Nov 01

Save the Date! CHSS to host Pre-Election Health Policy Debate, Thursday 29/11/19

CHSS will be hosting a pre-election health policy debate on the evening of Thursday 29 November in advance of the December 2019 General Election.

The debate will take place in the Grimond Lecture Theatre at the University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus.

This event is free and open to all, with no booking necessary.Full details will follow but please save the date for what promises to be an event not to be missed!




Oct 14

CHSS Open Lecture 11/10/19 draws a crowd

There was a great turnout on Friday evening, 11 October for the CHSS Annual Open Lecture at the University’s Colyer Fergusson Music Hall, Canterbury.

University Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Cox gave an opening address and CHSS Director Stephen Peckham introduced Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Dept. of Health and Social Care.  His subject was  ‘Interdisciplinary Research and Neglected Areas’, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

More details to follow in our upcoming Newsletter. You can also follow the highlights on Twitter

#CHSSopen19   #KentOpenThinking

Aug 09

Prof. Chris Whitty to deliver CHSS Annual Lecture 11/10/19

CHSS Annual Open Lecture:

‘Interdisciplinary Research and Neglected Areas’
– Professor Chris Whitty
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser
Department of Health and Social Care 

5.30 for 6pm, Friday 11 October 2019
Colyer Fergusson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury

The lecture is preceded by a drinks reception from 5.30-6 pm. We hope you will be able to join us for this don’t-miss event.  #CHSSopen19

Free and open to all. No need to book.  Enquiries to

CLICK for more details in our event flyer >

This event is part of the University of Kent’s Open Thinking programme        #KentOpenThinking


Aug 06

CHSS Newsletter Summer 2019

Our Summer 2019 CHSS newsletter is now available to read or download on our website.

Our cover features news of a significant NIHR research funding package to establish a new Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for Kent, Surrey and Sussex. CHSS Director Stephen Peckham will lead the ARC, which will work to boost applied health and care research and support its implementation into practice to improve services.

Our centre pages report on some of the great work CHSS is doing through the University of Kent’s Global Challenges Research Fund and there is news of recent and forthcoming events, including our 2019 Annual Lecture. Our regular ‘CHSS People’ page profiles Health Economist Dr Eirini Saloniki. Page 7 is given over to recent publications, including some encouraging data on the potential of yoga to treat depression and anxiety.

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

We always welcome feedback, suggestions or comments. Contact

Jul 12

CHSS Director to head new NIHR regional research collaboration

Professor Stephen Peckham will be the first Director of the £9m Applied Research Consortium for Kent Surrey and Sussex. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the ARC aims to improve health and social care research. The five-year funding will be boosted by an additional £5m investment from local NHS trusts, local authorities and universities.

He will work with researchers from across the partner health and social care organisations including the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), at Kent and other universities to develop research to help improve services, and train the next generation of health and social care researchers.

Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent welcomed the award of NIHR funding for the ARC and said: ‘The success in gaining one of these prestigious national awards is recognition of the close collaboration between this university and NHS organisations, local authorities and universities across this region’ .I am delighted that Professor Peckham will be director of the new consortium and welcome our working partnership with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as lead organisations within this new venture.’

More information about the ARC here >



Jun 14

NEW! CHSS/KBS MSc in Healthcare Management @ University of Kent, Medway Campus

Apply now for September 2019!

The new MSc in Healthcare Management has been designed in collaboration with the Kent Business School to meet the needs of business and industry and offer unique insights on contemporary issues in the global economy.

Through varied modules covering the most relevant and current issues relating to healthcare management, it equips graduates for transition into doctoral studies or a career in this field.

The MSc programme commences in September 2019 at Medway. It is open to anyone interested in developing skills or building a career in or around Healthcare Management, and will deliver the necessary tools and skills to address the challenge of the ever-changing climate within the NHS, pharma and third sector organisations, as well as international health systems.

For more information contact the CHSS Programme Director of Studies and Academic Adviser, Dr Catherine Marchand:  email:   tel: 01227 827912


About CHSS
CHSS is a centre of research excellence undertaking high quality studies into a range of health systems and health services issues at local, national and international levels since 1989. It delivers world-class teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. CHSS collaborates with partners in Kent, the UK and internationally to improve links between research, policy and practice.


May 02

CHSS Newsletter Spring 2019

Our Spring 2019 CHSS Newsletter is now available to read or download.

This issue is full of research news including new projects with topics ranging from Yoga for wellbeing, to increasing NHS workforce research capacity to improve clinical practice.

Recent events reported include the successful launch of a new video to promote breastfeeding among the Kent Roma community, co-produced by CHSS Visiting Darzi Fellow Philippa Burdon. Slovakian Roma mothers talk about their personal experiences feeding their children.

‘CHSS People’ on p6 meets Research Fellow and Senior Statistician Tracy Pellatt-Higgins, and p7 features publications that have attracted considerable attention.

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

We always welcome feedback, suggestions or comments. Contact

Apr 30

Darzi project film launched to promote breastfeeding

A film to promote breastfeeding among Kent’s Slovakian Roma community was formally launched on Thursday 25th April at the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate.

CHSS Visiting Darzi Fellow Philippa Burden co-produced the video which documents women’s own views and experiences. The event attracted over 70 people who participated in a workshop about next steps supporting breastfeeding with the Roma community. The celebratory launch – red carpet and all – was followed by a traditional Slovakian lunch.

Philippa said “CHSS has been a welcoming, supportive place to be a Darzi Fellow – thank you all – and I’m ending my Darzi year on a very positive note.  Do watch our film!”

For more details of the event and the film, view recent local press coverage:

Isle of Thanet News

Hawkinge Gazette:



You can view the film along with other CHSS videos here.

Mar 29

NEW article! Digital healthcare – let’s not leave patients behind!

CHSS visiting Darzi Fellow Dr James Hadlow (pictured) and CHSS Clinical Professor Chris Farmer have written a timely article on Digital Healthcare, newly published in the New Statesman Tech.  The fascinating piece raises ethical and moral questions about a ‘digital future’ which is already with us, highlighting the vital importance of meaningful patient engagement in this area. Work is being done to define  ‘good vs bad’ technology, but more needs to be done to decide what good and bad means for patients.

‘As clinicians we have a responsibility to do the best for our patients. Proper engagement of our patients to ensure fully informed consent is imperative.  It is not good enough to innovate without engaging the public or properly considering the moral and ethical dilemmas which might arise as the result of their design and implementation. This duty lies not only with technologists and scientists, but also with clinical staff to exercise their own moral judgement in the appropriate use of these technologies’.

Read the full article here. 



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