The aim of PHIRN is to increase the quantity and quality of public health improvement research that is relevant to policy and practice.
We aim to achieve this by increasing the number of natural experiments within the roll-out of new initiatives; developing high quality collaborative research proposals for research grant funding; developing high quality collaborative research proposals linked to emerging initiatives; and developing a critical mass of specialised methodological capacity in the design and conduct of community based trials of complex interventions.
Supported by: Cardiff University, Welsh Government and National Institute of Social Care and Health Research.
Notice of stakeholder workshops on Behaviour Change draft guidance
In 2013 NICE are scheduled to publish a partial update of Public Health guidance 6 ‘Behaviour Change’. We are in the process of producing draft guidance on ‘Behaviour Change’. As part of the process of guidance development, NICE encourage all registered stakeholders to formally submit their written comments via the website in the usual way between 5th June and 31st July 2013.
In light of the large scale changes to the public health system and inauguration of major national organisations who will have a stake in this guidance, the Programme Development Group and NICE feel that face to face consultation with stakeholders is crucial; and should include representatives of these organisations as well as health and social care professionals, local authority and NHS managers and commissioners, third and private sector representatives. To this end, NICE is undertaking two stakeholder workshops.
We have commissioned GK Research (an independent research organisation) to facilitate these workshops, with a sample of the target audience for the draft guidance, to test the usefulness, relevance and feasibility of the recommendations before they are finalised. These workshops will act as the fieldwork for this guidance (for further details about fieldwork, see appendix M of the public health methods manual, 2012).
NICE would like to invite stakeholders to ‘have your say’ on the draft guidance in terms of its relevance and likely impact. We would therefore like to know who would be the ‘right person to attend from your organisation who would have a particular remit around the topic of behaviour change?’
The workshops will be held on the afternoons of 26th July 2013 in London, and 29th July 2013 in Manchester, (please note: we have limited spaces available).
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the NICE guidance development process. If you are able to provide details (see below) of an individual from your organisation who is most relevant to this guidance, please reply to email@example.com.
For more information regarding the consultation vice the NICE website.
Researcher-led call for proposals
Deadline: Monday 2nd September 2013, 1pm
Our researcher-led calls are open all year round, with three application cut-off dates. The next closing date for applications is 1pm on Monday 2 September 2013. Application forms and all associated documents for this call are available on the HTA Programme website here.
Proposals deemed within remit for the current call will be assessed for their importance to the NHS in November 2013 and January 2014. Applicants will be advised as to whether they have been short-listed by the beginning of February 2014.
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We would be grateful if you could forward this email on to colleagues who may be interested in this funding opportunity, and where possible post this email on relevant websites and forums.
For any further enquiries, please contact the HTA Clinical Evaluation and Trials team: 023 8059 6974 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Saturday 15th June 2013
Venue: Michael Griffiths Education Centre, University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Cardiff Sports and Exercise Medicine Society (CSEMS) is hosting an Exercise Medicine Symposium.
The symposium will display the exciting & controversial work going on here in the UK in the Exercise Medicine field, and we are very pleased to welcome our keynote speaker Professor Steven Blair from the USA. Some of the sessions that will take place on the day include:
- Physical Inactivity or Obesity: Which Is the Bigger Health Problem? Professor Steven Blair
- Born To Run and Sweat. An Evolutionary Medical Perspective. Dr Yannis Pitsiladis
- Is Exercise Medicine? Professor Jamie Timmons
For the price of only £10 per delegate, and with many eminent speakers confirmed, this symposium aims to educate and inspire us all. The evidence behind exercise as medicine is substantial and it can no longer be ignored. Prof. Blair (2009) named physical inactivity the “Biggest public health issue of the 21st Century” after discovering that physical inactivity was killing more Americans than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined.
To discover more about how & why we should push the exercise “polypill” - book your place at Cardiff Exercise Medicine Symposium by visiting: http://groups.cardiffstudents.com/sems/exercise-medicine-symposium/.
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Healthy, Happy, Fairer Communities: Welsh Public Health Conference 2013
Date: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October
Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
The conference, titled ‘Healthier, Happier and Fairer Communities’, is the third Public Health Conference to be held in Wales. Jointly organised by Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government, the 2012 and 2011 conferences attracted policy makers, leaders and public health professionals from across the public sector in Wales.
The WHO’s European Regions for Health Network will for the first time hold its annual meeting in Wales. The Regions for Health Network is the interface between the World Health Organization and regions/sub-national health authorities across Europe.
The Welsh Public Health Conference will be conducted in association with the annual business meeting of the Regions for Health Network where all members of the network are expected. At present there has been confirmation of attendees from regions in Sweden, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. In addition there will be representatives from the WHO offices at Copenhagen and Venice and the WHO expert collaborating centre at the University of Maastricht.
Anyone interested in registering for the conference can do so via the online registration form.
For further information on the conference content please email email@example.com
The conference is free to attend for all those working within the public or voluntary sector in Wales.
There is a fee of £200 for anyone wishing to attend from outside Wales or from the private sector. Anyone who is allocated a place but fails to attend without prior notice will be charged £200.
For any enquiries regarding the conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (029) 2022 7744, or visit the website – http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/66731
Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting 2013
Date: Wednesday 11th- Friday 13th September 2013
Venue: Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
The Meeting will include topics from the fields of health services research, epidemiology, public health, statistics, sociology, psychology, health policy and/or mixed methods research. The 2013 Meeting will provide the opportunity to report new research findings, debate academic and policy issues, and will offer early stage and experienced researchers the chance to present in a friendly, relaxed environment.
The conference will include a mix of lectures by key note speakers, parallel sessions, poster presentations and workshops which will be of interest to both UK and international delegates. All accepted abstracts for oral/poster presentations will be published in a supplement to the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
For more information about the event and to register please visit http://www.ssmconference.org.uk/.
Caring for the Younger Generation: Delivering Outcomes, Supporting Lives
Date: 24 October 2013
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre
The topics to be discussed at this conference include improving the health outcomes of children and young people, involving young people in mental health service design, and tackling health inequalities for children and young people.
Delegates will have the opportunity to hear more on the forum’s findings, its recommendations and the government’s intentions for implementation. New ways of working will be debated and best practice case studies shared allowing stakeholders to gain insightful knowledge that can be utilised to benefit the health of our young people.
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Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data
Date: 1 – 5 July 2013
Venue: Swansea University
The Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) in association with the Centre for the Improvement of Population Health through E-health Research (CIPHER) is hosting a 5-day training course on the analysis of linked health data.
This course is ideal for health and social care researchers, social scientists, clinical practitioners and health care managers who wish to build on their pre-existing theoretical knowledge and skills in the analysis of linked health data.
For further information and details of how to register visit www.linkedhealthdata.swansea.ac.uk/training.html