Events 2018

19th February 2018 3pm– 4pm

Learning, Knowing, Doing series

Supporting applied health services through knowledge translation: The Canadian scene

Professor Anita Kothari, Western University

Anita Kothari is an Associate Professor with the School of Health Studies at Western University in Ontario. She is interested in understanding how to best support the use of research and knowledge in healthcare decision-making, with a particular focus on integrated knowledge translation. Anita is also interested in public health systems and services research.

In this talk, she will discuss the concepts of knowledge mobilisation, knowledge translation and implementation science from the Canadian context. She will use examples from her research to illustrate the nuances of integrated knowledge translation in contrast to co-production approaches.

To register, please email

3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus.

Videoconferenced to MR8, John Bull Building, Plymouth and F083, The Knowledge Spa, Truro.

21st February 2018 1-2pm

APEx seminar

Community-based social innovations for healthy ageing: evidence from middle income countries

Dr Emma Pitchforth, Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care, UEMS

For further information visit:

JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's Exeter (NO video conferencing to Truro)
23rd February 2018 12.30-1.30pm

Institute of Health Research

Health Statistics Group

The good the bad and the ugly – what we really do when we identify the best and the worst organisations?

Dr Gary Abel
Primary Care, University of Exeter Medical School

Performance and quality indicators are in widespread use in the health arena and beyond. They are used in such diverse applications as pay for performance for general practices, safety monitoring of hospitals and individual surgeons, and for examining geographic inequalities in public health issues. In the vast majority of cases these indicators are constructed by aggregating individual patient data and as such are based on finite samples. These finite samples result in chance influencing individual indicator values. Sometimes this chance is recognised and sometimes it is not. It is often assumed that using funnel plots, or calculating z-scores (with or without accounting for overdispersion) allows chance variation to be accounted for and are thus robust methods for identification of good and poor performance. I will examine three commonly used methods for identification of the best and worst performing organisations using simulation. These simulations show that, if a funnel plot is needed to represent the data, the data are not generally suitable for use as a quality indicator and will result in a high degree of misclassification whichever method is used.

Please email Leala Watson if you wish to attend:

3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus
27th February 2018 11am-12pm

Creative Communications Seminar

This seminar aims to explores how to create engaging oral presentations. Jointly delivered by Michelle Ryan from the University of Exeter and Giles Yeo from the University of Cambridge, this seminar will showcase different approaches to engaging your audience and making oral presentations less dull. The seminar will be followed by a workshop led by Giles Yeo entitled ‘Why, How, What?’ in which participants will have the opportunity to put into practice the tips they’ve learnt in the seminar.  Can you come up with a ‘Why, How, What?’ for your project for a non-expert audience?  Can you do that in 10 seconds or less? Come along and find out more!

Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter.
Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (and occasional TV presenter).

To book a place -

3.06 South Cloisters, St Luke's with VC to
Plymouth JBB MR8 and Truro KSpa F10
6th March 2018 10am-1pm

Health Statistics Group –
Stats Advice Clinics

Members of the Health Statistics team will be available to assist with your Stats related queries. Please email to discuss your query or arrange an appointment.

Professor William Henley. Please email

Attendees will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to their Stats Clinic appointment, to enable the team to offer the best advice.

South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus
6th March 2018 AM/PM

Qualitative Research Advice Clinic

For PenCLAHRC and IHR Staff and Students

UEMS qualitative researchers will be available to give face-to-face advice and signposting for your qualitative research queries

Please book a time via the UEMS store:

1.27, South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus
9th March 2018 12-1pm

Institute of Health Research

Health Economics Group Seminar

EQ5D: 3L, 5L what the L?

Professor Allan Wailoo
University of Sheffield

EQ-5D is the most widely used measure of health-related quality of life for economic evaluation. It is NICE’s preferred measure. To date this has been the 3-level version (3L), but a newer 5-level version (5L) has been produced by the EuroQoL group. 5L was intended to retain many of the features of 3L but be more sensitive.
However, there are differences between the two versions in terms of both the descriptive system and the valuations for health states. These differences raise difficult issues for decision makers seeking consistency.

This talk will discuss work that has been done by a team in Sheffield looking at differences between 3L and 5L. It will show how one can estimate 3L from 5L, and vice versa, using either patient level data or summary statistics. It will then show the expected outcome of moving from 3L to 5L in a series of trial based cost-effectiveness
studies, and a sample of NICE Technology Appraisals. The differences are substantial. Finally, the talk will outline ongoing work being undertaken for NICE and DH that will help determine whether and how to use 5L in
future economic evaluations.

For further information please contact

3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke's
15th March 2018 11am-12pm
Tea/coffee available from 10.30am

Exeter Clinical Trials Unit Seminar

The effect of MElatonin on Depressive symptoms and Anxiety in patients after acute coronary syndrome: the MEDACIS trial

Dr Michael Tvilling Madsen
Center for Surgical Science, Department of Surgery, Zealand University Hospital.
Graduat School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Michael’s research has a predominant focus on patient reported outcomes in surgical and medical patients. Sleep, circadian rhythm, depression and anxiety have been his primary areas of expertise in patients with cancer and following acute coronary syndrome. He has been involved in 2 randomized controlled trials investigating Melatonin of which he was the sponsor/investigator of the MEDACIS trial (NCT02451293). Ongoing research involves cohort studies using repeated measured design in patients with colorectal cancer.

About the MEDACIS trial
Depression and depressive symptoms are prevalent and represent a heavy burden for affected patients following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The prevalence of depression have consistently been shown to be around 20%, however, depressive symptoms have been reported as high as 50% assessed with depression questionnaires. The MEDACIS trial tested Melatonin as primary prophylaxis for prevention of depression in patients following ACS over a 12 week period. The seminar will present the primary findings of the MEDACIS trial.

Enquiries to Sarah Dean ( or Jo Jacob (

G25, Medical School Building, St Luke's Campus
19th March 2018 12.30-1.30pm

ESMI Guest Lecture Series

Methodology Guidance – Where are the methods?

Prof Tony Ades, Bristol Medical School

The Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement (ESMI) research group are hosting a series of guest external lectures from world-leading academics and up-and-coming talent in the world of evidence synthesis and modelling for applied health research.  The lectures aim to share learning and foster debate about new ideas and methods developments in evidence synthesis and modelling, and build collaborative connections to leading researchers and research groups in the UK and internationally.  

For further information please email or refer to the weblink.

2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke’s Campus. VC to Knowledge Spa, Truro (F083) and John Bull Building, Plymouth (MR10)
17th April 2018 AM/PM

Qualitative Research Advice Clinic

For PenCLAHRC and IHR Staff and Students

UEMS qualitative researchers will be available to give face-to-face advice and signposting for your qualitative research queries

Please book a time via the UEMS store:

1.27, South Cloisters, St Luke's Campus
22nd May 2018 AM/PM Qualitative Research Advice Clinic For PenCLAHRC and IHR Staff and Students

UEMS qualitative researchers will be available to give face-to-face advice and signposting for your qualitative research queries

Please book a time via the UEMS store:
1.05, College House, St Luke’s Campus