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Research Excellence Framework 2014

Posted on Thursday 18 December 2014

The Department of Health Sciences has confirmed its position as a world-leading research organisation with an international reputation for excellence following the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published today.

Call to change concept of harm reduction in alcohol policy

Posted on Thursday 11 December 2014

A new policy paper by a University of York academic calls for limits on the influence of the drinks industry in shaping alcohol policy because it has a ‘fundamental conflict of interest’.

York research spotlights male healthcare attitudes

Posted on Monday 8 December 2014

A researcher at the University of York, studying male attitudes towards self-managing long-term healthcare issues, has discovered that self-management support is better received by men if it does not threaten aspects of masculine identity.

Charles Cully Award for Departmental Professors

Posted on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Health Sciences professors Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson are the recipients of this year’s annual Charles Cully Memorial Medal and will give the Memorial Lecture, organised by the Irish Cancer Society.

Tenth annual diabetes conference for York

Posted on Wednesday 22 October 2014

An annual diabetes conference, organised by Diabetes UK and a team led by Anne Phillips from the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, will take place in York on 11 November.

Making medicine more precise for patients with leukaemia and lymphoma

Posted on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Autumn lecture - Professor Andrew Jack from the Department of Health Sciences will talk about making medicine more precise for patients with leukaemia and lymphoma

Martin House Children's Hospice PhD Studentship

Posted on Monday 22 September 2014

Martin House Children’s Hospice has funded this PhD studentship in order to produce research evidence that enhances the delivery of care within Martin House and to paediatric palliative care services more widely.

New national study of alcohol health workers published

Posted on Monday 8 September 2014

A new study of alcohol health workers has found that while many hospitals now employ specialist staff to deal with alcohol problems among patients, the work is often precarious and underfunded.

Reviewer Accolades for Noreen Mdege

Posted on Thursday 4 September 2014

Noreen Mdege, a research fellow based in our Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, has been recognised by the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and the Journal of Research in Administrative Pharmacy for the strength of her reviews.

Children in Scotland requiring palliative care: identifying numbers and needs (ChiSP study)

Posted on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Life-limiting conditions (LLC) are defined as health conditions with no reasonable hope of cure and that will ultimately lead to early death. For children and young people who are affected by these conditions, it is important that palliative care services are available. Dr Lorna Fraser (Health Sciences) and Professor Bryony Beresford (SPRU) have successfully won a £107K grant through the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland to identify those children and young people who may be affected with these conditions and their needs.

Smokers with mental health issues cost UK nearly £2.5 billion a year

Posted on Thursday 10 July 2014

Smoking prevalence is 50% higher in this group; more effort needed to help them quit, say researchers

Departmental staff excel at YUSU Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards 2014

Posted on Friday 4 July 2014

The Department of Health Sciences has excelled at the 2nd annual YUSU Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards which were held in partnership with the University of York, on the 11th June 2014.

Baby Friendly successful re-accreditation

Posted on Friday 20 June 2014

The Department of Health Sciences is delighted that its undergraduate BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice has been successfully re-accredited as ‘Baby Friendly’ by UNICEF.

Born in Bradford survey provides key to improving life chances of Bradford babies

Posted on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Born in Bradford - one of the biggest and most important medical research studies in the UK - has helped Bradford Trident secure a £50 million Big Lottery Fund award to improve the life chances of some of the most deprived families in Bradford.

Royal recognition for Head of Department

Posted on Monday 16 June 2014

Professor Hilary Graham has received royal recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014.

Trial shows benefits of structured approach to teaching writing

Posted on Wednesday 4 June 2014

York Trials Unit researchers have found that a structured approach to teaching writing about a memorable experience can make a significant improvement to children’s writing skills.

Pressure ulcer partnership welcomes new NICE guidelines

Posted on Wednesday 28 May 2014

A pressure ulcer partnership representing patients, carers and clinicians has welcomed the issue of new clinical guidance for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Nursing student celebrates exceptional elective placement in India

Posted on Tuesday 20 May 2014

Third year nursing student, Lucy Hunt, enjoyed an extremely successful six-week elective placement at St John's College of Nursing in Bangalore, India.

Adapting a behavioural support intervention for smokeless tobacco cessation in South Asians

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

Smokeless tobacco is a product containing tobacco, placed in the mouth or nose but not burned at the time of use. Consumed by approximately 300 million people worldwide, smokeless tobacco use leads to heart disease, stroke, and cancer of the mouth, oesophagus and pancreas. Its use is particularly common and considered socially acceptable among people of South Asian origin including those living in the UK.

RCN Foundation award funding to the University of York to research nursing in care and nursing homes

Posted on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Nursing charity the RCN Foundation has awarded the University of York a grant of £20,000 to carry out research into care and nursing homes.

Diabetes Specialists from Japan visit the Department of Health Sciences

Posted on Thursday 8 May 2014

The Department of Health Sciences has been working with Dr Tomioka and his diabetes nursing team for the past 8 years.

Student Nursing Times Award for Health Sciences Student

Posted on Friday 2 May 2014

Amy Eleanor Bascombe, a third year Health Sciences undergraduate nursing student (adult field of pratice), has won the 2014 Student Nursing Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs.

New Masters in Applied Health Research film

Posted on Monday 28 April 2014

A snapshot of what it's like to be a student on the programme.

Major study into 24/7 care

Posted on Wednesday 2 April 2014

A major new study is to look at how providing more hospital services around the clock affects patient care – and how cost effective it is.

Disability Review for Public Health Interventions

Posted on Tuesday 1 April 2014

A major new review aims to identify and assess different theories of disability and use this knowledge to critically appraise public health interventions where people with disabilities are a key target group. Public health interventions which are effective in the general population are often assumed to apply to people with disabilities, however, evidence for this is limited and there is a need for more inclusive and better informed research. Given the public health challenges facing the UK population, it is especially important, to ensure interventions are relevant to people’s lives.

Beyond categorisation: new research aims to redefine treatment options for haematological cancers

Posted on Tuesday 25 March 2014

Scientists from Health Sciences at the University of York, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Leeds and clinical partners at St James’s Institute of Oncology, have been awarded £250k to develop a novel approach for determining the best treatment for patients suffering from haematological malignancies (leukaemias, lymphomas and myeloma). Combining bioinformatics with novel analytical methods, the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research grant will evaluate the prognostic utility of categorising cancer patients using a range of alternative techniques.

Poetry workshops in York will explore the impact of ill health

Posted on Friday 28 February 2014

The University of York is to host a series of hands-on reading and poetry workshops to explore the way we talk, think and write about ill health.

Sonifying health data to promote public health risk communication

Posted on Thursday 27 February 2014

The team led by Sandra Pauletto and Amanda Mason-Jones intends to further explore data related to the chronic health of adolescents to enable public engagement using sound design, data sonification and music.

Lorna Fraser wins NIHR funding to research the development of a clinical scoring system

Posted on Monday 17 February 2014

Lorna Fraser has been awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship from the NIHR, for a project entitled “Children and Young People with Life-Limiting Conditions and Hospital Admissions to Paediatric Intensive Care Units in England: the Development of a Clinical Scoring System”.

Report shows poverty influences UK survival rates for treatable leukaemia

Posted on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Patients from less affluent backgrounds have a greater chance of dying from a form of chronic blood cancer than those from more affluent areas, according to a comprehensive study carried out by researchers at the University of York.

Equipoise - The Uncertainty Issue

Posted on Friday 24 January 2014

The latest edition of Equipoise is now available.

"If you could do one thing…" Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities

Posted on Friday 10 January 2014

In January 2014, the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences, is publishing a collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists.

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