SAPPHIRE News - November & December 2017

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

Welcome to

A warm SAPPHIRE welcome to Dr Alexis Paton, who started with us in December. She is working with Prof Natalie Armstrong on the OPTI-PREM project.

Congratulations to

Congratulations to Michelle Hadjiconstantinou (supervisors: Dr Noelle Robertson from the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, Prof Melanie Davies and Prof Kamlesh Khunti from Leicester Diabetes Research Centre, and SAPPHIRE's Dr Helen Eborall), who had a successful PhD viva. Corrections depending, Michelle will graduate in July 2018!


Prof Graham Martin and Dr Pam Carter have had a paper published in Critical Social Policy:

Carter P, Martin G. Engagement of patients and the public in NHS sustainability and transformation: an ethnographic study. Critical Social Policy (2017)

Prof Martin has also been involved in an article on the role of health economics in health services and delivery research, which will be published in the NIHR’s Health Services and Delivery Research journal as a ‘late addition’ to their previous compendium on methods in HSR:

Sutton M, Garfield-Birkbeck S, Martin G, Meacock R, Morris S, Sculpher M, Street A, Watson SI, Lilford RJ.  Economic analysis of service and delivery interventions in health care. Health Services and Delivery Research Health Services and Delivery Research (in press)

Prof Natalie Armstrong, along with Departmental colleague Dr Lucy Smith and ex-SAPPHIRE member Dr Robyn Lotto, has had the following paper published:

Lotto RR, Armstrong N, Smith LK. Diagnosis of a severe congenital anomaly: a qualitative analysis of parental decision-making and the implications for healthcare encounters. Health Expectations (2018)

Dr Sarah Chew, Dr Carolyn Tarrant, Prof Martin and Prof Armstrong, along with ex-SAPPHIRE colleague Dr Liz Brewster, have had the following paper published:

Chew S, Brewster L, Tarrant C, Martin G, Armstrong N. Fidelity or flexibility: An ethnographic study of the implementation and use of the Patient Activation Measure in practice. Patient Education & Counselling (2017)

Dr  Tarrant, Dr Janet Willars and Prof Armstrong, along with ex-SAPPHIRE member Dr Liz Brewster, have had the following paper published:

Brewster L, Tarrant C, Willars J, Armstrong N. Measurement of harms in community care: a qualitative study of use of the NHS Safety Thermometer. BMJ Quality & Safety (2017)

Dr Nici Mackintosh has co-authored a protocol that has just been published via the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews:

Xyrichis A, Mackintosh N, Terblanche M, Bench S, Phlippou J, Sandall J. Healthcare stakeholders’ perceptions and experiences of factors affecting the implementation of critical care telemedicine (CCT): qualitative evidence synthesisCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2017)

Dr Mackintosh has also had a paper accepted for publication by Health Expectations:

Mackintosh N, Sandall J, Collison C, Carter W, Harris J. Employing the Arts for Knowledge Production and Translation: Visualising new possibilities for women speaking up about safety concerns in maternity. Health Expectations (2018)

Finally, Dr Damian Roland has also had two papers published:

  1. Schuh S, Babl F, Dalziel S, Freedman S, Macias C, Stephens D, Steele D, Fernandes R, Zemek R, Plint A, Florin T, Lyttle M, Johnson D, Gouin S, Schnadower D, Klassen T, Bajaj L, Benito J, Kharbanda A, Kuppermann N, the Pediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN). Practice Variation in Acute Bronchiolitis: A Pediatric Emergency Research Networks Study. Pediatrics (2017) (as part of writing committee)

    This is an international review of the management of a common winter respiratory condition called bronchiolitis.
  2. Roland D. Social Media, Health Policy and Knowledge Translation. Journal of the American College of Radiology (2017)

    This is a commissioned paper exploring the evidence, or lack of, of social media and Health Policy. Dr Roland has created a table, based on prior research, of things to consider when utilising social media for health policy activity.

Other academic news

Prof Graham Martin presented a paper related to the Engagement of patients and the public in NHS sustainability and transformation: an ethnographic study paper at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) in Birmingham on 31 October 2017, which was well received.

Prof Martin, Dr Pam Carter and Prof Mike Dent's earlier paper on Major health service transformation and the public voice: conflict, challenge or complicity?, which has been accepted by the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, has also had a commissioned commentary / editorial piece on it, to be published in the same issue of the journal.

Prof Natalie Armstrong took part in a webinar on use of the Patient Activation Measure, which was organised by the Health Foundation and which can be viewed on their website.

Prof Armstrong also gave an invited talk on the Patient Activation Measure evaluation at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University on Friday 9th December, at the invitation of Dr Aoife McDermott

Dr Carolyn Tarrant received two poster prizes at DEMEC (Developing Excellence in  Medical Education) for work she was involved in, led at University Hospitals Leicester (UHL) and conducted by clinical education fellows at UHL: one was for the education dashboard and the other was for GRIPES.

Dr Nicola Mackintosh has been invited to join the Sands Perinatal Expert Panel.

Dr Helen Eborall, Lisa Huddlestone, Liz Shaw and Prof Martin, along with Nicky Hudson and Jess Turner from De Montfort University, have completed the ethnographic component of The Embedding Study feasibility trial – a key component of work stage 2 of The Embedding Study National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programme grant. The trial team will be submitting the year 2 report and ‘stop-go’ criteria to the NIHR in January and are keeping their fingers crossed that they can proceed to work stage 3: full trial.

Dr Damian Roland has given a number of presentations:

  1. Guidance for personal social media presence as healthcare professionals - As part of the Social Media: Challenges and benefits for mental health and wellbeing event at the Royal Society of Medicine, London on 14th November 2017
  2. How to get the best from Free Open Acccess Medical Education (#FOAMed) - As part of the Emergency Medicine Trainees Association Annual Meeting in London on 1st December 2017
  3. Social Media: Knowledge Translation in the 21st Century - As part of the Excellence in Paediatrics Conference in Vienna on 7th - 8th December 2017

On World Kindness Day in November , Dr Eva Krockow had an article published in The Conversation. The article discussed the evolutionary underpinnings of kindness and related concepts such as cooperation, altruism and reciprocity.

A review article that Dr Farhad Peerally co-wrote with contacts he made from his PhD has now been published in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance:

Powell-Dunford N, Brennan PA, Peerally MF, Kapur N, Hynes J, Hodkinson P. Mindful application of aviation practices in healthcare. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance (2017)

Dr Krockow and Dr Oli Williams both had their entries to the University’s Images of Research competition chosen to be displayed in a public exhibition on campus in December. Dr Williams went on to win the Best Image from the College of Life Sciences category for his entry The Price of Inequality: Health is a Social Issue. The picture came out of an Act With Love (AWL) project called The Scandal of Our Times, which Dr Williams worked on with long-time collaborator Will Ruff.

Julia Clark received a grant to run a British Sociological Association (BSA) Post Graduate Forum Regional Day Event. The day will take place in August 2019 and will focus on ‘Reproduction and Risk’.

Shona Agarwal had an abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2018:
Carey ME*, Agarwal S, Davies M, Horne R, Slevin M, Coates V. “Precariously, really”: how do NHS commissioners and primary care organisations support provision of structured education for people with Type 2 diabetes: findings from a study exploring why people with Type 2 diabetes don’t attend group education sessions
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