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Welcome to PHIRN

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.


Vacancy in Bristol: Research Associate

Deadline: Midnight, Monday 5th January 2015

School for Policy Studies, Bristol are seeking a dynamic individual to act as the Project Manager for the B-PROACT1V follow-up study. The Project Manager’s role is central to the success of this British Heart Foundation funded cohort study.

The main tasks will include managing the collection of physical activity, questionnaire and blood pressure data from approximately 2000 children in 57 schools at two time points, managing two project fieldworkers and liaison with schools. The Project Manager will be centrally involved in the analysis of the data and lead the preparation of high impact publications.

The Project Manager will also be expected to assist the collection and analysis of qualitative data. The Project Manager will be accountable for ensuring that the project is conducted to the highest possible standards. They will be expected to work on their own initiative, seeking guidance and advice where necessary from the Principal Investigator and Project Team. The post is offered on an open ended basis with fixed funding for 4.5 years from March 2015.

The closing date is midnight on Monday 5 January 2015, and it is expected that interviews will take place on Friday 23 January 2015.

For further information please visit click here or contact Prof Russ Jago, e-mail: Russ.Jago@bristol.ac.uk or tel: 0117 954 6603

Training course – Advanced Analysis of Linked Health Data

Date: Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March 2015
Venue: Swansea University

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.

The course practice data sets provide health and social researchers with the opportunity to build on their pre-existing theoretical knowledge and skills in the analysis of linked data by exploring a number of advanced topics.

Upon completion the participant will:

  • have consolidated their grasp of foundation concepts of epidemiology and linked data analysis;
  • possess an advanced understanding of methods for the conceptualisation and construction of valid measures and effect measures of health and social services utilisation and outcomes based on complex, multi-sourced linked data sets;
  • understand complex longitudinal research designs and how to implement them using large multi-sourced linked data sets;
  • understand advanced ‘modern epidemiology’ theoretical principles including case-distribution study designs and how to practically implement them using large multi-sourced linked data sets;
  • have skills in the analysis of linked hospital morbidity, mortality, institutional, pharmaceutical and primary care data; and
  • be able to write computing syntax to prepare complex linked data files for analysis, derive exposure and outcome variables, relate numerators and denominators and produce results from advanced statistical procedures.

For more information and to register please visit - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/medicine/courses/msc-health-informatics/analysisoflinkedhealthdata/advancedanalysisoflinkedhealthdata/

Training Course – Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data

Date: Monday 9th February – Friday 13th February 2015
Venue: Swansea University

The Introductory Analysis of Linked Health Data is an intensive five-day course on the theory and practice of analysis of large sets of linked health and social data at an introductory to intermediate level.

Rapid growth in data linkage projects has led to a shortfall in analyst skills. Some researchers understand epidemiological principles, but are unfamiliar with the specialised computing skills needed to analyse linked data files. Others have a strong grasp of computing concepts, but lack an adequate theoretical base to design high quality applications to answer research questions. This course endeavours to fill a gap in training opportunities to cater to these two areas of need.

The course acquaints health and social researchers, clinical practitioners and managers with the theory and skills needed to analyse linked health and social data at the introductory to intermediate level. 

For more information and to register please visit - http://www.swansea.ac.uk/medicine/courses/msc-health-informatics/analysisoflinkedhealthdata/introductoryanalysisoflinkedhealthdata/


Wales Tobacco or Health Network Meeting

Date: Wednesday 3rd December, 9.30am–4pm
Venue: Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

The next meeting of the Wales Tobacco or Health Network has been scheduled and will focus on looking at engaging the third sector in smoking cessation and we will hear from best practice examples.

We would like to have as many public health colleagues, third sector and community organisations from across Wales involved in the day as possible,

An agenda for the day can be found here.

For more information please contact ASH Wales.

Researcher visits to Velindre Cancer Centre Clinical Trials Unit

Dates: 9.30-11.30am on either Tuesday 13th January 2015 or Tuesday 10th March 2015 
Venue: Velindre Cancer Centre’s Clinical Trials Unit, Whitchurch, Cardiff

The Cancer Research UK Cardiff Centre are offering research and health professionals the opportunity to have a tour of Velindre Cancer Centre’s Clinical Trials Unit, meet the staff and find out more about clinical trials.

For further information please see the event flyer.

NISCHR All Wales Prioritisation Panel (AWPP)

Application closing date: 1pm, Friday 12th December 2014.

Prior to the launch of the NISCHR Health Research Award and Research for Patient and Public Benefit schemes in January 2015, NISCHR is establishing a new panel, called the All Wales Prioritisation Panel (AWPP), to prioritise the research proposals received.

For this panel they are looking for:

  • 8 new public members who use health or social care services in Wales; are carers; or have experience of representing people who use health and social care services in Wales.
  • 8 new members who have demonstrable experience of health or social service commissioning or delivery; leading health or social care strategy; and/or, using research evidence to support policy/decision-making in the health or social care setting.
  • A Chair and two Co-Chairs.

For more information about any of these roles, please visit the NISCHR website.

If you have any queries, please direct them to: RfPPBnischr@soton.ac.uk

Involving People Annual Meeting 2015 – ‘Building on Success’

Date: Wednesday 4th February 2015
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Registration Deadline: Monday 26th January 2015

Involving People’s Annual Meeting 2015 will celebrate the growth of public involvement in research across Wales and look at how this success can be built upon in the future.

Please see the programme for more information.

To register to attend the event please use their online form. If you have any queries, please contact the Involving People Team on 029 2019 6806 or email involving.people@wales.nhs.uk.

Call for abstracts

They have a call for abstracts to be considered as either a poster or ‘speed’ presentation as part of the event. For more information please see the Call for Abstracts flyer.

10th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting

Date: Wednesday 3rd-Thursday 4th December 2014
Venue: East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

The UK Society of Behavioural Medicine invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in their two day meeting. They will also be offering 2 pre-conference workshops.

Scientific Programme

UKSBM 2014 Programme 17 11 2014

Presentation Guidelines
Please find the guidance for presenters

UKSBM Oral Presentation Guidelines

UKSBM Workshop and Symposia Presentation Guidelines

UKSBM Poster Display Guidelines

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
UKSBM are delighted to announce four confirmed keynote speakers:

- Professor Rona Moss-Morris, Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicine and Head of the Health Psychology Section at the renowned Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London;
- Professor John Britton, Professor of Epidemiology at The University of Nottingham and an honorary consultant in respiratory medicine at Nottingham University Hospitals;
- Karina W. Davidson, PhD, Professor in Medicine and Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center;
- Professor Raj Bhopal, CBE, DSc (hon), MD, BSc, MBChB, MPH, FRCP(E), FFPH, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health, Edinburgh University and honorary consultant in public health, NHS Lothian Board

Further details will be updated on their website with further information, along with details of the conference workshops that will be available and further developments so please continue to check the UKSBM event website regularly.

Registration is now open, attendance packages and prices can be found here.

Obesity: A national epidemic

Date: Monday 8th December 2014
Location: Mermaid Quay, London

There is little doubt that as a nation we are getting bigger. With almost two thirds of us carrying excess weight and ever increasing numbers becoming obese the impacts on the nation are significant.

Govtoday invite you to attend the Obesity- A National Epidemic event where a detailed programme will explore the prevalence, issues and consequences of an increasingly overweight population. An overview of the current trends will be provided along with a reflection into the causes and how these can be addressed. The cost in dealing with the well narrated health related problems is a challenge for the health and social care system, however the cost to individuals in terms of quality of life can be overwhelming. The conference will explore prevention, intervention and future policy- what works, what will not. A debate will take place to discuss where the burden of responsibility should lie; with individuals, the state or both.

Obesity- A National Epidemic is an event for all those who are working in this area of the public health agenda who are tasked with producing a positive impact in reducing levels of obesity. Delegates who attend will be fully briefed on the very latest information which will help them develop successful programmes and strategies to reverse the obesity ‘epidemic’.

For more information about the event or to register please click here.