5th Annual Research Symposium

5th Annual Research Symposium: Evidence for sustainability -
Exploring the current evidence underpinning ways to create sustainable health and care systems

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017, 10am to 4pm
Location: COSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH

Healthcare Improvement Scotland jointly hosted a symposium with our partners at Health Services Research Unit and the Health Economics Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen, and the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit at the Chief Scientist Office, which considered the development and application of evidence to achieve financially and environmentally sustainable health and care services.

Speakers included:

  • Donal O’Donoghue, Medical Director, Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (Download
  • Tom Jefford, Head of Youth Services, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Graham Scotland, Senior Research Fellow, Health Services Research Unit/Health Economics Research Unit, Aberdeen
  • Christine Bond, Chair in General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen

Download the event programme

Speaker presentations

Social media recap

Poster gallery

During the event we hosted a virtual poster presentation on the theme of the conference; Evidence for sustainability. You can preview our posters in the gallery below.


Dr. Emma Burnett - Medical students as agents of change: a qualitative exploratory study.

B Goulão - Challenges of evaluating an efficient use of resources in dentistry: the IQuaD study.

V Entwistle - Sustaining quality on multiple fronts: why we need a better understanding of ‘practical wisdom’ in service provision.

S Marshall - PAVAR Goal Setting Improves Health Outcomes in a Multidisciplinary Community Respiratory Team.

L Massie - Understanding Institutional Logics in Organisational Improvement in the National Health Service

J Hudson - Using Interrupted Time Series Designs to Evaluate Sustainability

Margaret Watson - Quality improvement of community pharmacy services.

Jenna Breckenridge - Co-creating a framework for conceptualising sustainable change at scale: combining expertise from improvement initiatives across the UK.