Call out for proposals on solving the region’s health and care needs

A joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking into how we reduce unnecessary care costs and hospital admissions. The research will look at the use of prevention and better self-care in people with multimorbidity (two or more long-term conditions).

The initiative is looking for researchers from across the three institutions to register their interest in participating, in order to fully understand the submission process please contact one of the academic representatives below in advance.

Project slides then need to be submitted by 12 October 2018 and you will need to be available to attend a meeting on the 19 October 2018.

Background

Health careDelivering effective health and social care at a time when the UK population is growing - as well as ageing - is a major challenge, both operationally and financially. This topic has now become a major priority and a focus for discussions both regionally and nationally.

The two Sheffield universities and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have committed to working collaboratively with partners across the region to identify new and creative solutions to accelerate implementation of technological and service delivery innovations across the region’s health and social care system. Technology will play a key role in developing the transformative solutions required but only when co-designed with clinicians and innovators. We want to test what happens when we bring all of this capability together to collaboratively develop solutions.

Professor Chris Newman, Dean of our Medical School, said: “Through this partnership we are exploring how together we can make a real difference to how we deliver health and care in the region through leveraging our collaborative research and innovation strengths and partnerships. We really want to hear what proposals our colleagues have to address the challenges the whole country is facing.

“To achieve this, resources have been committed to support the development of innovative partnership projects that address the specific needs of our regional health and care system. We want to test what happens when we bring together clinicians and innovators as well as technology to collaboratively develop solutions.”

The first of these calls for proposals is for innovative partnership projects that will address ‘Multimorbidity and Frailty in the context of Active Support and Recovery’. The overall aim of this initiative is to stimulate new cross institutional collaborations that bring together clinicians and technologists and involve the three founding institutions as well as other partners. It is hoped that these collaborations will in turn then promote and facilitate future applications for national funding in this area.

How do academics register their interest?

At this stage, the best route would be to speak to one of the following representatives across the three founding institutions. Professor Chris Newman states: “We are really looking for academics to speak to us and register their interest in participating in the first instance. Following this conversation, we can then look to see if we can make the connections with other colleagues who may have similar evolving ideas.”

If you'd like to register your interest contact Professor Luc de Witte, Professor of Health Services Research - l.p.dewitte@sheffield.ac.uk or 07850 076478

You can also contact:

Professor Karen Sage, Professor for Allied Health Professions (Research) at Sheffield Hallam University - k.sage@shu.ac.uk or 07342 078575

Professor Wendy Tindale, Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - wendy.tindale@sth.nhs.uk