Health Services Research Seminars

We hold regular seminars where members of our Department and experts from other Universities discuss the latest developments in their research.

Seminars and Meetings

Our Department hosts a regular seminar series as well as workshops, meetings and conferences within our CARES and Evidence for Change groups.  

Health Services Research Seminar Series

The Health Services Research seminars take place throughout the academic year.  The seminars are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Seminars

Applied Research and Implementation, the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) experience and Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) proposal

Professor Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool | 6th December 2018 | Seminar Room 4, First Floor, Muspratt Building

Professor of General Practice is Director of NIHR CLAHRC NWC (National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast at NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group) and Assoc Director NIHR RDS NW (National Institute for Health Research Research Design Service North West). In this seminar, Professor Gabbay will discuss the recent ARC proposal.


Food Behaviours - not a lot to do with food but pretty much a symptom of everything else

Chris Holmes, Shift | October 2018

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With overweight and obesity at 60+% of the adult population, is unhealthy weight gain now the default outcome for people living in the UK consumer society, as our evolutionary biological and psychological processes, which evolved to cope with scarcity, are at odds with the modern environment.

Those that maintain a healthy weight have the capacity (money, time, absence of other pressures) to engage in an ongoing cognitive process to balance calories in and out through the amount and type of food they consume and their level of physical activity. For those experiencing scarcity of capacity, who are particularly represented in families of lower socio-economic status (LSES), this resistance to the default outcome is much more challenging.

Shift, in conjunction with Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, have been working to understand the dynamics that exist between low income families, their environment and food and will be sharing their approach and findings.

Chris heads up Shift’s Healthy Food programme, developing products and services that catalyse changes in existing food categories that lead to better diets. The team are currently focused on fast food with programmes underway in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Birmingham. This work builds on the success of ‘Box Chicken’, Shift’s development of a healthier fried chicken outlet.

Following a 15-year commercial career in the food industry, most latterly as Marketing Director for Kraft Foods (now Mondelez), Chris has spent the last 12-years applying behavioural science to a variety of social issues with a focus on public health. His particular interest is in childhood obesity and how to harness the competitive dynamics of consumer markets to deliver pro-social outcomes.

When not being ‘Shifty’, Chris can be found in the outdoors and, with his partner, is currently developing a love of sea kayaking with a view to one day touring the West Isles Whisky Distilleries by kayak.


Treca Study: An evaluation

Peter Knapp, University of York | September 2018

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Peter Knapp’s role at York spans two departments: the Department of Health Sciences (for research and postgraduate supervision) and the Hull York Medical School (where he leads on evidence-based decision-making and teaches across years 1-4).

He has worked in Higher Education since 1993 at the University of Leeds (in the Schools of Psychology, Medicine and Healthcare) and, since 2011, at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School. In 2015 he received a University of York Vice-Chancellor's award for 'Excellence in Teaching'.

Peter's main research interests and activity are in patient engagement with healthcare and information for patients, focused on information to support patient decision-making and behaviour. In particular this work has looked at information to support choice of treatments, the self-management of long-term conditions and decisions on research participation. His aim is to improve the quality and usefulness of information and to make it much more accessible, so that patients can make informed decisions about their health and healthcare.


Share Health Care Meetings

Our department also holds regular research meetings which are called ‘Share Health Research (SHaRe). During these meetings we present research ideas, preliminary results, hold workshops, discuss research methods, practise conference presentations, share news and celebrate success. We also support our post-graduate research (PGR) students by providing a forum for students to present their research findings in a supportive environment.