SAPPHIRE News - February and March 2018

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


Congratulations to Professor Natalie Armstrong, who has been appointed as the next Head of Department of Health Sciences and will take over from Professor Graham Martin on 1st August 2018. We would like to wish Professor Armstrong all the very best in her new role!


Professor Armstrong has had three papers accepted:

Armstrong N, Swinglehurst D. (in press, available online) Understanding medical overuse: the case of problematic polypharmacy and the potential of ethnography. Family Practice
Armstrong N. (in press, available online) Overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a quality problem: insights from healthcare improvement research. BMJ Quality & Safety
Armstrong N. (in press, available online) Navigating the uncertainties of screening: the contribution of social theory. Social Theory & Health

Caroline Cupit, Dr Nicola Mackintosh and Professor Armstrong have had the following paper accepted and published:

Cupit C, Mackintosh N, Armstrong N. (2018) Using ethnography to study improving healthcare: reflections on the ‘ethnographic’ label. BMJ Quality & Safety 27: 258–260

Dr Damian Roland has had two publications published. The first, as part of the ASK SNIFF group, looks at the rising rate of admission of children to hospital:

Neill S, Roland D, Thompson M, et al. (2018) Why are acute admissions to hospital of children under 5 years of age increasing in the UK? Archives of Disease in Childhood

The second is a review article on decision making, which has achieved the third highest almetric rating of all papers published in the journal:

Roland D, Snelson E. (2018) ‘So why didn’t you think this baby was ill?’ Decision-making in acute paediatrics Archives of Disease in Childhood. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice

Julia Clark has had her first paper accepted and published:

Clark J. Altered Fetal Movement: challenges in self-diagnosis and implications for practice. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 28: 1, 43-48. (2018)

Dr Carolyn Tarrant is co-author on two papers accepted for publication, led by Priyanka Bose (PhD student), and Stephanie Brown (previously an iBSc student):

Bose P, Tarrant C, Mistri  A, Wilson A. (2018) Managing uncertainty: A qualitative study of GPs’ views on the diagnosis and immediate management of Transient Ischaemic Attack and the potential of a diagnostic toolFamily Practice
Brown SA, Tyrer F, Clarke AL, Lloyd-Davies LH, Niyi-Odumosu FA, Nah R, Stein AG, Tarrant C, Smith A. Kidney Symptom Questionnaire: Development, content validation and relationship with quality of lifeJournal of Renal Care

Dr Eva Krockow has had the following paper published:

Krockow EM, Colman AM, Pulford BD. (2018). Dynamic probability of reinforcement for cooperation: Random game termination in the centipede game. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 109(2), 349-364.


Dr Krockow has had an abstract accepted for the M2D Models to Decisions Annual Conference in Cambridge in June 2018.

Liz Sutton has had an abstract accepted for the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS) Conference in Lisbon in June 2018 entitled Feeling safe? How trust and vulnerability affect patient involvement in patent safety.

Dr Oli Williams, Professor Martin and Shona Agarwal have also had an abstract accepted for the ESHMS Conference entitled Ideological, Pragmatic and Tokenistic: Patient participation within a collaborative research organisation in England.

Liz Sutton has also been invited to present a poster on the HISLAC literature review and qualitative study at the HSRUK Conference in July 2018 in Nottingham.

Other Academic News

Dr Roland has been selected to be on the steering group for the National Paediatric Early Warning System Programme Board for NHS England.

Dr Mackintosh and Professor Armstrong have been selected to edit the twenty-seventh monograph of the Sociology of Health & Illness journal – their topic is Managing uncertainty in healthcare: revisiting and advancing sociological contributions. A call for papers is available on the journal's website. The collection will appear both as a special issue of the journal and in book form towards the end of 2020 / early 2021.

Dr Krockow has been selected for a new Research Leadership Programme by the University of Leicester. The programme of six months includes regular coaching, specific training events and networking opportunities to promote a successful career in academia.

The Evidence into Practice: Recognition and response to eating disorders in the perinatal period project held a successful dissemination event on 27th March 2018 to share the resources which have been developed for healthcare professionals and women. These include a staff animation training film and website resources.

Following on from the KCL supported Re-Assure project, Dr Mackintosh and Liz Shaw presented art work and findings from the Diversity, Ethnicity and Voice project on 9th March 2018 at the Attenborough Arts Centre to community and cultural partners and university colleagues. A film about the event is available on the project's website.

On 22nd March 2018, Dr Williams, with colleagues from the GW4 Alliance, hosted the Rethinking Healthy Spaces workshop at the University of Bristol. This project aims to bring together perspectives from different subject areas to develop a better understanding of how spaces are designed to be healthy, and how collaborative approaches can enhance spatial design for health. Dr Mackintosh also attended as an invited expert.

On 26th March 2018, as the culmination of a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) project, Dr Williams hosted the launch of his new comic at Attenborough Arts Centre. Dr William’s Act With Love (AWL) art collective collaborated with illustrator Jade Sarson (winner of Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition with For the Love of God, Marie!) to visualise his ethnographic research on weight-loss services run in a deprived area. They created a comic that tells the story of how stigma associated with body weight and size gets under the skin and is felt in the flesh. To accompany the comic, Dr Williams and Joe Williams, the founders of the AWL art collective, created a series of limited edition, hand-numbered and stamped screen prints. The screen prints were exhibited at Attenborough Arts Centre as part of the DeStress Fest between 26 March – 22 April 2018. At the launch event, Dr Williams gave a talk about the project, followed by a panel discussion with Jade Sarson, Liz Sutton, and a member of one of the weight-loss groups that Oli observed as part of his research. The talks from the evening were filmed and will be made available in due course.

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