EVIDENCE AND THE POLITICS OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CARE

The Liverpool Medical History Society, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Medical Institution are pleased to announce the inaugural FRANCES IVENS LECTURE given by Daniel M. Fox

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Advances in research methodology in several disciplines have, since the mid-twentieth century, made it possible to evaluate more precisely than ever before the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to improve or maintain the health of individuals and populations. Many of these advances originated in the United Kingdom and have informed policy and practice more thoroughly in that country than in many others.  Despite the political cultures of the health professions and public bureaucracies limiting the influence on policy and the practice of findings from research using these methodological advances, the influence of research evaluating interventions in healthcare and population health has grown steadily since about 1990.

Daniel M. Fox, author, policy adviser, mentor and visiting faculty member, is president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund. Since 1961 he has published articles and books in the literatures of health services research, health and social policy, law, medicine, economic, cultural and intellectual history, and the history of medicine and health. His latest book is The Convergence of Science and Governance: Research, Health Policy and American States (University of California Press, 2010). Fox has served in three federal agencies, government in two states, and as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard and Stony Brook Universities. He holds AB, AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University.

This lecture will be illustrated by narratives about events in recent history rather than by slides because of the documented difficulty, perhaps impossibility, of talking about power in PowerPoint.

Thursday May 12, 2016, 17.30

Liverpool Medical Institution, 114 Mount Pleasant

FREE Tickets must be pre-booked via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Tate Liverpool Event

Organised by Tate Liverpool. Join Francis Bacon’s biographer and friend Michael Peppiatt at Tate Liverpool for a book reading and talk.

Date: Saturday 21 May, (15:00 – 16:00), 2016

Venue: Auditorium, Tate Liverpool

Cost: £5

Booking essential – Visit Tate Liverpool’s webpage

Michael Peppiatt’s legendary friendship with Francis Bacon began in Soho in 1963 and lasted until Bacon’s death almost thirty years later.

Fascinated by the artist’s brilliance and charisma, Peppiatt followed him on his nightly rounds of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club, sharing Bacon’s ‘gilded gutter life’ in London, Paris and Tangier, and meeting everybody around him from Sonia Orwell and Lucian Freud to Andy Warhol and the Kray twins.

In this intimate, deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has since enveloped him.

This is a living, speaking likeness of the greatest artist of our times.

Following his talk, Michael Peppiatt will also be signing his books just outside the Auditorium in the Concourse.

 

WOWFEST 2016 & Continuing Education present Writing the World

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When I saw that the theme for this year’s WOWFEST was Science Fiction, I knew I had to get involved. There are a lot of fascinating events and workshops on this May (I’m particularly looking forward to A History of SF in Ten Objects, The Changing Face of Girls’ Comics and Afrofuturism), and I’m excited to be part of Continuing Education’s first collaboration with WOWFEST, Writing the World. WOWFEST’s programme provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of CE students, and to prompt us all to create some fantastic new writing.

Another world waits behind the pages of any book, but science fiction shows us a world with unexpected rules, with its own assumptions and taboos, its own geography and biology and society, just different enough from ours to show us something new about ourselves, or to set the familiar in a new light. What I want to add to WOWFEST is a day for writers to think about how the best SF writers build their worlds, the processes that go into those careful constructions, and a chance to experiment with those processes and see what emerges.

My own writing centres on collaborations and interactions online, using social media to turn readers into co-writers, influencing and adding to my fictional worlds. I want to bring that process into the classroom, and create a collaborative science fiction world together, from the ground up, in one day of readings, discussions and workshop exercises. Then comes the really fun part: just how stable will our world be? Will we all see it the same way? What will happen when we begin to set stories on it, to take little pieces of it for ourselves and develop them in our own directions? After the Writing the World CE Saturday, the details of the world we’ve created will go online, onto a website that will showcase the stories we set there, each adding new facets, settings and characters.

This won’t be quite like my other classes for Continuing Education. There will still be reading and discussion and workshops, but I don’t know what the conclusions or outcomes will be. I don’t know what the world we create will be like, who will inhabit it or what kind of stories will take place there. It will be as much of a surprise for me as for you. I’m looking forward to exploring our planet’s landscapes, meeting the people who live there, discovering how they live and what they call their home. I hope you’ll help me find out.

Writing the World will be held at 126 Mount Pleasant on 23rd April from 10am to 4pm. Lunch is included in the £15 fee. To book your place click here http://goo.gl/PLMXpQ

During May, there will be two free follow-up sessions to revisit the world, to see how the stories have changed and developed it, and to decide where to take it next.

Emma Segar teaches CE courses in Writing Novels and Short Stories and Writing for Children. She has recently completed a PhD in Blog Fiction.