Blogs

Riding is the only way to really learn to ride a bike and implementing is the only real way to learn ‘how to’ implement. So what does that mean for implementation science? - Kristian Hudson (September 2021)

In this three-part blog series, our implementation specialist shares the insights and learning he gained from talking to implementation experts around the world when he set out to answer the question of "how to implement?". It turns out that knowing 'how to' practically implement and sustain interventions into the long term requires more than academic implementation knowledge. It also requires the generation of practical implementation knowledge on the ground and Kristian concludes with a possible approach of how to achieve this.

Impact! Public Involvement! Improvement! Tying these 3 concepts together…. - Christine Smith (September 2021)

In this blog, our Public Involvement Leads introduce the quality improvement approach we're using in order to understand how our public involvement makes a difference.

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Hosting a UK Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Research conference during a pandemic – could it be done? - Amanda Lane (August 2021)

The 2021 PROMs Conference was held earlier in June this year, after being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Health Economics, Evaluation and Equality theme talk about their thoughts and reflections from running this conference virtually in this blog.

PPIE during a pandemic – more than just ‘going virtual’ - Claire Marsh (August 2021)

The YH ARC reflects on strengths and weaknesses in our attempts to involve and engage communities in our research during Covid in this blog, and the lessons this has taught us about inclusivity and relationships.

“I haven’t been in hospital for 40 years”: challenges and opportunities for recruiting older people into a qualitative study on shorter hospital stays - Helen Smith (July 2021)

Recruiting older people to participate in qualitative research projects can be challenging and proved even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic! This blog outlines the various strategies used by Dr Helen Smith and colleagues in the Improvement Science and Older People with Frailty themes to identify and recruit people aged over 75 years to a study about barriers and facilitators to shorter hospital stays.

And we’re off…The Community Ageing Research (CARE75+) Study is up and running again with recruitment resuming after a 16-month gap. But what has changed? - Lesley Brown (June 2021)

The Yorkshire and Humber ARC’s Older People with Frailty theme share news of a remote model of CARE75+ which is being rolled out in response to social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read our latest blog to understand more about this new approach, named CARE75+ REMOTE.

Evaluating NHS workforce innovations in urgent and emergency care (UEC) settings - Colin O’Keeffe and Suzanne Ablard (May 2021)

Successfully introducing and integrating innovative workforce roles such as the Advanced Care Practitioners (ACPs) into different healthcare settings is challenging, but can provide benefits to staff, patients and services. .

This blog describes the workforce evaluations undertaken at ScHARR, University of Sheffield, including two ARC UEC Theme projects evaluating ACPs. This work is crucial to understanding how these workforce innovations can be successful in the future.

Caught in or out of the web? Do people with severe mental ill health have the skills they need to fully engage with and benefit from the Internet and digital technologies? - Dr Panos Spanakis and Dr Ruth Wadman (April 2021)

Access to the internet and knowing how to use digital devices are important for everyday life and work. A new survey study is investigating whether people with severe mental ill-health (SMI) have the essential digital skills to engage with the online world. Read more in this blog.

Bradford Children’s Physical Activity during COVID-19 - the importance of being outdoors - Dr Daniel Bingham and Dr Sally Barber (March 2021)

Since the first national lockdown in March 2020, the Bradford C-SAG have looked at the changes in children's physical activity in Bradford and why some children remained more active than others. Learn more about what this means for COVID-19 recovery plans in this blog.

I’ve been asking experts around the world about implementation

…..and it is changing how I see implementation - Kristian Hudson (February 2021)

In October last year, Kristian Hudson, our Implementation Specialist, started asking experts around the world how they envisaged applying implementation frameworks to practical settings like those in the NHS. Learn more about this in this blog.

Caring in a crisis - Prof Rebecca Lawton, Raabia Sattar and Sally Bridges (February 2021)

As Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, announces a national network of 40 mental health hubs for NHS staff, our colleagues in the Improvement Science theme are keen to understand the experiences of NHS staff working with patients during the first Covid-19 wave. Read this blog to learn more.

Using the World Café process to develop a ReQoL Community of Practice (CoP) - Dr Lizzie Taylor Buck, Amanda Lane, Dr Christine Smith, Dr Anju Keetharuth, Professor Tracey Young, and Professor Jo Cooke (January 2021)

Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) is a PROM that was specifically designed to measure mental health service users’ perspectives of recovery and quality of life. In this blog, learn how our Health Economics, Equality and Evaluation theme have used the World Cafe process to develop a ReQoL CoP.

Born in Bradford’s BiB Breathes project is a breath of fresh air for the city - Prof Rosie McEachan, Rukhsana Rashid, Ishfaq Vaja and Sally Bridges (January 2021)

The impact of low air quality has been a key topic of discussion for the Government, with leaders calling for tougher action. Read this blog to see how the BiB Breathes project is tackling air pollution in Bradford.

Research from Bradford suggests that those who need the COVID-19 vaccination the most may be less likely to accept it - Dr Bridget Lockyer and Dr Josie Dickerson (January 2021)

COVID-19 vaccines are seen as the route out of the current pandemic and a solution to stop the NHS becoming overwhelmed. However, this will only be the case if those most at risk of becoming severely ill are happy to receive the vaccine. Read our newest blog which shares key insights into COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the city of Bradford.

What is ‘uncertainty tolerance’ and how can we measure it? - Dr Luke Budworth (January 2021)

Uncertainty is widespread in many aspects of healthcare. Patients present with an infinite combination of complaints, comorbidities, demographics, preferences and more. As such, doctors and other health professionals must learn to make decisions in an environment both high in uncertainty and with high stakes. Learn more about the Tolerance of Uncertainty (TofU) project looking at whether Emergency Doctors’ Tolerance of Uncertainty can impact on patient outcomes and resource use.

Frailty and cognitive changes in the COVID-19 era - Alison Ellwood (November 2020)

Alison Ellwood, PhD student within our Older people with frailty theme, shares insights from her work around the long-term impacts of social distancing measures on the those living with physical frailty and cognitive impairment.

NHS 111 - can the 'call first approach' work effectively in uncertain times? - Dr Jen Lewis (October 2020)

The ‘NHS 111 first’ scheme is currently being piloted in parts of England, a system that recommends all patients should call NHS 111 first before visiting the Emergency Department. Read more about our Urgent and Emergency Care theme's analysis of NHS 111 calls and whether patients complied with NHS 111 advice.

A breath of fresh air - Prof Rosie McEachan and Rukhsana Rashid (October 2020)

In the UK, 64,000 deaths every year can be directly linked to poor air quality. To mark Clean Air Day 2020, our Early Life and Prevention theme have shared some insight into the plans being developed locally to improve air quality, reduce pollution and how any impact made on population health is going to be measured in the BiB Breathes project.

Improving the health of people with mental and physical health problems: A local research priority setting exercise - Ruth Wadman and Liz Newbronner (September 2020)

Learn more about the work being completed by our Mental and Physical Multimorbidity theme to ensure key members of the public and health and social care professionals, have a voice in deciding the most important questions to be answered by future research.

Bradford District COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Group: 4 months in - Chris Cartwright (August 2020)

Chris Cartwright, Early Life and Prevention theme Lead for the Yorkshire and Humber ARC, shares an update on the Bradford C-SAG group and highlights from theme research carried out over the last few months.

Lessons from Implementation – after the crisis, what then? - Beverley Slater (July 2020)

Beverley Slater, Director of the Improvement Academy and co-Implementation Lead for the Yorkshire and Humber ARC, writes about the challenges of sustaining new innovative ways of working after the COVID crisis has subsided. Beverley argues that concepts from implementation science can provide a useful way of thinking about this.

Hello from YHARC's Improvement Science Theme - Ruth Simms-Ellis, Helen Smith and Luke Budworth (June 2020)

'As we move from CLAHRC YH to ARC YH' - Dr Lesley Brown (October 2019)