2nd international Implementation Science Research Conference

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2019.04.17 Comments 0
18 Jul 2019
King's College London, Denmark Hill campus Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience De Crespigny Park London SE5 8AF

About the conference

This one-day conference will showcase the latest research in the field of implementation science applied to health and social care. Now in its second year, this is the only research conference dedicated to implementation science to be held in the UK.

This year’s conference will explore the theme:

'Advancing the science of scaling up: Improving efficiency and effectiveness of implementation strategies in healthcare'.

Building on the themes explored in our Implementation Science Masterclass, the conference is an opportunity for applied-health researchers, health professionals, policymakers and service user researchers to come together and share how best to implement evidence-based practice and clinical research within health services and systems.

The conference will feature presentations from leading international researchers working in the field, oral and poster presentations, and parallel sessions. 

The conference is organised by the Centre for Implementation Science (CIS) at CLAHRC South London.

Read a summary of the 2018 conference.

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Faculty delivering plenary lectures 

Plenary lectures will be delivered by Annette Boaz, Geoff Curran and Josephine Tapper. 

Annette Boaz is a professor in health care research at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. Annette has dedicated her career to exploring the relationship between research policy and practice in the UK and internationally. The title of her lecture is: ‘Scaling up - implementation ‘writ large’ or something distinct and different?’. 

The presentation will ask to what extent scale up involves using the same strategies designed to support implementation (albeit for longer and / or more widely) or whether scale-up requires a different set of approaches. It will draw on recent two studies examining the delivery of interventions at scale. The first is the scale up of patient and family-centred care in end of life care in England led by the Point of Care Foundation. The second is the scale up of the ESCAPE-Pain programme, a six-week programme in south London that combines education and exercise to benefit people with chronic joint pain (or osteoarthritis), led by the Health Innovation Network. Professor Boaz will consider strategies to support scale-up and the ways these offer something distinct and different. She will also consider the confusing array of terminology in this field, including scale-up, scale-out, spread, horizontal spread, vertical spread, diffusion and implementation.

Dr Geoff Curran is a medical sociologist and professor of pharmacy practice and psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), USA. Geoff's research into health services has focussed on: i) predictors of treatment engagement and outcomes for mental health and substance use disorders, and ii) diffusion of innovation in a variety of healthcare settings. The title of his lecture is: ‘Go big or go home? Designs and methods for studying scale up and spread.’

Josephine Tapper is a freelance health advocate who is contributing to the scale up of a number of interventions through voluntary work as an expert patient. In her lecture, 'Scaling up without leaving behind: A perspective from the ‘shop-floor’,  Josephine will offer a patient / service user perspective on the importance of scale up and what it looks like from the ‘doing’ side.  

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Conference details

When: 18 July 2019, 9am to 5pm

Where: Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AB

Cost: £142.50 (until 1 April 2019). £190 thereafter. Discounts are available for NHS staff working in CLAHRC South London-affiliated organisations / UK-IS members / charity and NGO staff / service users, students, and those from low- and middle-income countries.

Further details and registration

If you need more information, email: clahrcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk