University of Birmingham: HSMC
June 2017 - After the General Election: where next for the NHS?
Elections are unsettling if exciting times as manifestos are unveiled and future directions for health and care policy debated. This year is no exception, with the sustainability of social care and the potential impact of Brexit on NHS workforce being areas of particular interest. Whatever new political alliances and directions emerge, the UK and home nation governments have to continue to respond to significant underlying demographic and financial pressures on the NHS, and the changing expectations of individuals and communities.

HSMC looks forward to continuing its mission to provide timely and rigorous research, teaching and development which support local and national health and care systems, organisations and teams. Related highlights in this newsletter include: the design and delivery of a major new leadership programme for public health to support community-orientated local systems; national research projects exploring consumer-led markets and innovation in social care prevention; a reflection from the recent meeting of the European Health Policy Group held at HSMC on how health care researchers might respond to the rising incidence of political populism in Europe; and a series of events bringing insights from Australia and New Zealand to the NHS regarding patient-centred primary care.
HSMC to form part of new improvement research institute
HSMC is proud to have been chosen as a partner within the 40 million pounds improvement research institute, led by the University of Cambridge and funded by the Health Foundation. The research of the new institute will aim to understand how sustainable and replicable improvements to the quality of patient care can be made in the NHS more quickly. It will look to identify, design and test improvements and explore the contexts and determinants of successful service improvement. The research institute is led by Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and Wellcome Trust Investigator at the University of Cambridge.
Leading with compassion: evaluation report
Yvonne Sawbridge of the Health Services Management Centre and Alistair Hewison of the School of Nursing have published a report commissioned to evaluate Compassion Recognition Schemes implemented in several NHS trusts across the West Midlands. The report captures the lessons learned from this innovation and makes a number of recommendations to inform the development of a Good Practice Guide which is being produced to support the roll out of the Scheme.
Come and find us at Confed17!
Meet our experts and pick up one of our HSMC rucksacks which are great for taking home your books and papers. HSMC has a stand at Confed17 in Liverpool on 14 and 15 June, and we will post Storify summaries of all the discussion and debate from the conference on Twitter.
Integrated Care and Support Pioneer Scheme evaluation
HSMC academics presented insights from the Integrated Care Pioneers scheme evaluation at the 17th International Conference on Integrated Care in Dublin recently. The evaluation project is funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme and led by the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU).
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In our most recent Viewpoints, Catherine Needham reflects on recent proposals to change the way social care is funded. Jan-Kees Helderman and Zeynep Or discuss Brexit, populism and alternative facts in relation to Europe’s health policy and healthcare systems – topics that featured highly during a recent meeting of the European Health Policy Group at HSMC in Birmingham.
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An evaluation of new models of care in Sandwell and West Birmingham
HSMC, in collaboration with the Nuffield Trust, has been commissioned to evaluate a new model of integrated out-of-hospital care being implemented in Sandwell and West Birmingham: the Connected Care programme, a multi-speciality community provider (MCP) vanguard in NHS England’s New Models of Care Programme, and led by the Modality Partnership. The evaluation covers design, implementation and early outcomes of the vanguard and is due to run until March 2018.
Shaping care markets
In a new project for the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, researchers at the University of Birmingham, the University of Lincoln and at Middlesex University are undertaking a major study to evaluate the diversity of the market for social care. It seeks to provide an overview of care services available nationwide, before looking in-depth at the services available in eight local authorities. Principal investigator for the project is Professor Catherine Needham, and the research will run until July 2019.
Care Act: building social resources for people in the community
Researchers at HSMC and from across the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, are investigating the different ways in which local authorities are promoting the health and wellbeing of their population and preventing, reducing or delaying the need for adult social care. This project will include an evidence review, a national survey of prevention work and capacity building for health and wellbeing in local authorities, and a set of detailed local authority case studies. This work is funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme and led by Professor Jerry Tew.
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Using PROMs data:
27 June
The value of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) as a vehicle to improve patient care is the focus of a lecture to be delivered by Joanne Greenhalgh, Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. She will be illustrating findings from her work funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) on the processes through which, and the circumstances in which, PROMs data was successfully used to improve patient care. The final report was published earlier this year.
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Putting STPs into action: 3 July,
Central London
New insights into priority setting and service change are in the spotlight at an event to be held jointly by HSMC and law firm Mills & Reeve in London. Dr Iestyn Williams and Professor Judith Smith are amongst the speakers in a session aimed at senior colleagues involved in STP delivery: provider chairs and chief executives, CCG accountable officers and COOs, STP leads, local authority chief executives.
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Primary health care reform in Australia:
4 July
This evening lecture will examine Australian experiences in the use of multi-speciality teams to provide holistic patient-led, community-oriented health care. Speakers will be Professor Claire Jackson, Director at the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Quality and Safety in Integrated Primary-Secondary Care, and Caroline Nicholson, Director at the Mater/UQ Centre for Integrated Care and Innovation.
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Major new public health national leadership programme
Together with the University of Birmingham's Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and Medical School Public Health faculty, and in partnership with Public Health England, HSMC is designing a new leadership programme for aspiring public health directors.

The programme is aimed at senior staff with significant responsibility for the delivery or planning of public health related services in the following areas: core public health; children, young people and family services; adult health and care services; commissioning and service development; education, housing and wider community services.

The application process for the programme opens in July, with the first cohort of participants starting in September.
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Health Management and Leadership: Intercalated degree
HSMC runs an inter-calated degree programme for medical students titled “Health Management and Leadership”. As part of the wider University of Birmingham Medical School Population Sciences and Humanities intercalated degree programme, the course comprises 3 specialist modules: Health services management, Leadership and Change management, and Improving quality and patient safety.

This is one of only three intercalated degree programmes in health management and leadership in the UK tailored to medical students. It combines class room teaching with high profile guest speakers and case-study visits
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Recent Publications
Gale, N., Dowswell, G., Greenfield, S. and Marshall, T. (2017) Street-level diplomacy? Communicative and adaptive work at the front line of implementing public health policies in primary care. Social Science and Medicine, 177: 9-18.

Mannion, R., Davies, H., Jacobs, R., Kasteridis, P., Millar, R., Freeman, T. (2017) Do Hospital Boards Matter for Better, Safer Patient Care? Social Science and Medicine, 177: 278-287.

Smith, J. and Gosling, J. (2017) Moving up: Women in healthcare leadership. Practice Management, 27(2): 24-27. [N.B. The accepted manuscript version of this article can be found here.]

Speed, E. and Mannion, R. (2017) The rise of post-truth populism in pluralist liberal democracies: challenges for health policy. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6(x): 1-3.
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