SAPPHIRE News - January 2017

Posted by vh58 at Feb 05, 2017 06:33 PM |
Welcome to SAPPHIRE's monthly roundup of updates from the team, including appointments, grants, events, and publications


Research by Dr Pam Carter and Professor Graham Martin was cited extensively in a House of Lords briefing on service user representation in health and social care and Healthwatch. Their research was quoted by Baroness Walmsley during the House of Lords debate held on the 15th December.

Dr Carolyn Tarrant was the recipient of a £250,000 award from the Research Councils’ Tackling AMR initiative, which will fund a two year collaborative project between researchers and clinicians to explore attitudes to prescribing antibiotics in England, Sri Lanka, and South Africa and study the impact of local and national context on various attempts to change the ways antibiotics are prescribed.

Dr Natalie Armstrong has been appointed as an external examiner at Lancaster University for their PG Certificate Clinical Research


The very successful LIIPS Forum 2016, held on 25th November, offered a packed programme of presentations and interactive opportunities. The event attracted 90 staff and patient representatives from all LIIPS partner organisations and involved leaders from regional, national and international bodies involved in improvement and patient safety. A short report, key feedback themes, storify and the slides from the day are now available including the video message from Don Berwick.


Chan T., Trueger N.S., Roland D., Thoma B. Evidence-based medicine in the era of social media: Scholarly engagement through participation and online interaction. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2017 Jan 12:1-6. doi: 10.1017/cem.2016.407.

Roland D. Have we forgotten to teach how to think? Emergency Medicine Journal Online First 2017;34:68-69

Knight K., van Leeuwen D.M., Roland D., Moll H.A., Oostenbrink R. YouTube: are parent-uploaded videos of their unwell children a useful source of medical information for other parents? Archives of Disease of Childhood. Jan 2017 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2016-311967

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