Library website now contains a Research Support portal

liblogo2015If you’re planning or undertaking research, why not check out our research portal? There are links to different resources such as databases, grey literature, and referencing, as well as tools for referencing and contact details for any help you might need. Click here to access the portal!

Physician associates are as good as GPs in treating same day patients but cost less, study finds

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Physician associates could be a solution to overburdened general practices, researchers have said, after they found that outcomes in patients seen by these health professionals were similar to those in patients seen by GPs and that they cost less to practices.

The researchers looked at the medical records of 2086 patients presenting for same day appointments at 12 general practices in England over four weeks in 2011 and 2012 (two weeks in winter and two weeks in summer) who were seen by a physician associate or GP. Physician associates have previously been known as physician assistants.

Study shows statin use is associated with lower risk of liver cancer

thebmj_logoTaking a statin is associated with a near halving of the risk of liver cancer, show the results of a new study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Previous research has linked statins to a reduced risk of liver cancer, but much of the evidence has been from areas of the world with high rates of this type of cancer. So, researchers analysed data from the United Kingdom to investigate the effects of taking statins in a country with a relatively low incidence of liver cancer.

Staff Library ‘Updates’ Service

bulletins circleTwice a year, the Staff Library Service issues a series of  Updates that list the details of recent research reports in various specialties. Many of the articles have a link to the full text which you can access via an Athens password. Details on how to do this are explained clearly in each Update.

The Update series includes:

  • Audiology
  • Cardiac Care
  • Chaplaincy and Counselling
  • Dermatology
  • Dietetics
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of any of the  ‘Updates‘ by email, then please contact us on 01625 661362.

Health Matters – Tuesday 14 May

The topic this month is “East Cheshire NHS Trust – Researching Today for a Better Tomorrow”

Members of our Clinical Research Team are delivering the next Health Matters public talk on Tuesday, 14 May, 7.00-8.00pm, in the new Lecture Theatre at Macclesfield District General Hospital. 

The Trust is actively involved in research in a number of key areas including cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, medicines for children, cardiology, haematology, rheumatology, and stroke.

The purpose of this Health Matters talk is to demystify clinical trials, explain how they work, and look at some of the exciting research currently under way. The session will be introduced by Dr Susan Knight, and the talk will be given by our research nurses including Clare Vandor, Barbara Townley, Beverley Jones, and Joanne Shippey.

Members of staff are welcome to come along – to book your place please contact the Communications and Engagement Department on 01625 661560 or email us at

Trust reaches for excellence in research

Great news for East Cheshire Trust’s research team as published in this years league tables for NIHR research during 2011/12 by The Guardian – see online at

In the (England) Small Acute Trusts category, East Cheshire NHS Trust came in the top 10, 7th out of 31 for number of studies open and 10th for number of patients recruited – a really good result.  The table shows ECT did better than many of its neighbours coming above Mid Cheshire Trust in both categories and also achieving a higher result than some of the local Medium Acute Trusts (Stockport, Southport and Ormskirk and Bolton).  The number of open studies was up by a total of 8 on last year, which also increased the number of patients recruited.
It is gratifying to know that all the hard work and effort made by the research team, has finally paid off .  Congratulations to all, including the PI’s and investigators, as they continue with ongoing research in these areas: Stroke, Oncology, Dementia, Paediatrics, Rheumatology and Cardiac care?
If you want to know more about the research work undertaken in Macclesfield please contact Seonaid Beddows at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Research portal required to make publicly funded research freely available

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e3184 (Published 3 May 2012)

Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3184

Nigel Hawkes

The government has enlisted Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, to help realise plans to make all publicly funded research accessible free of charge.

David Willetts, the minister for universities and science, announced the appointment in an article in the Guardian today ( and was due to elaborate on it later in a speech to the Publishers Association.

Last December in its innovation and research strategy for growth the government promised that open access was its aim, and it set up a working group chaired by Janet Finch, former vice chancellor of Keele University, to consider implementation. She is expected to report next month.

“Giving people the right to roam freely over publicly funded research will usher in a new era of academic discovery and collaboration,” wrote Willetts in his Guardian article. “The challenge is how we get there without ruining the value added by academic publishers.”

via UK government to provide a research portal to make publicly funded research freely available to all | BMJ.

Public Service news roundup

PM pledges £66m for dementia research
By 2015, the government will more than double the amount of money going into research in dementia

”It’s time for a revolution in elderly care”
Frail older people are being exposed to unacceptable standards of care. say two King’s Fund reports

Huge elderly care study’s mixed messages
People in care homes were much less likely to visit hospitals than those who lived in their own homes

”We’re going to work relentlessly to improve lives”
The Prime Minister David Cameron told the Dementia 2012 conference that he was determined to help hundreds of thousands of families by ”taking the fight to dementia”. Here’s his speech

See more from Public Service news.

Clinical Effectiveness training

The Clinical Effectiveness Team is offering 4 x 1 hour, training sessions to all trust staff on Clinical Audit, NICE and Research Governance to support and develop staff in all areas of audit on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 17 April: How to suceed in clinical audit
  • Tuesday 24 April: Are you on the right pathway for NICE?
  • Tuesday 1 May: Research governance
  • Tuesday 8 May: How to suceed in clinical audit

More information

Places are limited, reserve your place on the session most relevant by emailing