Feb 24

Clinical professor of palliative medicine appointed at University of Kent

The Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent has appointed a clinical professor of palliative medicine.

Professor Claire Butler, a consultant and clinical lead in palliative care at Medway Community Healthcare, will combine her clinical role with research at Kent into the best care for patients with a terminal illness with working on the NIHR funded Hospice at Home project.

Professor Butler trained in medicine at Newnham College, Cambridge and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. She qualified as a doctor in 1985 and joined the then new speciality of palliative medicine as a trainee in 1990, becoming a consultant in 1996.

She has worked as consultant and clinical lead in palliative care at the Wisdom Hospice, Rochester since October 2015, and will continue with this role. Previous to that she was a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and then consultant and director of medicine and research at Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.

Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of the Centre for Health Services Studies, said  palliative care ‘is an important but under-researched area of health care in the UK’.

Welcoming Professor Butler, he said she ‘will bring a valuable mix of research and clinical expertise in the key area of palliative medicine’.

Feb 22

‘YOU(TH) VISION’ photo exhibition launch event

The Centre for Health Services Studies would like to invite you to the launch of the ‘YOU(TH) VISION’ photo exhibition on Thursday 9th March 2017 at the Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury. The exhibition features the winners of a European youth photo competition. The photos depict scenes of transition from youth to adulthood as seen through the lens of young people, reflecting on what it means and how it feels to become adult nowadays.

The launch event will begin at 12:30pm and will finish at 2.40pm. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. The full agenda for the event is attached.

I hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very insightful event. Please RSVP to Amy Randall (a.randall@kent.ac.uk) by Monday 27th February 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amy on 07518133567.

Feb 10

EXCEPT photo comp winners’ exhibition: 9 – 30 March, Templeman Library

Winning entries from a photo competition exploring the transition from youth to adulthood as seen through the lens of young people, will be on display in March at the University’s Templeman Library.

You(th) Vision is part of Horizon 2020 research project EXCEPT, which explores social exclusion of youth in Europe. Dr Olena Nizalova leads the UK EXCEPT team in developing effective, innovative policy initiatives to help young people in Europe overcome labour market insecurities and related risks. Young people are the heart and voice of EXCEPT and the project acts as a facilitator to ensure their stories are told and heard by Europe’s policy makers.

Entries from more than 200 young people across Europe reflect on the meaning of adulthood and how it feels to become adult nowadays.

Competition winners include Fillipo, 21 from Italy whose entry (pictured) represents his feelings about becoming adult: ‘I think I will be really adult when I can see my father in the mirror’.

The Templeman exhibition runs from 9 – 30 March.

For more information contact Amy Randall at CHSS A.Randall@kent.ac.uk

Find out more about EXCEPT on the project website: http://www.except-project.eu/

Jan 31

CHSS Newsletter Winter 2016/17

The latest CHSS Newsletter is now available to view on our website.

Included in this issue:

  • our latest research projects, including a major evaluation of Hospice at Home services
  • news and updates about ongoing projects, events and conferences
  • staff profile – we welcome Dr Melanie Rees-Roberts and Ashley Mills
  • CHSS on video – including Director Stephen Peckham’s address to the European Public Health Conference and Prof Jenny Billings on the groundbreaking work of  the SUSTAIN project
  • and more!


You can subscribe to future issues by post. Our online archive is also available.

Jan 30

Getting North Kent moving: CHSS evaluation report

A CHSS evaluation report of the effectiveness of 12-week physical activity intervention ‘Let’s Get Moving’ (LGM) has been published. Developed by the NHS and the Department of Health, LGM uses motivational interviewing to promote positive changes in health behaviour.

Not-for-profit body ukactive, delivered LGM through two GP surgeries in north Kent, in partnership with Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley and Swale Clinical Commissioning Groups. CHSS conducted the evaluation on behalf of Kent County Council Public Health.

Dr Sarah Hotham led the evaluation which focuses on the programme’s impact on participants – as well as reach and implementation – using participant questionnaires and interview data. Between August 2015 and February 2016, 242 participants joined LGM. Levels of physical activity were assessed at the start of the project and again at twelve weeks and six months.

Results suggested that participants were doing significantly more walking, moderate and vigorous activity at twelve weeks and six months when compared with their baseline scores. Nearly three quarters of participants returning at twelve weeks reported positive changes in their overall physical activity. This increased to more than 87% in participants returning at six months.

Read the full CHSS evaluation report here.

Jan 25

Stephen Peckham on BBC Inside Out East

Professor Stephen Peckham was on the east region edition of BBC Inside Out on Monday 16th January Talking about workloads in the NHS. You can see Stephen from around the 4 minute mark: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088p1qm/inside-out-east-16012017

Jan 09

BBC Radio Kent interview: Stephen Peckham – car free Canterbury day?

In a BBC Radio Kent Breakfast interview today, CHSS Director and Canterbury resident Stephen Peckham supported action to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in the city of Canterbury. Air quality breaches directives, and there are very high levels of traffic congestion for a small city. There are an estimated 40,000+ premature deaths across the UK due to traffic pollution. Diesel particulates pose a major health risk, with Public Health England claiming that around 70 Canterbury residents each year die prematurely from this kind of pollution alone. Adding in other traffic pollutants would lead to a much higher figure.

European cities including Paris and Delhi, have held car-free days, closing roads to focus attention and highlight sustainable transport options such as cycling and walking. In the UK, Nottingham has an annual event to encourage a car free city. Canterbury City Council are to debate the idea of such an initiative this evening.

Stephen said ‘We often associate pollution with urban areas but Canterbury and other parts of Kent have a significant air quality problem and heavy traffic volume. Anything which highlights how to reduce vehicle use and congestion and improve public health needs to be encouraged. Holland and Germany have invested far more in cycle paths and quality public transport to get people out of cars. Advance planning is key, as is getting businesses on board and raising awareness among the public. We need to encourage our council to develop sustainable alternatives and improve our public transport and infrastructure to support them’.

The interview begins at 1h08m ending at 1h 16m.



Dec 09

NEW REPORT: CHSS Evaluation of BLF Integrated Breathe Easy Groups

Do ‘Breathe Easy’ patient groups improve health outcomes in chronic lung disease?

Over the past two decades, the British Lung Foundation (BLF), has made impressive progress setting up a nationwide support network of Breathe Easy (BE) groups for those living with lung conditions, and family and friends who support them. In 2014, with a grant from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), the BLF started a nationwide project to integrate more of their BE groups into the existing local healthcare pathway.

The CHSS report from the outcome and economic evaluation of this two year project has now been published.

Find out more about the CHSS evaluation >

More information on the BLF website >


Dec 09

Which Hospice at Home services work best for everyone involved?

For this new NIHR-funded project, CHSS will be collaborating with a team of partners to find out what works best and for whom, when it comes to ‘Hospice at Home’ (HAH) end of life care services.

Prof Tricia Wilson leads the CHSS team which also includes Dr Ferhana Hashem. Chief Investigator of the project is Dr Clare Butler, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Lead for Wisdom Hospice.

A survey of HAH staff will collect data from around the UK to find out which models are currently operating and which are most effective in achieving the best outcomes for patients and their carers.

Read more on our current research page >


Nov 24

Listen: BBC Radio Kent this morning with CHSS’ Professor Stephen Peckham

CHSS’ Professor Stephen Peckham was a guest on BBC Radio Kent at 8 minutes past 8 this morning. He was talking about the recently released health service transformation plans in Kent and Medway .

Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04dq3r1#play and navigate 2 hours and 8 minutes into the show to hear Prof’ Peckham’s opinion.

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