Listening to patients’ experiences of receiving medication intravenously in hospital: A Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Workshop

Who is this workshop for?

We are looking for 10 volunteers to take part in a workshop who are:

  • Over 18 years of age.
  • Who either have experience of receiving medication intravenously in hospital personally OR
    Who has been the parent of a child receiving medication intravenously in hospital.

What is the purpose of the workshop?

Many modern medications are delivered directly into veins (i.e. intravenously). For example, a bag of chemotherapy might be connected to a patient to treat cancer, a bag of saline might be connected and hung next to a patient for hydration, or a syringe driver might be connected to a patient for pain relief after an operation. In some cases the nurse will set these up to drip into the patient using gravity alone, and in other cases the nurse will programme a pump to control the infusion rate.

We want to hear patients’ experiences of receiving this treatment. For example: Were you given enough information? Were the pump alarms disturbing? Did you ever touch the pump yourself? What did you like and dislike about being connected to a pump? What could be improved for other patients?

This workshop aims to generate questions and review consent procedures for ECLIPSE. ECLIPSE is a research project funded by the National Institute of Health Research, which is looking to review and improve the quality and safety of intravenous infusions in hospitals.

Will my expenses be reimbursed and will my time be compensated?

You will be reimbursed expenses to attend the meeting. You will be compensated £45 for the 3 hour meeting, which will also include a buffet lunch.

When and where will the workshop take place?

The workshop will run from 12noon-3pm, Thursday 9th October 2014. It will be held at University College London, which is close to Euston Station in London.


If you are interested in taking part or just want to find out more please contact: Dominic Furniss (

This opportunity has also been advertised on People in Research:

ECLIPSE launch – Sept 9th!

The ECLIPSE project is launching on Sept 9th 2014!

Funded by the NIHR (National Institute for Healthcare Research), ECLIPSE (Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices and Errors) aims to identify key issues related to intravenous medication errors and to develop strategies to minimise the incidence of such errors. We will conduct a national study of the frequency and types of medication errors, reviewing current practices so as to inform future strategy in purchasing, deployment and use of IV medication technology.

At the launch event we will introduce the project in more detail and Professor Nick Barber (Director of Research, Health Foundation) will be delivering a keynote talk on medication errors. There will be an opportunity for representatives from NHS trusts to ask questions about the project and to express interest in taking part in the study. We plan to work with 16 acute hospitals (including 2 children’s hospitals) and 6 oncology day care units, representing a range of practices in terms of implementation and use of drug error reduction software.

We would particularly welcome attendance by NHS staff who may be interested in participating in the study. At a national level, participants will be contributing to a project that will provide recommendations to improve patient safety across the NHS, informing the design of devices, ways of working and purchasing and policy decisions. At a local level, participating sites will gain insight into their local performance, enabling them to review and improve practices if necessary, and to make better informed decisions for future procurement, deployment and use of IV medication technology.

If you are interested in attending the event, please email Jo Iacovides ( to RSVP by September 1st, or if you have any further questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Job: Research Associate for ECLIPSE

We’re recruiting…

Research Associate: observational studies of the use of infusion devices in hospitals
University College London, UCL Interaction Centre

Starting Salary (Grade 7), currently £32,699 – £39,523 per annum inclusive of London Allowance

Main Purpose
Applications are invited for the post of Post-doctoral Research Associate in the UCL Interaction Centre ( to work under the supervision of Prof. Ann Blandford and with other members of the ECLIPSE and CHI+MED project teams. The aim of the studies is to make medical devices safer. The successful candidate will work with clinicians and patients to run a series of observational studies on the use of infusion devices in hospitals. Early studies will mirror previous studies that have already taken place in the US, focusing on the prevalence and types of errors that occur with infusion devices across a range of clinical contexts. Later, in-depth studies will involve detailed observations in selected wards to better understand the causes and consequences of deviations from clinical protocol. Throughout the project, we will be working with hospital staff to identify best practices and develop guidance on the selection and deployment of infusion devices and the delivery of infusion therapies. The postholder will also be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts and presentation of the data at conferences.

The post is available from October 2014, for 28 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements
Applicants should have obtained a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g., pharmacy, nursing or Human–Computer Interaction). A strong background in qualitative and quantitative research methods and experience of working in healthcare is desirable. Applicants should have demonstrated potential for excellent research (e.g., as evidenced by their publication track record in international journals) and the ability to work as part of a research team is essential.

Further Details
For instructions on how to apply, and for a job description and person specification, please go to: ECLIPSE follows on from, and builds on, work in the CHI+MED project.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Ann Blandford ( or Dr Dominic Furniss ( Enquiries about the application process should be made to Dr Richard Young (

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 13th August 2014. Interviews will be held on 10th September 2014.

UCL Taking Action For Equality

On our way!

ECLIPSE formally started yesterday. Three of the team went to an NIHR meeting to better understand expectations and management. Ethical clearance has been obtained. Do get in touch if you’d like to join us for the project launch on 9th Sept, or to be a partner in studies.

ECLIPSE launch: save the date!

We’re making great progress on the practicalities of ECLIPSE: the contract with NIHR has been approved; the application for ethical clearance for studies is working its way through the system; the Study Steering Committee has been approved; and we have a date for our launch: Tuesday 9th September, at the School of Pharmacy, UCL. More details soon. All welcome!