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What Complexity Can Do For Health: Clinical, Managerial, Patient and Research Implications

Date: 15 November 2006 Time: 1.00-4.00 pm

The Centre for Complexity Research and Institute for Health Researchpresent

What Complexity Can Do For Health: Clinical, Managerial, Patient and Research Implications

1-4pm Wednesday, 15 November 2006, Institute for Advanced Studies

Complexity is a broad term for describing and understanding a wide range of chaotic, adaptive, emergent and complex systems and phenomena. Emerging out of the physical sciences in the mid-20th century and increasingly spilling over into the health and social sciences at the end of that century, complexity is a new and exciting interdisciplinary approach to science and society that challenges traditional academic divisions, frameworks and paradigms. As Helen Beven (Director NHS Moderinsation Agency Innovation and Knowledge Group) recently stated:The emerging field of complexity can help service users, healthcare practitioners and organizations to progress and prosper despite the uncertainty and complexity of their worlds.

The insights from complexity are particularly relevant to the UK health system. This system, despite unprecedented amounts of organizational reform and significantly increased funding, still seems trapped in a state of crisis. Will more targets, evaluations, management effort and money take us to where we want to be? From a complexity perspective, more money and effort will not necessarily improve health outcomes. Using the framework and tools of complexity science will help us to understand the hidden strengths and weaknesses of the NHS and the traditional "orderly" vision of health.

This workshop will bring together a number of leading experts in the fields of complexity and health and provide a concise, engaging and accessible introduction to the field of complexity and its radical implications for the clinical, organizational, managerial and patient aspects of health.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?The workshop is free, open to all and aimed at health professionals, academics, students and patient groups. However, due to limited space, all attendees MUST email in advance to reserve a place on the workshop. To reserve your place simply email the administrator, Clare Coxhill c.coxhill@lancaster.ac.uk . The event is accredited with 3 hours of CPD by the Faculty of Public Health.

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