Forthcoming talk: Citizen-led, community physical participation

go10_Dr Gozde Ozakinci will be presenting a keynote at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology-Scotland on 22nd February 2016, in Glasgow. Her talk will be on: Citizen-led, community physical participation: The example of ‘parkrun UK’BPS logo

 

Publication of a letter in the BMJ on the importance of qualitative research

Seventy six senior academics (including Professor Huw Davies) from 11 countries invite The BMJ’s editors to reconsider their policy of rejecting qualitative research on the grounds of low priority. They challenge the journal to develop a proactive, scholarly, and pluralist approach to research that aligns with its stated mission.

Read the full article here

Transformative Innovation in Health and Social Care

Professors Thilo Kroll and Huw Davies, Co-Directors of SDHI along with colleagues

Dr Margaret Hannah, Director of Public Health, NHS Fife
Professor Vikki Entwistle, Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen
Professor Brendan McCormack, School of Nursing, Queen Margaret University
Professor Belinda Dewar, University of the West of Scotland
Graham Leicester, Director, International Futures Forum
Nicola Gray, Programme Manager, Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

have been awarded funding from the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII) for a project entitled Understanding, forming and fostering a culture of transformative innovation in health and social care

This proposal focuses on the kinds of transformative innovation that are needed within services and communities to address pressing concerns about the appropriateness and sustainability of health and social care provision across whole populations. It brings together leading Scottish and international thinkers and practitioners from three key areas of research and practice development, and provides a structured but flexible programme within which they can generate synergistic insights into the conditions that can enable the kinds of cultures of transformative innovation that could foster the provision of health and social support consistent with the best aspirations of humanity.

The three areas of practice and development that underpin the programme are: (1) Fifth wave thinking (ideas oriented to deal with the contemporary challenges of public health for which previous major developments in public health are proving insufficient); (2) Person-centred care (a cluster of ideas about both what is humane and morally appropriate in health and social care provision and how people can contribute to their own health and wellbeing); and (3) Transformation (studies of transformative rather than less radical or far-reaching forms of innovation).

Building out from existing collaborations within the three areas, programme partners and participants have been drawn from universities and from state and third sector policy leaders and health and social care providers. Supported by a strong commitment particularly from the International Futures Forum, a series of webinars and workshops will enable a sharing of current understandings and perspectives and facilitate fresh, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral conversations oriented both to understand and promote positive transformation both during and beyond the span of the programme.

The objectives of the proposed work are:

  1. Create the space for creative and productive cross-boundary and inter-disciplinary ‘facilitated dialogue’ to scope out the relevant bodies of work and strands of thinking that can underpin transformative innovation in health and social care and public health;
  2. Build a cumulative vision of the relevant organisational and system features of transformation-enabled public services around population health and care;
  3. Map a series of actions for key influencers within the system that may help to bring about the conditions for transformation capacities and capabilities;
  4. Define the means by which we can develop an assessment of the progress towards building such transformative capacities and capabilities;
  5. Create an action-focused research agenda to provide a better evidence base for the underpinnings of transformation through innovation in health and social care and public health.
  6. Prompt the emergence of new collaborations that can take forward investigations and actions in support of both research and transformative change.

Emerging priorities in mental health and addiction

We are delighted to announce a joint ENTER Mental Health, SDHI, and Centre for Addiction Research & Education Scotland CARES Conference to be held in St Andrews on Friday 3rd June 2016 entitled “Emerging priorities in mental health and addiction: the Virtual World, Ageing and Migration

This is a one day conference to explore key issues facing us as researchers, practitioners and policy makers

Further information and registration details can be found at https://enterepmhe2016.wordpress.com/

Enquiries should be directed to epmhe2016@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

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New Years Honours for Professor Annalu Waller and Professor Paul Boyle

AnnaluCongratulations to Professor Annalu Waller, Chair of Human Communication Technologies at the University of Dundee and associate member of SDHI, who has been awarded an OBE for her services to people with complex communication needs.

Professor Waller has been based in Computing at the University since 1989 and has helped established Dundee’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for research into augmentative and alternative communication technologies for people with severe communication difficulties.  She works closely with children and adults with disabilities, involving service users in the development of innovative technologies.  Read further here……

Paul Boyle2Congratulations also to Professor Paul Boyle (founding Director of SDHI) and now President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester who has been awarded a CBE in recognition for services to Social Science.  The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) is awarded for having a role at national level, or a leading role at regional level, and for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Prior to his appointment at Leicester, Professor Boyle was the Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research.   Before joining the ESRC, Professor Boyle was Head of the School of Geography and Geosciences at the University of St Andrews and Director of SDHI and has published widely in Demography and Epidemiology.  Read further here……

ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences PhD Studentships 2016

The ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences has listed the upcoming ESRC PhD studentship competitions for 2015/16 on its website (see below). Awards will be made in three areas.

These are 1) the collaborative competition http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/collaboration/collaborative_award_competition

2) the Skills Development Scotland competition http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/collaboration/skills_development_scotland competition

and 3) the Pathway, Open and Advanced Quantitative Methods competitions http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/studentships