The range of media through which we communicate is expanding.  We think that films are sometimes the best way to communicate certain messages to patients and the public, to other researchers or clinicians, and to students or professionals undergoing training.  As such, CLAHRC has developed the following short films, often in close collaboration with other individuals or organisations.

All of the videos on our website, along with many others are also available to download from our Vimeo channel at:
CLAHRC SY Stroke Theme 

The use of life stories has become an important tool in helping to inform the nature of health and social care services for older people. Life stories help to communicate information about working lives; relationships; family life; health; beliefs and expectations. Dr Jane McKeown (TK2A Theme), Dr Tony Ryan (Stroke Theme) and Professor Christine Ingleton (University of Sheffield) have worked, with funding from the University of Sheffield Knowledge Transfer fund, in establishing the use of life stories for older people, particularly those who have dementia. The team has also explored how life story work can be used with minority ethnic groups of older people.

This short film, joint funded by CLAHRC SY and produced in collaboration with Optical Jukebox, explores the life stories of a group of older Yemeni men who arrived in Sheffield during the 1950s and 60s to work in the steel industry. The film describes the challenges faced by the men and the impact that this has had on their health,           relationships and wellbeing. The film helps us to understand the significant role played by this group of men and their legacy for the Yemeni community and the City of Sheffield.

For more information please see here

CLAHRC SY Genetics Theme 

Newborn screening helps to diagnose babies with rare metabolic disorders. These conditions can cause serious illness, which can result in death or serious disabilities. CLAHRC for South Yorkshire is co-ordinating an evaluation of an expanded screening test, which if proved effective, could help to diagnose another five conditions. We have produced short films about living with these five specific disorders, and a short general film about living with metabolic disorders. 

For further information on the disorders and the project please see the project's website,

Living with a rare disorder and screening - an introduction
Baby Habul's story - living with MSUD
Noah & Ruby's story - living with GA1
Will's story - living with LCHADD
Stacey's story - living with HCU

Richard's story - living with IVA

CLAHRC SY Diabetes theme

WICKED education course 
A short film made by a young person with type 2 diabetes who attended CLAHRC’s WICKED course (Working with Insulin, Carbs, Ketones and Exercise to manage Diabetes), which has been developed to help young people learn to self-manage their diabetes.

CLAHRC Stroke and Telehealth and Care Technologies
(TaCT) themes

CACTUS Aphasia Research Group
CACTUS (Cost effectiveness of Computer Assisted Treatment vs Usual Stimulation) is a small scale research project to test whether ongoing therapy, delivered using specially developed software, can help stroke survivors with aphasia improve their speech and language skills. More information on the project can be found here.

“She's had her stroke 30 years and she's never strung a sentence together. It was quite nice when she said 'what have you been doing?'”

This small scale (‘pilot’) study showed positive outcomes, and we hope to secure further funding to run a full randomised controlled trial.
Many of the interviews shown were filmed at the ‘Nothing about us without us’ PPI workshop held in Sheffield on 2nd March 2011.

CLAHRCs – The value of evaluation 

Without evaluation it can be difficult to know what impact research or changes to health services have made.  Evaluation is particularly important in programmes as large as CLAHRCs.  This short film covers some aspects of evaluation across the national CLAHRCs.  
Many of the interviews were filmed in Sheffield during the CLAHRC Knowledge Exchange Event 6-7th October 2010.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Workshop 

CACTUS Aphasia Research Group

Filmed as part of the 'Nothing about us without us' PPI workshop in Sheffield on 2nd March 2011, the CACTUS Aphasia Research Group gives a real example of how valuable PPI can be in research.



Living well with longer-term depression - The IQuESTS Project
This documentary explores people's experiences of living with longer-term depression, and how self-management approaches can empower individuals to take control of their mental well being. The film also gives a powerful insight into how service-user involvement throughout the IQuESTS project has helped shaped a new approach that better meets the needs of this group.

The IQuESTS Project, funded by the NIHR CLAHRC, aims to reduce levels of chronic, recurrent and relapsing depression in South Yorkshire through translating results from clinical trials of psychological treatments for depression to routine NHS conditions, improving self-management, and demonstrating a step change in the quality and effectiveness of NHS psychological services and therapies.

CLAHRC SY Translating Knowledge into Action (TK2A) theme

The Voice of Dementia 

There can be an assumption that when a person receives a diagnosis of dementia that they somehow become incapable of having a say about their lives and about the services they receive. The "Voice of Dementia" film shows people with dementia talking about their lives, their diagnosis and the importance of being listened to.

The film begs the question - whey are these people marginalised when it comes to decisions about their lives, and what can we do to change this?

The film is an outcome from a larger CLAHRC SY project about exploring how people with dementia could be better involved in service feedback, evaluation and planning. This is a collaborative project with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer's Society Sheffield. The project is part of the CLAHRC SY Translating Knowledge into Action theme.

CLAHRC Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) theme

Telehealth Video
The short video was made during a past project of a 12 month pilot study of telehealth deployment for people with Chronic Heart Failure. The video includes perspectives from research, development, care delivery and patient experience.

CLAHRCs – The value of working together 

This short film demonstrates the value of collaborative working across multiple organisations. 

Many of the interviews were filmed in Sheffield during the CLAHRC Knowledge Exchange Event 6-7th October 2010.

Nothing about us without us Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) workshop  

Involving patients and members of the public in research can be rewarding not only for the individuals, but also for the research and the researcher.  CLAHRC SY encourages all our research projects to include consideration of PPI.  PPI can be included in a research project at many levels, whether through PPI input into research proposals, through to full involvement of lay people in designing new services, or as service user researchers.  This film includes the views of PPI participants and researchers on how they have all benefitted from being included in the research process.

Many of the interviews shown were filmed at the ‘Nothing about us without us’ PPI workshop held in Sheffield on 2nd March 2011.