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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.

 

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/

 

Researcher visits to Velindre Cancer Centre Clinical Trials Unit

Date: 9.30-11.30am on 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.

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.

2 day short course – Health Economics for Public Health Practice and Research

Date: 4pm, Monday 23rd- 2:45pm Wednesday 25th March 2015
Location: Management Centre, Bangor University

Registration deadline: 31st January 2015

Bangor university will be running a 2 day short course in March 2015 looking at health economics for Public Health Practice and Research, led by Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards.

At the end of this short course delegates will have gained an appreciation of the concepts, methods and application of health economics to public health, be able to critically appraise a published economic evaluation of a public health intervention and feel confident in speaking about potential return on investment from public health programmes in the NHS and other settings such as schools and work places.

The course will cover:

  • Public Health Preventative strategies
  • An overview of Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
  • Challenges of Applying Health Economics to the Public Health
  • Can we use RCTs in the Economic Evaluation of Public Health Interventions?
  • Decision Modelling for Economic Evaluation and Application to Infectious Diseases
  • Decision Modelling in Public Health
  • The role of pharmacists in Health Promotion
  • Cost Benefit Analysis in Public Health
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Programme Budgeting Marginal Analysis (PBMA)

Registration closes 31st January 2015
Cancellation fee 10% prior to 31st January 2015, 50% cancellation fee after this date)

If you would like to register and pay, please contact:

Mrs Ann Lawton, Tel: 01248 382153 or Email: cheme@bangor.ac.uk

For credit card payments please click here.

“Switched On” – New drug and alcohol prevention service

A new service to address drug and alcohol misuse among children and young people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has been launched.

The multi-agency Switched On team support practitioners, like school and youth workers, to increase their awareness of the topic, give lessons about the dangers of substance misuse, and support in dealing with incidents.

Switched On comprises staff from Public Health Wales, Inroads, NewLink Wales, and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Christine Farr, Health Promotion Practitioner for the Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team, said: “We ensure that all information we provide is age appropriate, up to date and does not use shock tactics as this is proven to be ineffective.

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“As well as providing substance misuse toolkits for schools, youth and community settings, Switched On also gives one on one support to help schools and other services with policies and education programmes.”Switched On was launched at an event held at Cardiff County Hall on 13 May which was attended by almost 100 education, youth services and voluntary sector workers.

Lisa Cordery, Lead Nurse for the Switched On team, said: “The health board Switched On nurses provide a bridge between unscheduled or inpatient services for young people and follow up.

“This improved communication pathway aims to create a further safeguarding net to compliment processes already in place such as School Nurse referrals.

“The future comprises further work between Switched On and the Alcohol Treatment Centre and the Emergency Unit. The nurses welcome queries about training and referrals for follow up where a young person presents with alcohol use.”

Christine Farr: “We ensure that all information we provide is age appropriate, up to date and does not use shock tactics as this is proven to be ineffective.”

Conrad Eydmann, Head of Substance Misuse Strategy and Development for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “Switched On is a holistic, multi-agency service that provides an effective response to the important public health issue of substance misuse in children and young people.

“It forms part of our Universal Services which all aim to inform, educate and support people working with substance misuse issues and those going through addictions or recovery in our area.”

More information about Switched On is available from the Cardiff and Vale substance misuse website – http://www.red-button.org/

NIHR PHR funding calls

Deadline: 1pm, Tuesday 21st April 2015

The current NIHR Public Health Research programme funding calls are shown below. Further details on each specific call can be found via the links below.

Topic Deadline Commissioning brief Guidance notes Apply
15/01 – Interventions for Parents or Carers to Promote Healthy Behaviours in Children and Young People 21 April 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 28.02 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 549.06 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/02 – Interventions by local authorities and other local organisations to improve nutrition and influence food environments 21 April 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 28.65 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 289.55 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/03 – Preventing Relationship and Dating Violence 21 April 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 29.57 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 289.55 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/04 – Unintentional injuries at home in children under the age of 5 years 21 April 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 29.12 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 289.55 KB)Link open in a new window Apply
15/05 – Workplace health and wellbeing** 21 April 2015, by 1pm Access commissioning brief (pdf, 29.52 KB)Link open in a new window Access guidance notes (pdf, 289.55 KB)Link open in a new window Apply

** Applicants wishing to apply to the workplace health and wellbeing call should discuss their proposals with us at an early stage. Please email info@phr.ac.uk or via telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 9697. Please note that NIHR PHR will be holding a webinar to support researchers who are considering applying to this call, on Monday 9 February 2015, 14.30-15.30.  To sign up for the webinar, please complete the online form.

For more information about the NIHR Public Health Research Programme please visit -http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/funding/phr-commissioned

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DECIPHer and PHIRN have now joined the Alliance.

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