Jun 12

PhD Closing date EXTENDED! Fully-funded PhD Scholarship (KentHealth)

NB: closing date for applications is now (midnight) 3 July 2017
interviews take place during week commencing 10 July 2017

 

CHSS (Centre for Health Services Studies) is currently inviting applications for a PhD scholarship in applied health research in partnership with Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to commence September 2017. This scholarship is provided by Kent Health in the form of a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme (GTA). This scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the full UK Research Councils rate of £14,553 (rate for 2017/18).

The awardee will work in both community and clinical settings with colleagues in Bexley CCG to evaluate a new social prescribing model, supervised by Chartered Psychologist Dr Sarah Hotham (Primary supervisor in CHSS), Primary Care Transformation Manager Andy Fairhurst (Primary supervisor at Bexley CCG), Chartered Health Psychologist Dr Kate Hamilton-West (Co-supervisor in CHSS), and Chief Clinical Officer Dr Nikita Kanani (Co-supervisor at Bexley CCG).

This unique opportunity will engage the awardee in an ambitious applied health project, working alongside general practitioners, clinicians, health and social care commissioners and voluntary & community sector leaders. The PhD will be supervised by a panel of experts in health psychology and Primary Care. The student will gain a deep understanding of how health services are delivered in primary care; they will be at the forefront of developing new models of care and provide much-needed evidence about the impact of Social Prescribing to inform the efficient, effective commissioning of services by highlighting what works, for whom, in what circumstances and with what outcomes. The position will include time spent in General Practice and wider Primary Care environments. In addition, the student will gain expertise in health service evaluation and have the opportunity to further develop both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. They will also have the opportunity to further develop their research portfolio and publications by collaborating with CHSS staff on other projects within the department through the GTA research position.

More details:
Scholarship details and application process (pdf)
Social Prescribing PhD Outline (pdf)

Full details can be found on the CHSS website.
In the meantime, please direct enquiries by email to Dr Sarah Hotham: S.Hotham@kent.ac.uk

Jun 07

KAPCU Seminar – Tue 13 June 6.30 – 8.50

Kent Academic Primary Care Unit (KAPCU) seminar:
Primary care and mental health: Developing a synergy

6.30 – 8.50 pm, 13 June 2017, Grimond LT2, University of Kent, Canterbury

FREE but  places limited and on a first come first served basis.
Bookings: http://bit.ly/2nNqkPh
For further information contact Helen Wooldridge, h.l.wooldridge@kent.ac.uk

Event flyer: KAPCU Seminar 13-6-17

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)

May 26

CHSS at U3A/University of Kent Research Showcase

CHSS staff and PhD students were among the many attendees of the U3A/University of Kent Research Showcase on 23 May in the Gulbenkian Foyer. More than a hundred members of the Canterbury and District branch of the University of the Third Age were welcomed, to share research projects, posters and performances, and find out about areas for future partnerships.

There was a strong contingent of postgraduates presenting their work in an accessible format, and input from academic staff from across many disciplines. The event showcased a wide range of research and there were performances from the U3A choir.

CHSS Public Engagement Officer Dr Amanda Bates chaired a session on Health and Memories and Dr Ferhana Hashem presented on Physiotherapy, Haemophilia and Child Health. Our PhD students Vanessa Abrahamson, Rowena Bicknall and Aida Malovic were among those displaying research posters.

The event was followed by a wine reception with the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

Research Showcase Final Programme

 

May 22

Double congratulations!

We are delighted to announce that CHSS Public Engagement Officer Amanda Bates has just had her award of PhD confirmed. Congratulations Dr Bates!

Congratulations also to PhD student Rowena Bicknell on her double win at the Students’ Award ceremony! Rowena was awarded Student of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to College life (both jointly with Tom Ritchie, School of History).

Very well done to both!

May 19

NEW Blog: Professor Bob Hudson on public accountability in NHS

Where does accountability lie within the NHS? CHSS Visiting Professor Bob Hudson writes that the current ways of the healthcare system make public scrutiny and citizen accountability opaque and increasingly incomprehensible to outsiders. He argues that engaging with citizens is key to giving the healthcare debate legitimacy.

For the past forty years, Professor Hudson has been a well-known political commentator and leading academic in the field of integrated care. He became an Honorary member of CHSS in 2015 and is currently working with Professors Stephen Peckham and Jenny Billings.

In this blog post he argues that the current ways of the healthcare system make public scrutiny and citizen accountability opaque and increasingly incomprehensible to outsiders. He believes that engaging with citizens is key to giving the healthcare debate legitimacy.

Read the blog here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 12

Pre-election health policy debate

Question your local candidates!

CHSS will be hosting a pre-election health policy debate on Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 7pm in the Gulbenkian Theatre.

The following Parliamentary candidates have confirmed their attendance:

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

The candidates will take public questions from the floor and inform the audience what their policy plans could mean for the future of our health and social care.

This event is free and open to all – no booking necessary.

For directions to the Gulbenkian Theatre and more information about parking and access, download or view this pdf.

You can also watch the debate live at youtube.com/kenttelevision, tune in to CSRfm radio locally via 97.4fm radio or listen online at http://CSRfm.com

Brought to you in collaboration with KTV and CSRfm

Search for #CHSSge17 on twitter for more information

May 05

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED! Fully-funded PhD Scholarship (KentHealth)

NB: closing date for applications is now (midnight) 3 July 2017
interviews take place during week commencing 10 July 2017

 

CHSS (Centre for Health Services Studies) is currently inviting applications for a PhD scholarship in applied health research in partnership with Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to commence September 2017. This scholarship is provided by Kent Health in the form of a Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarship administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme (GTA). This scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the full UK Research Councils rate of £14,553 (rate for 2017/18).

The awardee will work in both community and clinical settings with colleagues in Bexley CCG to evaluate a new social prescribing model, supervised by Chartered Psychologist Dr Sarah Hotham (Primary supervisor in CHSS), Primary Care Transformation Manager Andy Fairhurst (Primary supervisor at Bexley CCG), Chartered Health Psychologist Dr Kate Hamilton-West (Co-supervisor in CHSS), and Chief Clinical Officer Dr Nikita Kanani (Co-supervisor at Bexley CCG).

This unique opportunity will engage the awardee in an ambitious applied health project, working alongside general practitioners, clinicians, health and social care commissioners and voluntary & community sector leaders. The PhD will be supervised by a panel of experts in health psychology and Primary Care. The student will gain a deep understanding of how health services are delivered in primary care; they will be at the forefront of developing new models of care and provide much-needed evidence about the impact of Social Prescribing to inform the efficient, effective commissioning of services by highlighting what works, for whom, in what circumstances and with what outcomes. The position will include time spent in General Practice and wider Primary Care environments. In addition, the student will gain expertise in health service evaluation and have the opportunity to further develop both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. They will also have the opportunity to further develop their research portfolio and publications by collaborating with CHSS staff on other projects within the department through the GTA research position.

More details:
Scholarship details and application process (pdf)
Social Prescribing PhD Outline (pdf)

Full details can be found on the CHSS website.
In the meantime, please direct enquiries by email to Dr Sarah Hotham: S.Hotham@kent.ac.uk

Apr 28

CHSS Newsletter Spring 2017 OUT NOW!

Our latest CHSS Newsletter is now available on our website.
In this issue:

International news – CHSS Research Fellow Dr Erica Gadsby’s visit to Guinea with University colleagues to identify research priorities around the experiences of Ebola survivors, and Director Prof Stephen Peckham’s work with Canadian colleagues
• Recent and upcoming events, including our pre-election health policy debate on 31 May and a report on the EXCEPT project photo exhibition launch
• projects focusing on environmental health and physical activity
• a profile of our new CHSS Clinical Professor of Palliative Medicine, Claire Butler
• Recent publications – and more!

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

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