Research projects completed in 2011 - 2012


Stroke 90:10
The Health Foundation, April-December 2012

We are carrying out research into the Stroke 90:10 improvement collaborative.  Hospitals in the North West of England signed up to a shared ambition to work together to improve stroke care and achieve a score of 90 or greater on the 2010 Stroke Sentinel Audit.
Further information about Stroke 90:10 is available here 

PAETR - PAEDiatric Trial Recruitment: Perspectives of Families and Clinicians
NIHR, January 2010 - 31 December 2012

This project explores the needs and priorities of children and their families and how they can be best addressed when recruiting children to clinical trials.
For more information, please contact Clare Jackson

High Quality Care for All: Evaluating Progress, Problems and Promise
NIHR-CCF via Aston University, January 2010 - September 2012

The aim of this project is to identify sustainable, long-term strategies for retaining a focus on patient quality of care and safety in the health service.
For more information, please contact Mary Dixon-Woods

Lining Up: An Ethnographic Study of Matching Michigan: An Ethnographic Study of Efforts to Reduce Central Venous Catheter Blood Stream Infections (CVC-BSIs) in Intensive Care Units in England
The Health Foundation, November 2009 - December 2012

This research study uses an ethnographic approach to identify organisational features and settings that encourage or discourage good practices in reducing central venous catheter blood stream infections (CVC-BSIs) in intensive care units (ICUs). Findings will inform both quality improvements efforts and the implementation of the Matching Michigan programme in English hospitals.  Further information is available here

For more information, please contact Carolyn Tarrant or Mary Dixon-Woods

Harmonising tissue banks
MRC Studentship, 2010 - 2012

To identify and characterise organisational, social and professional facilitators and barriers to harmonising cancer tissue banks for research.

For more information, please contact Jessica Wright


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Projects completed in 2011

The Medium-Term Sustainability of Organisational Innovations in the NHS
NIHR-SDO, December 2010 - November 2011

The National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR HS&DR) Programme has just published the findings from a major study led by Professor Graham Martin of the SAPPHIRE Group, University of Leicester, which addresses one of the key challenges facing the NHS today: how to sustain and embed changes in healthcare delivery, so that improvements in care continue to benefit patients rather than falling out of favour.  Informed by academic theory and rigorous research in four sites across England, the report offers important lessons for healthcare managers and practitioners looking to avoid what the NHS Institute has called the “improvement evaporation effect” and maintain improvement in the complex organisational environment of the NHS. The release of the report has been accompanied by seminars and knowledge exchange events at both of the East Midlands’ Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), which have seen academics and healthcare professionals and managers coming together to share ideas about how to sustain healthcare improvements for the benefit of patients. The report is available at;

Further information is available from Graham Martin


High or Low Dose Syntocin (Oxytocin) for delay in labour (HOLDS)
NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, November 2010 - September 2011

This is a pilot study for a possible later randomised control trial which would compare standard and high dose oxytocin for women delayed in labour.
For more information, please contact Natalie Armstrong

Evaluation of Intermediate Care Clinics for Diabetes
NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation, April 2006-September 2011

This project will evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community based intermediate care clinics (ICC) in the management of type 2 diabetes. Further information is available here 

For more information, please contact Natalie Armstrong

Further Analysis of Cancer Trial Research Ethics Applications
National Research Ethics Service, February 2009 - June 2011

For more information, please contact Natalie Armstrong


This project will explore the views of an ethnically diverse group of patients about insulin treatment for type 1 diabetes (VOICE 1) and type 2 diabetes (VOICE2).
For more information, please contact Helen Eborall


This is a project to develop and test the feasibility, acceptability and utility of a simple self-assessment screening strategy (based on waist circumference measurement) for identifying people with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular risk.  The strategy will be applicable to an ethnically diverse population.

For more information, please contact Helen Eborall



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