Health Services Research Centre

Seedcorn funding

The aim of HSRC seedcorn funding is to further health services research within The University of Manchester and is funded through a donation to the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) by Lord Alliance. 

Ricardo Twumasi

This project will investigate possible ways to utilise serious video gaming for the training and development of healthcare professionals by testing and further developing the 'Resilience Challenge' video game, developed in 2017 with the support of King’s College London Cultural Institute. The project will collect user feedback from up to three expert workshops held at AMBS and work with Karman Interactive to develop further scenarios based upon feedback from these workshops. The core of this seedcorn research is focused on how gaming may be utilized to foster dialogues about what can be done at organizational levels to support successful decision-making amongst healthcare practitioners. This project aims to produce at least one journal article on the subject.

Fay Bradley and Li-Chia Chen

This project will scope and compare hospital pharmacy workforce and service models in both China and the UK by: (1) a review of literature/documents from both countries, (2) structured observation conducted at Peking University Third Hospital by Chinese collaborators and (3) a workshop held in Manchester with Chinese and UK stakeholders supplemented by semi-structured (video-conferencing) interviews with Chinese clinical pharmacists who are unable to attend the event. This project’s event and interviews will inform the development of a collaborative bid for future research funding, and the results from this project will be jointly written as a UK-China comparison study submitted to academic journals and conferences. This project is the first research initiative of the Chinese Pharmacy Capacity Building (CPCB) programme, a recently established collaborative partnership between the University of Manchester, Peking University and Peking University Third Hospital.

Lisa Riste and Sharon Spooner

This project will build upon the researchers’ previous NIHR-funded evaluation of English GP Federations. Studies at four case study sites provided rich data about different Federation models, with a focus on organisational development and implementation. This project will further explore whether Federation-PPGs could be a powerful communal patient voice, inform Federation development and ensure developed services match patient needs by: (1) establishing how ‘patient voice’ is represented within four case study GP Federation sites, (2) ascertaining PPG members’ awareness of and knowledge about GP Federations as new structures, and (3) providing a foundation for future work on patient involvement within the changing NHS landscape. To do this, the project will capture patient voice by conducting 8-12 focus group interviews with PPGs from Federation practices, as well as interviews with health and wellbeing patient representatives. This project aims to produce at least one journal article on the subject.

Christos Begkos

This project will investigate clinical engagement with performance measurement information and accounting technology adoption in the English National Health Service. The methodology consists of two surveys to clinicians and finance professionals in England as well as interviews at two case study sites. The findings will be compared and contrasted with existing datasets of previous research in which the researcher was involved, to produce longitudinal findings on the adoption of accounting technologies in the NHS. The research will contribute to the HSRC Improvement & Performance stream and aims to produce one working paper.

Ruth McDonald

This project will conduct a small-scale observational study of a secure hospital to explore the relationship between physical contexts in which care is delivered and attitudes, behaviours and events in secure care settings. The project will: (1) analyse relevant documents to understand policies and protocols influencing behaviours in these settings, (2) observe staff and residents in their surroundings, (3) obtain views on care generally and the built environment in particular, (4) understand the dynamic and complex relationship between these and (5) identify lessons for future service planning and provision in secure care settings. It aims to produce a paper reporting the relationship between the physical, social and task dimensions of context within settings as well as a short report highlighting lessons for relevant stakeholders.

Simon Moralee

This project will advance the emerging concept of medical leadership by gaining better understandings of its impact on the medical profession relating to role, identity, training and relevance to the socio-political context of the English National Health Service. This will be achieved by convening researchers and medical leadership practitioners in a series of seminars and workshops to debate how the emerging concept of medical leadership has been conceived and pursued as a professionalization. Discussion will be structured around two broad themes: (1) the formalisation of medical leadership as an entity, and (2) what constitutes medical leadership in everyday work through a practice lens. Outcomes will include at least one paper on the subject.

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Jane Ferguson

This project will explore the quality and safety of locum medical practice in the English NHS and the implications of locum working for service delivery. This research will be the first substantial empirical study relating specifically to locum governance, quality and safety to incorporate qualitative and quantitative evidence. The project will include three work packages (WP): WP1 will use qualitative interviews to further explore patient safety issues associated with locum working, barriers and drivers to the implementation of policies and procedures, as well as further exploring initiatives that could improve the oversight and integration of locum doctors; WP2 will involve the analysis of existing data from the National Reporting and Learning Service to explore the nature of untoward incidents concerning locums; and WP3 will involve the analysis of routine prescribing data from a number of NHS trusts to compare locum and permanent medical staff prescribing behaviours and errors.