University of Leicester research highlighted in Parliament

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Excellence of University’s work is discussed in the House of Lords

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 December 2016

Excellent research from the University of Leicester which has gone on to inform and shape Government reports has been cited in Parliament.

The work of leading academics from different disciplines has been praised by Peers and research findings have shaped discussion on key matters including Brexit, health issues and children’s welfare.

Studies by University of Leicester academics have been discussed this month as part of the House of Lords Debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill; in Service User Representation in Health and Social Care and The House of Lords European Union Committee on Brexit, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Research by Dr Pam Carter and Professor Graham Martin, from the SAPPHIRE group (Social science Applied to HEalthcare Improvement Research), Department of Health Sciences, was cited extensively in the Lords Library briefing on service user representation in health and social care and Healthwatch.

Dr Carter and Prof Martin have investigated how well the current system delivers patient and public involvement on health and social care in the East Midlands, and explored the challenges facing local Healthwatch organisations, which are intended to be consumer champion bodies. Their recent publication in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management, “Challenges Facing Healthwatch, a New Consumer Champion in England”, was cited thirteen times in the House of Lords briefing, indicating the considerable contribution it made to the field.

The briefing paper has been released in preparation for the following debate on Thursday, 15 December 2016: 

Lord Harris of Haringey to move that this House takes note of the case for effective service user representation in health and social care, and of the case for enhancing the independence and capacity of Healthwatch England and of local Healthwatch groups.

In another citation, the work of Professor Bernard Ryan, of the Leicester Law School, has been relied upon extensively in a House of Lords report on Brexit.

The House of Lords European Union Committee published its report calling on all parties to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations to give "official recognition to the special, unique nature of UK-Irish relations". That would lead on to a bilateral agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the final Brexit negotiations.

The report relies extensively upon Professor Ryan’s written evidence in its chapter concerning the Irish border and the common travel area.

Professor Ryan said: “The Committee’s call for a bilateral Brexit agreement, defining the relationship between Britain and Ireland, is very welcome. The political climate between the two states is favourable to such an agreement, and it is also imperative to reaffirm the Belfast Agreement settlement for Northern Ireland. 

“I am especially pleased that protection for the common travel area, and the reciprocal rights of British and Irish citizens, are among the subjects proposed to be covered. My research has shown the need for greater legal certainty in these areas. A Brexit-related agreement would provide an excellent opportunity to achieve that.”  

In a third reference to the work of the University of Leicester, research by the late Professor Howard Meltzer was cited in the debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill.

Speaking during the debate The Earl of Listowel said: “I join the Minister and other noble Lords in paying tribute to our research assets in this country, the treasure trove of our holy curiosity. Researchers have had a huge impact. Since becoming vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers, I have seen the huge impact of social research on improved outcomes for such children.

“I pay particular tribute to the late Professor Meltzer of the University of Leicester, who led research in the early 2000s that was the first national assessment into the mental health needs of looked-after children. That informed the Office for National Statistics report in 2004 which identified 78% of children in children’s homes and 45% of those in foster care as having a mental disorder, compared with about 10% of the general population. That successfully highlighted the issues, which I am afraid we have been slow to address, but I am grateful for the work of the Minister’s colleague, the Minister of State, Edward Timpson, in really getting a grip on this issue now. I am also grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler of Enfield, for her campaigning on the mental health of looked-after children.”

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