Would you like to help the BBC by featuring in a film?

Would you like to help the BBC by featuring in a film about the advice you would give to your younger self about life in general, relationships, looking after your health, and employment etc? The film will be part of a series which are shot and edited in a similar way to the film made with Macmillan nurses – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-41932797/what-do-people-say-before-they-die. The Macmillan nurses film was far-reaching with 2 million views on Facebook and 1.5 million on the BBC website (so far); it had a big impact on people, with many sharing their own stories.

If you are interested in taking part please email Lisa Fuller (l.fuller.1@bham.ac.uk).


Physical Activity Intervention for Loneliness (PAIL) in community-dwelling older adults: a feasibility study

We are looking for suitable volunteers to take part in a 12 Week outdoor group walking programme organised by doctoral research students.

Who are we looking for?

  • Older adults aged 60 years or over;
  • Inactive (less than 20 minutes of a regular exercise per week for the past month);
  • At risk of loneliness or social isolation (e.g. living alone, recently widowed, with a long-term care responsibility, etc.);
  • Able to walk without support (walking stick is okay); 

What do I have to do?

You will attend a once weekly walking group session with a trained walk leader. This is an opportunity for you to make new friends, increase your physical activity and have a good time. You will attend 5 health assessments which will usually take about 30-minutes. These assessments will measure height, weight, resting blood pressure, and physical activity. You will be asked to complete some questionnaires and attend 2 focus group interviews.

For more information, please call 07490392720 or e-mail: axs1235@bham.ac.uk (Doctoral research student Anastasia Shvedko).

Read the Participant Information Sheet

Physical activity for knee and hip osteoarthritis

We are conducting a study looking into daily physical activities as a means of management of knee or hip osteoarthritis, i.e. their relationship to pain, mobility, general health and well-being. We also wish to understand what helps people be more active and sit less, as well as what might be personal barriers to engaging in physical activity and facilitators of time spent sedentary.

Your participation would involve wearing a small plastic activity monitoring device on your waist for a week and one visit to University of Birmingham- to fill in a few questionnaires and have your blood pressure, walking speed, % of fat and muscle in your body measured (all simple, non-invasive procedures). We offer tea and £10 reimbursement.

If you have a diagnosis of knee or hip osteoarthritis, are not considering or scheduled for a joint replacement at the present time and would like to find out more, please contact Archontissa Kanavaki, Doctoral Researcher at 07542233150, amk377@bham.ac.uk

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Volunteers needed for Brain Imaging study

Are you between 60 and 75 years old without any history of metabolic, cardiovascular and respiratory disease?

If yes, we need your help!

We are conducting a research project that will allow us to measure and compare energy metabolism in the brain of younger and older individuals

The study involves one single visit to the Birmingham University Imaging Centre

The visit will last approximately 1 to 1 ½  hours

Please contact: Claire Burley: cvb469@bham.ac.uk or Sam Lucas: s.j.e.lucas@bham.ac.uk

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Patient and Public Involvement with the healthcare education programmes in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Are you interested in sharing your perspective of the Health Service, in ways that could lead to improvement of health care? If so, the Institute of Clinical Sciences is currently trying to achieve a sustainable and representative patient and public involvement group for curriculum development for both the new pharmacy and the independent prescribing programmes.  Although in an early phase of development, they currently have a new web page to explain the roles and opportunities that exist, with an area for registration where you can make contact and discuss the roles that you might be interested in. For further information please see

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/clinical-sciences/ppi/index.aspx .

Older People’s Cancer Voices Learning Events

Booking is open

Are you:

  • Involved in providing older people’s advocacy?
  • A commissioner of advocacy services?
  • Working in health and social care and interested in advocacy for older people affected by cancer?
  • A patient or carer affected by cancer?

Join OPAAL and her project partners I-CANN, Beth Johnson Foundation, Help & Care and Dorset Advocacy at one of our regional events.


  • London: Voluntary Action Islington Thursday 27th July 11:30am – 4pm
  • Manchester: Friends Meeting House Tuesday 1st Aug 11:30am – 4pm

2014 – 2017 OPAAL delivered Older People’s Cancer Voices, a three year Department of Health funded project; this programme ran alongside our £3.2m Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) programme. Older People’s Cancer Voices amplified the voices of older people affected by cancer into health and care settings “making the advocacy for older people affected by cancer that we are passionate about really sing!”

OPAAL developed a range of influencing resources in partnership with four project partners and co-produced alongside older people. These events showcase these tools and key learning from our cancer advocacy programmes; you’ll come away with ideas and tools to help you gain a better insight into the key issues older people affected by cancer want you to understand, to help you increase health and care professionals’ and commissioners’ understanding of advocacy and explore the potential for cancer advocacy provision in your area.

Sign up for your place now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/older-peoples-advocacy-alliance-learning-events-tickets-34360551334

Can you help us to explore how ageing changes our brains?

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We are looking for healthy adults to help our scientific research. Participants will visit the University of Birmingham for up to three sessions: one interview session and two separate 1-hour MRI scans. We will pay you £7 per hour, or £20 for MRI sessions. Both newcomers and experienced participants are welcome.

If you meet the following criteria, you may be able to help us:

  • Aged between 65 and 80 years old
  • Right handed
  • No hearing impairment

This means you do not wear a hearing aid and have not previously been diagnosed with any hearing problems

  • No uncorrected problems with vision

This means you can see well enough to read and perform everyday tasks (it is not a problem if you need glasses for this)

  • No severe mobility or motor problems
  • No history of stroke

Or other conditions which can affect brain function

  • Comfortable to undergo MRI scans

This research relies on MRI scanning, which can be noisy and claustrophobic

Please discuss any concerns with the researcher; we can, for example, arrange for you to visit the scanning centre before you decide whether to take part

  • No metal implants

As MRI scanners are magnetic, they can be dangerous for people with metal in their bodies; this includes pacemakers, orthopaedic rods, and stents

Please contact Sam Jones for more information and to book testing slots that suit you:

Tel: 0121 414 5637 or 07965 283156
Email: saj409@bham.ac.uk

Read the Participant Information Sheet