Health Services Research UK news: October 2018

Author Daniel Camero
Posted 2018.11.01

Health Services Research UK news: October 2018

I’m delighted to announce that HSRUK’s 12th annual conference will be held in Manchester on 2 and 3 July 2019. The conference welcomes everyone interested in health services and systems research, and we are busy planning a stimulating and interactive programme. The call for abstracts and sessions is now open, so head to the conference website and share the dates with your networks.

I spent a sunny day in Liverpool at HSR2018, the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. I was pleased to be there with NIHR as part of their consultation session on health services research opportunities to support low-and middle-income countries. Join our shared community to hear more. There’s plenty of HSR news in this edition – if you have updates to share, drop us a line.

Kym Lang
Director, HSRUK

What's new

HSRUK to become a registered charity
HSRUK is hosted by Universities UK until July 2019. Over the next few months, we will become a registered charity in our own right and will also be confirming a new hosting arrangement. It’s an exciting time for the network, and we will report on progress in future e-news and at our July 2019 AGM. For more information, get in touch with HSRUK’s Director, Kym Lang.


We are delighted to announce that the 12th annual HSRUK annual conference will be held in Manchester on 2-3 July 2019. Submit your abstract before Sunday 13 January and follow updates on our twitter channel @HSRN_UK.
We look forward to seeing you in Manchester!

Evidence and Policy roundtable: Safe staffing
Safe staffing in nursing remains a major concern, especially in the face of unprecedented workforce shortages. While the impact of supply and retention is keenly felt in acute hospitals, the crisis extends far beyond this. Our policy breakfast with The Health Foundation will present the latest research on safe staffing, with senior NHS policymakers, leading academics, directors of nursing and health and social care decision makers attending. 

Abstract call for SPHeRE's 5th Annual Conference
The theme of the Conference is 'Getting Research Into Policy and Practice' and it will be held in Dublin on Tuesday 26 February. Submit your abstract before Friday 16 November!

Evaluating PPI: International conference
This two day conference will provide an international platform to critically explore and reflect on the issue of evaluation of patient and public involvement in research.  
15 - 16 November, Newcastle upon Tyne.


The Health Foundation rapid evidence reviews
The Health Foundation is launching a framework agreement to commission rapid evidence reviews across a range of research questions and of topics in health and health care. Expressions of interest due by Friday 23 November.

NIHR Clinical Research Network: health services research speciality
Each CRN has a nominated a local lead for health services research. HSRUK has strong links with the HSR specialty, with common interest such as big data. 


How co-production added value to research
Gary Hickey from INVOLVE has written a guest editorial for Health Expectations, in which he outlines the challenges that co-production poses to the way research is done – as well as the benefits.

The NHS contribution to global health and the role of HSR
This blog by Miski Abdi acknowledges the efforts of the NHS in global health and international development, and identifies a role for health systems researchers in influencing policy. 

A new implementation science community?
Mark Pearson from Hull York Medical School shares his impressions of the 1st King's College London Implementation Science Conference


DECIDE Guide to using evidence for innovation
The DECIDE guide by researchers at the University of Manchester and UCL is aimed at anyone concerned with informing or making decisions about introducing or spreading innovations within the health service, including providers and commissioners of care. 

NIHR HS&DR Programme project updates

See a monthly update on NIHR HS&DR-funded projects and publications.

Career development of the healthcare workforce: NIHR CLAHRCs
The latest CLAHRC e-newsletter showcases regional CLAHRC initiatives to support the healthcare workforce to further career development.


Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre
The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC) is a health audit and research charity which aims to improve the quality of critical care through the provision of high quality information to those working in critical care. Explore their latest vacancies here.