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NIHR School for Social Care Research Annual Conference
24 March 2015
Time: 09:45 - 16:30
Venue: New Academic Building, London School of Economics

The NIHR School for Social Care Research's Annual Conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others and provide an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from across SSCR’s commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice. The Conference will feature contributions from experts and practice colleagues in the adult social care field, and will bring together presentations on findings from across our funded studies, and their implications for practice, in sessions on:

  • carers
  • housing
  • safeguarding
  • working across sectors
  • personalised care and support
  • workforce/services. 

Keynote speakers include Richard Hawkes (Chair, Care and Support Alliance; Chief Executive, Scope UK) on the future of social care, and Helena Herklots (Chief Executive, Carers UK) on carers and the Care Act. A panel discussion will take place on future priorities across research, policy and practice, and our next open call for research proposals will be launched.

The full programme for the Conference will be available shortly. The Conference will start at 09.45 and finish by 16.30. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This event is free to attend. Places are limited so book early| to avoid disappointment.

Any cancellations should be received by 9 March 2015 by email to|. Cancellations received after this date - and no-shows - will be subject to a £25 charge.

HEPL 10th Anniversary event
Date: Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 18:00 - 19:45 
Venue: LSE

An event to mark the 10th anniversary of Health Economics Policy and Law will take place at the London School of Economics from 18:00 - 19:45 on Thursday 22 October 2015. The programme will begin with some words about HEPL from Patrick McCartan of Cambridge University Press.

There will then be short statements from some of the members of HEPL’s International Advisory Board on what they think the biggest challenges will be in health care policy, either from the perspective of their own country or internationally, over the next 10 years. The presenters reflect the mix of disciplinary perspectives on which HEPL focuses (i.e. economics, political science and law), and will include:

Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, University of Paris XII
Giovanni Fattore, Bocconi University
Scott  Greer, University of Michigan
Vassilis Hatzopoulos, Democritis University of Thrace
Jan-Kees Helderman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Tamara Hervey, University of Sheffield
Martin Knapp, LSE
Julian Le Grand, LSE
Richard Saltman, Emory University
Mark Stabile, University of Toronto
Karsten Vrangbaek, University of Copenhagen
Albert Weale, University College London
Winnie Yip, University of Oxford

Following these short presentations, there will be 30 minutes for comments/questions from the audience, and then a reception to which all audience members are welcome. The event will be accompanied by publication of a 10th anniversary special issue of HEPL, where members of the International Advisory Board will reflect on a selection of HEPL’s output over the past decade.

The event is free to attend, but there will be a limit to available places. Places can be booked simply by sending a brief email to Adam Oliver (|) indicating your desire to attend. Please feel free to forward to those whom you think might be interested.


Title: TBC
Friday 20 March 2015
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Venue: TBC
Speaker: Ellen Nolte, European Observatory of Health Systems and Policy, LSE

Abstract to follow.

To register for this seminar, please click here|.


The importance of perinatal mental health for child development; the individual, social and economic costs
Date: Wednesday 18 February 2015
Time:  12:30 - 13:30
Venue:  TW2 2.04
Speaker: Vivette Glover, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Mental health is the most neglected aspect of maternity care. This is important both for the mother herself and for the development of her foetus and her child. Anxiety and depression are as common during pregnancy as postnatally, and can have long lasting effects on foetal development, by foetal programming.  There is an increased risk of a wide range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive problems in the child. Some of these are risk factors in turn for late criminal behaviour.  If the mother is in the top 15% of the population for symptoms of antenatal anxiety or depression, this doubles the risk of her child having a probable mental disorder at the age of 13 years, after allowing for a wide range of confounders including postnatal maternal mood and parenting style. Most children are not affected and those that are can be affected in different ways.  This depends, at least in part, on the particular genetic vulnerabilities of each child, and the quality of the postnatal care. 

We are starting to understand some of the biological mechanisms that underlie foetal programming. The function of the placenta, for example, changes in response to maternal anxiety and depression, allowing more of the stress hormone cortisol to pass through; this in turn changes the development of the foetal brain. Possible evolutionary explanations for this will be discussed.  The recent LSE report “The costs of perinatal mental health problems” has estimated that perinatal mental health per year’s births in the UK costs a total of £8.1 billion. Over two thirds of this is because of long term effects on the child. Improving the quality of perinatal mental health care would considerably reduce costs to the public sector as well as improving the health of the next generation.

The video of this seminar can be viewed here|

Avoidable harm, unwarranted variation and diffusion in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction
Wednesday 4 February 2015
Time:  12:30 - 13:30
Venue:  TW2 2.04
Speaker: Duncan McPherson, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London

There is geographic variation within England in the ability of people suffering a heart attack to access the best treatment for that heart attack. The extent and nature of this variation is described, including the definition of a new health geography based on catchment areas for hospital treatments. This variation leads to variation in the probability of survival based on unwarranted geographic factors which is also described. During the last twenty five years' use of a new treatment, primary angioplasty for heart attack has been spreading throughout England. This means that to understand the variation, it is necessary to take account of temporal as well as geographic variation. Complex bayesian spatio-temporal models describe the factors relevant in determining access to treatment. It is suggested that this is an example of a more general process of variation in the propensity of parts of the healthcare system to adopt innovations and that this variation is driven by social networks rather than central policy.  

The video of this seminar can be viewed here|.

Global Mental Health
Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Time: 13:30 - 14:45
Venue: EAS E3.04, LSE
Speaker: Professor Graham Thornicraft, King's College London.

This formal seminar heard from Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, and Head of the multi-disciplinary Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Professor Thornicroft is a Consultant Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, the development of outcome scales, cost effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, and mental health services in less economically developed countries. He has authored and co-authored 26 books and over 265 papers in peer reviewed journals

The video of this seminar can be viewed here|.


  • PSSRU Literary Festival Discussion: Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama
    Wednesday 25 February 2015
    Time: 17:00 - 18:30
    Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
    Speakers included: Dr Sarah Carr, Paul Farmer, Nathan Filer, Dr John McGowan
    Chair:Professor Martin Knapp

    How mental illness is portrayed in art, literature and on TV can have a positive or negative effect on how the public perceives mental ill health. Representations of people with mental health problems can range from the mad psychotic criminal to people within their daily lives dealing with depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.  This panel discussion explored how such presentations of mental illness can affect public understanding of mental ill health with insights from research and personal experiences.

    This event formed part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.
  • Creating an Impact: Social Care Research in Practice
    26 November 2014
    Time: 10:00 - 16:30
    Venue:  Stationer's Hall, London  

    This conference, jointly hosted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the LSE and the NIHR School for Social Care Research, brought together learning and recommendations from just over two years of activity on knowledge exchange and impact in adult social care. The conference presented findings from a LSE HEIF 5-funded project, Creating an Impact: Social Care Research in Action (SCEiP), which aimed to: bring researchers and social care professionals together to identify key issues in social care and apply research evidence to those priority issues; further enhance dialogue between research, practice and policy stakeholders to support joint knowledge development and exchange; increase the demand for, and utilisation of, research evidence by professionals; and explore ways to demonstrate the impact of social care research.
  • LSE Health Public Lecture: The Affordable Care Act in the US: How did it happen and where is it taking the health care system?
    Date: 30 October 2014
    Time: 18:30 - 19:30
    Venue: CLM 3.02, Clement House, Aldwych, LSE
    Speaker:  Prof Lawrence D Brown, Professor of Health Policy and Management and former Chair, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

    The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in the US in 2010, is considered the largest reform to the American health care system since Medicare began insuring the elderly in 1965. Prof Lawrence Brown traced the evolution of this health reform and what it means for the future of health care in the US and around the world.

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