policy, statistics, psychology, history and more.

The scope of the Symposium covers all aspects of services including primary care, community care, social care, hospital care, health promotion and disease prevention, through curative services to long-term, rehabilitative and custodial care.

Closing date

The deadline for submissions is 14 February 2014.

Find out more at and see abstract call flyer.

Round 5 of the NIHR /HEE Clinical Academic Training and NIHR/HEE Healthcare Science Fellowships

The CAT schemes offer doctoral and post-doctoral level funding for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs (with Pharmacists eligible for Doctoral funding) whilst the HCS schemes offer doctoral and post-doctoral level funding for clinicians within the area of Biology, Physiology and Physics and Engineering.

Further information is available on the NIHR TCC website.  See:  and

This funding opportunity has the potential to be of great interest to many of your colleagues, and I would be most grateful if you could arrange for the attached advert to be publicised through your local networks, and indeed as widely as you feel able.

Applications for all the schemes will be hosted via and prospective applicants can register on the site ahead of the launch.

For more information please see the flyer.

Mental Health Bulletin, Annual Report From MHMDS Returns England – 2012-13

Published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre

Publication date: November 26, 2013


This annual report relates to data extracted from Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) for activity undertaken within the financial year 2012-13.

Key facts

  • There were nearly 1.6 million (1,590,332) people in contact with specialist mental health services in 2012/13, a decrease of 16,821 (from 1,607,153) in 2011/12
  • Over 1.5 million (1,567,2111) people were in contact with specialist mental health services (aged 18 and over) in 2012/13 and the rate of access to services is 3,761 per 100,000 population (approximately one person in 27 in England), this was similar to last year (2011/12).
  • The largest age group (10 year age bands) are those aged 40-49 who represent 16.0 per cent (254,017) of all mental health service users; the next largest group are those people aged 80-89 who represent 15.5 per cent (246,333) of all service users.
  • Females aged 90 or over are most likely to be a service user as a proportion of their overall population (16,827 per 100,000, or around 1 in 6 of their respective population).
  • Over a third (35.6 per cent) of people who use specialist mental health services are aged 65 or over (566,209). This is more than double the proportion who are aged 65 or over in the general population (16.3 per cent of people).
  • There were 105,224 service users that spent time in hospital (6.6 per cent of all service users) 8.0 per cent of males spent time in hospital, compared with 5.5 per cent of females.
  • Of those people who spent time in hospital 45.6 per cent were subject to the Mental Health Act (‘the Act’) at some point in the year. Males aged 18-35 were most likely (56.1 per cent) to be subject to ‘the Act’.
  • A special feature in this year’s report looks at a new linked dataset (based on MHMDS and HES2) focusing specifically on self-harm.
  • There were 53,273 individual service users, who were also admitted to hospital at least once in the year as a consequence of self-harm in 2012/13
  • Nearly half (25,009) were already known to mental health services prior to 2012/13
  • There were a total of 76,232 episodes of care that related to self-harm for these service users (an average of 1.4 per individual)
  • Nearly a third (25,152) of these inpatient episodes of care are related to intentional self-poisoning using over the counter drugs such as Paracetamol, Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
  • There were 225,672 A&E attendances for these service users (those who had been admitted for self-harm within the year), averaging 4.3 A&E attendances (per individual).

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CLAHRC Community e-Newsletter

The latest edition of the community e-newsletter for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) bringing you the latest news and interesting developments from across the nine collaborations and the health service research community. This edition coincides with WUniversal Children’s day, and showcases the work the CLAHRCs are doing on children and young people. The CLAHRCs are funded by the NIHR and form part of the NIHR infrastructure. 


A Guided Tour of the new NHS

ScreenGrab-2013-11-6-1502622-5948The APHG are delighted to announce the publication of our new essay collection: ‘A guided tour of the new NHS’.

This publication offers an overview of the new NHS structures in the words of leaders within the system. Contributors to the essay collection include:

  • Sir David Nicholson – Chief Executive, NHS England
  • David Bennett – Chief Executive, Monitor
  • David Prior – Chair, Care Quality Commission
  • Sir Andrew Dillon – Chief Executive, NICE
  • Dr Katherine Rake – Chief Executive, Healthwatch England
  • Professor Ian Cumming – Chief Executive, Health Education England
  • Duncan Selbie – Chief Executive, Public Health England
  • Dame Julie Mellor – Health Service Ombudsman
  • David Flory – Chief Executive, NHS Trust Development Authority
  • Sandie Keene – President, ADASS




You can read the full collection here.

NIHR CLAHRC Community e-Newsletter

The community e-newsletter for the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) brings you the latest news and interesting developments from across the nine collaborations and the health service research community.

This edition coincides with World Heart Day, and showcases the work the CLAHRCs are doing in this area. The CLAHRCs are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and form part of the NIHR infrastructure.

NIHR CLAHRC Community e-Newsletter

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research launched today the Implementation Research in Health: A Practical Guide

Billions are spent on health innovations, but very little on how best to apply them in real-world settings. Despite the importance of implementation research, it continues to be a neglected field of study, partly because of a lack of understanding regarding what it is and what it offers.

Intended for newcomers to the field, those already conducting implementation research, and those with responsibility for implementing programmes, this guide provides an introduction to basic implementation research concepts and briefly outlines what it involves, and describes the many exciting opportunities that it presents.

The Implementation Research in Health Practical Guide is also available electronically here


Barriers to employment: What works for people with mental health problems

Report from the Centre for Mental Health

For most of us, having paid work is essential for wellbeing and financial security. But, as this briefing finds, for many people who require some support to get into work, especially those with mental health problems, the right to employment support is not being upheld and numerous barriers remain.

By looking at what interventions work as well as where gaps exist in evidence-based interventions and what might be tested to develop that evidence, we can see that some current models of supported employment including some provided by the Work Programme and Work Choice, are ineffective. Whereas models like Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an intervention for which service users, clinicians and researchers alike have seen overwhelming evidence of success and yet is still not available for large numbers of people.

The briefing urges commissioners and providers of both employment services and health and social care to make support into employment a priority.

Read more

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