Our research teams achieve some remarkable things. The news page is intended to tell you about just some of those achievements.

  • Best of CLAHRC Wessex - Highlights from 5 years of applied health research

    30th September 2019

    Collaboration has always been at the heart of CLAHRC Wessex’ work – the clue is in the name given to us by our funding body, the National Institute for Health Research: the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC).  As NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, we have built capacity and infrastructure to carry out research responsive to the needs of local health provid... Read more >

  • City-wide health campaign aims to eliminate Hepatitis C - MEDIA RELEASE

    24th May 2019

    A new approach to prevent liver scarring caused by the hepatitis C virus is being launched today (June 12, 2019). Hepatitis C can remain unnoticed in people carrying it, until it starts to cause serious damage to the liver. The virus is treatable with a two to three-month course of medication, but people at risk of infection need to get tested. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foun... Read more >

  • NHS Local Research and Innovation Survey - Regional Report and Statement

    22nd May 2019

    The AHSN Network, NHS England and the NIHR commissioned ComRes to conduct a survey that would provide a detailed understanding of the innovation and research needs at local level across all AHSNs. The findings of this project were used to produce an initial statement of innovation and research needs in each AHSN area.These statements, alongside the regional and national report findings, will be... Read more >

  • Mission to eradicate Hepatitis-C moves forward

    4th April 2019

    Dr Ryan Buchanan has been working with NIHR CLAHRC Wessex and University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on an innovative project to help to identify people with Hepatitis-C. Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver. If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years. However, with modern ... Read more >

  • Dr Tom Monks becomes Turing Institute fellow

    17th December 2018

    Dr Thomas Monks has become a Fellow of the Turing Institute at the University of Southampton .He says it opens up some great opportunities: "Southampton's membership of the Alan Turing Institute opens a whole new world of opportunity for NIHR CLAHRC research in data science and AI. I am delighted to be welcomed into the Turing community at Southampton and can already see new collaborations... Read more >

  • New call to industry on Technology enabled Mental Health Care

    24th September 2018

    The Wessex Technology Support Programme (TSP) has launched a new call to industry on Technology enabled Mental Health Care. The clinical needs for which solutions are sought are in (1) children and young people’s mental health to restore healthy practices, (2) enhancing the efficacy ofpsychological treatments for depression and anxiety, and (3) clinical management and follow-up of patients at r... Read more >

  • 2018/19 Springboard Programme

    14th September 2018

    2018/19 Springboard Programme  led by Professor Catherine PopeNIHR CLAHRC Wessex Springboard is a personal development programme for women that has run in over 30 countries. It offers an opportunity to focus on your work and personal life, and builds on your experience and your individual context to help you to make good decisions and set objectives.The programme includes:4 one-d... Read more >

  • We need you - Making a difference to the lives of older cancer survivors

    23rd August 2018

    Our researchers have been working for the last 4 years to improve the lives of people living with and surviving serious illness.As part of that research we often need to speak to people who have experience of illness. It's their stories that can change lives for others.Dr Teresa Corbett is beginning a fresh piece of research looking at how older people who have survived cancer deal with other i... Read more >

  • CLAHRC Wessex update: Developments in the coming months

    1st May 2018

    Professor Catherine Pope NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Deputy Director is now back after a period of study leave that included visits to Academy Health and NIH in Washington, and new collaborations with colleagues at NTNU Gjovik, and the National Centre for eHealth in Tromso, Norway. We have an exciting 18 months ahead in the current CLAHRC focusing on realising the investment in our collaborations ... Read more >

  • Mark Stafford-Watson: Tributes to a friend and colleague

    12th December 2017

    It is with great sadness that we have to say that our colleague and friend Mark Stafford-Watson has died. His work and dedication have achieved so much, and we are proud and sad at the same time. Our thoughts are with his family.Since the sad news on Sunday, his friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to Mark and his work. Here are just a few of those tributes:Sarah Williams from S... Read more >

  • Southampton to premiere award winning short film CATCH - to mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week

    27th October 2017

    CATCH is set In a near future where all antibiotics have failed, a father, Tom, and his young daughter, Amy, are quarantined in their house during a lethal pandemic. When Amy gets sick, Tom must make an impossible decision: give her up to the authorities or risk infection himself. The film acts as a stark warning that we need to preserve antibiotics for as long as possible in the ... Read more >

  • Researcher and Southampton Nurse Emma Ray walks for Ethiopia

    10th October 2017

    Emma Ray works with our respiratory research team based at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and is conducting research into diagnosing and supporting people with serious lung conditions like COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Emma and her colleague Yvette are raising money to help train health staff in Ethiopia.She writes "Our team of respirator... Read more >

  • Hampshire Hospitals becomes first Trust in Wessex to implement ReSPECT process

    2nd October 2017

    “THINKING about the treatment you would and would not like to receive in a medical emergency is incredibly important, not just for you, but for your family too.” That’s the view of Roy Ford, pictured, who has first-hand experience of the difference that considering your options in advance can make.Earlier this year, Roy’s wife, Janet, was diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer. Just day... Read more >

  • Request for help with distributing a national survey to NHS decision makers

    24th July 2017

    How do NHS decision makers choose when, how or if to introduce innovations in health care? Researchers in CLAHRC North Thames are looking at evidence use in decision-making in the NHS, and decision-makers’ preferences for different types of evidence. The aim of the study is to improve both the production and use of evidence in decision-making on introducing innovations.   Wha... Read more >

  • NIHR CLAHRC Wessex website gets a boost

    3rd July 2017

    We have just spent the last three months working on improving our website to make it easier to find what you want and making it smoother to use.Managed by Yvette Melia and assisted by 3 Men Squared, Yvette has gone through every page and area to try to improve the way we show off our great research.We must also thank our amazing trainees/PhD students for allowing us to film them explaining thei... Read more >

  • Hullabaloo on the Isle of Wight - by PPI champion Sandy Ciccognani

    30th May 2017

    For the past seven months I’ve been working on a pilot project on the IOW called Hullabaloo and I can now report that it is completed and was overwhelmingly viewed as a success. My mission now, is to find a way to make it sustainable, so that it can happen again year after year.The concept of Hullabaloo started from Shademakers Carnival Club, who wanted to put on a free arts event locally ... Read more >

  • Should Wessex implement ReSPECT process? – The NIHR CLAHRC Wessex hosted event.

    24th May 2017

    On May 11 2017, the NIHR CLAHRC Team brought together 44 delegates from organisations across the Wessex region and beyond as well as wide range of people including the public, paramedics, nursing staff, clinicians, managers and researchers.The event was to examine and reflect on whether the ReSPECT approach to decision making for emergency care should be adopted. ReSPECT stands for the Recommen... Read more >

  • How data modelling can improve the efficiency of community healthcare and cut air pollution.

    4th May 2017

    Dr Tom Monks and the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Data Science Team have been looking at data modelling and simulation to try and improve the efficiency of community health care. Getting the right community nurse to the right patients at the right time can be a real headache for NHS managers.Whilst doing this they also saw how the analytics of the Health Systems could help cut pollution. Dr Tom Monks pre... Read more >

  • Embedding Innovation in the NHS: Patient, practice and systems perspectives.

    4th May 2017

    22nd June 2017, 12-4.30pm Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9HU This half-day workshop will bring together a diverse audience for lively debate and discussion about current practice in the UK’s health care innovation landscape. The workshop is a response to one of UCL’s current policy ‘grand challenges’ - understanding how innovation can be successfully em... Read more >

  • New research with a unique perspective on caring

    12th April 2017

    Lavelle Niles has joined Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, conducting research into the lives of young carers in our community.Lavelle, now aged 24, cared for her mother from the age of 8 on the Caribbean  island of Anguilla. She came to the University of Southampton in 2014 to study Healthcare Management, Policy and Research, and is about to enter her final year this autumn.She is about to start... Read more >

  • Time to meet GENIE - launch of a new online tool to help support people living with a long term condition

    29th March 2017

    GENIE is a powerful piece of software that helps connect people to support and services around them with the aim of helping people with a long term condition like diabetes or MS manage their health better in the community. It has been used widely on the Isle of Wight and has helped reduce acute admissions to the NHSThis is an opportunity to learn about the benefits of using GENIE, an online... Read more >

  • Pain and anxiety key indicators of public usage of urgent and emergency care

    23rd March 2017

    Preliminary findings by University of Southampton researchers and leading local clinicians have found that people using urgent and emergency care services do so because their level of pain is unmanageable and anxiety has reached a tipping point. The initial findings form part of a national study, led by Dr Joanne Turnbull and colleagues at the University of Southampton’s faculty of health s... Read more >

  • Professor Peter Griffiths named as senior investigator by National Institute for Health Research

    23rd March 2017

    Professor Peter Griffiths, Chair of Health Services Research at the University of Southampton, and Nursing workforce lead for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has been awarded by the NIHR.He joins Professor Anne Rogers as one of the 200 NIHR senior investigators. The honour is decided by a competition every year and recognises the research expertise of an individual in their particular field.Professor Gr... Read more >

  • BBC R4 Inside health talks to nurse Liz about antibiotic resistance research

    13th March 2017

    Research by NIHR CLAHRC Wessex into antibiotic resistance is to feature on Radio 4.Dr Mark Porter presents Inside Health on Radio 4 every Tuesday evening at 9pm, the programme is then repeated on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm.The bacteria that cause things like coughs and colds, as well as other nasty illnesses, are becoming ever more resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria are very good at adapting, a... Read more >

  • How we are involved with ReSPECT for emergency care

    13th March 2017

    NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has been working with a number of organisations to look into the burden of treatment and complexity in end of life care.It has been reviewing a decision aid ReSPECT for health professionals, families and patients to use when a person is unable to communicate their medical treatment preferences.Professor Alison Richardson (pictured), Professor of Cancer Nursing and End of Lif... Read more >

  • Dr Meskarian shows off clever maths from CLAHRC Wessex to Parliament

    8th March 2017

    Dr Rudabeh Meskarian is presenting her Mathematical modelling research findings before MPs on Monday 13 March.Dr Meskarian from NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has been using health data and modelling to create a new design for sexual health services in our region. A paper is expected shortly and she is taking her finding to the STEM event at the House of Commons in March. In the meantime, see for yourse... Read more >

  • New CLAHRC Wessex events for 2017

    30th January 2017

    CLAHRC Wessex have released new dates for colleagues to attend events in 2017. This includes frailty workforce development team meetings, a launch event for the GENIE social networking tool and the CLAHRC Wessex annual stakeholder conference. To find out more visit our events page, read the list of new dates in our general publications or contact  Read more >

  • A study of peoples’ views and experiences of using NHS urgent care services

    6th January 2017

    What is this about?We are carrying out a study at the University of Southampton to find out more about peoples’ views and experiences of urgent and emergency care.  Who are we looking for?We are looking for people aged 18-25 years, people over 75+ years and people from East European populations who have used an urgent or emergency care service. This might include telephoning NHS 111, visitin... Read more >

  • Pets offer valuable support for owners with mental health problems

    9th December 2016

    Pets can help people manage their long-term mental health conditions, according to research published in the open access journal *BMC Psychiatry.The consistent presence and close physical proximity of pets contributed to people feeling secure and provided a source of calm and therapeutic benefit for the pets’ owners. The researchers, based in Manchester and Southampton suggest that pets can be ... Read more >

  • Remembering Jim Watt, PPI champion, NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

    8th December 2016

    Remembering Jim Watt, PPI champion, NIHR CLAHRC Wessex (pictured right)We are sad to report the passing of Jim Watt, the PPI champion for Theme 6 of the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex. Jim was a good friend to our organisation, the Theme and WISeRD, our PPI strategy group. He brought a wealth of experience to his role as PPI champion, as someone with long term health problems, and also his other expe... Read more >

  • Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowships.

    1st December 2016

    It's the launch of a fifth round of Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowships.  Applications are invited from all clinicians and health or social care professionals (including more senior staff) working in the NHS, social services or higher education institutions in the UK, who would like a career in research aimed at improving care for older people, but lack the necessary training an... Read more >

  • Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP) PROJECT UPDATE 22/11/16

    30th November 2016

    The Treatment Escalation Plan (TEP), the signature project for NIHR CLAHRC Theme 6 project is gradually moving forward.  Treatment Escalation Plans are essentially the summary record of a conversation between a patient (and next of kin) and a clinician on treatment preferences and options in case of an emergency.  It is a subject that has a far-reaching impact on health and social care practice... Read more >

  • Inhaler Workshop, Lecture room A, Tuesday 29th November 10am -2pm

    28th November 2016

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  • Event to mark a decade of health research and innovation to improve the lives of people in our region

    17th November 2016

    On Friday 18 November researchers and health experts from across the Wessex region will be at NIHR Wessex at Ten. The event at Guildhall Winchester will mark a decade of World-class health research which has been taking place in hospitals, universities and communities across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight.Keynote speaker at the event will be Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief... Read more >

  • Antibiotics research takes a surprise turn – up the M1

    14th November 2016

    Monday 14 November marks the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016Researchers based in the South and East of England have been working to preserve the life of the antibiotics we have by increasing the effectiveness of when they are prescribed by family doctors and nurses.The research began in Southampton, but through a quirk of fate moved up country to begin in Hertfordshire. The bacte... Read more >

  • New network meets for first time to improve COPD care across Wessex

    11th November 2016

    WING COPD - Wessex Integrated Network Group for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) met this week bringing together NHS staff from across our region to help find better ways to prevent and diagnose COPD, and care for people with COPD.The meeting included commissioners, the ambulance service, smoking cessation services, researchers as well as doctors, nurses and physiotherapists from NH... Read more >

  • New research appointment of Director of Engagement and Training for Hampshire academic Dr Greta Westwood

    10th November 2016

    NIHR CLAHRC Wessex is pleased to announce that Dr Greta Westwood has been appointed as Director of Engagement and Training. As well as taking on that role she will become part of the senior team in the Faculty of Health Sciences as the Director of Clinical Academic Practice at the University of Southampton.As part of the National Institute for Health Research, CLAHRC Wessex (Collaboration for L... Read more >

  • World COPD Day - How Denise can breath again thanks to a pioneering operation

    9th November 2016

    We do it every second, its automatic, but we don’t always think about it until there is a problem. Breathing is something we take for granted, but there are several things that can make it harder – one of which is called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)Wednesday 16 November is World COPD day and researchers, consultants, doctors and expert nurses will be in the main entrance of Sout... Read more >

  • Safe-staffing: What do we know?

    8th November 2016

    NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has just published a new Evidence Brief which summarises what is know about levels of safe nurse staffing.Here's an excerpt:"A large and increasing number of studies have reported a relationship between low nurse staffing levels and adverse outcomes, including higher mortality rates. Despite the volume of research undertaken, there remain some significant gaps in the evide... Read more >

  • Understanding Kidney disease - Research wins praise from Royal College of GPs

    29th September 2016

    Research by a team from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) found that people diagnosed with signs of Chronic Kidney Disease* often did not realise how serious it was, or may not even know they have it.The publication won the NIHR Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) team recognition from the Royal College of General Practitioners in their awards ceremony... Read more >

  • CLAHRC's at NHS Health and Care Innovation EXPO 2016

    6th September 2016

    The CLAHRC teams from around England will be at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September.As part of the National Institute for Heath Research CLAHRCs stand very much at the implementation end of the research process.We will be sharing our work from across the country with the publication of our CLAHRC BITES, which summarise our work in the NH... Read more >

  • How do you involve the public in your research? Why you should and how to do it.

    1st September 2016

    Here at CLAHRC Wessex all of our research areas have their own member of the public as part of the team to help inform decisions about the way research is conducted.Over the last 3 years we have worked to develop our public contributors and involve them as part of the research and review process. We can now call on around 30 regular contributors.The official title for this kind of approach is P... Read more >

  • Had a bad cough? Were you given antibiotics by your GP? We'd like to hear from you

    28th July 2016

    We are working on some research looking at how to prolong the use of antibiotics to treat illnesses. It is a serious subject. The bacteria that cause things like coughs and colds, as well as other nasty illnesses, are becoming ever more resistant to the antibiotics we have. Bacteria are very good at adapting, and because we keep using the same antibiotics, they are finding ways to overcome them... Read more >

  • Professor Tom Wilkinson awarded Chair by University of Southampton

    26th July 2016

    Professor Tom Wilkinson has been awarded Chair of Respiratory Medicine and Honorary NHS Consultant Physician at the University of Southampton and University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.Tom leads on research into respiratory conditions and improved treatment and care for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex.His work alongside his team has seen major improvement in the prevention, early diagnosis, t... Read more >

  • New CLAHRC Wessex dates for key events

    25th July 2016

    CLAHRC Wessex have released key event dates for colleagues to attend in the coming months through to 2017. For further information read more and click on the links for a published list or our events web pages. Read more >

  • Dr Ryan and his team pick up NHS award for innovative Hepatitis-C research

    18th March 2016

    Dr Ryan Buchanan, a PhD student working for CLAHRC Wessex, has picked up an award with his team for Excellence in Research, presented by Isle of Wight NHS Trust. It’s for his work on diagnosing Hepatitis C in communities sharing needles. If you would like to know more about his novel approach, he has written an article Read more >

  • Professor Anne Rogers - new director of NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

    8th March 2016

    Anne Rogers chosen as CLAHRC Wessex DirectorProfessor Anne Rogers has been named as the new director of CLAHRC Wessex. Anne is keen to stress where we need to go as an organisation: “I think that over the last 2 years NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has proven itself to be a new force for engaging with and pursuing productive links with our Wessex partners in our communities. The challenge for the n... Read more >

  • From Evidence to Practice: Implementing Change in Primary Care

    20th November 2015

    Getting the results of research implemented into routine healthcare is often a challenge. The missing link between the development and implementation of evidence into practice is called the ‘second translational gap’ and is particularly noticeable in primary care. A recent study including Professors Anne Kennedy and Anne Roge... Read more >

  • Dementia Collaboration Conference and the launch of the Wessex dementia timeline

    6th November 2015

    Over 160 delegates representing more than 70 organisations, attended the 2nd Wessex Dementia Collaboration Event in Southampton on 21 October. The conference aimed to showcase work on dementia projects across Wessex, and emphasise collaboration across clinical, community, education, research and social care boundaries. Highlights of the day included John’s Campaign founder, Nicci Gerra... Read more >

  • Finding the missing millions: Time to take a deep breath and find out about your health

    3rd November 2015

    We do it every second, its automatic, but we don’t always think about it until there is a problem. Breathing is something we take for granted, but there are several things that can make it harder – one of which is called COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Wednesday 18 November is World COPD day and researchers, consultants, doctors and expert nurses will be in West Quay Sh... Read more >

  • It’s the taking part that counts

    11th August 2015

    How using social networks might support mental health recovery. Sandra Walker writes about how her research took an unexpected turn.Managing our mental health is something we all do and for many of us it is a fairly straightforward process, but a significant number of us are likely to find it rather more complex, sometimes  needing support from our GP or mental health services. As pa... Read more >

  • NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Respiratory team on the shortlist for national nursing award

    23rd June 2015

    The Integrated Respiratory Care research team has been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Awards 2015 for its work in identifying people who are vulnerable to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD as it is known.COPD is more widely spread in our community than first thought, with many cases of the illness not being spotted early enough or reported to doctors. It is thought there are hund... Read more >

  • Why the Isle of Wight is healthier due to a doctor on a bike

    19th June 2015

    Dr Ryan Buchanan has been recognised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for his work to help diagnose people Hepatitis C, winning an award.Ryan who conducts his research with funding and support from NIHR CLAHRC Wessex has been working with hard to reach groups of people on the Isle of Wight who may have been exposed to the Hepatitis C virus by syringe use. Many people who are regular drug-use... Read more >

  • Help someone in hospital. Why we need mealtime volunteers

    11th June 2015

    When we are in hospital and have to stay it can mean everyday things are just not there anymore. Everything from getting dressed and eating can feel different. The nurses and staff will do their best to make you comfortable, but it's still not like home. One way we are helping is by having volunteers from our community come and help people during meal times. Meal Time Assistants work for a few ... Read more >

  • So what do our NHS partners think about NIHR CLAHRC Wessex research?

    2nd June 2015

    Here at NIHR CLAHRC Wessex we work with our partners in the NHS and beyond to bring the best research into practice. Working together we can make a real difference to the health and lives of people in our region of England. So we asked our NHS partners at a recent event what they thought about research and the work of the CLAHRC. This is what they had to say. (link) Read more >

  • How can we improve care on hospital wards?

    27th May 2015

    We want to know how you think fundamental care on hospital wards (ranging from how people talk to patients to ensuring that people are kept safe) could be improved, and what research would be most useful. Whether you are a patient, health professional, manager or simply have a view on it - we’d like to hear from you. Tell us your thoughts and take part in the survey Please feel ... Read more >

  • Dying to sleep? Our research digest looking into patient observations at night

    27th May 2015

    Vital signs in hospitals at night. Dying to sleep?Monitoring vital signs is a crucial aspect of care for patients in hospital wards. Early signs of deterioration can be detected, providing the first step in the “chain of prevention” of serious consequences including cardiac arrest and death.  Vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse respirations and temperature, are the basis of early wa... Read more >

  • NIHR CLAHRC Wessex produces a new video to expain it's research

    21st May 2015

    This what we do. Why research matters to health and wellbeingHere are NIHR CLAHRC Wessex we have been working hard since we were set up just over a year ago to produce some of the best research across a wide range of issues. While many people will know that, we just wanted to share with you a video we made to hopefully explain the work we do.Our new CLAHRC Wessex video Read more >

  • Top level meeting for Theme 5 research to discuss the approach our research into social networks

    18th May 2015

    CLAHRC Wessex' Dr Anne Kennedy meeting with Catherine Wilton, Deputy Director for Coalition for Collaborative Care at NHS England to discuss our research into how social networks can help support people with long term conditions.Find out more about our research on our blog Read more >

  • Creating more ways to see the latest news from NIHR CLAHRC Wessex

    19th January 2015

    The latest on NIHR CLAHRC Wessex' social media channels - click, follow, like, comment & blogFor many people using social media is a way of life, but for others it's new territory. At CLAHRC Wessex we are always busy with research and so to keep you up to date we have created some familiar channels for you to keep in touch with our work. Our latest addition to the family is our Wordpress blog -... Read more >

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