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We are pleased to announce that CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber has been awarded funding for
1 January 2014 - 31 December 2018.

Congratulations to all involved!

Further details can be found below.

PRESS RELEASE 8 August 2013

New £24million Research Programme to Improve the Region's Health and Wellbeing
PATIENTS with long term conditions such as mental health disorders, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and stroke are set to benefit from a major multi-million pound partnership between the region's NHS organisations, leading universities, local government, industry, charities, patients and the public.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is to award the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH) a £10million grant to test new ways of delivering and re-designing health services and tackling health inequalities. The research programme – which is being boosted by a further £14million pound investment from partner organisations – will begin its work in January 2014 for a five-year period.

It will be hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The investment will see the development of innovative health services through joint working between patients and partner organisations. As well as projects to improve services for people with diabetes, COPD or mental health disorders, and stroke survivors, there will be projects on the use of remote health technologies, which can help patients with long term conditions through improved monitoring and self-management, and projects to improve diagnosis and services for the frail and elderly.

Professor Sue Mawson, director of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded funding for this major new initiative which will give us real opportunities to continue our activities and research in this important area. Yorkshire and Humber has some of the highest levels of social deprivation and health inequalities in the country, and the North-South divide is growing, so this is a significant investment which will enable us to address some of the huge health challenges we face across our region. We have already committed to working with 39 partner organisations in our region, including NHS organisations, leading universities, local government, charities and industry, and this will put us in a strong position to become a world leader in health services research, healthcare innovation, and transform the health of thousands of people living in the region and beyond."

Bryan Miller, Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "This is a great achievement and I am delighted about the opportunity to work with the CLAHRC over the next five years. Bradford NHS has seen at close hand the value of the first CLAHRCs in improving the quality of child health services, stroke care and promoting innovation. The programme is also providing a unique platform for uniting researchers and clinicians to work on real health research priorities."

Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We're enormously proud to be hosting this new collaboration which will play a key role in improving the lives of people suffering with long-term conditions."

Lord Howe, Health Minister said: "This is great news for patients – this funding could potentially help the development of ground breaking treatments which could revolutionise care. With a growing elderly population, the need for innovative and effective solutions has never been more important.
We want the UK to lead the world in terms of health research and this announcement underlines that commitment. It is vital that we invest in health research, not only to create the opportunities for health research to grow – but also to help our economy thrive so we can compete in the global race."

Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Health, said:
"I'm delighted we have today announced the successful schemes and I'm very much looking forward to hearing updates on how patients will benefit from this research.
"The teams are following a strong tradition of success as the National Institute for Health Research has a proven record track record of world-class health research in the NHS. 
"Supporting our leading researchers is so important and these NIHR CLAHRCs will link the NHS, universities, and other relevant organisations providing care for patients in what will be ground-breaking work to improve the lives of thousands of patients across the country." 

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber is one of 13 national collaborations to improve healthcare. A total of nine pilot programmes have been active nationally since 2008, with the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber developing from two of these pilot programmes in South Yorkshire and Leeds, York and Bradford.

Further information about existing Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care programmes in Yorkshire and Humber can be found at www.clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk and www.clahrc-lyb.nihr.ac.uk.



The National Institute for Health Research
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the government's strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website.

For further information on NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber including partners and planned activities, please contact Dr Katherine Jeays-Ward.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is one of the UK's largest NHS Foundation Trusts and one of the largest and busiest teaching hospitals. We have over 15,000 staff caring for over a million patients each year at our five hospitals and in the local community:
The Royal Hallamshire Hospital
The Northern General Hospital
Charles Clifford Dental Hospital
Weston Park Cancer Hospital
Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital
We offer a full range of local hospital and community health services for people in Sheffield as well as specialist hospital services to patients from further afield in our many specialist centres. The Trust is recognised internationally for its work in neurosciences, spinal injuries, renal, cancer, transplantation, neurosciences and orthopaedics.
The Trust has been awarded the title of 'Hospital Trust of the Year' in the Good Hospital Guide three times in five years and we are proud to be one of the top 20% of NHS Trusts for patient satisfaction.
The Trust is a recognised leader in medical research for bone, cardiac, neurosciences and long term conditions such as diabetes and lung disease. We also play a key role in the training and education of medical, nursing and dental students with our academic partners, including the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam.
For more information visit: www.sth.nhs.uk

FURTHER INFORMATION about Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Claudia Blake, Research and Innovation Communications Officer
Tel: 0114 226 5033
Email: claudia.blake@sth.nhs.uk

Innovation in Commissioning 'Whole Systems Event'
Friday 20th September 2013
12:00 - 5.00pm, Sheffield

An event to mark the closure of the CLAHRC SY Theme; Innovations in Commissioning.
The theme has supported significant learning and development and evaluation since September 2009 during which time project leaders from commissioning and provider services have identified and managed improvements and service re-design. This event will profile the work of the projects that began in July 2012 onwards.

The Innovation in Commissioning Theme was re-launched in March 2012 and recruited 6 projects that sought to re-design services against the backdrop of a critical strategic priority for the commissioning organisation. In all cases the goal remained the improvement in the quality of services, more efficient use of resources, improvements in access to services, improvements in health, reduction in health inequalities, and financial balance. Working with 6 clinical/service managers and commissioner, the Innovation in Commissioning Theme has incorporated expert advice from the South Yorkshire CLAHRC in relation to health economics, knowledge translation and process and systems re-design using whole systems methodologies. The web site is populated with the work of managers in the theme; http://clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk/theme-commissioning-introduction.html

The event seeks to undertake a real-time evaluation of the theme, by way of identifying the critical challenges and opportunities for improvement and innovation in unscheduled care. We have been aware of several areas of specific needs for CCGs including the under developed network for user/ carer engagement and the need to identify a community to co-produce the improvement plans, recognising the patient journey and barriers to integrated planning across the system. We are also interested in considering the wider research agenda and patient recruitment in commissioning.

Please confirm your place to Rea.Smith@shu.ac.uk by Friday 6th September with your role, organisation and any dietary requirements.

Health Inequalities Project Casebook 2008 - 2012

This Casebook is an engaging introduction to the work of the Health Inequalities theme of the SY CLAHRC. Designed with commissioners, providers and (ultimately) service users in mind, it reflects the type of challenges and opportunities presented and includes key learning points for services. We would also like to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by Peter Roderick to the Casebook's development.

Peter is on the local government leadership programme (NGDP), currently working at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and leading a variety of public health projects around integration and health inequalities. Prior to moving into local government management, he completed a PhD at the University of York in 2010 and has since published research on such diverse topics as music history, political theory, theology, and health policy.'

Click here to download the Health Inequalities Project Casebook 2008-2012

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Peter Roderick

Design 4 Health 2013 Call for Papers

Call for Papers for Design 4 Health 2013, now including details of the conference themes. D4H2013 will be held at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK from Wed 3rd to Fri 5th July 2013. Design 4 Health 2013 provides a platform for dialogue between designers, healthcare professionals, funding bodies, researchers and users. It seeks to explore the relationship between design, and health and wellbeing. The conference's themes focus on some of the challenges faced by researchers, clinicians and designers today, and issues highlighted in discussions and feedback at Design 4 Health 2011.

Summary of conference themes: Design4Health2013: Themes

Rethinking delivery of care
What approaches and perspectives can designers bring to redesigning the healthcare experience?

Usability and Acceptability
What impact can a product have on patients' everyday lives and the lives of their carers?

Implementation and sustainability
How do new products go from the concept and design stages through to production and dissemination?

How can clinicians and policy makers know whether new designs are effective?

We invite submissions to the conference in the following forms:

  • Abstract submissions: extended abstracts that address the conference themes
    (submission deadline 8 February 2013)
  • Exhibition proposals: exhibits of innovative artefacts or systems that make significant progress in design for health (submission deadline 22 February 2013).

For announcements and news about D4H2013, please sign up to our email list by clicking here
or visit www.design4health.org.uk

design 4 health

Discover University of Sheffield research for yourself

Friday 28 September 2012, 6–9pm
The University of Sheffield

Have you ever wondered about the research that goes on at
The University of Sheffield?

On the evening of Friday 28 September we open our doors to the public.
Further information can be found here

CLAHRC SY are joining forces with colleagues in RATS (Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research) and bringing you fun, prizes, balloons, popcorn and a little bit of learning!!!

ICOSS Building, 219 Portobello, Sheffield, S1 4DP

How can a robot help your family?
Technology like robotic arms, touchscreen computers and sensors can to be used to help people with health conditions and disabilities to live independent lives. Come and try out some of our technology, learn more about our research and enter our quiz!
Click here for further information

Left To Our Own Devices
The event will also provide an exclusive opportunity to view the KT-equal 'Left To Our Own Devices' photography exhibition, a selection of prize-winning photographs designed to challenge stereotypes about older people. The images recently toured the Houses of Parliament in London, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies.
Click here for further information

Improving the health and wealth of the nation.
Find out how local patients can be involved in their healthcare. How do young people learn to manage their type 1 diabetes? Who is most at risk from hypothermia? Test yourself in our quiz, have a go on our food wheel and find out how research improves our health service.
Click here for further information

Bridging the gap between research and practice
There's a wealth of medical and health services research, but how do we encourage healthcare professionals to use research findings in practice?

Join us to discover how we overcome this challenge. Our interactive marketplace stalls have activities for all the family to help you learn about bridging the gap between research and practice. Click here for further information

CLAHRC SY has collaborated with an EU-funded project called Regional Information and Communication Technology based Clusters for Health Care Applications and R&D integration (RICHARD) to launch a new toolkit to help organisations implement telehealth successfully.

There has been much interest in the development of telehealth but few services have become mainstream. Those who have tried it soon realise it is a complex intervention that is difficult to get right. In part this may explain the mixed evidence base that points towards some deployments being successful while others have failed.

Based on experience, and validated by national and international colleagues, the Ready Steady Go toolkit provides a framework that can be followed by organisations as they incorporate telehealth, and which should provide a supportive environment in which telehealth can flourish.

Anyone involved in the delivery of a telehealth programme should find value in this toolkit. For those new to telehealth it provides a detailed account of steps that should be covered, and provides insight into common mistakes and ways in which progress can be monitored. For those with more experience, benefit could still be derived as it may provide new insights into certain aspects of service implementation along with a clear over riding framework that can assist in ensuring all aspects of the programme are managed effectively.

The Toolkit is available for download from our Resources section, here.

CLAHRC SY Summer 2012 Newsletter 'Health Economics'
download the PDF here


Nine healthcare organisations selected to test how corporate support services and clinical teams can improve the quality of care.
Nine healthcare organisations are selected for the Health Foundation's new flagship £4.6 million Shared Purpose programme to develop new ideas on how corporate support services and clinical teams can work together to improve the quality of care.

Shared Purpose aims to raise awareness of the role corporate support services can play in improving quality of care, to create examples of best practice and to develop the evidence base of what works in improving care through aligning corporate support and clinical services around common quality goals.

The nine organisations that are taking part in the Shared Purpose programme will receive funding of £420,000 each over three and a half years to develop and test their ideas which will build an evidence base that can benefit the NHS as a whole. Penny Pereira, Assistant Director at the Health Foundation said 'One of the reasons we wanted to work in this area is because, to date, the quality agenda has largely focused on improving the reliability of clinical services. But clinical teams do not work in isolation. Corporate services have often been overlooked, but we know that they have a significant role to play in improving the quality of care experienced by patients.

'Developing support systems that will enable high quality care is essential to move beyond improvement at clinical team level to sustainable organisation and system-wide transformation. The current financial challenges facing the UK's health services make it even more critical that providers are able to successfully deliver major changes that often require corporate as well as clinical change.'

The nine project teams will be testing out varied ideas. Several teams have projects seeking to improve the experience and core dignity of care. One is exploring the impact of recruiting staff on the basis of their values, alongside their clinical skills. Another will be seeking to reduce the burden of corporate processes on ward sisters.

One team will be seeking to develop a process for embedding Lean principles into the redevelopment of healthcare facilities: designing in spaces that encourage efficient flow and a good patient experience. There is a team planning to give inpatients a schedule of the various tests and procedures they should expect: a intervention that would be putting patients more in control of their care. Other teams will be working on value-based reporting, building the improvement skills of staff on a cross-organisation scale and using telemedicine support for the most vulnerable patients.

Penny Pereira continued, 'We are excited to be working with these nine organisations and their project teams on our Shared Purpose programme. The successful projects are all seeking to achieve goals that are in some way transformational. And it's not just the level of ambition that marked out the teams chosen through our highly competitive process – they have particularly strong executive engagement and evaluation approaches: giving us confidence they will be able to deliver the changes they are embarking upon.'

In addition to the £420,000 package the project teams will also be supported with a development programme with access to experts and advice to help the organisations work on their ideas and evaluate them.

For more information about the Shared Purpose programme and further information about the project teams, visit www.health.org.uk/sharedpurpose

NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes:

The closing date for the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes is 1 June 2012.

If you are part of an innovative idea in the NHS, then we want to hear from you! Now in their second year, the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes not only reward the tremendous pool of talent that exist in the NHS with well-deserved recognition, but also rewards them with prize money - our biggest winner to date received £100,000! It is now, more than ever, important for the NHS to invest in innovation in care and this programme exists to do just that by recognising and rewarding ideas that tackle some of the most challenging areas in healthcare. This year's challenges are based on identified priority areas with the aim to find solutions for delivering treatment and care in the following areas:

  • Better management of pregnancy
  • Reducing avoidable medicines waste
  • Control of infection
  • Early cancer diagnosis
  • Emergency care - right place, first time
  • Reducing avoidable use of primary care
  • Reducing falls and falls injuries
  • Improving diagnostic investigation
  • Identification and diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

To find out more about the Prizes and how to apply, please visit: www.challengeprizes.institute.nhs.uk
where you can also read previous winner's stories, and get some great learning from ideas submitted so far.

The Health Inequalities theme within the South Yorkshire CLAHRC is pleased to announce the launch of the Winter Warmth Toolkit.

This FREE web based toolkit with downloadable resources goes live on the 18th May 2012 and has been designed to help public and voluntary sector.

Organisations prepare for implementation of the Cold Weather Plan. The development of this resource was led by Catherine Homer from NHS.

Rotherham and leads on from the Keeping Warm in Later Life ProjecT (KWILLT).

The launch will involve four events across Yorkshire and The Humber and details can be found here

CLAHRC SY Spring 2012 Newsletter 'Impacts'
download the PDF here


CLAHRC-SY Gentics Theme

BBC News
'Newborn screening to be expanded in pilot study'
Read the full article here

The Sheffield Star
'New Sheffield baby tests could ‘transform lives’
Read the full article here

CLAHRC SY are pleased to announce the ESRC call for:
Placement Fellowship in the NIHR Collaboration and Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care -
South Yorkshire (CLAHRC-SY)

Click here for more information

CLAHRC SY R&D update March 2012
- download here

CLAHRC SY Winter 2011/12 Newsletter 'Transforming Services'
- download the PDF here

CLAHRC SY is being externally evaluated by ECLIPS -
Evaluating CLAHRCS Impact and Process

- read their newsletter update here

New website launched to profile Sheffield´s clinical research

A new website has been launched to promote clinical research in Sheffield.

The online resource, www.sheffieldclinicalresearch.org, has been developed so that people interested in taking part in clinical trials, industry and grant funders, and current and potential researchers both within Sheffield and across the UK can find the information they need in one place

The development follows a new partnership launched between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield, in which they will further their working partnership in developing clinical research in the city. Sheffield's strengths in research range from basic science through to applied research across numerous clinical specialties, with many studies translating into new and improved treatments for patients.

Simon Heller, Director of Research and Development at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Diabetes at the University of Sheffield, said: "This exciting new website has been established to bring together all the key information and resources people need to get involved in research in Sheffield in one place.

"Clinical research in Sheffield is already well developed but we are determined to do all we can to ensure that we contribute even more to the development of world-class treatments and devices for patients.

"This website is part of our ongoing efforts to raise the profile of our research and to help make involvement in research as straightforward as it possibly can be."

The new website contains key information on how people can get involved in research, for example by signing up to take part in a research study or by helping to advise on potential studies through membership of a patient panel.

For more information please contact Philip Wainwright, Research Communications Officer,
on: 0114 226 8989 or email: philip.wainwright@sth.nhs.uk

or Amy Stone, Media Relations Officer at the University of Sheffield,
on 0114 222 1046 or email: a.f.stone@sheffield.ac.uk

Want to recruit patients to your study fast?
Come and find out about our innovative local recruitment facility for applied health research at the:

'South Yorkshire Cohort' Showcase
Thursday 10th November 12noon - 2pm.

Further information is available on our Events page, here

NIHR Feedback
Our individual feedback from NIHR is outstanding in all areas, although they have requested that we work with NOCRI to help other CLAHRCs work more closely with industry. We were commended for our PPI joint strategy and links to other NIHR infra structures. Our individual feedback can be downloaded here.

Please contact jenny.powell@sth.nhs.uk if you would like to see the report on activities by all 9 CLAHRCs.

CLAHRC SY R&D update August 2011
- download here

Do you want to include PPI in your research?
Are you a researcher looking for PPI groups to get involved in your research?
You can contact health-related voluntary groups through the RDS's searchable database by clicking here

We are pleased to announce the Sue Mawson, Director of CLAHRC SY, has recently been appointed to the Health Services Research Network Board.

For further information, please click here


CLAHRC SY Summer Newsletter
- download the PDF here

If you would like a paper copy or copies of the Newsletter
please contact: jenny.powell@sth.nhs.uk

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Health's Tim Ellis will soon be working with CLAHRC SY and HIEC for Yorkshire and the Humber as Programme Manager for Assisted Living Technologies.

In recent years, Tim has successfully established and delivered the DH Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme; a £31m randomised controlled trial of telehealth and telecare, which involved recruitment of over 6000 participants over 3 sites. During his time with DH, Tim has taken a lead role on a variety of telehealth and telecare issues, providing expertise across Europe and the rest of the world as well as producing briefing materials for Ministers and Senior Officials.

In his new role with us, which will start in June 2011, Tim will draw on his extensive experience in delivery of large scale programmes to provide leadership and vision around implementation and management of cost-effective, large scale telehealth programmes across our region. This will involve identifying telehealth needs, selecting the most appropriate deployment strategies and managing delivery and evaluation of these services. In the first instance he will take responsibility for the successful delivery of a number of rapid telehealth implementations in the region as well as the ALIP project (Overcoming Barriers to Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies).

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Tim to the team, and we look forward to reporting the findings from the various projects in the near future.

PRESS RELEASE - 23 February 2011

Joint Project To Raise Public Awareness of Blood Clot Risk
A joint project between South Yorkshire's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC SY) and Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is enlisting the support of patients and the public to help reduce the incidence of venous thromboembelism (VTE), blood clots, among medical patients in hospital.
Most people know about the link between long-haul flights and blood clots. Few realise that any sustained period of immobility, such as through illness at home or a spell in hospital, can put them at risk.

This phase of the CLAHRC project will concentrate on raising awareness of those risks and how they can be reduced, among patients, their families and carers and the public in general. Work has already begun on a generic information leaflet, which will be trialled with patients. Project staff will also be developing specific information for stroke patients, who are at particular risk, and will be involving speech and language therapists to help devise information for those with communication issues, such as aphasia and dysphasia resulting from stroke.
A poster has already been produced highlighting three simple steps patients can take to help themselves:

  • Drink plenty of water and fluid
  • Turn or flex their ankles whilst in bed or sitting down
  • Keep moving by walking up and down the ward.

As people can develop VTE at home, the Trust is holding a series of VTE/Blood Clot Awareness Days during the spring to provide an opportunity for staff to talk to members of the public about blood clots, what they can do to help themselves and what the Trust is doing to minimise the risks should they be admitted to hospital.
In 2005 it was estimated that more people died from a clot lodging in their lungs (pulmonary embolism) than those who died from road accidents, AIDS, breast and prostate cancer combined (House of Commons Health Committee). Last year the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimated that annually VTE causes around 25,000 deaths in England's hospitals, yet with the correct treatment, as many as 60 per cent of those deaths can be avoided. In addition, treating long-term disabilities caused by non-fatal clots costs the NHS some £640,000 a year.

The impact on the lives of those who develop clots is considerable. Added to the worry of developing a fatal embolism and the heightened risk of developing further clots, VTE causes pain, discomfort and disruption to home/work life through increased hospital stay, follow-up appointments and regular blood tests. Some people may experience side effects from treatment, reduced mobility and there is the possibility of developing post thrombotic syndrome, which can occur up to two years after developing the initial clot.

The CLAHRC SY project at Rotherham began in June 2010 in response to new NICE guidelines advising that all patients admitted to hospital have a full VTE risk assessment and are given appropriate treatment and education related to blood clots. Its first phase was designed to facilitate and evaluate the multi-disciplinary care and management of the Trust's medical patients at risk of VTE. Learning from the project will be shared across South Yorkshire's NHS Trusts as part of CLAHRC's regional remit.

For further information about the Rotherham initiatives, please contact:
Marie Lowe, VTE Project Facilitator
Tel: 01709 307662
Email marie.lowe@rothgen.nhs.uk

For more information on CLAHRC SY implementation work, please contact:
Professor Kate Gerrish, Implementation Lead at kate.gerrish@sth.nhs.uk

Improving Systems of Care for Longer-Term Depression Workshop 27th January 2011.
Slides and a summary of the day are now available to download here.

PRESS RELEASE - 24th January 2011

South Yorkshire’s NHS Needs YOU!
This year, winter health is not just about colds and ‘flu.  Researchers from the NHS and Sheffield’s universities are looking for help with the South Yorkshire Cohort, a study that will provide valuable information to assist the NHS in South Yorkshire to make decisions about future treatments and services.  It is part of work undertaken through Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY). By filling in a simple questionnaire tens of thousands of randomly selected adults, could do their bit to help the NHS improve the long-term health of the region’s residents.

The tick-box questionnaire, which takes 5–10 minutes to complete, covers the recipient’s life style, work and background as well as health, long-standing conditions and healthcare.  The South Yorkshire Cohort questionnaires can be returned to Sheffield University at no charge.  They can also be filled in on line by going to: http://syc.shef.ac.uk 

Over the next few months questionnaires and covering letters from GPs, will begin landing on doormats in Sheffield and Rotherham, with Barnsley and Doncaster following starting in February.  Researchers aim to recruit around 20,000 local residents and are particularly keen to receive responses from men and young people.

All the information provided will remain strictly confidential and answers will be made anonymous.  Anyone completing a questionnaire will be given the opportunity to remain involved in the study by completing further questionnaires in the future, but can withdraw their consent at any time.  They will also be asked for permission for researchers to access their NHS health records. 

All those who agree to take part will be providing information that will be instrumental in shaping health services in South Yorkshire, not just in the immediate future, but also for years to come.

For further information, please contact:
Dr Clare Relton (Project Manager) on: 0114 222 0796

If unavailable please contact:
Professor Paul Bissell (Project Lead) on: 0114 222 0831
or Dr Christine Smith (Theme Manager) on: 01226 432342

CLAHRC SY Annual Report 2009 - 2010
-download the PDF here

If you would like a paper copy or copies of the Annual Report
please contact jenny.powell@sth.nhs.uk

CLAHRC SY Supports Major Telehealth Project in Barnsley:
Promoting better healthcare for people living with long term conditions.

On the 8th October 2010, Bosch Healthcare launched a major independent teleheath project with NHS Barnsley, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and CLAHRC SY, through the University of Sheffield.  This exciting new project will see more than 2,500 local patients trial the use of the Bosch Telehealth Plus monitoring system, which is designed to enable healthcare professionals monitor the condition of their patients remotely, allowing those patients to maintain their independence, with fewer visits to the clinic and reduced healthcare costs. 
Patients who will be involved in the project over the next three years include those currently living with one of a range of long-term conditions, for example congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and type 2 diabetes.  The device allows patients to take their own vital measurements every day, including blood pressure and weight, as well as answer general wellbeing questions.  This information is sent electronically to a team of nurses, who monitor the results and assess whether a patient requires any kind of medical attention.    
Margaret Kitching, director of Nursing and Profession at NHS Barnsley, said:
“We’ve now got local evidence that shows people living with chronic conditions who are supported with telehealth are more likely to take control of their own wellbeing by stopping smoking, losing weight, doing more exercise and looking after their mental wellbeing. It also improves medical care once they access the system, as care navigators can assess and direct them to the right services based on the findings recorded through the Bosch Telehealth Plus system. This provides greater efficiency both in time and resources.”
The launch event took place at Barnsley Town Hall, and involved presentations on the use of the device by a representative from Bosch Healthcare, a local GP and most importantly a local patient, Mr Alec Butteriss, 62, who is one of the first to use the device in the UK.  Mr Butteriss spoke of the reassurance that daily monitoring gave him compared to his previous healthcare regime that involved his health being checked only once a month. 
For more information about this study or to get involved, please contact:
Simon Brownsell

bosch telehealth
Patient Mr Alec Butteriss using the Telehealth Device


National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY) acknowledges funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

CLAHRC SY would also like to acknowledge the participation and resources of our partner organisations. Further details can be found here.

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