2012 Events


Annual Lecture 2012 - How can we improve UK drug and alcohol policy?
Wednesday 5th December 2012
Time: 6-7.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old  Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor David Nutt
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Please click here| for further information. Podcast and vodcast| also available.


SSCR workshop: Carers and Social Care Research
Wednesday 7th November 2012
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Venue: LSE
LSE hosted an SSCR themed research workshop focusing on SSCR-funded research on carers on 7 November 2012 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Please click here| for further information. Podcasts and PDF's of the presentations will be available shortly.

LSE Health and Social Care public lecture: Innovation and Beyond in Healthcare
Tuesday 14th November 2012
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Incentives for innovation in product development have been critical to the progress that’s been made in healthcare over the past 50 years.

But it is just one part of the story.

Alex Gorsky is chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson.


SSCR workshop on maximising the impact of Social Care Research
Thursday 4th October 2012
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science

This workshop focused on issues and guidance on maximising the impact of research in adult social care. For further details, please click here| (PDF). 

‘Aspects of Health Policy – Lessons for the Future’ : An event to celebrate the life, work and achievements of Professor Walter Holland
Monday 15th October 2012
Time: 09:00 - 15:30
Venue: Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln's Inn Fields

This event brought together leading epidemiologists, social scientists and health service managers to provide challenging contributions on future directions for the development of Health Policy.

SSCR Unconference: Social Care Evidence in Practice
Friday 19th October 2012
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Venue: LSE

Research evidence is absolutely vital for social care, yet we are still struggling with the link between research and practice in social care; it is not so much a case of ‘translating’ the research but localising it and putting it into context; most people aren’t hard to reach if we reach them in their own way; we need to repackage research findings for different stakeholders

At this event, which was the first of a series, delegates were be able to help choose the priority questions and work through some of the available evidence.


2nd International Conference on evidence-based policy in long-term care
5th - 8th September 2012
Venue: The Law Society, Chancery Lane, London

International Long-term care Policy Network (ILPN) held its 2nd International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-Term Care. The conference was held at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK from 5th to 8th September 2012.

SSCR workshop on Ethics & Governance and Social Care Research
Date: 17th September 2012
Time: 10:45 - 16:00
Venue: Room 231/2, George Eliot Building, University of Coventry

Speakers: Mark Sheehan (University of Oxford), Barbara Cuddon (Coordinator of Social Care REC), Deborah Rutter (SCIE), John Woolham (Coventry University), Bridget Penhale (University of East Anglia), Kezia Scales (University of Nottingham), Soazig Clifton (NatCen)

Slides from this workshop are available to view here| (PDF).

Challenges in Demonstrating the Socio-Economic benefits of Medical Devices A workshop organised by LSE Health and the European Health Technology Institute for Socio-Economic Research.

Date: 17th September 2012
Time: 10.00 - 16.30
Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, Holborn, London WC2A 2AE


Family planning: Why do we need a London Summit?
Date: Tuesday 10th July 2012
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speakers: Dr Ernestina Coast, Karl Hofmann, Ashley Judd, Nina Muita
Chair: Dr Sara Seims

On July 11, the UK Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched the London Summit on Family Planning. The unprecedented event brought world leaders together to catalyze political and financial commitments to reach the needs of 120 million women who lack access to modern, voluntary family planning methods.

One day prior on July 10, LSE Health and PSI (Population Services International) co-hosted a public discussion about the summit's relevance to health, economic, and environmental challenges facing every country - and why everyone, in every sector, has a critical role to play.

To hear the podcast, please click here|.


Lessons from Europe: The right form of provider governance in health care?
Thursday 7th June 2012
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Location: St. Clements, LSE
LSE Health and the NHS Confederation's Health Services Research Network and NHS European Office are holding a series of free seminars looking at ways in which NHS researchers, policy-makers, managers and clinicians can innovate to save money whilst maintaining quality.

Experts' seminar on reforms and efficiency in European health systems
Friday 8th June 2012
Time: 9am - 5pm
Location: New Academic Building, LSE
This one-day seminar aimed to review ways of strengthening efficiency in national health systems and measuring health system efficiency, both within and across countries. An introductory session outlined key conceptual and measurement issues and provide an international overview. This was followed by analysis of national attempts to enhance efficiency in health care, drawing on the experience of individual countries.


SSCR Workshop: Using longitudinal data sources in social care research: insights, challenges and ways forward
29th May 2012
Time: 10:45am - 3pm
Venue: NAB LG 09, LSE

Longitudinal data offer powerful analytical insights to help answer many important social questions. Longitudinal data are collected by repeated observation and measurement of the same people, organisations, communities or other entities at a number of points over a period of time. Analyses of longitudinal data offer powerful and insightful approaches to understanding changes in society, and what might be driving that change. 

Britain has a very strong history of longitudinal studies. However, the approach has generally not been widely applied to research in the social care sector.  

Longview and the NIHR School for Social Care Research jointly organised this workshop for people interested in learning about and further developing the use of longitudinal approaches in social care-related research.

The PDF version of the presentations, along with downloadable podcasts and vodcasts are available here|.

SSCR Annual Conference 2012
14th May 2012
Venue: London School of Economics
List of presentations and videos available here.|


QORU Seminar: How Can We Make The Best Use Of Information On Outcomes?
2nd April 2012, 1pm - 4:30pm 
Venue: London School of Economics Speakers:
Professor Angela Coulter (University of Oxford), Professor Crispin Jenkinson (University of Oxford), Professor Julien Forder (LSE/University of Kent), Juliette Malley (LSE/University of Kent)
Health and social care policy currently puts considerable emphasis on 'outcomes'. The new outcomes frameworks for health and social care have at their core patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) and measures of social care-related quality of life. But to what extent do these measures really reflect 'outcomes' for people with long-term conditions? How can we make best use of these outcome indicators? What other information do we need to interpret them? The Department of Health funded policy Research Unit in Quality and Outcomes of person-centred care (QORU) held a seminar on 2 April 2012 at LSE to discuss these issues.  The aim of the seminar was to bring together interested parties to discuss how we can improve the quality of services through use of 'outcome' data that is increasingly becoming available, but has yet to be integrated into health and social care.


"Evidence on the long shadow of poor mental health across three generations"
Wednesday 21st March, 12:30 - 13:45
Speaker: Professor Michael Shields, Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne 
Individuals suffering from mental health problems are often severely limited in their social and economic functioning. Mental health problems can develop early in life, are frequently chronic in nature, and have an established hereditary component. The extent to which mental illness runs in families could therefore help explain the widely discussed intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic disadvantage. Using data from three generations contained in the 1970 British Cohort Study, we estimate the intergenerational correlation of mental health between mothers, their children, and their grandchildren. We find that the  intergenerational correlation in mental health is about 0.2, and that the probability of feeling depressed is 63 percent higher for children whose mothers reported the same symptom 20 years earlier. Moreover, grandmother and grandchild mental health are strongly correlated, but this relationship appears to work fully through the mental health of the parent. Using grandmother mental health as an instrument for maternal mental health in a model of grandchild mental health confirms the strong intergenerational correlation. We also find that maternal and own mental health are strong predictors of adulthood socioeconomic outcomes. Even after controlling for parental socioeconomic status, own educational attainment, and own mental health (captured in childhood and adulthood), our results suggest that a one standard deviation reduction in maternal mental health reduces household income for their adult offspring by around 2 percent.

SSCR Workshop on Research Ethics for Adult Social Care
Date: 9th March 2012 Time: 10:30 - 15:00
Venue: Guy's Campus, King's College London
This workshop aimd to provide an overview on research ethics in adult social care that encourages a reflexive approach to ethics throughout the timeline of a research study.


Seminar LSE Literary Festival: The Medicine Chest of the Soul: Arts and Health| 
Wednesday 29th February Time: 16:30 - 18:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speakers: Jane Davies, David McDaid, Margaret Perkins, Jeanette Winterson Chair: Tim Joss
This session explored the substantial role that arts can play in improving health and wellbeing. A number of studies have demonstrated the positive benefits from, for example, reading for people with dementia. Speakers within this session have been working to demonstrate the benefits of arts on health and to develop integral services within health and social care practices. This session discussed the healing power of literature and hear what is cutting edge today.

The Birthplace Cohort Study
15th February 2012, 12.30-13.45
Speaker: Professor Peter Brocklehurst (Professor of Women's Health and Director of the Institute for Women's Health, UCL)
The Birthplace cohort study compared the safety of births planned in four settings: home, freestanding midwifery units (FMUs), alongside midwifery units (AMUs) and obstetric units (OUs). The main findings relate to healthy women with straightforward pregnancies who meet the NICE intrapartum care guideline criteria for a 'low risk' birth.

LSE Health and Social Care Lunch Seminar - A Theory of Socioeconomic Disparities in Health over the Life Cycle
Date: Tuesday 7th February 2012, 13.00-14.30
Speaker: Dr Titus Galama, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica (California, USA) Summary
Understanding of the substantial disparity in health between low and high socioeconomic status (SES) groups is hampered by the lack of a sufficiently comprehensive theoretical framework to interpret empirical facts and to predict yet untested relations. We present a life-cycle model that incorporates multiple mechanisms explaining (jointly) a large part of the observed disparities in health by SES. In our model, lifestyle factors, working conditions, retirement, living conditions and curative care are mechanisms through which SES, health and mortality are related. Our model predicts a widening and possibly a subsequent narrowing with age of the gradient in health by SES. The full paper can be found at:


Seminar on long-term care for older people and EU Law: the position in England and Scotland,
Date: Wed 25 Jan 2012

See HEIF 4 funded showcase seminars|