SAPPHIRE News - April 2016

Posted by vh58 at May 10, 2016 04:52 PM |
Welcome to SAPPHIRE's monthly roundup of good news from the team, including presentations, publications, and a new MSc.

NEW MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare

The University is now accepting applications for the MSc to start in September 2016

The MSc will attend to both theoretical and applied aspects of healthcare quality and patient safety. It will offer students a thorough grounding in the science of improvement, and a practical set of skills with which to address the social, technical and organisational challenges of improvement.

The programme will draw on the research of the SAPPHIRE and TIMMS research groups, as well as other experts at the University of Leicester and from the NHS. The course offers training in research methods, practice and theory in the field of healthcare quality and patient safety as well as developing key transferable skills in critical appraisal, academic writing, project management and communication.

For further information please see the course website or contact

Conferences and Talks

Dr Pam Carter and Prof Graham Martin have had an abstract accepted for presentation at the Health Policy & Politics Network (HPPN) Conference at Manchester University May 2016.

  • Patient and public involvement in a polycentric system – ‘where is the master plan’?

Dr Damian Roland gave four talks at the International Conference of Emergency Medicine (18-22 April) in Cape Town

  • Scoring systems in Paediatric Emergency Care 
  • Do we know if we deliver quality in Paediatric Emergency Care?
  • Minor Injuries in Paediatric Emergency Medicine: Where is the evidence?
  • Are increasing volumes of children and young people presenting to EDs due to increasing severity of illness?

Dr Damian Roland also delivered a lecture at the Emergency Medicine Educators Conference in Birmingham on 25th April

  • Is the Feedback Questionnaire Dead?

Prof Mary Dixon-Woods has given three talks this month:

  • Lessons for safety from research. East Midlands Emergency and Maternity Network. University of Nottingham, 28 April 2016.
  • Safer Clinical Systems. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. 6 April 2016
  • Fugitive knowledge and its role in patient safety. East Midlands British Sociological Association seminar, De Montfort University, 4 April 2016.


Dr Carolyn Tarrant and the HiSLAC collaboration have had a paper which uses national data to look at the association between level of consultant input at the weekends and mortality accepted by the Lancet.

  • HiSLAC collaboration. Weekend specialist intensity and admission mortality in acute hospital Trusts in England: a cross-sectional study. The Lancet

Dr Damian Roland has had two papers published:

Emma Jones, Prof Mary Dixon-Woods and Prof Graham Martin have had the following paper published:

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