SAPPHIRE News - February 2017

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Welcome to SAPPHIRE's monthly roundup of updates from the team, including appointments, publications and blog posts.

Appointments and Achievements

We are delighted to announce that Dr Natalie Armstrong has been promoted to a personal chair, effective 1st April.

Dr Emma Jones has successfully passed her PhD with no amendments – a huge achievement, which we are all very proud of.

Emma Angell has submitted her PhD thesis.

Dr Sarah Chew has been awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Congratulations to Dr Damian Roland whose image Spotting the Sick Child – Development of the ‘POPS’ tool was Winner of the Best Image from the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology in the University’s recent Images of Research competition

Publications and Presentations

Dr Natalie Armstrong, Dr Sarah Chew, Prof Graham Martin, and Dr Carolyn Tarrant, along with colleagues Dr Liz Brewster and Dr Brad Manktelow, have successfully submitted the final report for the Patient Activation Measure evaluation to the funders (the Health Foundation and NHS England). The full report will be published by NHS England in due course, and the Health Foundation have commissioned the report’s translation into one of their very highly regarded Learning Reports.

Dr Carolyn Tarrant, Dr David Kocman, and colleagues have had the following paper accepted for publication:

Dixon-Woods M, Kocman D, Brewster L, Willars J, Laurie G, Tarrant C. A qualitative study of participants’ views on re-consent in a longitudinal biobank BMC Medical Ethics

Dr Damian Roland has had the following papers published:

Friend AJ, Roland D. Distal forearm fractures can be reliably diagnosed using ultrasound Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice Published Online First: 24 January 2017. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-312428

Roland D. Paediatric Early Warning Systems: myths and muses. Pediatrics and Child Health. Online First 2017

Caroline Morris has had an abstract accepted for the The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) annual meeting in Montreal in the summer. This will be a brief presentation of a paper entitled “The use of a ‘metrics discourse’ in cardiovascular disease prevention policy in England: The ‘prevalence gap’ in everyday lives”. The conference will also be an opportunity to meet others using institutional ethnographic (IE) methods (there are very few based in the UK).


Dr Natalie Armstrong was recently awarded a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship; in a blog post for the SAPPHIRE blog she reflected on her experiences thus far and what she’ll be getting up to over the next three years.

New Starters and Departures

We are extremely pleased to welcome Sophie Dumville who has joined SAPPHIRE as our new Research Group Administrator, and Eva Krockow who will be working on the ESRC-funded project Antimicrobial resistance as a social dilemma: Approaches to reducing broad-spectrum antibiotic use in acute medical patients internationally as a Research Associate.

Farewell to Carmen Soto and Emma Jones who have both completed their PhDs and are moving on to new posts. They will both be sorely missed and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Bidding farewell to Carmen Soto Bidding farewell to Emma Jones

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