List of CHAIN Sub-groups and Special Interest Groups

arrow Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)

Co-facilitated by: Flavia Yousaf, Pharmacist/PhD Student, University of Reading; Gloria Cordoba, Researcher, University of Copenhagen; Bernie Weinstien, Patient Advisor, the Integarted Health & Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

arrow Bereavement & Loss

Co-facilitated by: Audrey Stephen,Research Fellow, Robert Gordon University

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arrow Better Care Without Delays

arrow Cancer Services and Support

The Cancer Services and Support sub-group is supported by Macmillan Cancer Support

(Special interest groups: Macmillan professional; Benefits & other financial help; Cancer care pathways; Cancer information & support; Cancer research; End of life care in cancer; Ethical & spiritual issues; Learning & development; Lymphoma; Outcome measures/audit in cancer; Out of hours care in cancer; Palliative care for cancer; Prescribing (medical and non-medical); Physical environments of cancer care; Primary care & cancer; Rehabilitation for cancer patients; Strategy development; Symptom/pain management in cancer; Survivorship & living with cancer; Treatment & CAM in cancer)

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arrow Clinical Audit

The Clinical Audit sub-group was established in partnership with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), which runs the national and local clinical audit programmes on behalf of NHS England, the Welsh Government and, with some individual audits, also funded by the Health Department of the Scottish Government, DHSSPS Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. See sub-group resources page for links to clinical audit resources for clinicians, patients, clinical audit staff, healthcare managers, researchers and other information professionals.

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arrow Dementia

The Dementia sub-group is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society

Co-facilitated by: Malayka Rahman-Amin,Research Translation Manager, Alzheimer’s Society

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arrow Diabetes

Co-facilitated by: Jorg Huber, Professor of Behavioural Health Sciences; Lucy Wasinski, Research Coordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust; Sandra Jones, Podiatry Diabetes Co-ordinator, NHS Highland

arrow E-learning

arrow Equality and Diversity

(Special interest group: BME health & social care, Co-facilitated by: Farah Lunat, Deputy Project Manager, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust; Amanda Moore, Public Health Nutritionist, King’s College London; Mubarak Ismail, Researcher, Sheffield Hallam University)

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arrow Frailty

Co-facilitated by: Anne Heaven, Research Project Manager, Bradford Institute for Health Research; Paula Rogers, Research Nurse Manager, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust; Mandy Andrew, Programme Manager, the European Joint Action on Frailty - ADVANTAGE

arrow Health & Well-being
(Special interest groups:


Co-facilitated by: Mary O'Kane, Clinical Specialist Dietitian, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Cycling for Health & Wellbeing)

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arrow Health Care Ethics

arrow Health Economics

Co-facilitated by: Anda Bayliss, Independent Social Science Researcher; Heather Brown, Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Newcastle University; Anita Patel, Independent Health Economics Consultant; Rosella Levaggi, Professor of Public Economics, University of Brescia

arrow Human resources, organisational development and workforce planning, education & training of health & social care workforce

arrow Improving Patients' Experience

Co-facilitated by: Katrina Glaiste, Patient Safety Programme Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

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arrow Leadership

The Leadership sub-group is supported by the NHS Leadership Academy

Co-facilitated by: Naomi Brennan, Marketing Officer, NHS Leadership Academy

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arrow Mentoring & Coaching

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arrow Networks & Networking

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arrow Nurses, Midwives and AHPs in Clinical Academic Research

Co-facilitated by: Sally Fowler-Davis, Principal Lecturer- Medical Leadership/Clinical Researcher and Clinical Research Development Officer, Sheffeld Hallam University/Sheffield Teaching Hospitals; Heather Iles-Smith, Head of Nursing Research and Innovation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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arrow Parkinson's Disease

Co-facilitated by: Katie Goates, Communications and Engagement Programme Manager, Parkinson's UK; Patricia Eccles, Education Programmes Coordinator, Parkinson's UK; Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Parkinson's UK

arrow Patient and Public Involvement

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arrow Patient Safety

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arrow Poverty and health

Co-facilitated by: Barbara Norrey, Knowledge & Evidence Specialist, Public Health England; Kathy Duffus, Senior Staff Nurse/Emergency Nurse Practitioner, NHS Shetland; Andy Beckingham, Consultant in Public Health; Anthea Row, Doctoral Researcher, University of Wolverhampton; Sarah Morton, Research Fellow in Rural Health and Wellbeing, School of Health Research, University of the Highlands and Islands; Ed Rosen, Project Director Lambeth GP Food Co-op, NHS Lambeth CCG

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arrow Primary Care Researchers in Scotland

arrow Prison & Forensic Health

Co-facilitated by: Caroline Temperton, Public Health Improvement Co-ordinator, Doncaster Council

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arrow Published Researchers

(Special interest groups: Clinical trials; Qualitative Research; Systematic reviews)

arrow Quality Improvement

(Special interest groups: Healthcare associated infection; Clinical Microsystems; Lean Thinking; Health Analysts)

Co-facilitated by: Fiona Campbell, Clinical Governance Manager, NHS Highland

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arrow Research Ethics

arrow Research Governance

arrow Self management of long-term conditions

Co-facilitated by: Judith Carrier, Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Studies (taught), Cardiff University; Femidah Munir, Reader in Health Psychology, Loughborough University; Andrew Nwosu, Regional Lead for Allied Health Professionals, NHS England (London); Magdalena Skrybant, CLAHRC West Midlands PPIE Lead, University of Birmingham; Robert Standfield, Head of Education, St. Richard's Hospice, Worcester

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arrow Service improvement

(Special interest groups: Service improvement among allied health professionals)

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arrow Social Care Research & Evaluation

Co-facilitated by: Kate Baxter, Researcher, Social Policy Research Unit, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York; Jörg Huber, Director, Reserch Desing Service South East; Suzanne Morton, Senior Development Officer, Leeds City council/Leeds Beckett University; Raphael Wittenberg, Deputy Director, Care Policy Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science; Helen Weatherly, Researcher, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.

arrow Stroke

Co-facilitated by: Rachel Teal, Stroke Research Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust; Gail Carin-Levy, Lecturer,Queen Margaret University; Bridget Davis, PhD Researcher, Glasgow Caledonian University; Simon Sherratt, Professor of Biosensors, University of Reading; Kate Rivard, Staff Nurse, NHS Grampian

arrow Substance misuse and addictions

(Special interest groups: Drug/Illicit Substance misuse; Tobacco addiction/smoking; Alcohol; Non-illicit substance misuse; Non-substance related addictive behaviours )

Co-facilitated by: Cliff Askey, Non-opiate Recovery Worker, Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust; Judy McCulloch, Specialist Midwife in Drugs and Alcohol, Royal Derby Teaching Hospital Cliff; Mike Ashton, Editor, Drug and Alcohol Findings; John Wooldridge, PhD Student, University of Leeds

arrow Sustainability in health & social care

Co-facilitated by: Terry Kemple, Past President RCGP and current RCGP representative for sustainability, climate change and green issues

arrow Technologies

There are 7 special interest groups under Technologies

(Special interest groups:

A.I. in healthcare

Co-facilitated by: Ben Bloom, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Royal London Hospital; Anna De Simoni, Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, Queen Mary University of London; Kathy Drayton, Clinical Benefits Manager, NHS Digital; Jane Farmer, Occupational Therapist, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust; Sarah Markham, Visiting Researcher, King's College, University of London; Richard Price, Learning Technology Advisor, Health Education England; Jason Pott, Lead Research Nurse for Rheumatology and Emergency Medicine, Barts and the London NHS Trust.

Regenerative Medicine

Co-facilitated by: Andrew Webster, Professor in the Sociology of Science and Technology and Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit, University of York; Ahmed Syed, Public Health Specialist, NHS England

Telecare, telemedicine, teleconsulting

Co-facilitated by: Prof. Brian McKinstry, Researcher/GP, University of Edinburgh; Alys Mathers, Speech and Language Therapist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust; Karen Waite, Senior Telemedicine Consultant, Ontario Telemedicine Network, Canada

Bio-technical and adaptive Devices;

Co-facilitated by: Lise Sproson, Research Associate, Devices for Dignity/Research Associate & Speech & Language Therapist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

The use of social media;

Co-facilitated by: Alys Mathers, Speech and Language Therapist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust; Lesley Diack, Professor of Transdisciplinary and Technology Enhanced Learning, Robert Gordon University; Vimal Sriram, Learning and Improvement Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC NWL; Nathaniel Mills, Project Manager - Paediatric Theme, NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC; Dr Mahfuz Ashraf, Lecturer/Assistant Director, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia; Alyson Brown, Lecturer, School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University; Trevor Lakey, Health Improvement and Inequalities Manager - Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Applied Information Technology

Co-facilitated by: Lesley Diack, Professor of Transdisciplinary and Technology Enhanced Learning, Robert Gordon University; Matthew Allsop, Research Fellow in Applied Health, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds; Theofanis Fotis, Principal Lecturer Nursing, University of Brighton

Futures in health & social care

Co-facilitated by: Matthew Lariviere, Innovation Fellow, University of Sheffield; Helena Canhão, Full Professor, NOVA Medical School, Portugal; Aida Suárez-González, Research Associate, Institute of Neurology, University College London; Sharan Sidhu, Reader/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London/Barts Health NHS Trust

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arrow Workplace Based Learning