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Showing posts from November, 2016

The interface between research and health care: implementing evidence in Northwest London

In September 2016, five new quality improvement initiatives were launched across NHS organisations in Northwest London supported by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). The CLAHRC NWL programme undertakes research to develop and evaluate strategies for implementing research evidence through the use of quality improvement (QI) to improve outcomes and experience for patients.

The projects include collaborations with a range of organisations in Northwest London, building on seven years of experience of the CLAHRC programme in delivering improvement projects. Clinical teams at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have developed two of the projects. One project will work with patients to develop and deliver patient-centred protocols for the delivery of non-invasive ventilation, an evidence-based treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is hoped that enhanced patient-centred protocols will improve outcomes and experience for …

Open Access Publishing: Are You REF Compliant?

From April 2016 the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) requires that, for journal articles and conference papers to be eligible for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), they must be deposited in a repository. To be REF compliant, accepted manuscripts should be deposited in a college-based repository within three months of the date of acceptance for publication. Use this workflow to ensure your work meets the requirements of your funders and the post-2014 REF..For more information download Imperial’s Open Access Guide.For more help contact the Library Open Access team.

Changes to Leadership of Teaching in the School of Public Health

The Imperial College School of Public Health has a new Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Professor Paul Aylin. Professor Aylin has been the Director of Undergraduate Education for a number of years and he will now lead on and support some key initiatives and developments for our postgraduate teaching. Professor Aylin has overseen undergraduate education for many years, and before that he played an important role in developing modules for the MSc Epidemiology and Masters in Public Health. He is also Co-Director of the Dr Foster Unit.
The new Director of Undergraduate Education replacing Professor Aylin is Dr Sonia Kumar, who takes on this role in addition to her existing role as Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education. Since her arrival at Imperial College, the GP teaching team has doubled in size and she has been part of a number of successful bids to support innovative teaching projects. Her current interests lie in innovative approaches to teaching and learning set…

General practitioner referrals to memory clinics

Do complex, time-consuming and variable memory-clinic referral criteria contribute to delays in the diagnosis of dementia? This is the question we looked at in a paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine today. When we looked at the criteria used by memory clinics in London, we found very variable combinations of cognitive tests, laboratory blood tests, urine tests and physical examination were in use.