SAPPHIRE News - January 2018

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

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SAPPHIRE welcomed Heather Thorley, who joined us on work experience from the University of Derby, where she is a sociology undergraduate.

Heather wrote a blog for us on her time with SAPPHIRE, which is available on the SAPPHIRE blog website.


Many congratulations to Dr Emma Angell on her PhD graduation!

Dr Eva Krockow held her doctoral inaugural lecture on 31 January 2018 and received a prize for PhD excellence. Details and recording of the talk can be found on the University's Research and Enterprise Division website.


Together with Prof Justin Waring (Nottingham University), Prof Graham Martin has had an article accepted in The Sociological Review entitled Realising governmentality: pastoral power, governmental discourse and the (re)constitution of subjectivities.

Prof Martin has also had an article accepted with, among others, SAPPHIRE's Dr Carolyn Tarrant and former SAPPHIRE members Prof Mary Dixon-Woods, Dr Emmilie Aveling and Dr Anne Campbell:

Martin G, Aveling EL, Campbell A, Tarrant C, Pronovost P, Mitchell I, Dankers C, Bates DW, Dixon-Woods M. Making soft intelligence hard: a multi-site qualitative study of challenges relating to voice about safety concerns, BMJ Quality & Safety (2018)

Prof Natalie Armstrong, Dr Tarrant, Dr Janet Willars, and ex-SAPPHIRE members Dr Liz Brewster and Prof Dixon-Woods, along with Ruth Dixon and Prof Maxine Power, have had the following paper accepted: Taking the heat or taking the temperature? A qualitative study of a large-scale exercise in seeking to measure for improvement, not blame. Social Science & Medicine Volume 198 (2018)

Dr Farhad Peerally had an article, which he co-wrote with Dr Elisa Liberati and Prof Dixon-Woods, published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. They were looking at the limitation in using the hierarchy of risk control (a commonly used tool in other safety critical industries, which ascribes interventions into groups according to their presumed degree of effectiveness) when deciding upon interventions following proactive risk assessment. The title is Learning from high risk industries may not be straightforward: a qualitative study of the hierarchy of risk controls approach in healthcare.

Together with his Academic Clinical Fellow, Dr Damian Roland has published the first review of the reliability of POPS. This work has not been performed for an Emergency Department assessment tool before, so they are hoping to have an impact on practice in the future:

Langton L, Bonfield A, Roland D. Inter-rater reliability in the Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS). Archives of Disease in Childhood (2018)

Dr Eva Krockow had the following paper accepted and published:

Krockow EM, Takezawa M, Pulford BD, Colman AM, Smithers S, Kita T, Nakawake Y. Commitment-enhancing tools in Centipede games: Evidencing European–Japanese differences in trust and cooperation. Judgment and Decision Making 13(1), 61-72. (2018)

Dr Krockow has also had the following paper accepted:

Krockow, E. M., Colman, A. M., Pulford, B. D. (In press). Dynamic Probability of Reinforcement for Cooperation: Random Game Termination in the Centipede Game. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Shona Agarwal has had the following paper accepted for publication:

Baker R, Wilson A, Nockels K, Agarwal S, Modi P, Bankart J. Levels of detection of hypertension in primary medical care and interventions to improve detection: a systematic review of the evidence since 2000 BMJ Open


Dr Armstrong has been awarded a PhD studentship through the ESRC Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership. The topic is navigating perceived overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and the closing date for applications was 12 February 2018.

Dr Nicola Mackintosh made an application for a grant development award from the Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation, which has been successful. This is to work up an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) bid on digitized reproduction and will involve workshops with co-applicants Prof Nicky Hudson from De Montfort University, Dr Tania Mackintosh from the University of Brighton, Prof Jane Sandall from Kings College London, and Dr Sarah Qian Gong and Dr Nervo Verdezoto from the University of Leicester.

Dr Mackintosh is also a Co-Investigator on a successful MRC-AHRC Global Public Health: Partnership Awards scheme, entitled Healthy Crossroads in Pregnancy Care (HCPC) - A Scoping and Participatory Design Study of the Potential for ICTs to Improve Maternal Health in India. The project is led by Dr Verdezoto and involves a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and cross-geographical group of researchers, technology designers, public and community health workers, and grassroots citizens' organisations.

In addition, Dr Mackintosh has been awarded a PhD studentship through the University's College / Department studentship scheme, to be co-supervised with Prof Liz Draper from The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies (TIMMS) research group. The studentship focuses on the role of perinatal mortality investigations: how best to enable healthcare improvement and national learning. The studentship is currently being advertised with an aim to start in September 2018

A National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship application, which Dr Helen Eborall is a co-supervisor on, was successful. The student is Jennifer James, a physiotherapist based at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust. Her project is: Development and feasibility of a behavioural intervention to increase physical activity in people who have undergone bariatric surgery and Dr Eborall will be co-supervising her by distance. The start date is yet to be confirmed but likely to be in October 2018.

Dr Oli Williams secured NIHR funding to support his Weight of Expectation project, which will involve translating research findings into a comic, funded by the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund. This additional funding will support a larger print run and a launch event in Bristol. Tickets for the launch event in Leicester can be booked online.


Dr Krockow had an abstract accepted for an oral presentation at the 2018 Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) meeting in Leicester in April 2018.

Dr Krockow also had an abstract accepted for an oral presentation at International Federation of Infection Control Conference (IFIC 2018) in Krakow in April 2018.

Dr Roland’s work with implementing a new Emergency Department Information System has been shortlisted to be presented at the Kings Fund Digital Healthcare Conference on 10-11 July 2018. More information is available on the King's Fund website.

Dr Roland also gave a lecture on Paediatric Care to the annual Pre-Hospital Care Conference in Warwick on 16 January 2018.

Dr Williams presented at the Stigma, Health and Inequality two-day conference at Cardiff University on 11-12 January 2018. His paper was titled Obesity, Stigma and Reflexive Embodiment: Feeling the ‘Weight’ of Expectation’ and the visuals are available online. He also exhibited works from the Equity is the Answer exhibition, working with event organisers Gareth Thomas and Kayleigh Garthwaite to curate a show that focused on core conference themes.

Other Academic News

SAPPHIRE members Prof Armstrong, Prof Martin, Dr Tarrant, Caroline Cupit and Dr Willars, along with ex-SAPPHIRE member Dr Emma Jones, attended the launch event of The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute in Cambridge on 31 January 2018.  THIS Institute is led by Prof Mary Dixon-Woods at the University of Cambridge, supported by a £42m investment by The Health Foundation. Its aim is to create a world-leading asset for the NHS by improving the science behind healthcare organisation and delivery, and the SAPPHIRE group is a founding partner. Further information is available on the University's website.

Dr Mackintosh's research on the Re-Assure project, which was funded by Kings College London's Cultural Institute and prompted Tommy’s Always Ask campaign, has been cited in NHS England's London Maternal Deaths: a 2016 review.

Dr Krockow had an article on cross-cultural differences in trust published by The Conversation. Following the publication of this article, she was invited to give an interview about her research for BBC Radio Leicester on 5 February 2018, which can be found on the station's website

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