Postgraduate Retreat at Kindrogan in the Autumn

SDHI are planning to hold a 2-day retreat in the autumn of this year for postgraduate students conducting health research.  Further details will follow shortly.  If anyone would like to register their interest in the retreat then please contact Rosanne Bell (r.c.bell


Call for Abstracts – Exploiting Existing Data for Health Research 4th International Conference, 28th-30th August 2013, St Andrews

Hosted by the Scottish Health Informatics Programme in association with the four UK Ehealth Informatics Research Centres, the conference organisers would like to extend a general call for the submission of research papers to be presented at the conference. The conference provides a forum for the presentation of new and exciting research that uses linked, electronic health data and an opportunity to discuss present and future challenges in this area. We would welcome interested delegates to submit papers around the following suggested, but by no means exhaustive, themes:

  • Record linkage and health research
  • The use of routinely collected data in clinical trials
  • Patients’ rights and the Public Interest around linked health data
  • The methodological challenges of record linkage in health research

Enquiries about the conference should be directed to Christina Lamb at the following contact details:
Email: ship
Tel: +44 1334 463992
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Shattered Walls – written and directed by Lisa Nicoll

Shattered Walls is a short contemporary film which explores modern day society and the impact one small aspect of sectarianism can make to the everyday life of people in a community.  The official launch of Shattered Walls will be held on Wednesday 27th March at Armadale Academy.  For further information please visit Lisa’s website
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The Protector – a short film by Lisa Nicoll

The film launch of Lisa’s film The Protector was held in the Regal Theatre, Bathgate on the 18th of January.  Researched and developed with CHILDREN 1st’s Chill Out Zone and filmed on location in West Lothian, The Protector explores the world of teenage survival and family loyalties.  For further information please visit Lisa’s website
The Protector

Ageing and compound caregivers of people with learning disabilities – Webinar

Elizabeth PerkinsSDHI are holding a further webinar ‘Ageing and compound caregivers of people with learning disabilitieson Thursday 18th April 2013 at 3.00pm (GMT), led by Elizabeth Perkins, Associate Director, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida.  For further information please see webinar flyer

New research project to help stroke patients in Tayside

This new 2 year project entitled ‘Can an arts based creative engagement intervention following stroke improve psychosocial outcomes? A feasibility trial of a creative engagement intervention for in-patient rehabilitation’ which starts at the beginning of February and funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) will study the impact of visual arts programmes in stroke rehabilitation

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in partnership with NHS Tayside’s Department of Allied Health Professionals and the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, will examine the effects on recovery and wellbeing of creative engagement in visual arts during inpatient stroke rehabilitation.

JMorris C KellyAcademic colleagues from Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow Caledonian Universities along with Chris Kelly (Projects Co-ordinator for THAT) and Dr Jacqui Morris, NHS Tayside Allied Health Professionals Research Lead and Senior Research Fellow in SDHI and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee, have worked to develop methods to scientifically test the Creative Engagement model for its effects on recovery and wellbeing after stroke.

For further information please contact Dr Jacqui Morris (j.y.morris

Congratulations to Professor Vikki Entwistle

Vikki EntwistleVikki who has been an Associate Director of SDHI since 2005 recently left to take up a new post as Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics at the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen (  We wish Vikki (and Mouse)! every success in the future and are delighted that she will still be collaborating with SDHI.  Vikki can now be contacted in Aberdeen on 01224 438146 or email vikki.entwistle

Mobilising knowledge to improve UK health care

Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley and Alison Powell have recently been awarded funding for an 18 month research project on knowledge mobilisation approaches used in health care (in the UK and internationally) and in social care and education in the UK.  This 18 month project, which started at the beginning of January, is funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme.  In brief, the aim of the study is to pull together and make available the learning from knowledge mobilisation approaches used at the ‘macro level’ (i.e. approaches used by research funders, major research producers and key research intermediaries). We are defining ‘knowledge mobilisation’ approaches broadly as approaches designed to increase the use and impact of research-based knowledge.
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Professor Huw Davies

Huw DaviesIn 2012, Huw Davies, Co-Director of SDHI, was appointed to an external role working with the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) commissioning a suite of six ‘Partnership Centres’ to combine research production and application for health systems. He sits on both the International Expert Review Panel and the International Scientific Advisory Panel guiding this substantial initiative (the total investment here will be around A$70 million).

Paper written for the Alliance for Useful Evidence

Huw Davies, Sandra Nutley and Alison Powell have written a ‘provocation paper’ for the Alliance for Useful Evidence on ‘What counts as good evidence?‘.
You can download this free of charge from the Alliance website here.  Huw Davies has also written an associated blog
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