HEOM News and Events

ReQoL in Practice Event - Thursday 29th November 2018

We are pleased to announce that the first national ReQoL in Practice event will be held in Sheffield on the 29th November 2018. The event is an opportunity for clinicians, peer support workers, managers, outcome leads, commissioners and service users to come together to create a community of practice, sharing learning and knowledge about implementing ReQoL and the use of ReQoL in clinical practice and quality improvement. Event highlights include an address by Professor Tim Kendall, NHS England's National Clinical Director for Mental Health, and structured opportunities for delegates to share learning across different trusts and organisations.

Further details about the event, including how to register can be found here

The Measuring and Valuing Health MOOC starts on the 2nd July 2018

Learn how Patient Reported Outcome Measure and Quality Adjusted Life Years can compare treatments and inform healthcare spending. Healthcare systems around the world are increasingly under pressure to fund drugs, treatments and other healthcare interventions.  No-one has the money or resources to provide them all, so how do we decide which ones to fund?

The course runs for 3 weeks (3 hours per week).  Aimed at introductory level it covers PROMS and QALYs and is free for anyone to do online.

Details & sign up here https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health


To view more details and register your interest in taking part in future courses, sign up here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health

3rd National CLAHRC Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Research Conference, 2018 held in Birmingham on the 20th of June
2018 at the University of Birmingham

This one-day conference is being hosted by the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research at the University of Birmingham and will include a mixture of plenary sessions, oral presentations and posters and will bring together leading international experts, clinicians, patient partners and early career researchers to engage with the latest advances in the field of PROMs research and implementation.

We are pleased to confirm two keynote speakers, Daniel O’Connor, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
and Dr Tessa Richards, BMJ.

Keep checking the website for further exciting updates. www.birmingham.ac.uk/proms2018

Free online courses

If you want to learn more about health economics, the University of Sheffield runs free online courses called MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and Measuring and Valuing Health (MVH). 

The Health Technology Assessment MOOC starts on 5th March 2018

The course runs for 3 weeks (3 hours per week), is introductory level and is free for anyone to do online

Details & sign up here https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/hta

Watch the trailer, view more details and sign up here:

The Measuring and Valuing Health MOOC started on 12th February 2018

The course runs for 3 weeks (3 hours per week), is introductory level covering PROMS amd QALYs and is free for anyone to do online.

Details & sign up here https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health


To view more details and register your interest in taking part in future courses, sign up here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/valuing-health

New research to help truck drivers get their health back on the road

Researchers led by Dr Stacy Clemes at Loughborough University, in partnership with researchers from the University of Leicester and University of York, have teamed up with logistics company DHL to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the research team’s  ‘Structured Health Intervention For Truckers’ (the SHIFT programme). The aim of the programme is to promote positive behavioural changes in terms of increased physical activity and a healthier diet.

Long distance lorry drivers are exposed to a multitude of health risks associated with their job, including long and variable working hours and long periods of sitting. Tight schedules and being on the road can contribute to psychological stress and sleep deprivation.

Their working environment provides limited opportunities for a healthy lifestyle. As a consequence, lorry drivers exhibit higher than average rates of obesity, obesity-related co-morbidities such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and have a significantly reduced life expectancy in comparison to other occupational groups.

The study is helping truck drivers get healthy by encouraging higher levels of physical activity and a healthier diet that fits in with their work schedule.

Data including number of steps a day, amount of sleep, blood pressure and cholesterol will be measured at the start of the programme and at six and 12 months to see if the programme has helped drivers improve their health. Researchers will also consider the impact of the programme on mental health and quality of life.

Read more about the SHIFT programme. 

NHS health checks given a clean bill of health

An assessment of the NHS Health Check programme has concluded it represents value for money by helping some patients lose weight and reduce their risk of future disease caused by obesity.

The research was conducted by the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York and the UK Health Forum, and funded by CLAHRC.

All members of the public between the ages of 40 and 74 are offered a free Health Check once every five years.

Conducted at the patient’s GP practice, the Health Check aims to identify their risk of developing a range of diseases in the future, including stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some types of dementia

Patients who are identified as being at high risk of developing these diseases discuss with their GP how they can, with NHS support and personal actions, reduce the chance of developing the avoidable diseases related to obesity.

Patients who are identified as being at high risk of developing these diseases discuss with their GP how they can, with NHS support and personal actions, reduce the chance of developing the avoidable diseases related to obesity.

A model developed by the UK Health Forum was then used to estimate the impact of this change in BMI distribution on long term rates of a number of diseases, including heart disease (which saw a 2.1% decrease in the maximum rate), diabetes (1.6%), stroke (1.5%) and high blood pressure (0.8%).

Read more about the research on Health Checks

2nd National CLAHRC  Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Research Conference, held in Oxford on the 8th of June 2017 at St Anne's College.

Organisers: Background: In the UK there are many PROMs events, however until last year there were no national researcher-led activities on methodologies around development, testing and use of PROMs in different contexts and settings. Following the success of the inaugural national PROMS research conference (June 2016) hosted by Professor John Brazier, YH CLAHRC University of Sheffield, the 2nd conference was organised.


The event was organised by a scientific committee comprised of: 

Professor Ray Fitzpatrick (Theme Lead, CLAHRC Oxford and Nuffield Department of Population Health); 

Professor John Brazier (ScHARR and NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber theme lead),

Elizabeth Gibbons, and Caroline Potter (Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford and NIHR CLAHRC Oxford); 

Professor Jose M Valderas, (Exeter and NIHR CLAHRC Peninsula).

The role of CLAHRCs was prominently displayed both in advance publicity and on the day. It was made clear that it was an NIHR CLAHRC event. The following six CLAHRCs provided crucial funding and support: Oxford, Yorkshire and Humber, South West Peninsula, East of England, West and West Midlands. It was also endorsed by the International Society of Quality of Life.

The format for the event was of parallel sessions with presentations in the morning followed by a more substantive session in the afternoon with two plenary presentations on Using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in cancer care, Professor Galina Velikova and The National Institutes of Health Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS): a view from the UK, Professor Jose M Valderas.

There was time for Q&As about each presentation and a concluding discussion on the direction of PROMs research, Professor Ray Fitzpatrick. Seventy-seven abstracts were submitted for consideration and from these, n=36 oral presentations and 39 poster presentations were selected. Twenty-five PhD students presented their work (n=9 oral, n=16 poster). Programme attached.

Twelve reviewers volunteered to peer review and score abstracts and chair a parallel session; most representing the supporting CLAHRCs.

143 registrations were received, including 20 free PhD places. The attendees principally were researchers and clinicians leading and involved in all aspects of PROMs research. Other delegates were represented from industry, pharma and research consultancy organisations.

The journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Biomed Central will be publishing the 38 abstracts from the conference with open access at no cost. This is expected to be published this month (October 2017).

Next steps: It is clear that there continues to be firm commitment from delegates supporting a future event. 

Professor Melanie Calvert, University of Birmingham, a key PROMs researcher in the UK and internationally recognised, has agreed to host the event in June 2018. We will be seeking support from the CLAHRCs again in order to keep fees down, particularly for PhD students ensure the NHS focus of the event.

This information was taken from a blog post from Elizabeth Gibbons, you can see the full post here

Click here to find out more about CLAHRC Oxfords PROMS research.

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 - 9th June 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).
PROMS Conference 2016

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