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Wellbeing Hubs and the Voluntary Sector: Places, organisations and people – July 4th 2019

Date: July 4th 2019, 12:30-3:30pm

Venue: Seminar room 3, Open University Library, Walton Hall

Dr James Rees and Dr Rebecca Ince have recently conducted a scoping study into the involvement of the voluntary sector in Wellbeing Hubs in England, which have become an increasingly prominent part of the landscape of provision of welfare services. Wellbeing Hubs are a localised model in which a voluntary or community organisation acts as a central point of access or platform for access to a range of community services, support and social activities. The study sought to explore the drivers behind the proliferation of Wellbeing Hubs in the UK, understand the range of Hubs currently active or in development, and explore the effects Wellbeing Hubs have on the organisations involved, the communities they serve and the implications for further development of welfare services in the UK.

Sandpit Agenda

12:30 – 1:15pm           Welcome, tea and coffee, lunch.

1:15 – 1:30pm             Rebecca Ince and James Rees present findings from scoping study

1:30-1:45pm                Q&A about the findings

1:45-2:15pm                Priority setting – emerging questions for collaborative research around Health and Wellbeing Hubs and the voluntary sector. (Key themes, theoretical approaches)

2:15-2:45pm                How might we design research to know what effect Wellbeing Hubs are having? (JR/RI present different examples of ‘evidence’ from the Hubs)

2:45-3:15pm                To what extent do Wellbeing Hubs represent new models of service provision led by the voluntary sector?

3:15pm-3:30pm          Tea and coffee, farewell!

Themes

Places and spaces – scales, territories, locations, buildings, physical hub locations vs metaphorical hubs e.g. phone service (materiality, assemblage)

Organisations – roles, influence, funding, leadership (comparative advantage, mixed economy of health services, traditional/collaborative leadership)

People – needs, resources, outcomes and effects

Attendance is open to everyone however, to help us with catering, please email Rebecca.ince@open.ac.uk if you plan to attend.

Health & Wellbeing PRA – AWAY DAY 2 July 2019

Are you a researcher interested in Health & Wellbeing?

Date: 2 July, 2019
Time: 09:30 – 16:30
Location: Chicheley Hall

The Health and Wellbeing PRA Team will be hosting our third annual Away Day event on 2nd July 2019 at Chicheley Hall. The aim of the day is to get health and wellbeing researchers together to develop and reflect on all aspects of health and wellbeing research. There will be talks on a wide range of research areas as well as ample time for networking.

Invitations have now been sent out via Eventbrite, or you can sign up here

Please see the agenda below for more information. If you would like any further information or to hear more about this event please email healthwellbeing@open.ac.uk

We hope that you can make the Away Day and place it in your diaries now.

Agenda

9.45 – 10.15    Arrival, coffee and registration

10.15 – 10.20  Welcome & housekeeping – Sarah Earle

11.00 – 11.30  ‘TBC’: Presentation + Q&A – Oxentia & Tony Sayer

11.30 – 11.50  Break, networking & NIHR or Enterprise surgeries     

11.50 – 12.30  Updates from PRA-funded projects I – Project teams

12:30 – 12:35   Open Space introduction – Sarah Earl

12.35 – 1.15    Lunch

1.15 – 2.15       Open Space discussions – All

2.15 – 2.30      Break, networking & NIHR or Enterprise surgeries     

2.30 – 3.15      Updates from PRA-funded projects II – Project teams

3.15 – 3.45      Plenary & next steps – Sarah Earle/All

4.00                 Finish  

Grant Development Meeting – 10th June 2019

Funded by Priority Research Area Board, Open University, UK

Date: 10 June 2019 – 10:00 – 17:00

Venue: Wellcome Trust

This grant development meeting will bring together a group of researchers from different disciplines, including sociology, psychology, end-of-life care, linguistic anthropology, narrative studies, social media communication, design and arts, with an interest in issues around death, dying and bereavement. In this one-day intensive seminar, participants will seek to develop concrete ideas for seeking funding in support of an interdisciplinary project that will look at new visibilities of death, dying and bereavement. The idea for the project has come out of conversations among members of the Death Online Research Network during and after the 4th Symposium held at the University of Hull. The project is motivated by the recognition of a need to challenge the ‘death is taboo’ thesis and explore instead which aspects of death, dying, bereavement and legacies are routinely talked about, narrativised, and socially visibilised and which are less so, or absent from the public discourse. The aim of this project is to contribute to the academic knowledge in the field of death and dying and to design – and experiment with – creative ways of engaging the public in explorations of death, dying, bereavement, and legacies both online and offline, in search for a ‘new’ language for articulating related issues. The number of participants to this network meeting is limited. If you are interested in attending, email Korina.Giaxoglou@open.ac.uk with a brief summary of your interest in the area and your motivation for attending.

Diagnostics – Medilink East Midlands 9 May 2019

The event will showcase the expertise of academics working in the area of Diagnostics focusing on the development of novel solutions to challenges faced by SMEs working in the field of Diagnostics. The workshop will begin with a series of presentations from experienced academics followed by an opportunity to network and discuss how industry can work with the Open University to address the challenges faced in the development, application and commercialisation of Diagnostics.

This free to attend event is being held as part of the ACTIS programme – a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, click here to be re-directed to further information about the project.

Smart Materials – Medilink East Midlands 12 March 2019

The event will showcase the expertise of academics working in the area of Smart Materials focusing on the development of novel solutions to challenges faced by SMEs working in the field of Smart Materials. The workshop will begin with a series of presentations from experienced academics followed by an opportunity to network and discuss how industry can work with the Open University to address the challenges faced in the development, application and commercialisation of Smart Materials.

Topics that will be presented on: – 5 Novel nanoparticle radiosensitisers for cancer therapy

– Electrospun nanomaterials for drug, nutrient and packaging applications

– TBC

This free to attend event is being held as part of the ACTIS programme – a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, click here to be re-directed to further information about the project.

The programme for the day can be found here.

NIHR Research Design Service  workshop

In collaboration with Research, Enterprise and Scholarship and the Health and Wellbeing PRA the Research Design Service are hosting an event to meet with researchers interested in social care to provide advice and support for developing research bids. The RDS can offer a range of free services to help you develop your grant applications to both NIHR and Non-NIHR sources, including;

  • Design
  • Methods
  • Horizon Scanning
  • PPI
  • Identifying collaborators
  • Identifying and refining the research Question
  • Medical statistics
  • Health economics
  • Advice on common pitfalls
  • Interpreting funder feedback

The Event will be held on 28 March 2019, from 10am-1pm in Library Seminar Room 2.

Pathways to Impact: from Research into Policy, Practice and Interventions

Date:
30 November 2018

Time: 

10.30-4.30pm

Location:
Age UK Conference Suite, Tavis House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA

Contact:
Tanya Phillips (Email Contact)

Contact Phone:
07898 184893

This one-day event organised by the British Society of Gerontology and Age UK brings together leading academic researchers and non-academic collaborators to inform, report on and discuss pathways to translating research findings in gerontology into policy, practice and interventions. The goal for the day is for delegates to learn from experience, foster collaborations and develop expertise for improving translation of their own research, and to assist delegates in thinking about developing impact case studies for REF 2021.

Speakers include:

  • Participants in REF 2014 4* Impact Case Studies
  • Evaluators of the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) Cross-Council Research Programme
  • Partner organisations speaking about how to work in partnership to effect change
  • The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology on engaging with Parliament
  • Third Sector Organisations interested in academic collaboration
  • Past and future members of REF Sub-Panels

There will be ample opportunity for Q&A and interaction with our panels.

NIHR ‘Themed Calls’ Workshop

A NIHR ‘Themed Calls’ workshop is being run on Thursday 29th November 2018 at 9.30-13.00.  It is being held in the Stuart Hall Building, ground floor, room 3.

RAS in collaboration with the Health &Wellbeing PRA will be holding an event around the 2019 NIHR themed calls. The event will include an introduction and overview of the NIHR and information on applying to their major themed calls for 2019, Frailty and Chronic Pain. We will be joined by members of the NIHR Research Design Service, who will be available for individual surgeries on potential proposals and to contribute to discussions around potential collaborations.

The session is aimed at anyone interested in the NIHR’s themed calls on Frailty and Chronic Pain, or anyone interested in the NIHR and its themes in general. The themed calls particularly welcome multi-disciplinary applications, so the event is suitable for all faculties. We hope to bring together interested parties to develop collaborations around the themes.

Assistive Technologies – Medilink EM Thursday 8 November 9.30am-2pm, Woughton House, MK6 3LR

The event will showcase the expertise of academics working in the area of assistive technologies focusing on the development of novel solutions to challenges faced by SMEs working in the field of assistive technologies. The workshop will begin with a series of presentations from experienced academics followed by an opportunity to network and discuss how industry can work with the Open University to address the challenges faced in the development, application and commercialisation of assistive technologies.

Topics that will be presented on:
– Assistive Technologies for active and healthy ageing

– Solutions for Assistive Technologies in the 21st Century

– What practitioners want?

This free to attend event is being held as part of the ACTIS programme – a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, click here to be re-directed to further information about the project.

The programme for the day can be found here.

Health & Wellbeing PRA Seminar Series

Dave Sharp, Founder Binary Asylum

15th May 2019 at 12.30. Online seminar via Skype

University & Industry Partnerships: Models, Impacts and Perspectives

The vast majority of university and business leaders in the UK would agree that universities and business should collaborate. And most realise that for academic research and education to have relevance and positive impact on business and industry 4.0, direct engagement and industrial collaboration is not just good to have, but a absolute necessity. Despite this and reports from Lord Young, enterprise adviser to the UK prime minister and Sir Andrew Witty, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, which both recommend and ardently encourage university engagement with industry, many businesses find a great deal of the output from business schools incomprehensible at best and not relevant and obscure at worst.

This session will contemplate why universities and business still struggle to get the most out of each other. The benefits of collaboration and partnerships seem to be sort by both sides – the session will discuss potential models for better collaboration and what give and take might be required to bring better alignment. Case studies of existing collaborations will be included to better exemplify working partnerships between the university and business domains.

If you missed this presentation you can view it here

20th March 2019 at 12.30. Webinar

Professor Claire de Than, Director of Studies & Prof, City of London University (open to all) Professor de Than is the Chair of The Outsiders Trust and the Sexual Health and Disability Alliance (charity) (SHADA)
Presentation title “Rights, Life, Death and Fun”

If you missed this presentation you can view it here

Dr Christian L. Beech, Senior Lecturer, College of Human & Health Sciences, Swansea University (open to all) 23rd January 2019 at 12.30 in Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2  Presentations Title: Policy, Process and Personalities: An Exploration of Interprofessional Working with Risk and Older People within a Multidisciplinary Team. Dr Beech is a senior lecturer and programme director of the BSc Social Work programme. Christian has recently completed his PhD in Social Work, which he undertook part-time and which focused on inter professional working with risk and older people in multidisciplinary teams. Christian also undertook his social work training at Swansea qualifying with a Diploma in Social Work and a MSc in Applied Social Studies. Following a career that spanned practitioner and management roles across children and adult services in a range of acute and community mental health services, Christian joined the university in 2007 after winning a secondment to lead a research project aimed at developing an evidence base for social work with older people. Since this time he has been involved in a range of research projects linked to older people and social work and now intends to focus his post-doctoral research on inter professional working between health and social care professionals. This seminar will present the findings of a PhD study conducted in Wales with health and social care practitioners who were either physically or virtually located within multidisciplinary teams.  From the data, three main factors emerged which either influenced or were influenced by interprofessional working within multidisciplinary teams.  These were Policy, Process and Personalities.  Policy, which was found to be often obtuse and ‘disconnected’ from the principles of the values and ethics that underpin professional practice.  The Process of interprofessional working within multidisciplinary teams was found to be ad hoc yet an effective in facilitating an environment in which a range of professions could interact.  And finally, the Personalities of individual practitioners, that is their knowledge, attitudes and relational skills which were found to be crucial elements of effective interprofessional practice.  This research highlights key implications for policy-makers, health and social care practitioners and the academy in developing future research and more effective educational interventions in order to deliver a more inclusive policy and practice framework. If you missed this fascinating presentation you can view it here


21 November 2018 at 12.30 in Library Seminar 1
Ms Theodora Bowering, PhD Candidate.
Centre for Urban Conflict Research (UCR) at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
Ageing  and  the  city:  older  people’s  everyday  mobility  and  place  attachment  in  East  London”

16 May 2018 at 12.30 in CMR15
Dr Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation from Hospice UK, details TBC (open to all)

14th March 2018 at 12.30 in Library Presentation Room
Dr Jerome Devaux, Lecturership in French from Faculty of WELS presents: Interpreting in the Healthcare Context: The interpreter as the third participant (open to all)

This presentation will first cover the history of interpreting in the health sector. Based on the main research paradigms in Interpreting Studies and the most recent findings, the second part will examine the reasons why interpreters should no longer be considered as ideological invisible language conduits but as fully-fledged participants. The third part will focus on how technologies, such as videoconferencing systems, have impacted on the role and the work of the interpreter. This presentation will conclude by presenting some potential research avenues.

17th January 2017 at 12.30 in CMR 15
Andrew Smith, Senior Lecturer in Networking the STEM School of Computing & Communication presents: ‘Pedagogical Social Media – how the experiences of network engineering could be translated into health and social care’ (open to all)

The Cisco networking team within the STEM faculty have been using social media as part of the teaching experience since 2013. Engaging students and other communities of practice via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This seminar explores what has been accomplished – where Twitter/Facebook and Facebook Live have been adopted and changed the way we interact with our students and wider community of practice.

Fast Track Impact Workshop, 7th December 2017

We invite health and wellbeing researchers to this impact workshop run by Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact. Fast Track Impact are an international training company working in the Higher Education and research and innovation sectors. They provide up to date training based on the latest research that can be tailored to specific needs of attendees. Please get in touch if you have specific issues around impact that you would like addressing.

Participants will also receive a copy of the acclaimed Research Impact Handbook and will receive ongoing support from Prof. Reed during a five week follow up programme. Spaces to this workshop are limited so please email healthwellbeing@open.ac.uk to reserve your place.

2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference, 1st – 3rd May 2018

This years theme is “Fusion – All things Digital Health & Wellbeing”.. After a successful symposium held in March 2017, we have decided to extend and expand. The 2nd Digital Health & Wellbeing Conference is a 4-day conference held at The Open University campus, Milton Keynes. Due to the nature of the conference, we aim to challenge research and practitioners to explore, uncover and inspire the ethos of Digital Health & Wellbeing & how this can be deployed across varying environments, research & practice, innovation, health, community and non-profit organisations.

Call for Papers: We are seeking papers, symposium, doctoral work and workshop papers to be presented during the 3-day conference. The deadline for all submissions is 30th November 2017.

Registration is now open! For More details visit the conference website . If you have any queries contact the conference organisers via healthwellbeing@open.ac.uk.

26th October 2016: Dr Alex O’Neill-Kerr, Medical Director Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust presents: ‘Magnets in Mental Health: The New Way Forward’ (open to all)

Dr Alex O’Neill-Kerr (Medical Director Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) will talk about the Neuromodulation Centre’s clinical experience with rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation). This is a new clinical application of magnetic energy to the brain in order to treat Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). He will discuss the clinical application of rTMS and some of the current theories about its mode of action and the results achieved in our clinic from a patient experience perspective, as well as details of a particular aspect of iWantGreatCare that was introduced into the prisons that are serviced by the Trust.

1st February 2017: Paul Griffiths from Age UK Milton Keynes presents: ‘Local Services Provided by Age UK Milton Keynes’ (open to all)
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Paul.

29th March 2017: Professor of Psychology & Health (Open University) and Senior Scientific Adviser at NIHR, Louise M Wallace presents: ‘NIHR – Understanding what success looks like, trips, pitfalls and getting involved’ (internal only)
Prof. Wallace has ample NHS and research experience and is currently a Senior Scientific Advisor for NIHR.
The presentation will include:
• Overviews of NIHR health services and delivery research programmes
• Information about ‘Health Services & Delivery Research’, ‘Research for Patient Benefit’ and ‘Public Health Research’ research programmes
• Selection criteria
• Common pitfalls in proposals
• How to approach a proposal
This will be followed by an open session where you will get the opportunity to bring your ideas or proposals to Professor Wallace for confidential discussion.

5th July 2017: Muhammad Khan, Medical Advisor at ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care & Health Applications) presents: ‘Promoting better apps for better outcomes’
(open to all)
Apps are presenting new and exciting opportunities for both users and the NHS, and represent a considerable opportunity for both patient and health service benefits. As of 2015, it was estimated that 71% of Britons (45.5million in total) owned a smartphone, 75% use smartphones or tablets to search for health information online, and over 90% would use mobile-health services to engage with healthcare professionals, in the event that these services were available.
Apps enable the possibility of making positive changes from the comfort of your own home, and not confined by the constraints of appointment times and waiting lists, can enable the treatment of thousands of individuals at the same time, with the treatment of one individual having absolutely no impact on the time and resources available to treat others.
Regrettably however, while poor quality pharmaceuticals and medical devices rarely find their way to patients, the same cannot be said about the largely unregulated market for health apps.

25th September 2017 at 12:30 in CMR 15
Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Person Centred Integrated Care, NHS England presents: ‘Ageing Well: Reducing unwarranted variation in health outcomes’ (open to all)

By 2025 it is estimated that the number of people aged 65 and over will increase by 20% to over 12 million. While we can expect the overall prevalence of disability in older people to remain constant at around 20%, the absolute numbers living with lost functional ability is expected to increase by a quarter to nearly 3 million people. There is emerging evidence of significant and sustained differences in the trajectories of frailty and wellbeing between the richest and poorest thirds of the population across cohorts as they age. Taking these various factors into account, this seminar will provide an overview of recent developments in NHS England’s approach to supporting the population to age well and provide opportunity to explore ways in which we can begin to reduce unwarranted variation in health and well-being in late life.

7th November 2017 at 12:30 in CMR 01
Emily Oliver, Senior Education Research Manager from the British Red Cross presents: ‘First Aid – A gap in public health strategy’ (open to all)

The British Red Cross promotes first aid education as easy to learn, easy to remember and easy to do. It is based on medical and educational science. Yet research shows increasing numbers of people attending A&E and using GP services for minor ailments and conditions, many of which could be treated at home. Evidence also suggests that people are confused about what constitutes ‘urgent care’ and about the range of services they might access for different conditions. Recent thinking about first aid education broadens its scope away from traditional curricula, aiming to develop learners’ confidence and willingness. Based on a newly developed ‘Chain of Survival Behaviour’ by the International Federation of the Red Cross, it endeavours to emphasise planning and preparing for medical emergencies, thus placing it more firmly within the public health agenda. As a preventative health too, we make the case for first aid in Public Health.

Mental Health Seminar Series

2nd May 2017: Professor Cathy Lloyd and Professor Louise Wallace (OU) present: ‘Multi-Country Research: The ‘wow’ and the home truths’ (internal only)
Conducting applied research can be can be taxing, and often deflating, especially when a bid you felt passionately about doesn’t get funded, or when a paper you have spent an age working on gets rejected. There are also additional challenges in the area of engagement with participants (e.g. service users and/or providers). These research challenges pop up for even the most seasoned academics. In our next “Priority Research Area – Mental Health Seminar” Professor Cathy Lloyd and Professor Louise Wallace will share their top tips on “getting over the barriers”, and will highlight how they have managed to overcome the road blocks in carrying out complex mental health research projects across several organisations and countries. The session will also involve brief presentations from the Mental Health Research Group’s members who have a recently completed a project (or have one in the pipelines). The session will be held in-person between 1-3 pm on 2 May 2017 at Walton Hall (The Open University, Milton Keynes) and concurrently online for those that pre-book.

30th October 2017: Autumn OU Mental Health Research Group
1. Journal selection – finding the right home for that mental health paper you have written.
2. ‘Getting over writer’s block’ – what to do when you’re stuck on a mental health paper.
3. ‘Top tips for rebuttals’ – managing challenging manuscript reviews and/or funding applications.

Professor Louise Wallace is also going to be presenting on NIHR funding opportunities.

Death & Dying Seminar Series

Details and recordings of past seminars can be found here.

Digital Health & Wellbeing Symposium 2017

The first Digital Health and Wellbeing Symposium was a huge success. We welcomed researchers and healthcare professionals from a wide range if institutions, many of which were able to build their networks at the event. The talks were fantastic and provided great insight into interesting research areas within Digital Health and Wellbeing.

The videos can be replayed via stadium (The Open University’s webcasting platform) using the links below, alternatively you can download the PowerPoint presentation.

Friday 24th March, 2017

Time Schedule Presentation
08:45-09:45 Registration  
09:45-10:00 Welcome Address
Professor Regine Hampel, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
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10:00-10:30 Dr Josephine McMurray, Wilfred Laurier University, Canada Title of Presentation: Tertius iungens: Connecting the disconnected and other notions that help build ecosystems to support health & agetech innovation
10:35-11:05 Dr Malcolm Fisk, De Montfort University Title of Presentation: Developments in Telehealth: How Consumers will Change the Way that Services are Provided
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11:05-11:30 Comfort Break & Networking  
11:35-12:05 Dr Matthew Fay, GP Principal The Willows Medical Practice, West Yorkshire Title of Presentation: A new paradigm in palpitation management
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12:10-12:40 Dr Charles Musselwhite, Swansea University Title of Presentation: Supporting mobility of older people: Why technology is getting it wrong
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12:40-13:45 Lunch & Networking  
13:50-14:45 Panel Discussion Watch the replay
14:50-15:15 Dr Elisabeth Boulton, University of Manchester Title of Presentation: Motivating 60-70 year olds to be more active using smart technology: The PreventIT project
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15:15-15:30 Comfort Break & Networking  
15:35-16:05 Professor Josie Tetley & Dr Emma Koivunen, Manchester Metropolitan University Title of Presentation: Using technology to reduce isolation
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16:10-16:35 Dr Verina Waights, The Open University Title of Presentation: Enhancing quality of life of carers through innovative ehealth technologies
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16:35-16:50 Closing Remarks Dr Hannah R Marston, Research Fellow, Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area
 

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