Improving access to medicines to support palliative care at home: challenges and opportunitiesSue Latter, Natasha Campling, Jacqueline Birtwistle, Alison Richardson, Michael Bennett, David Meads, Alison Blenkinsopp, Liz Breen, Zoe Edwards, Claire Sloan, Elizabeth Miller, Sean Ewings, Miriam Santer & Lesley Roberts
Background: Patient and carer access to medicines during the last 12 months of life (end-of-life) is critical for control of symptoms, including pain and distress, and for reducing urgent, unplanned use of healthcare services. However, data from our previous studies suggested that prescription, dispensing, supply and associated information given about medicines are experienced by patients as often difficult, demanding, lacking co-ordination, and involves a multiplicity of professionals. Although evidence is suggestive of patient and carer...
Protecting wellbeing and resilience in BAME families and communities during a public health emergencyIyiola Solanke, florence ayisi, Claudia Bernard, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Anna Gupta, Raminder Kaur, Monica Lakhanpaul, Sabu Padmadas, Shirin Rai & Maria Stokes
Ignoring race, gender and class when tackling a pandemic can undermine not only wellbeing across Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families and communities (BAME FC) but also their levels of trust in government. A framework to protect wellbeing and resilience in BAME FC during public health emergencies was developed by Co-POWeR to ensure that laws and guidance adopted are culturally competent.
WHAT DO TEENAGE GIRLS LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT PARK PLAY SPACES AND MULTI-USE GAMES AREAS? Addendum to the report What makes a park feel safe or unsafe? The views of women, girls and professionals in West YorkshireAnna Barker, George Holmes, Rizwana Alam, Lauren Cape-Davenhill, Sally Osei-Appiah & Sibylla Warrington Brown
This report presents the findings of a photo elicitation activity with girls and young women to explore what they ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ about park play spaces and multi-use games areas (MUGAs) with a focus on feelings of safety.
Cultural heritage in the context of disasters and climate change: Insights from the DCMS-AHRC Cultural Heritage and Climate Change CohortFrancesca Giliberto & Rowan Jackson
Evaluating Facilitators and Barriers to Accessing Staff and Volunteer Support Services in the West Yorkshire Health and Care PartnershipJudith Johnson, Lucy Pointon, E Kaur, K Vogt, A Alzahrani & Chris Keyworth
Where is your office today? A research-led guide to effective hybrid workingMatthew Davis, Helen Hughes, Simon Rees, CHIA HUEI WU, Emma Gritt, Hannah Collis, Linhao Fang & Afshan Iqbal
This research examines the changes to workplaces and ways of working spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to understand the implications of the changes: learn lessons, share good practice, and provide guidance for organisations adopting hybrid working or adapting offices to support their future ways of working. In this interactive report, we share insights from a range of stakeholder and employee interviews, industry workshops, cross-industry surveys of UK office workers, employee diary data and...
Impact of Decolonising Initiatives and Practices in The Faculty of EnvironmentArjan Gosal & Laura Loyola-Hernandez
This report aims to understand some of the challenges and resistance towards decolonialising initiatives in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds. We used an online anonymous survey in May/June 2022 to collect responses from all staff (including academic related and professional staff) from the faculty. In total, we received over 100 responses from the four schools within the faculty: School of Earth and Environment, School of Geography, School of Food Science and...
UK screen use in 2022: a need for guidanceRafe Clayton & Carmen Clayton
The use of screens has become integral to our work and leisure in the UK. New research looking at UK adults’ use of screens during and after the coronavirus lockdowns has found a steep rise in total screen use. This was linked to perceived negative health impacts, with some groups being more vulnerable. Here we discuss the need for clear national guidance on screen use in the UK.
Evaluating the impact of the Leeds Story Buses on children’s reading experiences: Data and recommendationsEmma Twine & Catherine N. Davies
Differences in early years development are strongly related to the socioeconomic gap in Leeds. There is a low take-up of early years services among some groups, and the percentage of children attaining a good level of development at the end of their first year at school is lower than the national average (66% vs. 72%, Leeds Observatory [source: DfE 2019]). A powerful way of tackling these challenges is to support children’s language and communication. Several...
Institutionalising co-production of weather and climate services: Learning from the African SWIFT and ForPAc projectsEmma Visman, Linda Hirons, Martin Todd, Emmah Mwangi, Cheikh DIONE, Masilin Gudoshava, George Otieno, Maureen Ahiataku, David Quaye, Kamoru Abiodun Lawal, Joshua Talib, Jennifer Fletcher, Abdoulahat Diop, Tidiane Diedhiou, Diabel Ndiaye, Eniola Olaniyan, Patricia Nying'uro, Chris Ngetich, Mary Kilavi, Elijah Adesanya Adefisan, Victor Indasi, Shamton Waruru, Andrea Taylor & Steven Woolnough
There is growing recognition of the multiple benefits of co-production for forecast producers, researchers and users in terms of increasing understanding of the skill, decision-relevance, uptake and use of forecasts. This policy brief identifies lessons learnt from two operational research projects, African SWIFT and ForPAc, on pathways for embedding co-production into operational weather and climate services as the new standard operational procedure.
Delivering a just transformation through the Koronivia Joint Work on AgricultureRebecca Sarku & Stephen Whitfield
28 Months Later: Pandemic Crime in England and Wales to July 2022Seyidoglu Hulya, Dixon Anthon , Jose Pina-Sánchez, Nick Malleson & Graham Farrell
By July 2022, violence and sexual offences, and theft from the person, remained statistically significantly lower than expected levels, with burglary, car crime, robbery and shoplifting far below expected levels (but falling within the rapidly expanding 95% confidence intervals). The other six crime categories plus anti social behaviour were at or trending towards expected levels. Recorded crime rates per 10,000 population are in orange, expected rates are dashed, with grey-shaded 95% CIs.
Cumbria 2037: Decarbonising Mobility FuturesMonika Buscher, Julie Clark, Rosslyn Colderley, Alistair Kirkbride, Joanne Larty, Shona McCulloch, Emma Moody, Elizabeth Mullis, Ian Philips, William Vaudrey & Kate Willshaw
Transport is something we all use. Even in the digital age, we all need transport to connect with family, enjoy leisure, get to work, and to meet friends. Even if we never left the house we would still use transport indirectly, as we take deliveries from local shops or goods are transported from further afield. While big-picture concepts like climate change and decarbonisation can feel remote or overwhelming, this journal shows how decarbonisation is possible...
Where is your Office Today? New insights on Employee Behaviour and Social NetworksMatthew Davis, Hannah Collis, Helen Hughes, CHIA HUEI WU, Emma Gritt, Linhao Fang, Afshan Iqbal & Simon Rees
This is the second of two reports sharing key findings and suggestions for how to approach the challenge of adapting organisations to hybrid and more flexible ways of working. This report focuses on the impact that different work patterns and workplaces have on employees (wellbeing, job satisfaction, performance, interactions), and what this means for organisations and future workplaces. Findings from analysis of employee diaries, surveys and social network analysis are shared. Differences between groups of...
Supporting movement skills to improve health and education in the populationNick Preston, Lucy Eddy, Liam Hill & Mark Mon-Williams
Six to 17% of children have a hidden physical disability (movement skill deficit) that impedes their progress in school (e.g., resulting in handwriting problems). The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Movement skill deficits decrease educational attainment and increase the risk of poor physical and mental health. We have developed free assessment and treatment tools that allow these conditions to be effectively tackled in schools, reducing the burden to the NHS,...
Fuel poverty in the cost of living crisisLucie Middlemiss, Aimee Ambrose, Neil Simcock, Mari Martiskainen & Graeme Sheriff
Access to energy is being severely restricted by the cost of living crisis, with almost a quarter of households experiencing fuel poverty, despite existing interventions. Here we draw on a large body of evidence on fuel poverty to summarise likely effects on households this winter. We find there is urgent need for further bill support, energy efficiency and targeted advice for vulnerable households.
Developing markets as community hubs for inclusive economies: a best practice handbook for market operatorsMyfanwy Taylor, Sara González, Paul Waley & Rosie Wilkinson
This best practice handbook is a practical guide for market operators on how to operate and develop traditional retail markets (TRMs) as community hubs for inclusive economies. Concerns about the gentrification of TRMs have increased in the UK in recent years, prompting many market operators to seek out advice and examples of how to avoid, minimise or balance it. This handbook provides a starting point for any market operator interested in pursuing an inclusive, community-oriented...