Research projects completed in 2013

NHS Change Model
NHS Institue, September 2012 - March 2013

SAPPHIRE is carrying out this formative evaluation of the NHS Change Model, a framework developed by the NHS Institute to provide a shared approach to leading change and transformation. The evaluation will offer an understanding of the theory of change behind the Model, helping to inform its development and use in practice, and will also provide insights into the way in which the Model is being used in practice in a variety of NHS contexts.  The study is due to report in March 2013.
For more information, please contact Graham Martin

Risk Safety and Consent in Contemporary Blood Service in the United Kingdom
ESRC, January 2011 - September 2013

This  project aims to explore how people frame risk and safety in blood services in the UK. The project is funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, and involves collaboration between Dr Helen Busby at the University of Leicester, Professor Julie Kent at the University of the West of England, and Dr Anne-Maree Farrell at the University of Manchester. The aims are to provide a sociologically informed analysis of public understandings, professional practice, public policy, and law in relation to risks in the supply of blood products in the UK.  The researchers will undertake innovative qualitative research about how patients, professionals, and regulators approach important questions about risk when thinking about treatments with blood products. 

Investigate-I (INVasive Evaluation before Surgical Treatment for Incontinence Gives Added Therapeutic Effect?
NIHR Health Technology Assessment, January 2011- December 2013

This is a study for a possible later randomised control trial assessing invasive urodynamic testing (IUT), compared to basic clinical assessment and non-invasive tests, in women potentially suitable for surgical treatment of stress (SUI) or stress predominant mixed urinary incontinence (MUI).  
For more information, please contact Natalie Armstrong

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust / Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Phases I&II of the LungPATH project focused on describing and mapping the current performance of 20 lung cancer multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) across England. 
The next phase of the project seeks to explore lung cancer MDTs’ processes around confirming a lung cancer diagnosis through the use of tissue sampling and to identify factors that either facilitate or hinder them in achieving a high histological confirmation rate.
For further information, contact Natalie Armstrong

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland CLAHRC, January 2011-June 2013

This project is evaluating the ongoing effective self-management of people with established T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus) within a primary care setting Further information is available here  

For more information, please contact Helen Eborall (co-leading the qualitative sub-study with Margaret Stone) 

Responsiveness of Primary Care Services: Development of a Patient-Report Measure
NIHR, October 2010 - September 2013

Responsiveness of Primary Care Services: Development of a Patient-Report Measure

For more information, please contact Emma Angell or Carolyn Tarrant

Evaluation of The Health Foundation's Closing The Gap Through Clinical Communities (CTGTCC)
 The Health Foundation, July 2010 - July 2013

This is an ethnographic evaluation of a small number of CTGTCC awards in order to understand the role of collaborative, participatory, community-based approaches to quality improvement in healthcare, and to understand how to make such approaches work optimally. Further information is available here 

For more information, please contact Emmilie Aveling

Social science research on Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland CLAHRC (Collaborative for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care)
National Institute for Health Research, March 2010-September 2013

We are carrying out research to help understand the way in which this CLAHRC has been put into practice and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of its approaches to closing the gap between evidence and practice.
Further information is available here

For more information, please contact Graham Martin

PRISM Evaluation
 NIHR CLARHC Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, Oct 2008–Sept 2013

The evaluation of two pharmacy based stepwise methods of screening for type 2 diabetes.
For more information, please contact Helen Eborall

DESMOND Self Monitoring Blood Glucose (SMBG)

This project asks whether self-monitoring of blood glucose, as opposed to urinalysis, provide additional benefit to newly diagnosed individuals with type 2 diabetes receiving structured education.

For more information, please contact Helen Eborall

DESMOND Quality Development Study
NIHR CLAHRC Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

An assessment of the current DESMOND Quality Development tools for validity and reliability, and to develop improved tools.
For more information, please contact Helen Eborall


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