Notes on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill

The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 13 February 2020. The Bill proposes a legislative programme for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in the UK at the end of the EU exit transition period, currently 31 December 2020. It is imperative that the Bill … Continue reading “Notes on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill”

How does our immune system deal with fungal and viral infections?

The body’s immune response to fungal infections changes when a patient is also infected by a virus, according to new research which investigated the two types of infection together for the first time. The study, carried out by researchers at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, The Pirbright Institute, and University College London, sheds … Continue reading “How does our immune system deal with fungal and viral infections?”

A view from the front line of healthcare services

How much of the burden of ill-health is really ‘unexpected’, and can we take more people from ‘unplanned’ to ‘planned’ healthcare? Dr Liz Sapey Last week Birmingham Health Partners – and the future Birmingham Life Sciences Park – was awarded Life Sciences Opportunity Zone status by  the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). … Continue reading “A view from the front line of healthcare services”

Schizophrenia experts argue for new approaches to treatment

A better understanding of the lived experience of people with schizophrenia would enable clinicians to help patients live with their condition, alongside treating symptoms with medication and psychotherapy, say experts at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham. This approach would involve developing an understanding of ‘self-disturbance’ in schizophrenia – in which patients’ sense of connection … Continue reading “Schizophrenia experts argue for new approaches to treatment”

Health Equity in England: BHP welcomes ten-year review

Today, (25th February 2020), Professor Sir Michael Marmot and the Institute for Health Equity published an updated review to mark the ten-year anniversary of his landmark study titled Fair Society, Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review).  Professor KK Cheng, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham, shares his thoughts … Continue reading “Health Equity in England: BHP welcomes ten-year review”