Dec 10

Medal for ‘Team CHSS’ at ESPCH Awards!

Congratulations to CHSS Research Fellows Dr Rowena Merritt and Dr Sarah Hotham!

They were delighted to receive the ESPCH (European Society for Person Centered Healthcare) silver medal for their research into experience of people with Parkinsons across Europe.

Sarah and Rowena (pictured) attended a special awards ceremony on 6 December, held in London, where they collected their medal and a certificate for their publication The subjective experience of Parkinson’s disease: a qualitative study in 60 people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s in 11 European countries.

The European Society for Person Centered Healthcare is a professional body of multi-disciplinary clinicians, academics, expert patients and patient advocacy groups.

Nov 22

CHSS Newsletter Autumn 2018

Our latest CHSS Newsletter is now available to read or download.  

This issue includes recent events including our highly successful ‘NHS at 70’ public Q&A held in July.

Research updates include Professor Chris Farmer’s work to develop a tool to assess risk of further renal damage in pregnancy. The aim is to help women with chronic kidney disease make informed choices. We also feature the NIHR Research Design Service South East, who have just launched their new five year contract.

On p6 our regular CHSS People slot is given over to Ruth Adams, a member of our Public Engagement ‘Opening Doors to Research Group.

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

We always welcome feedback, suggestions or comments. Contact 

Sep 21

WATCH! New videos from EXCEPT project

Two new videos are now available to watch here from the EXCEPT Project (Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: cumulative disadvantage, coping strategies, effective policies and transfer)


  • The first (below) was filmed on 25 April at the Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons where findings from the EXCEPT project were presented to invited stakeholders, young people and guests.


  • Recently, Dr Olena Nizalova, who led the UK EXCEPT team, delivered a presentation as part of the University’s Think Kent Lecture series.  Youth Unemployment: Addressing Long-Term Effects on Health and Wellbeing.

    Follow this link to view the Lecture


Sep 17

CHSS Newsletter, Summer 2018

Our latest CHSS Newsletter is now available to read or download.

This issue includes the EU EXCEPT project event at the House of Commons hosted by Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield. The Parliamentary Reception shared findings around youth unemployment and social exclusion.

We also feature our work to promote breastfeeding and Professor Sally Kendall responds to President Trump’s stance on the subject.

On p6-7 our regular CHSS People slot introduces our three visiting Darzi Fellows; NHS clinicians who are working with CHSS whilst undertaking their Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership.

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

We always welcome feedback, suggestions or comments.



Jul 04

Funding for CHSS to provide HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internships 2018-19

Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS)/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internships 2018-19 

CHSS (Centre for Health Services Studies), University of Kent will continue as a provider for the Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) 2018-19.

Funding has been awarded to the Centre to enable up to eleven 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 Non-Medical Applied Health Professionals, the ICAP is intended to prepare applicants to apply for a NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship, and in the long-term apply for Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, Clinical Lectureship or Senior Clinical Lectureship

The internship scheme will:

– develop research and research capabilities throughout all levels of the NHS in order to enhance and diffuse evidence based practice
– provide the opportunity to develop a network of clinical academics so that learning, best practice and innovation can be shared and disseminated
– support the development of clinical skills as well as research skills
– encourage research into areas related to HEE’s Mandate or to education and training as a whole
– offer an insight into a career in clinical academia and provide experience which would support applications for further formal research training.

“We are so delighted to have been awarded this valuable funding for a second year! It means CHSS can continue to 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 (ICAP Internship Programme Leader)

More information:
To discuss the programme and to request the University of Kent Application Form 2018-19 please email:
Closing date for applications:  apply online and upload all supporting documentation to University of Kent by
5pm, Tuesday 28th August 2018
University of Kent – FAQ for applicants 2018-19 ICAP (pdf) 
Link to Health Education England website on Integrated Clinical Academic Programme:
Link on Health Education England website on ICAP Internships:

Jun 18

Professor Sally Kendall awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Sally is also Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University in Western Australia where she contributes to research on Aboriginal Health in families and communities. She is Chair of the European Primary Care Forum, which seeks to develop international perspectives on community health initiatives.

Sally is also  co-editor in chief of Primary Health Care Research and Development, an internationally-recognised journal, and co-chair of the International Collaboration of Community Health Nursing Research, a UK charity supporting international community nursing research dissemination.

Jun 08

VIDEO! Watch the 2018 CHSS Open Lecture online

CHSS Open Lecture 2018:
General Practice forward view and a vision for the future of primary care – Dr Arvind Madan

On Wed 18 April, Dr Arvind Madan gave this year’s CHSS Open Lecture in the Grimond Theatre, Canterbury Campus, as part of the University’s Distinguished Visitor series.

Since 2015 Dr. Madan has been Director of Primary Care and Deputy National Medical Director for NHS England. A General Practitioner for 20 years, Dr Madan is a partner in the Hurley Group, a large multi-site general practice and urgent care provider.

Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Cox opened the event with an overview of CHSS and its research strengths, and then welcomed Dr Madan. The lecture outlined the strengths of General Practice and the problems it faces. A lively audience discussion followed.

If you missed the event, you can now watch a video recording here.

You can also view the Twitter conversation around the Lecture by searching #CHSSopen18

Look out for details of all our upcoming events on our web news page and on Twitter.

Jun 04

CHSS to host ‘NHS at 70’ – Public Q&A event #NHS70

The past, present and future of the NHS at 70
7-9pm, Thursday 12 July, 2018 (Free drinks reception 6.30 – 7pm)
Colyer-Fergusson Music Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB


As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, health care services are often in the newspaper headlines but usually highlighting crises and problems. There are also Government promises of new plans and funding. So what is the truth? After 70 years, what state is the NHS really in and what does the future hold?

To address these and other questions about the NHS locally and nationally, the Centre for Health Services Studies is hosting a public question and answer event with a panel of national and local speakers. This is your chance to ask about the health of the NHS both nationally and locally.

Free and open to all and no booking necessary.

Our panel includes:
Professor Sir Nick Black
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Rosie Duffield 
Canterbury MP, UK Parliament

Professor Steve Smith
Chair of East Kent Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


More information >

May 14

‘Women should not rely on breast screening’ – CHSS Snr Clin Res Fellow

CHSS Senior Clinical Research Fellow Dr Lindsay Forbes says failures like the one that led to 450,000 women missing breast cancer mammograms are rare but that anyone with breast symptoms should visit their GP promptly for investigation and not rely on screening.

With anxious women inundating a breast cancer screening helpline, Lindsay says screening can save lives but that it can also cause harm because of overdiagnosis. ‘It may seem astonishing that this problem was not picked up before now. Jeremy Hunt acknowledged that oversight of the NHS Breast Screening Programme may have been inadequate. The Breast Screening Quality Assurance Service has experienced a cut in funding, and the Health and Social Care Act 2012 fragmented the public health workforce and its capacity for monitoring local screening performance. What is even more astonishing, however, is that this kind of error is rare, thankfully. NHS IT systems are vast and complicated and, generally speaking, operate strikingly well.

‘The Inquiry will examine the clinical impact of the error, in particular, the critical issue of whether any women have died prematurely as a result of not being invited for screening. An Independent UK Panel in 2012 estimated that breast screening reduces the risk of breast cancer death by between 11 per cent and 27 per cent, but this is considered by some to be an overestimate. Breast screening can also cause harm: for every woman whose life is saved by breast screening, it is thought that three are overdiagnosed – that is, are treated for a breast cancer that would not have caused them any clinical problems.

‘Therefore, some of the women not invited for screening as a result of the error will have benefited from it, in that they will not have received a diagnosis and treatment for a cancer that would never have come to light and certainly would not have killed them.

‘What is vital is that women with breast symptoms go to their GP promptly for investigation – not screening – as soon as possible. Women with cancers diagnosed at an early symptomatic stage have a high survival rate. We need to see whether women who should have been invited for screening between the ages of 68 and 71 and were subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer had delayed going to see their GP – perhaps falsely reassured by previous normal screens.’

Lindsay is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow with CHSS. For more information view her staff profile



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