The Resources for Effective Sleep Treatment (REST) project featured in the Health Foundation’s recent newsletter, ‘Stories of outstanding impact in primary care‘. The REST project is an ongoing area of research within the Quality and Outcomes in Primary Healthcare group at CaHRU led by Prof Niro Siriwardena and involving other members of the team including Fiona Togher, Viet-Hai Phung, Dr Coral Sirdifield, Dr Jo Middlemass and Dr Zowie Davy. The project was initially funded by the Health Foundation under their Engaging with Quality in Primary Care scheme to improve primary care for people with insomnia. Subsequent work has been funded by the Research Investment Fund at the University of Lincoln, the EPSRC and the East Midlands Health Innovation and Educational Cluster.
The research seeks to improve treatment for people suffering with sleep problems by promoting a range of treatment options beyond just sleeping tablets and has led to a series of peer-reviewed and highly cited publications in journals such as the British Journal of General Practice, Health Expectations, Sleep, Biomed Central Family Practice, and the British Medical Journal. Subsequent research has also been undertaken in collaboration with other institutions including Universities of Glasgow, Connecticut and Ghent and also Harvard and Oxford Universities.
The project led to its own REST project website (http://restproject.org.uk/) in 2011 and a REST e-learning programme for primary care professionals on how to manage insomnia using non-drug therapy which has been accessed almost 12,000 times by 10,000 users in over 150 countries with over 5,000 users in the UK alone. REST was showcased as one of three impact case studies submitted from CaHRU to REF2014.
Members of the CaHRU team and School of Health & Social Care had a strong presence at the conference the 44th Annual Conference of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) from 8th to 10th July at the University of Oxford. After an entertaining train journey to the historical Oxford, we had our first glimpses of the beautiful surroundings we were to spend the following three days.
On the first day there was great interest in Coral Sirdifield’s poster “Comparing what patients value and what they experience in English general practice: a cross sectional survey“. Ana Godoy Caballero and Despina Laparidou also had lively conversations while presenting their posters on “Patient values and patient experiences in English general practice: a comparison by patient characteristics” and “Psycho-educational interventions for informal caregivers of people with dementia: a systematic review“.
In the evening we were treated to “Drinks with the Dinosaurs” at the museum of Natural History which was a fantastically unique setting to mingle with fellow SAPC attendees.
The second day was full of thought-provoking talks, especially the “Dangerous Ideas” session which was extremely popular and lead to some heated discussions. Dr Zahid Asghar gave a brilliant elevator pitch on “Bisphosphonates and risk of stroke: self-controlled case series study“, followed by Ana Godoy Caballero who gave an equally brilliant elevator pitch on “Bisphosphonates and risk of stroke: matched case-control study“. After a busy second day, we got dressed up and attended a wonderful formal dinner at Keble College where many gasped at how “Harry Potter” the setting was.
The final day was as equally jam-packed as previous days with posters and oral presentations. Posters were presented by Jolien Vos on “Applicability of the Health Information Technology Acceptance Model in assessing readiness of older patients with multiple chronic diseases to adopt telecare – qualitative study” and Professor Niro Siriwardena presented Fiona Togher’s poster on “The development of a Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) for use in UK ambulance services“. Jolien Vos also gave a superb oral presentation on “Cast adrift in the care system? A systematic scoping review of care navigation for older people with multimorbidity“, which provided a popular talking point during the elderly care and dementia session. Finally, Rebecca Porter’s poster presentation of “Mr Grumpy becomes Mr Happy: Effective sleep treatment using community pharmacists” was voted best poster by delegates! Mr Grumpy becomes Mr Happy was also one of 11 projects to be presented on the SAPC blog, an amazing achievement for Mr Grumpy!
The SAPC conference was full of great accomplishments for the University of Lincoln and we are all looking forward to next year’s conference in Dublin.
CaHRU members, Viet-Hai Phung, Ana Godoy and Dr Jo Middlemass all presented posters at the recent College of Social Science Summer Conference, held at the University of Lincoln Business School on Thursday 2nd July. The purpose of the Conference was to showcase a range of work from across the College of Social Science that had been funded by its small grants scheme.
Ana was busiest as she presented four posters: Resources for Effective Sleep Treatment utilising Community Pharmacists (REST-UP), bisphosphonates and stroke and two for Quality and Costs of Primary Care in Europe (QUALICOPC)! Jo and Viet-Hai presented their work on dementia and ethnic inequalities in prehospital care respectively. All six posters generated considerable interest from attendees. Research from the wider School of Health and Social Care was also very well represented. Alongside the poster sessions were three sessions with 20 oral presentations from PhD students and staff. As with the posters, the oral presentations captured the diversity of the College’s work: from the work of the Red Cross to the future of Christmas markets; from gender identities and football through to the psychology of decision-making; from empathy in nursing to branding cities.
It is sometimes felt that students and academics rarely know what research colleagues in other parts of a School or College do. If the university is serious about raising awareness about the work of different departments, schools and colleges, then events such as this should become a permanent fixture in the academic calendar.
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The latest edition of the CaHRU Newsletter (Spring 2015) was published this week. The newsletter presents the work of the research centre over the previous three months and includes articles from the CaHRU blog covering publications, conferences and funding. The newsletter is produced by Sue Bowler, CaHRU administrator.
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The latest ‘Improvement science and research methods seminar’ on ‘Discourse analysis’ was delivered by Michael Toze, doctoral student at CaHRU. Discourse analysis aims to study the use of oral and textual communication in relation to meaning beyond the words, social context and thought and focuses on analysing how speech and text are organised to achieve an end. The speaker went on to explain related methods such as conversation analysis, content analysis, critical discourse analysis and ethnomethodology an their applications. Finally, Michael described how he was using discourse analysis in his doctoral research exploring competing discourses about sexuality, gender identity and health in LGBT people interacting with general practice staff. The seminar was well attended by colleagues from CaHRU, the School of Health and Social Care, and researchers from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.