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Reqol Westminster launch event 12th October 2016


Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) was launched by Paul Blomfield MP at an event at Westminster in October and attended by representatives from many mental health trusts across the country and various stakeholders.

ReQoL is a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that has been developed by a team at the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) to assess the quality of life for those experiencing mental health conditions.

The questionnaire will be used in helping to decide what support or services people receive and also to measure and improve the quality of care that service users receive.

Researchers from ScHARR worked together with service users and clinicians to generate the themes, items and scoring of the measure.

Professor John Brazier (pictured left with Paul Blomfield MP) from ScHARR who led the team, said: “The ReQoL-10 and the ReQoL-20 are short measures of self-assessment of quality of life that have been developed rigorously to meet the need for people recovering from a wide variety of mental health problems.

ReQoL provides a unique opportunity to take a holistic view of the lives of service users and hence they can be better supported in their recovery journey.”

ReQoL has been commissioned and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme in England for use in the NHS. It has also been supported by the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber.

The team has worked with the specialist Clinical Outcomes team at Oxford University Innovation Ltd to make ReQoL available. It is free to all publicly funded health services.

Paul Blomfield MP said: “Mental health was one of the most commonly raised concerns in my annual community consultation. When one in four people face a mental health condition, cutting-edge research to improve outcomes are vitally important. The University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) are making a significant contribution to better mental health through their new Recovering Quality of Life measure. I’m delighted to host the launch of this initiative in Parliament.”

PROMS Conference Sheffield - 9 June 2016

PROMS Conference 2016

Advances in Patient Reported Outcomes Research and their application to decision making.

The 2016 UK Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) research conference took place on 9 June in Sheffield (#PROMsconf2016). Over 120 participants took part, attending 24 parallel sessions and one poster session of which over 40 posters were displayed. The afternoon was chaired by Professor Ray Fitzpatrick focused on three plenaries with invited speakers and nominated discussants:

- Computerized adaptive testing. Professor Tim Croudace, Dundee (discussant; Dr Chris Gibbons, Cambridge);

- Feedback on PROMs to healthcare providers. Associate Professor Joanne Greenhalgh (discussant: Prof John Browne, Cork);

- Wellbeing. Professor John Brazier, Sheffield (discussant: Colin Green, Exeter).

The conference was co-hosted by Professor John Brazier, Sheffield; Elizabeth Gibbons, Oxford; Professor Jose M Valderas, Exeter; and Dr Georgina Jones, Sheffield. Further administrative support was provided by Jenny Dunn, Theme Manager and Samantha-Jane Pye. Support was granted by NIHR CLAHRCs Peninsula, Yorkshire and Humber, Oxford, and East of England and endorsed by ISOQOL.

Feedback informally and formally was positive; the content relevant and interesting and there was considerable enthusiasm for a similar event in 2017. 

The abstracts have now been published in the special supplement “Proceedings of Patient Reported Outcome Measure’s (PROMs) Conference Sheffield 2016: advances in patient reported outcomes research”. The full content of the supplement can be found at https://hqlo.biomedcentral.com/articles/supplements/volume-14-supplement-1