Nov 13

Stephen Peckham speaks on the need for collective responsibility for cleaner air

On Tuesday 7 November Stephen Peckham spoke at a clean air conference at Port Lympne in Kent.  His presentation was ‘how can we ensure cleaner air for the people of Kent?’ The one day event aimed to help address the air quality challenge for business in the south east.

Stephen emphasised that businesses must take on their share of the collective responsibility by working to lower harmful emissions and reduce catastrophic damage to public health and the environment.

For more information about the research CHSS are carrying out in this area, see p3 of our Spring CHSS Newsletter.

Oct 31

CHSS newsletter

The latest CHSS Newsletter is now available to read or download on our website. We hope you enjoy our latest news, events, publications and staff updates. This issue has a global feel. We feature Professor Sally Kendall’s project in Western Australia working with Aboriginal mothers. ‘CHSS People’ (p6) profiles Dr Erica Gadsby, and her experiences of working in global health and aid.

There are updates from European projects EXCEPT and SUSTAIN. Page 3 highlights Professor Jenny Billings’ video on Integrated Care – part of the University’s Think Kent lecture series.
You can subscribe to future issues by post. Our online archive is also available.

We are happy to receive feedback, suggestions or comments on our newsletters.

Oct 30

WATCH: Stephen Peckham presentation: Citizens Conference on Fluoride, Washington

Fluoride and Thyroid

In September, Professor Stephen Peckham was a guest speaker at the 6th Citizens Conference on Fluoride in Washington.

The CHSS Director presented an overview of a recent observational study which found an association between fluoridated water and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

Rick Woychik PhD was another keynote speaker at the Conference. Rick is Deputy Director for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Watch the video of Stephen’s presentation here.

Oct 23

NEW PhD opportunity with CHSS!

CHSS is offering a 3 year (fulltime) or 5 year (part time) PhD studentship to undertake research in health services and evaluation based in the Centre commencing in September/October 2018.

We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic about health services research and can become part of the research endeavour within CHSS. Applicants will have completed a health-related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course).

The studentship will cover tuition fees at the standard postgraduate home/EU rate plus an annual maintenance stipend £14,553 per annum (2017-2018 rate). In addition, there is an annual Research Training Support allowance of £750 to cover conference attendance, training courses, equipment and books.

Interested applicants should apply for a place via the University of Kent‘s online application system by Thursday 1 March 2018.

For further details see our Study with CHSS page.

Informal enquiries regarding the application process and studying for a PhD in CHSS should be made to Kalliopi Glezakou in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR).

Oct 13

New blog from CHSS Senior Research Fellow – ‘Hunger and obesity – a 21C paradox’

CHSS Senior Research Fellow Dr Erica Gadsby works in public health, health policy and systems research.
In a new Guest blog published on the Royal Society for Public Health website, she discusses how the media’s focus on obesity is obscuring another concern affecting children in our poorer households: that of hunger.
**Erica will also feature in our next CHSS newsletter (out at the end of October), in the regular ‘CHSS People’ column.






Sep 26

NEW! CHSS study – performance-related pay and care of those with long-term conditions

Offering general practices more money according to the number of people with long-term health conditions they treat, for example, with diabetes, cancer or dementia, does not lead to improved care, according to a study by Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent.The study, led by Dr Lindsay Forbes, Senior Clinical Research Fellow. is published online by the British Journal of General Practice on 26th September 2017 ( Commissioned by NHS England, the study looked at the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), the world’s largest pay-for-performance scheme in primary care. Around 99% of GPs in England are part of the QOF around 10-15% of income for general practices is derived from the scheme.

CHSS carried out a systematic review of the effect the QOF has on a broad range of patient outcomes such as personalised care, self-care, patient experience, coordination of care and mortality rates, among others. The study found no evidence that the QOF leads to better coordinated care, more holistic care, better encouragement to self-care, or improved patient experience or involvement in decisions. It also had no effect on mortality rates. It found that the QOF may be associated with some very modest positive effects in limited areas only.

CHSS concluded that NHS should consider more broadly what constitutes long-term high quality care and find other ways of motivating GPs and primary care teams beyond monetary rewards.


Jul 31

CHSS Newsletter Summer 2017

Our latest CHSS Newsletter is now available to read or download on our website. We hope you will enjoy our latest news, events, publications and staff updates, including:

  • a report on the highly successful CHSS pre-election health policy debate
  • our recent KAPCU (Kent Academic Primary Care Unit) seminar exploring how primary care and mental health services can and are working together
  • news of the RISKIT project team’s work targeting substance abuse in young offenders
  • public engagement and other news.

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


we would be happy to hear any feedback or comments you may have on our newsletters, please contact:

Jul 21

CHSS receives funding for HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme 2017-18

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS)/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme 2017-18 

CHSS (Centre for Health Services Studies), University of Kent is to become a new provider for the Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) 2017-18.

Funding has been awarded to the Centre to enable up to eight successful interns to receive a bespoke learning and development programme. HEKSS will award funding to support backfill cost, tuition fees and reasonable expenses.

Available to a range of health practitioners, the ICAP is intended to prepare applicants to apply for an NIHR MRes or Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.

“We are so delighted to have been awarded this valuable funding! It means CHSS can now provide research training and development opportunities to a range of local health practitioners. The  programme will help the University to develop research capability and capacity across the south east region”.
CHSS Research Fellow Dr Ferhana Hashem (Intern Programme Leader)

Key Dates:

Applications close: Thursday 24 August 2017 (5pm)
Interviews:               Thursday 14 September 2017
Induction Day:         Thursday 12 October 2017
NB: Applicants must be able to attend both the interview and induction day   

University of Kent – FAQ for applicants 2017-18 ICAP (pdf)  
To discuss the programme please email:

Find out more on the Health Education England website >

Jun 01

Watch CHSS pre-election health policy debate here!

There was a packed house at the Gulbenkian Theatre for last night’s CHSS-hosted health policy debate.

Whatever their political leanings, all who came along were clearly passionate about future health and social care services in our region, and at national level.

We are extremely grateful to all the brave Parliamentary candidates who came along to face a barrage of questions from an animated audience, on topics including funding the NHS, privatisation and mental health services.

The panel was chaired by CHSS Director Prof Stephen Peckham, and the candidates were:

• Sir Julian Brazier, Conservative 
• Rosie Duffield, Labour 
• James Flanagan, Liberal Democrat
• Henry Stanton, Green 

If you weren’t lucky enough to be there, you can watch the whole event or listen online (brought to you in collaboration with KTV and CSRfm).

There was also lots of Twitter activity during the debate and you can follow the #CHSSge17 action on Storify.

There will be more about this highly successful event in our next CHSS newsletter, out at the end of July.




May 26

CHSS Director’s address on local air quality

On Wednesday evening CHSS Director Prof Stephen Peckham spoke on ‘Air Quality in Canterbury; what we know and what we need to know’ at Canterbury Christ Church University. The event – hosted by the Sustainability Research Network – took place at the Old Sessions House, Canterbury.

Air pollution is a major public health problem and Canterbury already breaches national limits for nitrogen dioxide and ozone – both of which are associated with traffic emissions. With new developments the situation is likely to get worse unless we find new solutions. CHSS is currently undergoing a local pilot project to measure air quality in the city, explore the associated health impacts of poor air quality and outline ideas for tackling the issue.

Find out more about the project, in our recent CHSS newsletter (see p3)

Older posts «