PhD Opportunity – Evidencing the role of social care for people with multi-morbidities – a mixed methods project to understand and successfully analyse linked health and social care data on older people

This collaborative ESRC / Scottish Government funded PhD studentship project will examine a broad range of issues around understanding, interpreting and using linked health and social care data. The project is a collaboration between the University of Dundee, University of Stirling and the Scottish Government Analytical Services Division.

Application Closing Date:  Saturday, May 31, 2014

For further information please follow the links below

Labyrinths of drug trafficking: the youth’s life involved in illegal activities. Is there exit for them?

foto_AndreaSDHI is hosting the following seminar ‘Labyrinths of drug trafficking: the youth’s life involved in illegal activities.  Is there exit for them?’ which will be led by Dr Andréa Rodriguez a Psychologist from Rio de Janeiro and SDHI Associate.  This FREE seminar will be held in Room 2S14, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee at 10am on Thursday 19th June.  If you would like to attend, please contact Rosanne Bell r.c.bell

Further information is available on the seminar flyer

How violence influences young people: three perspectives

The University of St Andrews World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for International Child & Adolescent Health Policy (WHO CC) at the School of Medicine are holding their inaugural event ‘How violence influences young people: three perspectives‘ featuring a policy debate about how violence influences young people.  This event brings in internationally renowned experts and builds on the work launched by the International Collaboration on Violence Prevention Policy Development.

This will take place on Thursday 24th April, from 2-5pm at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine (Seminar room 2).

The following distinguished speakers are confirmed:

  • Vivian Barnekow, WHO Programme Manager for Child and Adolescent Health
  • Donald Henderson, Head of Public Health Policy at Scottish Government
  • Emily Rothman, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University
  • Renee M. Johnson, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine

This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.

Please see flyer for further information.


University of Edinburgh based Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland announces 3 posts

The Administrative Data Research Centre Scotland (ADRC-S) based at the University of Edinburgh is currently advertising the following vacancies:

  1. Senior Research Fellow in Social Science Research (closing date 7th May 2014).

  1. 2 x Research Fellow in Social Science Research (closing date 21st April 2014).

New Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

SDHI is pleased to be a core partner of the The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre – a Scotland-wide initiative to improve quality of patient care and ensure that world-leading research leads to impact across society. The multidisciplinary initiative has been received £3.25 million of funding for 5 years from the Scottish Funding Council, the Chief Scientist Office, The Health Foundation, and NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The Centre will be based at the University of Dundee but it will be a large-scale collaboration involving universities, health boards, local authorities, patients, carers, communities and advocacy groups. It will be led by the University’s Professor Mary Renfrew and Professor Dilip Nathwani from NHS Tayside.

Several SDHI team members will contribute to this effort, including Co-Directors Davies and Kroll and Dr Jacqui Morris.

The Centre’s partners include:

Universities – Dundee, Stirling, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier, Strathclyde, West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian, with support from Coventry, University College London and Ottawa.

NHS Boards – Tayside, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Highland, Lothian, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran

Third sector, patient, carer and community perspective – Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, Ardgowan Hospice

National NHS – NHS Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Health Council, NHS National Service Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS 24, QI Hub

Local authorities – Perth and Kinross Council, South Lanarkshire Council

Scottish Government – Quality Unit

Private sector – Scottish Care

International improvement science partners – Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, USA, Qulturum Center for Learning and Innovation in Healthcare, Jönköping, Sweden

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) SFC is responsible for allocating public funds to colleges and universities in support of Scottish Government priorities. SFC’s funding contributes towards the costs of learning and teaching, skills development, research, innovation and other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment in Scotland’s 19 universities and 25 colleges

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) is part of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. It supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHSScotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is NHSScotland’s national education and training Board. They are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. They also work closely with a range of partners to deliver its vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. It wants the UK to have a healthcare system of the highest possible quality – safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. The Health Foundation believes that in order to achieve this health services need to continually improve the way they work. They inspire and create the space for people to make lasting improvements to health services. They also conduct research and evaluation, put ideas into practice through a range of improvement programmes, and develop leaders and share evidence to drive wider change

In the following months, we will bring you regular updates of the new Centre’s work.

MSc + PhD (1+3) Funded Studentship On Cardiac Rehabilitation

Dr Gozde Ozakinci, Associate Director of SDHI and Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of St Andrews is delighted to announce a 1+3 studentship on cardiac rehabilitation funded by Scottish Graduate School of Social Science-Doctoral Training Centre. This is ideal for a student who wishes to do an MSc in Health Psychology at the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews first and after its successful completion, a PhD on cardiac rehabilitation for people of working age. You will find detailed information here.

The deadline for application is 5th May. Please get in touch with Gozde if you have any queries (go10