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Our First Public Health Summit (Nov 20)

On Thursday 26th November 2020, our Public Health theme hosted its first Public Health Summit online. This event brought together more than 60 stakeholders from across the West Midlands who have a shared passion for improving the public health of people living in our communities.

The aims of the summit were to: learn more about COVID-19 and public health; and Link ARC WM members and those involved in Public Health in the West Midlands.

A report is available here: ARC WM Public Health Summit November 2020

Tue 05 Jan 2021, 13:05 | Tags: COVID-19, Public Health

Margaret Peters Centre Annual Report 2019/20

The Margaret Peters Centre have recently released their first annual report, which is available here: Margaret Peters Centre Annual Report 2019/20.

Thu 19 Nov 2020, 12:45 | Tags: Margaret Peters Centre

PhD Studentship at Warwick Medical School

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands

A fully funded, full time, three-year PhD studentship is available in Warwick Medical School, to commence as soon as possible in 2021. The studentship includes fees and monthly stipend based on the Research Councils recommended rate – for details see: https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/ . The studentship is part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM). ARC WM is a £9 million, five-year initiative which started in October 2019. We have a mission to create lasting and effective collaborations across health and social care organisations, universities and local authorities by using research to improve the services we deliver across the West Midlands and further afield. The increasing demand for social care and the vital role of public health are key to many of the ARC’s projects as we search for the best and most effective ways to maintain the health and independence of our/the population.

The student will be based in one of the ARC WM’s themes, which are described on the website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/about/centres/arc-wm/

Applications for these studentship are invited, focusing on one of the following topics:

1. The challenges facing small-medium organisations in supporting health and wellbeing initiatives in the workplace?

2. How can knowledge needed to evaluate health technologies be produced, exchanged and applied in politically changing environments?

3. What has been the uptake, use and impact of HTA research evidence disseminated by the NICE Technology Appraisal programme from 2012 to 2017?

4. How can co-production be implemented in the ARC WM as a test bed for the wider NIHR? How can co-production be operationalised?

5. How can we best monitor heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels in ‘hospital at home’ care models? Which remote monitoring systems are acceptable for patients, carers and clinical teams?

Entry Requirements:

The studentship is available to support any student up to a stipend of £15,374 pa and fees equivalent to a value of £4,345 pa. Applicants should have a strong first degree (2:1 or above) or international equivalent in a relevant subject (refer to the equivalent scores table to map an international degree onto the British system). Previous research experience is an advantage.

Contact details for two academic referees should be provided. Professional references provided by your current or most recent line manager are acceptable if you have been out of higher education for over two years.

International applicants not educated in English will be expected to obtain one of the recognised English Language qualifications with a specific score, as listed at the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/english/

The English language requirement for PhD in Medical Sciences, MSc by Research Medical Sciences, PhD in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and PhD in Molecular Biomedicine is Band A.

The English language requirement for all other research degrees is Band B.

If you have any queries about the entry requirements, please contact wms.rdcoord@warwick.ac.uk.

How to Apply:

If you would like to apply, please email:

· Your CV (including two academic references as above)

· A covering letter outlining:

- why you are interested in doing a PhD with ARC WM

- which topic you are applying for and why you have chosen it

- which (if any) of the other advertised PhD topics you would also be interested in.

· A short proposal (500 words) for your first choice topic showing how it aligns with the ARC WM mission and activities. The proposal should encompass an outline for your proposed research design, and its potential contribution to practice and impact in the Health and Social Care services.

Send your CV, covering letter and proposal to: ARCWM@warwick.ac.uk.

Applications must be made by midday on 27th November 2020. Interviews (online) will take place on 17th December 2020.

Please note that applications and supporting documents will be sent to all members of the interview panel. Applications and supporting documents will not be used for any other purpose and will be deleted after the recruitment process has completed.

Thu 22 Oct 2020, 09:52

PhD Studentship

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands

One fully funded, full time, three-year PhD studentship is available in Warwick Medical School from January 2021. The studentship includes fees and monthly stipend based on the Research Councils recommended rate – for details see: https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/ .The studentship is part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM). ARC WM is a £9 million, five-year initiative which started in October 2019. We have a mission to create lasting and effective collaborations across health and social care organisations, universities and local authorities by using research to improve the services we deliver across the West Midlands and further afield. The increasing demand for social care and the vital role of public health are key to many of the ARC’s projects as we search for the best and most effective ways to maintain the health and independence of our/the population.

The student will be based in the Integrated Care in Youth Mental Health theme of ARC WM, which is described on the website: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/med/about/centres/arc-wm/

Applications for this studentship is invited, focusing on the following topic:

The design, implementation and evaluation of digital strategies for youth mental health in school and educational settings. 

Entry Requirements:

Studentships are available to support any students up to a stipend of £15,374 pa and fees equivalent to a value of £4,345 pa. Applicants should have a strong first degree (2:1 or above) or international equivalent in a relevant subject (refer to the equivalent scores table to map an international degree onto the British system). Previous research experience is an advantage.

Contact details for two academic referees should be provided. Professional references provided by your current or most recent line manager are acceptable if you have been out of higher education for over two years.

International applicants not educated in English will be expected to obtain one of the recognised English Language qualifications with a specific score, as listed at the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/english/

The English language requirement for PhD in Medical Sciences, MSc by Research Medical Sciences, PhD in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and PhD in Molecular Biomedicine is Band A.

The English language requirement for all other research degrees is Band B.

If you have any queries about the entry requirements, please contact wms.rdcoord@warwick.ac.uk.

How to Apply:

If you would like to apply, please email:

· your CV (including two academic references as above)

- a covering letter outlining why you are interested in doing a PhD with ARC WM

· A short proposal (500 words) for the topic showing how it aligns with the ARC WM mission and activities. The proposal should encompass an outline for your proposed research design, and its potential contribution to practice and impact in the Health and Social Care services.

Send your CV, covering letter and proposal to: ARCWM@warwick.ac.uk.

Applications must be made by midday on 30th October 2020. Interviews (online) will take place on 12th November 2020.

Please note that applications and supporting documents will be sent to all members of the interview panel. Applications and supporting documents will not be used for any other purpose and will be deleted after the recruitment process has completed.

Mon 12 Oct 2020, 11:46

Nuclear War: Learning Lessons from COVID-19

While the current COVID-19 pandemic has us focused on our vulnerability to communicable disease, it should also serve as a wake-up call to the cataclysmic impact that would befall the world if nuclear weapons were ever to be used again. Prof Lilford, colleagues from ARC WM, and Prof Andrew Futter (Professor of International Politics at University of Leicester), have recently published an article arguing that there is an urgent need for renewal of public education, interest, and activism in reducing nuclear dangers. It is available online in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. 2020; 76(5).

Tue 29 Sep 2020, 13:07 | Tags: Director, Publication, COVID-19

Director talks at HSRUK conference

Prof Richard Lilford, Director of NIHR ARC West Midlands, recently took part in an online discussion as part of the 2020 Health Services Research UK Conference. A recording of the session, on mobilising UK Health Services Research capacity and learning to build partnerships for tackling health policy and systems challenges in low and middle-income countries, is available online: https://hsruk.org/conference-2020/sessions/mobilising-uk-hsr-capacity-and-learning-build-partnerships-tackling-health

During the session the speakers discuss the importance of global collaboration in health research and what is needed to ensure such collaboration is effective and equitable. They also focus on the funding landscape for Global Health Policy and Systems Research in the UK; what challenges may be faced when looking to conduct collaborative research in low- and middle-income settings, and what solutions may be found; as well as to maximise impact of such research.

Thu 27 Aug 2020, 13:32 | Tags: Director, HSRUK

New Research Seeks to Identify the Factors that Determine Oxygen Therapy of COVID-19 Patients

Treating COVID-19 patients with oxygen therapy can be important because the disease is primarily a respiratory illness. Improvements in oxygen therapy mean better morbidity and mortality outcomes. A new research study has been launched by experts at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and University of Warwick, supported by the Health Foundation, UK. It will find factors that influence how well oxygen is used across hospital wards where treatments take place. Evidence in other medical conditions shows that over-oxygenation can have negative health outcomes. Furthermore, this over-use would reduce the amount available for treating other patients.

“…It is important to understand and optimise practices, including prescribing of oxygen, for Covid-19 patients, in order to improve outcomes for hospitalised patients...”

Professor Alice Turner – Respiratory Medicine, UHB Trusts.

Optimal use of oxygen is vital for treating COVID-19 patients, most of whom can be managed in normal wards, as well as the minority that progress to intensive care units. Professor Alice Turner (UHB) who is co-lead on the project said: “Oxygen is a drug, and optimising prescribing is critical in a range of medical conditions, of which Covid-19 may be one…

Data collected from four hospitals in the trust will be analysed to describe patients receiving oxygen therapy and assess how well it is prescribed. The results of our study will enable better understanding of staff-patient dynamic in hospital environments where considerable pressure is being experienced on a daily basis. Specifically, recommendations will be made to the Health Foundation concerning potential behavioural interventions. The aim is to improve treatment and to reduce mortality rates and morbidity related disease complications in the fight against the pandemic. Future behavioural interventions based on the current study will likely involve changes to hospital environments that guide cost-effective use of oxygen and improves health outcomes for a sustainable health system.


This research is supported by the national Health Foundation, UK, University of Warwick and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Project PI, Prof Ivo Vlaev, and a number of researchers are supported by NIHR ARC West Midlands.

Mon 13 Jul 2020, 14:48 | Tags: COVID-19

Ambulance Callouts During COVID-19 Lockdown

It has been widely reported that A&E attendance across the UK has decreased since the COVID-19 lockdown came into effect, with newspapers suggesting that this is especially the case for patients with heart attacks or strokes. Writing in the Lancet, Lumley-Holmes, et al. looked at callout figures across the West Midlands for these two conditions, and found that there was no significant change associated with lockdown. There was no evidence suggesting that people were reluctant to ring for an ambulance when they experienced heart attack or stroke symptoms.

Read more: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31031-X/fulltext

Lumley-Holmes J, Brake S, Docherty M, Lilford R, Watson S. Emergency ambulance services for heart attack and stroke during UK's COVID-19 lockdown. Lancet. 2020; 395: e93-4.


Corresponding author Richard Lilford. Richard Lilford is supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM). Views expressed are not necessarily those of the National Health Service, the NIHR, or the Department of Health and Social Care.

Mon 08 Jun 2020, 20:58 | Tags: Publication, COVID-19

PhD Studentships

Two fully funded, full time, three-year PhD studentships are available in Warwick Medical School from September 2020. These include fees and monthly stipend based on the Research Councils recommended rate – for details see: https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/ .The studentships are part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West Midlands (ARC WM).

Tue 26 May 2020, 09:38

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