June 03, 2014

Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/funding/fundingyourstudies/pgceandpg/wtmss/

The University of Warwick is pleased to announce an innovative scholarship scheme totaling £600,000 for postgraduate taught masters students. The scholarship will contribute to course costs and living expenses. The scholarship scheme is part of a Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at removing barriers to postgraduate education. In combination with HEFCE funding, a number of these scholarships will also be supported through the generous charitable donations of alumni and friends of the University, who recognise the challenges many undergraduates face in continuing to postgraduate study.

The scheme is open to applicants who are applying for entry to postgraduate study in 2014/15. You do not have to have undertaken your degree course at the University of Warwick to be eligible to apply.

February 07, 2013

Workshop on Activity Monitoring for Behaviour, Health and Well–being

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/idh/idhevents/activitymonitoringworkshop

The Institute of Digital Healthcare is pleased to invite you to a Workshop on Activity Monitoring for Behaviour, Health and Well-being to be held on 27th February 2013 at the International Digital Laboratory, Central Campus, University of Warwick.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and health professionals working in the field of activity monitoring and its varied applications.

The event will include both internal and external speakers presenting on current research in activity monitoring and highlighting some of the applications of inferring behaviour, health and well-being from activity monitoring. There will be discussion sessions to kindle interest in this field and generate ideas for potential interdisciplinary collaboration. The event will also feature demonstrations of the research undertaken at the IDH in the field. This event aims to create a network of biomedical engineers, researchers and health professionals (which includes medicine, health science, healthcare, mental health and well-being) from various institutions to motivate future collaborative projects.

For more information including a provisional programme and to book your place please visit idhevents/activitymonitoringworkshop or contact Dr Viji Ahanathapillai

November 12, 2012

Tools for working smarter and more effectively

Writing about web page http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/tbx

It is TechDis Tuesday this week! Join online at 13:00 for a guided exploration of the TechDis Toolbox.

The TechDis Toolbox is a collection of resources which give useful hints and tips on technologies that can help individuals work quicker, slicker and smarter.

JISC TechDis has a history of providing simple easy to use resources for tutors and lecturers. Here we have shifted our focus and Toolbox is aimed directly at the end users – learners.

The contents of the Toolbox were determined via feedback from groups of former students who were asked “what should your tutor have told you but never did?”. The development of the final resource has been shaped by our learner ambassadors. That’s why it contains bite-size videos, short guides, animations and brief audio files.

These small bits of just-in-time information can be easily understood and absorbed allowing users to learn something new and put it into practice straight away. Most people use technology every day. Using it smarter can help people be more productive, organised and creative.

While written primarily for those with disabilities or difficulties, it is useful for just about anyone who wants to gain or improve on the skills most valued by employers. It explores many common workplace technologies and explains how to get the most out of them.

Grab a pair of headphones for your computer, load a browser and go to www.instantpresenter.com/techdisonline100 a few minutes before 13:00 on Tuesday, 13 November.

July 27, 2012

Advances in Healthcare through Digital Consultations and Three Million Lives: What needs to be done?

Writing about web page http://3millionlives.co.uk/

Third Institute of Digital Healthcare Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 21st November 2012

Advances in Healthcare through Digital Consultations and Three Million Lives What needs to be done?

This year the phrase ‘Digital Healthcare’ has moved from the margins to centre stage with the UK Department of Health setting up a Digital Healthcare Unit and the new NHS Information Strategy using the phrase several times. More important, the 2011 Department of Health Innovation Health and Wealth report stated that two of the six high impact changes for the NHS in the next 5 years will be digital: ensuring that the lives of 3 million people will be changed by telehealth or telecare, and Digital by Default. This takes the challenge set out 3 years ago by Martha Lane Fox for UK public services to exploit digital channels to the heart of the clinical consultation. The DH has commissioned research showing that the NHS will save £200M for every 1% shift away from face to face consultations. Even if a modest 10% shift is achieved over the next 5 years, this means that the NHS stands to save £15 – 20 Billion. No wonder that HM Treasury, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and industry suppliers are watching Digital Healthcare with renewed interest.

These shifts towards digital channels are not confined to the UK, with strong pressures towards digital healthcare in Australia, the USA and many European countries, and a billion dollars a year being spent by NGOs on eHealth systems in least developed countries. However, beyond the economic drivers and political rhetoric, four serious questions need to be discussed:

  1. How will these new digital services connect with existing information systems?
  2. Will they be as safe, reliable and effective as some studies suggest and will they really lead to the in-year cost savings demanded by hospital Chief Executives?
  3. How will we train new, and more urgently, existing staff to get the best out of these new approaches?
  4. What steps must health systems, industry, academia and other partners take to ensure that digital healthcare systems are safe and fit for purpose and that we learn the lessons from those that are not?

In this our Third Annual Conference, we will debate and progress our understanding of all these issues, supported by some outstanding keynote speakers, contributions from industry, health systems and leading researchers – and yourselves.

Be part of this exciting and innovative event by submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. The deadline for submission for is 14th September 2012.

Or register now as a delegate at our Early Bird Rate of just £55 until 5th October 2012. Standard rate will then apply at £80.

Applications are also invited here for 5 free student places and 3 travel bursaries worth up to £750 for delegates from least developed countries.

The deadline for submission is 14th September 2012.

May 16, 2012

The Midlands launch of HANDI

Writing about web page http://www.handihealth.org/

Invitation to a free half day workshop 10:00 June 13th

Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick

HANDI, the Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation, is a group of clinicians, developers, informaticians and others who believe that agile healthcare apps for patients, carers and health and care professionals provide the key to enabling IT to transform of health and care.

It wants to encourage and support app innovators. HANDI knows from experience that creating an app and getting it widely used can be a painful experience and have established HANDI as a not-for-profit venture to provide mutual support and help create an environment in which apps can flourish and wants to invite you to join them.
HANDI is an open and inclusive organisation that supports all with an interest in health and care apps including patients, careers, health and care professionals, developers and those with tools and services to support the app community.

The workshop is the launch event around which we hope to build an active midlands local cluster. You will be able to learn about the opportunities for apps in health and care, hear about the challenges and some of the solutions and have the chance to network with emerging and established app innovators and others with resources and expertise to help make good ideas a reality.

To learn more about HANDI, see the detailed workshop programme and book your place through the web site at: www.handihealth.org or for more information email mid@handihealth.org

HANDI has already run a successful workshop in Newcastle (see the web site for its outputs) and has another planned for London on 30th May.

Follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/handihealth or watch #handihealth.

February 29, 2012

Trialling therapy to beat cancer

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge/health/cancertherapy

pink ribbonA cancer diagnosis is a life-changing experience for the patient. In the past one-size-fits-all treatments have been given to patients based on whether their cancer is low, moderate or high risk. Now research at Warwick Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is investigating personalised treatment for a specific group of women with breast cancer. In a recent lecture, Prof Janet Dunn explained the work of the Unit and the new type of clinical trials that they’re running.

Whilst we are not yet in the era of fully personalised medicine, cancer treatment is changing.

Read article in full on the Knowledge Centre

Prof Janet Dunn is Module Leader for MD913: Design, Analysis & Interpretation of Epidemiological Research

January 31, 2012

Library survey: win £100 Amazon vouchers

Writing about web page http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Library_Survey_2012

Staff and students are being invited to feed back on how you use the Library and how satisfied you are with the services and resources.

The online survey takes 10 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a prize draw to be in with a chance of winning:

  • 1 x £100 Amazon Vouchers
  • 4 x £25 Amazon Vouchers
  • 20 x £15 University Book Shop Vouchers

Complete the Library survey

December 12, 2011

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE) 2011/12

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ldc/funding/wate/awards/

Nominations for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence are still open!

The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence give students and colleagues the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching and the support of learning throughout the nominee’s career at the university.

The awards aim to:

  • Recognise and reward members of staff who have had exceptional impact on the student learning experience.
  • Enhance the profile of teaching excellence at the University
  • Award winners and commendees with funding to further enhance practice.

All staff who teach or support student learning at Warwick are eligible to be nominated for an award. Winners will receive an award of £5000 and commendees receive £2000.

Further information about how the award works

If you know of anyone you may wish to nominate complete the online nomination before Monday 19th December 2011.

If you need any further information – contact Jess Humphreys (j.m.humphreys@warwick.ac.uk / extn. 73109.)

Bridging the gap between information access and understanding

Writing about web page http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/digitisation/econtent11/patientsparticipate.aspx

News release

Patients Participate! Bridging the gap between information access and understanding

Publishing a lay summary alongside every research article could be the answer to assisting in the wider understanding of health-related information, say the findings of a new citizen science project called Patients Participate!

Commissioned by JISC and carried out by the Association of Medical Research Charities, the British Library and UKOLN, Patients Participate! asked patients, the public, medical research charities and the research community, ‘How can we work together in making sense of scientific literature, to truly open up research findings for everyone who is interested?’

The answer came from patients who explained that they want easy-to-understand, evidence-based information relating to biomedical and health research.

Every day people are bombarded by health news, advice columns, medical websites and health products and making sense of this information can be difficult. Tracey Brown, Director of Sense about Science says, “We have been working with scientists and the public for some years to challenge misinformation, whether about the age of the earth, the causes of cancer, wifi radiation or homeopathy for malaria.

“It’s often very effective but no sooner is attention turned elsewhere than misleading claims creep back up again. To make a permanent difference, we need the public to be evidence hunters. We are delighted to encourage patients to engage with the evidence for medical claims.”

The project is part of JISC’s investment in putting valuable content online and making it accessible. Alastair Dunning, digitisation programme manager at JISC, adds, “JISC believes that publicly-funded research should be made available for everyone and be easy to find. We have funded this work to show how making access to scientific literature enables citizen-patients to participate in the research process, therefore providing mutual understanding and better links between scientists, medic, patients and the general public.”

Lee-Ann Coleman, head of science, technology and medicine at the British Library, says, “The British Library supports access for everyone who wants to do research, but providing access to information, through services like UK PubMed Central, is only the first part of the story. There is so much scientific literature – and it’s so complicated; developing ways to help people make sense of it has to go hand-in-hand with access.”

Engaging with the wider community is increasingly important for researchers. Some universities now offer researchers training in communicating with lay audiences.

Dr Liz Lyon, director of UKOLN at the University of Bath, explains, “The Patients Participate! Project has demonstrated the potential value of lay summaries to make research more accessible to a wider audience. There is certainly an appetite for this information and we see the new How-to Guide for researchers as a positive step in helping academics and researchers to communicate their findings and to bridge the understanding gap.”

Medical research charities have an important role in providing patients and the public with information about the research they fund.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough, chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), believes that the “Increasing volume of information about health and medical research available via the internet, the challenge for charities is to help their supporters make sense of it and distinguish the good from the bad. By translating complicated medical research information into language that is easy to understand, they can help researchers and patients talk to each other.”

Download the report as a PDF

Find out more about why Patients Participate is part of JISC’s e-Content programme

Discover a world of JISC content

November 25, 2011

Study Skills: ICT Skills survey results

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/cpd/current/studyskills/3/itskillsform/

Many thanks to the 88 students who have completed the ICT Skills questionnaire so far this term.

In response to the answers given I have posted some suggestions to the study skills forum and signposted various ITS Training courses Course Development Teams (CDTs) have also been informed of the results and where required you may find additional bespoke training sessions embedding into your programmes.

Survey Student ICT Skills - Autumn 2011

The Wordle below illustrates the key words from the response to the additional comments section – headed: Reflecting on your self evaluation please let us know the sort of training you feel would help develop your confidence and benefit your studies

ICT Skills survey - additional comments

If you have yet to complete the questionnaire please do so and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any special requirements or suggestions.

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