The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

Reflecting on the Cochrane Colloquium 2013 – Canada

Three representatives of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group went out, and three returned, albeit at different times (we like to mix it up a bit).ScZ Group

It was a hard five days.  Getting over jet lag, managing the steep climb to The Québec City Convention Centre every morning after coffee and croissants and a quick 30min meeting, followed by waves of information throughout the day.  What was our return on the time and money spent getting to Quebec, Canada for the Colloquium?  There were differing opinions in our team of three but overall we felt that

  • we gained little nuggets of information that have since led us to make changes to our practice, mainly around title registration
  • it allowed us time to work together on aspects of our processes and procedures, essentially the creation of ‘standards’, to improve the efficiency of our systematic review writing and management process, as well and the recruitment of new Editors to our Group
  • it gave us a chance to put faces to names; meeting with existing, new and potential Editors and AuthorsView of Quebec city from the convention centre
  • it helped us to recognise the importance of our Group within the Cochrane Collaboration.  During the Poster sessions our Group was mentioned as an example of good practice (Cochrane Journal Club: meeting the expectations of our growing membership), while other posters illustrated research that missed out our contributions (The Study of Reporting Quality of Randomized Controlled Trials in Systematic Reviews of Acupuncture) or demonstrated openness to new ways of working, most of which we have already adopted in our Group e.g. the implementation of a Social Media strategy and the conducting of a study into the impact of tweeting mental health reviews.

Overall though, we agreed that most of the gain was from meeting up with each other to thrash out new ideas and evaluate how we are currently working.  We didn’t quite need to go all the way to Quebec to do this as we have since reflected.  A conference such as this can be useful to stimulate conversations and new ideas, but in this case perhaps our time and money could have been better spent getting together in the UK and dialing into aspects of the conference that were of relevance and interest…if such a facility was made available.  So what’s the plan now?  Two-day meetings at six monthly intervals to give us the time we need to discuss and move forward with ideas.  Sometimes to make things happen you need time to talk about it, to crash heads together, in effect, to work collaboratively effectively.

We will be going to the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, India to support our Editor, Prathap Tharyan (follow the activities leading up to the colloquium via Twitter and Facebook).  

Hyderabad colloquium

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Diagnostic Test Accuracy (DTA) Author training

Dates:

English: Aston Webb Hall, Birmingham University

English: Aston Webb Hall, Birmingham University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. September 26th 2013 – Module 1: Preparation for title registration
  2. October 24th 2013 – Module 2: Protocol production and searching
  3. November 14th 2013 – Module 3: Progressing your review

 Venue:  Birmingham University

Cost:  FREE to all authors affiliated to a UK-based Cochrane Review Group and to authors resident in the UK and affiliated to a non-UK based Cochrane Review Group Read the rest of this entry »

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Psychiatry Beyond the Current Paradigm 3 day Conference in Sept 2013

Attachments:  September Conference 2013 flyer Final

Date:  September 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2013

Times:  9am Registration 4.30 finish

Venue:  The University of Nottingham, University Park, Law and Social Sciences Building, NG7 2RD Read the rest of this entry »

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Contemporary Neurobiology and Psychotherapy seminar series for 2013/14

Attachments:  Notts Neuro Seminar Series 2013-14 flyer     Seminar Series 2013-14 registration form

Dates:

Wednesday 25 September 2013
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Wednesday 5 March 2014
Wednesday 2 April 2014
Wednesday 14 May 2014
Wednesday 25 June 2014

Time:  5.30pm – 7.00pm

Venue:  Seminar Room A08, Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

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Peer Support & Recovery Coaching Workshop 12th/13th Sept 2013

Two-day interactive skills based workshop delivered jointly by:

 The Academy for Healthy Coaching and The Institute of Mental Health

Attachments:  Peer Support and Recovery Coaching Flyer – Nottingham 2013 (final)      Registration form – Nottingham 2013

Date:  Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 2013

Venue:  Institute of Mental Health Building, Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU

Cost:  £150.00 for waged; £20.00 for unwaged (unwaged places are restricted and on a first come first served basis) Read the rest of this entry »

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