Next Research Forum 9 March 2011

Wednesday 9 March 2011, 1130 – 1400, MC0022, MHT Building, Brayford Campus University of Lincoln

This is a regular quarterly research forum which has been developed through partnership between primary health care (NHS Lincolnshire) and the Community and Health Research Group at the University of Lincoln.  The aim of the forum is to enable NHS staff, university staff and students and others interested in health and social care research to discuss and present research happening in Lincolnshire and update their knowledge of research.

To attend the forum you need to register. Please either print the registration form attached at the following link  Research Forum flyer and registration form and return to: Helen Reece, Research Team, Cross O Cliff, Lincoln LN4 2HN or contact Tel: 01522 513355 Fax: 01522 515365.




Professor Niro Siriwardena, Professor of Primary and Prehospital Health Care & Research Lead, NHS Lincolnshire


Identifying barriers and facilitators to improving pre-hospital care of asthma: views of ambulance clinicians

Debbie Shaw, Clinical Audit & Research & Manager, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Visiting Fellow University of Lincoln


Use of aspirin, NSAIDs and coxibs: New knowledge and new primary care research

Jen Dumbleton, Clinical Trial Coordinator, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre and Dr Tony Norman, SpR Gastroenterology

1310-1320 Comfort Break

Getting out of the house after a stroke: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial on going in Lincolnshire

Pip Logan,  Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation, University of Nottingham

Jo Middlemass joins the primary care research team

Hello!  My name is Jo Middlemass (on the email as Joan, but haven’t answered to that name for many, many years!)  I am the newest ‘addition’ to the primary care team which is part of the Community and Health Research Group in the School of Health & Social Care.

Jo Middlemass joins the Community and Health Research Group

After spending the last five years in Nottingham working as a Research Fellow on the  Genetics in Primary Care research programme and also as a Research & Evaluation Fellow for NHS Nottinghamshire County, it is like ‘coming  back home’ to Lincolnshire, where I worked for a number of years in NHS Lincolnshire PCT both as Clinical Governance Manager and also as a research facilitator.  I have a nursing background and have worked in general practice in a variety of different roles.  I am also currently nearing the end (she says optimistically!) of my PhD at Nottingham University, which is about behavioural change to prevent heart disease and the use of the Transtheoretical/Stages of Change model in primary care.
The research project that I will be working on is called ENACT, (Exploring social Networks to Augment Cognitive behavioural Therapy which is investigating the use of computerized CBT for insomnia, utilizing social networks). We are particularly involved in the initial qualitative research that will inform the development of the computerized programme. It’s a role that I am particularly looking forward to.
The study was publicized in the local press last week:

School of Health and Social Care Seminar Series 2010-2011: Intersectionality – Theory and Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare

On Wednesday 20th October  Prof Janneke Van Mens-Verhulst (University of Utrecht) will present: “Improving health and social care with an intersectional approach to diversity.”

The seminar will take place between 12:00 and 13:30 in room: ARM201, Architecture Building, Brayford Pool.

This is the first of a new international series of seminars in the SH&SC organised by Dr Zowie Davy and supported by the Foundation for Sociology of Health & Illness.

The subject of the series is Intersectionality: Theory and Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (Seminar Series Poster 2010).

This themed seminar series intends to bring together scholars, practitioners and activists who are working with feminist Intersectionality theory and feminist ethics in healthcare. The seminars will illustrate how intersectional approaches to healthcare can make an important contribution to knowledge and practice, which is crucial if quality improvement is to promote greater equity of healthcare provision provision. The speakers will be. looking at theoretical, institutional, methodological and ‘case study study’ approaches that speak to the multiplicity of voices who access/provide healthcare.

Wed 20th Oct 2010 Prof Janneke Van Mens-Verhulst (University of Utrecht) “Improving health and social care with an intersectional approach to diversity”

Wed 16th Feb 2011 Dr Jo Gilmartin (University of Leeds) “The impact of reconstructive surgery following massive weight loss on patients’ quality of life”

Wed 16th Mar 2011 Dr Ruth Deery (University of Huddersfield)

Wed 13th Apr 2011 Prof Nancy Harding (University of Bradford)

Wed 18th May 2011 Dr Ulrike Klöppel (Charité University, Berlin)

Please note: Prof. Van Mens-Verhulst’s seminar will be from 12:00-13.30, all other seminars will be from 13:30-14:45

ALL WELCOME Please RSVP your interest to:

Community and Health Research Group ‘Research News’ Autumn 2010

The School of Health and Social Care (SH&SC) Community and Health Research Group (CAHRG) are pleased to produce the first ‘Research News’ which is intended to communicate the range of activities being carried out within the SH&SC.
‘Research News’ will complement staff web entries and is intended to increase awareness of current work and expertise. We hope this will promote further interest in research activity and the development of internal and external collaborations.

The Quality and Outcomes Framework: QOF – transforming general practice

Steve Gillam (Cambridge) and I have just had a new book released about the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).  General practice in the UK faces transformation following the introduction of the Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF), a pay-for-performance scheme unprecedented in the NHS, and the most comprehensive scheme of its kind in the world. Champions claim the QOF advances the quality of primary care; detractors fear the end of general practice as we know it. The introduction of the QOF provides a unique opportunity for research, analysis and reflection. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the QOF, examining the claims and counter-claims in depth through the experience of those delivering QOF, comparisons with other countries, and analysis of the wealth of research evidence emerging. Assessments of the true impact of QOF will influence the development of health services in the UK and beyond. This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the future of general practice and primary care, including health professionals, trainers, students, MRCGP candidates and researchers, managers, and policy-makers and shapers.

The Quality and Outcomes Framework has deeply divided UK general practitioners. I commend this book and applaud its determination to scrutinise every aspect of the Quality and Outcomes Framework – good and bad and in-between.

– From the Foreword by Iona Heath.

Contributors to the book include the architects of the QOF, developers, researchers, practitioners and commentators: