SAPPHIRE News - July & August 2017

Posted by sad34 at Sep 18, 2017 04:40 PM |
Welcome to SAPPHIRE's monthly roundup of updates from the team, including achievements, new staff members, publications and presentations.


A warm SAPPHIRE welcome to Dr Manbinder Sidhu who has joined us as Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health. He is the co-unit lead (with Dr Carolyn Tarrant) of Applied Social, Behavioural and Healthcare Delivery Science module, MBChB Year 1 & 2.


Congratulations to Alison Ledward on passing her PhD. Alison has been supervised by Prof Richard Baker, Dr Marwan Habiba and Dr Pam Carter. Her thesis is on the impact of clinical guidelines on pregnant women's autonomy.

The Palliative Care Section has nominated Lucy Taylor for the Wesleyan and Royal Society of Medicine Trainee of the Year prize.


Prof Graham Martin and Dr Pam Carter, along with Prof Mike Dent (University of Leicester, School of Business) had a paper accepted by the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy entitled: Major health service transformation and the public voice: conflict, challenge or complicity?

Dr Damian Roland and colleagues have had two papers published:
Dr Oli Williams has had two articles published:

Dr Pam Carter, Dr Sarah Chew and Liz Sutton are authors of Ethics in Theory, pseudo-ethics in practice which will appear as the first chapter in Traherne (ed) Traversing Ethical Imperatives (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr Carter has also had a case study Picturing policy implementation: an ethnography of a local network accepted as a Sage Research Methods case study, which is due to be published in early 2018.

Lucy Taylor, who’s now resumed her medicine studies after her iBSc year with SAPPHIRE, has had an article accepted in the European Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Dr Helen Eborall wrote a chapter for A New Era in Focus Group Research: Challenges, Innovation and Practice (Editors: Rose Barbour & David Morgan). Dr Eborall’s chapter is entitled: Use of Focus Groups in Developing Behavioural Health Interventions: A Critical Review and was co-written with Katie Morton.


Dr Oli Williams presented at the European Sociological Association (ESA) conference in Athens on Obesity, Stigma and Reflexive Embodiment: Feeling the ‘Weight’ of Expectation and the visuals from the presentation are available online. At the conference, Dr Williams was also re-elected as the Early Career Representative on the Board of ESA Research Network 28: Society and Sports.

Michelle Hadjiconstantinou has presented her work Can web-based interventions help improve well-being in type 2 diabetes? A systematic review and meta-analysis at the European Health Psychology Society conference, Padova, Italy

Caroline Morris attended and contributed to two conferences in Canada:

Other academic news

Dr Carolyn Tarrant and Dr Eva Krockow had a very successful visit to Cape Town in July for the Antimicrobial resistance as a social dilemma (AMiRe) project – visiting hospitals and briefing the local researcher. Dr Krockow reports ‘During the 10-day visit to Cape Town, we [Dr Tarrant, Dr Krockow and David Jenkins - Consultant microbiologist, AMiRe Project Collaborator] met with stakeholders of the Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN), visited different hospital sites and had a look around two microbiology labs.

Dr Oli Williams was successful in two applications for GW4 Crucible Seed Funding, with colleagues from the University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of Exeter and Cardiff University. The two projects are entitled (i) Rethinking healthy spaces: evidence, evaluation and design (ii) Moving through Motherhood: Supporting women to engage in physical activity during and after pregnancy.

Farewell to

After over a decade with SAPPHIRE, Emma Angell will now begin a new career teaching physics to secondary school students. She will of course be greatly missed. On Emma’s last day, we had a lovely coffee morning send-off with a heart-felt speech from Dr Tarrant, who had the unenviable task of attempting to summarise everything Emma has brought and contributed to the group (and beyond) since she started.

We also said goodbye to our wonderful friend and colleague, Veronica Heney. She'll be very much missed and we wish her the best of luck with her Masters studies.

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