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Sapphire News April/May 2019

Posted by es213 at Jun 10, 2019 05:10 PM |

Welcome

Christine Amedor @ChristineAmedor and Freddie Mercer @mercerfrederick have joined Sapphire for 3 weeks under the ‘Accelerate Your Career: Life After Graduation’ scheme. Christine and Freddie will be working with Emma Richardson on the PASS project which aims to inform the development of interventions to strengthen antimicrobial stewardship

Find out more about the graduation scheme here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/staff/announcements/accelerate-your-career-2019-information-for-staff

Publications

Pam Carter is pleased to report that one of her Sage Research Methods case studies, ‘Picturing Policy Implementation: An Ethnography of a Local Network’ is reproduced in full as an appendix in Qualitative Longitudinal Methods: researching implementation and change by Mary Lynne Derrington.

Shona Agarwal has had a paper accepted for publication: Carey M.E, Agarwal S, Horne R, Davies M, Slevin M, Coates V. Exploring organizational support for the provision of structured self-management education for people with Type 2 diabetes: findings from a qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine

Damian Roland has been working a systematic review as part of a large NIHR grant he is co-chief investigator on has been published. This study highlights individual early warning scores in children are poorly validated an actually not that effective. Validity and effectiveness of paediatric early warning systems and track and trigger tools for identifying and reducing clinical deterioration in hospitalised children: a systematic review BMJ Open

As part of a research network study between emergency departments in the UK and Canada Damian and colleagues demonstrated significant variation in the proportion who would be likely/very likely to perform an a specific investigation (a lumbar puncture) (Canada 62.1% versus UK 8.8%) in a young infant with a likely respiratory infection. Canadian and UK/Ireland practice patterns in lumbar puncture performance in febrile neonates with bronchiolitis BMJ Emergency Medicine Journal

Carolyn Tarrant is a co-author on two papers reporting findings from a think tank on preventing AMR and HCAIs:

The following paper reports on a systematic review involving Carolyn & Liz Sutton, on the HiSLAC study:

Carolyn & Eva  Krockow co-authored this opinion piece in BMJ Quality & Safety:

Fitzpatrick F, Tarrant C, Hamilton V, Kiernan F, Jenkins DR, Krockow EM. Sepsis and Antimicrobial Stewardship – Two Sides of the Same Coin. BMJ Quality & Safety 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2019-009445

Presentations

Damian presented the early phase of the work he is leading on to introduce a National Paediatric Early Warning Score System in England at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Meeting in Birmingham (May 13-15th)

Carolyn presented at ECCMID 2019 (Amsterdam, April 2019) ‘Symptom burden and cost of HCAI and AMR: What are we measuring, and is it making patients safer?’

Carolyn was part of the team running the EUCIC Advanced Module on Implementation in Infection Prevention and Control, Geneva, Switzerland, 16 – 17 May 2019.

Sapphire News for February and March 2019

Sapphire News for February and March 2019

Posted by es213 at Apr 08, 2019 11:05 AM |

New starters, 'returners', new publications and other items of interest from the Sapphire team.

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Ethnography  for Healthcare Improvement 11th & 12th July 2019

Ethnography for Healthcare Improvement 11th & 12th July 2019

Posted by es213 at Mar 21, 2019 03:21 PM |

Announcing a new short course for 2019 designed for researchers and doctoral students to critically engage with the theory and practice of ethnography in healthcare settings

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SPACE - Space and People, how the Atmosphere is Created by the Environment in paediatric ED

Posted by es213 at Mar 06, 2019 11:55 AM |

There is increasing evidence that the physical environment and feel of a place in healthcare settings have an effect on emotion and behaviour, as well as on well-being and recovery. A recent All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) highlighted significant opportunities for the creative industries to humanise care, enable patients to take a more active role in decision making, enhance the quality of the built environment, and improve staff and patient wellbeing, particularly in areas such as mental health, dementia and elderly care. Less work has focused on the urgent assessment space i.e. the process of arriving in a hospital setting seeking medical review, and how place and space influence the experience of care as well as the process of diagnosis and decision making in acute illness.

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Red flags and symptom checkers for self-diagnosis in maternity

Red flags and symptom checkers for self-diagnosis in maternity

Posted by es213 at Mar 06, 2019 10:25 AM |

Perinatal morbidity and mortality are significant global public health issues. Traditionally, health communication methods to inform women about ‘red flags’ and early warning signs of perinatal complications and appropriate help seeking in pregnancy included face-to-face education, pamphlets, audio-visual training and mass media campaigns. Increasingly, there is recognition of the important role of online pregnancy resources. Websites and pregnancy apps are an integral source of information for many pregnant women, particularly in high-income countries. However, we know little about who uses these resources, and differences in types of resource used and how these digital resources ‘work’ to help women distinguish between normal pregnancy-related changes and what could be a sign of a complication.

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Expert opinions cover pubs, who to believe and symptoms of kidney disease

Expert opinions cover pubs, who to believe and symptoms of kidney disease

Posted by ap507 at Sep 04, 2018 02:29 PM |

The Conversation and Think: Leicester talking points: a range of topical issues recently tackled by academics 1 - 30 September

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Predicting the impact of illness – and its remedies

Predicting the impact of illness – and its remedies

Posted by pt91 at Aug 22, 2018 12:52 PM |

Comprehensive approach to modelling healthcare in populations developed at Leicester could help to plan NHS services

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SAPPHIRE NEWS - May 2018

SAPPHIRE NEWS - May 2018

Posted by es213 at Aug 20, 2018 10:35 AM |

Welcome to SAPPHIRE's round up of updates from the team, including presentations, publications and other activities.

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Professional cyclist to join Ride Leicester Festival biking event to raise diabetes awareness

Professional cyclist to join Ride Leicester Festival biking event to raise diabetes awareness

Posted by ap507 at Aug 07, 2018 02:43 PM |

Sam Brand will be supporting the Leicester Changing Diabetes partnership programme between the Leicester Diabetes Centre and Novo Nordisk

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Leicester academic provides expert comment on Gosport hospital report

Leicester academic provides expert comment on Gosport hospital report

Posted by ap507 at Jun 27, 2018 01:50 PM |

Professor Richard Baker wrote the audit of the deaths of elderly patients at a hospital in Gosport in 2003

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