CHSS celebrates results of first REF submission

The Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) has performed strongly in its first submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 100% of impact and over 60% of outputs evaluated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The Centre’s scores are based on results in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Unit of Assessment announced today by the REF.  The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in UK higher education providers. This is the first time the Centre has submitted to the REF following substantial growth between 2014 and 2021.

Professor Stephen Peckham, Director of CHSS, said “I’m delighted that CHSS’s commitment to methodologically rigorous, multi-disciplinary and impactful research has been recognised by these results. Our first REF submission is the result of the commitment and achievements of everyone associated with CHSS, including our research and professional services staff, our regional, national and international partners, and members of the public who offer their insight and experience to help us enhance our research. I would like to thank everyone involved.”

CHSS is an applied health services and policy research centre with a well-established regional, national and international profile. Its principal research strengths lie in primary and community care, health and social care systems, and health and wellbeing, particularly for young people. Find out more on the Centre webpages.

CHSS Spring 2022 Newsletter

CHSS’ Spring 2021 Newsletter is now online!

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Read our latest updates on new projects, publications and events.

  • Our cover celebrates CHSS’ involvement in the exciting new £10m ESRC-funded ‘Centre for Care’ collaboration.
  • We feature new CHSS-led projects aimed at reducing criminalisation, violence and re-offending among young people – the Re-frame Randomised Controlled Trial, and an evaluation of Kent and Medway Violence Reduction Unit’s (KM VRU) commissioned programmes.
  • ‘CHSS People’ (p6) introduces Research Assistant and former CHSS PhD Student Dr Emily McKean. She opens up about her Doctoral journey and combining study with working and parenthood. We have plenty to celebrate on our back cover, and welcome new CHSS faces!

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

We  welcome feedback. Contact Helen McGregor:  h.mcgregor@kent.ac.uk

HEEKSS/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme and Bridging Scheme 2021-22

Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEEKSS)/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme and Bridging Scheme 2021-22

CHSS will continue as a provider for the Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex (HEEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) and Bridging Scheme 2021-2022.

Funding has been awarded to the Centre to enable  successful pre or post-doctoral awardees to receive a bespoke learning and research development programme. HEEKSS will award funding to support backfill cost, academic supervision, and reasonable expenses.

Available to Nurses, Midwives, and Non-Medical Applied Health Professionals and Social Workers, the ICAP and Bridging schemes are a way of providing support to clinical academics to build on their previous academic training and develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral award, and take the next step on their clinical academic pathway.

Aims of the ICAP and Bridging Scheme are to:

  • Enable awardees to develop skills in higher-level reflection in relation to research based upon their discipline.
  • Provide academic supervision and facilitate clinical mentorship to awardees to undertake research that builds upon a culture of critical evaluation and enquiry in relation to their services setting.
  • Develop opportunity for self-directed research and reflection.
  • Immerse awardees into a research environment and enable them to develop an independent piece of research in preparation for a PhD application or other research opportunities
  • Consolidate post-doctoral awardees academic training and development whilst supporting them in balancing their clinical service, and assisting them with developing an application for the Clinical Lectureship or Senior Clinical Lectureship

Closing date for applications NOW EXTENDED to 5pm, Monday 13 September:

Email Application forms and supporting documentsto Programme Lead Dr. Julie MacInnes 

More information:
To discuss the programme email Dr. Julie MacInnes: j.d.macinnes@kent.ac.uk

UoK FAQ PRE-DOCTORAL 2021-22
UoK Application form Pre-Doc Bridging Programme 2021
UoK FAQ ICAP 2021-22
UoK Application form ICAP 2021
UoK FAQ POST-DOC 2021-22
UoK_Application form Post-Doc Bridging Programme 2021

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Prof Stephen Peckham joins HoC Health & Social Care Committee Expert Panel

“Being part of the Panel is an opportunity to support independent scrutiny of policy by holding government to account and helping to improve future health and social care policy.”   Professor Stephen Peckham

 

Stephen joins five colleagues across health and social care on the Expert Panel of the cross-party House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee. 

They will join MPs in evaluating government commitments.

Read more about the Panel >

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BMJ blog from Stephen Peckham and NIHR colleagues: we need integrated public health function

Building back better for population health and wellbeing – NIHR Senior Investigators Public Health Interest Group.

Professor Stephen Peckham joins other NIHR Senior Investigators in calling for a truly integrated public health function. The authors reflect on what direction public health should be taking in the UK, and urge current politicians  to learn from the past. How did we get to a position of fragmented and dysfunctional systems for health and social care?

‘We have some differing views on the place of public health, but all agree that “function”—improving population health and wellbeing, reducing inequalities, and integrating community and health and social care services—should drive structure. And we all agree that public health is reaping what was sown in earlier decades’.

Read the entire blog in bmj opinion here >

 

 

Public Health England – failed organisation or scapegoat? CHSS Director comments

Following Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement  (18 August 2020) that Public Health England (PHE) will be replaced with a new National Institute for Health Protection, Professor Stephen Peckham of the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) says:

‘Since the beginning of July there has been speculation that Public Health would be abolished due to its failure to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Stories of abandoning Track and Trace in March, a lack of testing, overstating daily deaths and poor leadership have been laid at Public Health England’s (PHE) door by newspapers and politicians. Now Matt Hancock has announced its abolition and the establishment of a new National Institute for Health Protection bringing together the current NHS Test and Trace Programme – which was outsourced to private providers – and PHE’s pandemic response work.

‘The new organisation – apparently modelled on the independent Robert Koch Institute – is to be in place in September 2020. There will be further organisational changes but these will not be finalised until 2021. While there has been much criticism of PHE it is not clear that a major reorganisation in the midst of a public health emergency is either sensible or desirable. While there have clearly been failings in dealing with the pandemic, making PHE take the blame may be missing the point.

‘There has long been criticism of the highly centralised structure of PHE and its lack of collaboration with and support for local authorities. However, PHE fulfils a huge range of roles. While national media attention has been focused on areas such as obesity, PHE’s work in many other areas is significantly important for protecting health. For example, on air quality PHE has provided critical guidance and planning for other central government departments and local authorities.

‘Given PHE was the key national agency for combatting the pandemic, it is plausible that blame for failings can be laid at their door. However, PHE was not, and is not, solely responsible for the pandemic response. Planning and developing responses to the pandemic has been coordinated through SAGE which has advised ministers on potential public health actions. Responses have also been guided by political considerations about when to lockdown, when to impose quarantine, and when to open up sectors of the economy. In his speech today at the think tank Policy Exchange, the Secretary of State acknowledged that while we have some of the best public health services and staff in the world, ‘we did not go into this crisis with the capacity for a response to a once-in-a-century scale event.’ Perhaps the actual problem though is that for many years the Government has been reducing budgets for PHE and local authority public health services and limiting their capacity.

‘So while PHE has been blamed for stopping testing and tracing in March – one of the key reasons for this was that there were insufficient resources to continue, given the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases. The lack of resources and a desire to lead and control everything centrally has severely hindered the ability of our public health system to respond to the pandemic. The new NHS Test and Trace service is a national service provided by a range of private companies including SERCO, SODEXO and Deloitte, and appears to have largely failed to engage with local public health departments. It was contracted to private providers and has proved to be inefficient and failing to provide the level of tracing needed. One of the key problems is that the Government has tried to do everything centrally when what was needed was a close collaboration with local public health services leaving many local authorities trying to plug gaps in the system.

‘Failings in the public health response can just as easily be laid at politicians’ doors for not adequately funding or preparing for a pandemic which has been predicted for many years and those advising nationally. Whether disbanding PHE mid pandemic and replacing it with yet another centrally run organisation that is embedded in the private sector is questionable, and yet again appears to ignore the potential of more locally based services. We are also left not knowing what will happen to the remainder of PHE services – if other areas of public health now suffer because the Government wants to show it is taking action to solve the ‘shortcomings’ of PHE.’

HEEKSS/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme – Bridging Scheme 2020-21

Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEEKSS)/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme – Bridging Scheme 2020-21

CHSS will continue as a provider for the Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex (HEEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) Bridging Scheme 2020-2021.

Funding has been awarded to the Centre to enable up to two successful pre or post-doctoral awardees to receive a bespoke learning and research development programme. HEEKSS will award funding to support backfill cost, academic supervision, and reasonable expenses.

Available to Nurses, Midwives, and Non-Medical Applied Health Professionals, the ICAP Bridging schemes are a way of providing support to clinical academics to build on their previous academic training and develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral award, and take the next step on their clinical academic pathway.

Aims of the Bridging Scheme are to:

  • Enable awardees to develop skills in higher-level reflection in relation to research based upon their discipline.
  • Provide academic supervision and facilitate clinical mentorship to awardees to undertake research that builds upon a culture of critical evaluation and enquiry in relation to their services setting.
  • Develop opportunity for self-directed research and reflection.
  • Immerse pre-doctoral awardees into a research environment and enable them to develop an independent piece of research in preparation for a PhD application
  • Consolidate post-doctoral awardees academic training and development whilst supporting them in balancing their clinical service, and assisting them with developing an application for the Clinical Lectureship or Senior Clinical Lectureship

More information:
To discuss the programme email Dr. Julie MacInnes: j.d.macinnes@kent.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 

Email Application forms and supporting documents to Programme Lead Dr. Julie MacInnes by 5pm, Friday 18 September 2020

UoK FAQ PRE-DOCTORAL 2020
UoK_Application form ICAP Pre-Doc Bridging Programme 2020
UoK FAQ POST-DOCTORAL 2020
UoK_Application form ICAP Post-Doc Bridging Programme 2020

More info on ICAP programme pathway on  Health Education England website
More info on ICAP Bridging Programme on Health Education England website

CHSS welcomes applications for (HEEKSS)/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme 2020/21

Health Education England Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEEKSS)/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internships 2020-2021

CHSS will continue as a provider for the Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex (HEEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) 2020-21

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

Available to Nurses, Midwives, and Non-Medical Applied Health Professionals, the ICAP is intended to develop practitioners confidence to apply their newly learned skills within their employing Trusts, become research champions and 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 and Social Care 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.

More information:
To discuss the programme and request the University of Kent Application Form 2020-21
email Dr Julie MacInnes: j.d.macinnes@kent.ac.uk

Closing date for applications:
apply online and upload all supporting documentation to University of Kent by:
5pm, Friday 18 September 2020

Guidance for applicants: UoK FAQ ICAP 2020-21

UoK Application form ICAP 2020021

 

More information on the ICA programme on Health Education England website: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/clinical-academic-careers/integrated-clinical-academic-ica-programme

More information on internships on Health Education England website: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/clinical-academic-careers/research-internships