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Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Tier 3 Funding review published

  Created on Tuesday, 02 May 2017. Posted in Funding

In competition 26 RfPB introduced a high risk funding tiers (Tier 3), this report identifies what has been currently funded via tier 3. Tier 3 funds projects that are higher risk and further away from patient benefit, the report additionally looks at the pathways the studies take to achieve patient benefit.  

  • Tier 1 (up to £350k) for research that has a clear and close trajectory to patient benefit, such as a definitive trial.
  • Tier 2 (up to £250k) for research proposals which are feasibility studies.
  • Tier 3 (up to £150k) for research which is on a pathway to patient benefit yet further from it

To date 21 projects have been funded under tier 3 accounting for 22% of all RfPB funded projects.

The funded projects fall into the following research types:

  • 3 systematic reviews
  • 7 developing and refining interventions
  • 1 meta-analysis
  • 1 realist synthesis
  • 1 economic evaluation
  • 6 secondary data analysis (including developing predictive models and needs assessments)
  • 2 diagnostic accuracy studies

Covering four types of research topics and designs:

  1. Therapeutic – concerned with developing and evaluating interventions to improve patient benefit
  2. Diagnostic – concerned with ensuring patients are appropriately classified to receive the above intervention
  3. Needs assessment – concerned with assessing the needs (usually of interventions) in a particular patient population
  4. Evidence synthesis.

RDS Newsletter - Spring 2017

  Created on Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017. Posted in RDS EM Newsletter

RDS EM newsletter with special feature on 'sample size calculations' and 'elevator pitches'. Find out too about our new regional events programme comprised of 'funder focus seminars' and 'application workshops'.


Article: A framework for public involvement at the design stage of NHS health and social care research: time to develop ethically conscious standards

  Created on Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

Researchers are encouraged to involve the public as early as possible in the process of designing their studies, but this work is not subject to ethical review. This paper looks at ten areas where ethical issues may arise and has used them to develop a framework to help researchers and the public work ethically together in the early design stages.

This paper is an opinion piece informed by first-hand experiences of providing advice on involving the public as part of our National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) roles. It also builds on consultations with approximately 20 lay people and 25 researchers during public involvement workshops held in the last 3 years in the East Midlands region.


Co-producing public involvement training with members of the public and research organisations in the East Midlands: creating, delivering and evaluating the lay assessor training programme

  Created on Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

This paper reports on setting up a training programme for lay assessors delivered collaboratively by research organisations across the East Midlands region.

A recognised method for public involvement consists of consulting with patients and the public for their views on various research materials. To support lay people to be able to carry out these tasks they require basic knowledge of how research works and to be familiar with terminology and good practice. The training programme was developed to support this learning and evolved from participant feedback and consultation.


Using Information in your Research Proposal

  Created on Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017. Posted in Design Tips

Information is critical throughout your research

Your research idea

  • Has anyone done it before? Perform a scoping search of PubMed. Check for systematic reviews.
  • Is anyone working on it now? Check ongoing/current databases such as the UK Clinical Trials Gateway, Europe PubMed Central Grant Finder Tool, Clinical trials.gov
  • Establish whether the topic has been flagged as important to the NHS and relevant to clinical practice/national policy. Look for relevant guidance and policy or priority-setting documents. Look at NICE guidance, clinical guidelines, and the James Lind Alliance

Writing the background
Set your study in a practical and/or theoretical context, making it clear how much is known already and what difference your research will make. Justify your research proposal using evidence from the literature, particularly any systematic reviews or recent guidelines (NICE). Support your case with:

  • Recent data describing the size of the problem, the cost to the NHS and implications for patients
  • Recent articles/primary research – show awareness of current ‘players’ in the field
  • Systematic reviews/meta analyses whenever possible

Methods section
Information can also be useful in the methods section to:

  • Explore how other researchers have tackled similar questions
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of your proposed research design

Other uses of information
Your searches can also help you to:

  • Identify potential collaborators/specialist reviewers
  • Identify funding for your research by noting how other similar studies were supported

Referencing
Remember to cite all information sources, including any supporting statistics.

Getting help
Make use of:

  • Health librarians - contact your local NHS trust or university librarians
  • Online tutorials – available for searching techniques and about individual databases
  • The RDS has Information Specialists who can help you with your searches. They can also give advice on undertaking systematic reviews, search techniques, sources of information and referencing (Mary Edmunds Otter, mleo1@le.ac.uk; and Christine Keen, ckeen@dmu.ac.uk)
  • The RDS has developed a website 'Finding Information for Research Proposals' that should provide links to virtually all the information sources you will need!      

NIHR Let's Get Digital Competition 2017

  Created on Monday, 10 Apr 2017. Posted in News Items

The competition is designed to recognise those people involved in NIHR research using video, photography, websites, infographics and online communities to promote research - and at the same time encourage more people to do so.

The competition has five categories:

  • video
  • photograph
  • website
  • infographic
  • Online community

Closing date for all categories is Friday 30 June 2017. Winning entries will be promoted in various ways across the NIHR's communication channels. Winning applicants will be invited to Google's HQ in London to learn about all things digital.

To be eligible to enter any category of the NIHR Let’s Get Digital competition applicants need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • be a member of the NIHR Faculty - this is the collective term for the people we support to lead and deliver health research, and those we train as the next generation of health researchers. For example, this means you could be a senior investigator, investigator, NIHR trainee, clinical research staff member or be based in an NIHR-funded facility. (Including those who work with us on a voluntary basis);
  • have recently completed NIHR funded research; and/or
  • be a patient/member of the public actively involved in NIHR research.

Masterclass on engaging with seldom-heard groups

  Created on Monday, 27 Mar 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

EMAHSN run regular masterclasses on how to effectively engage underserved communities. Contact Katie Swinburn for more information.

Listen to the most recent session focusing on Gypsy Roma Traveller communities:


CERTAIN Patient Advisory Network's INSPIRE Research Portal

  Created on Monday, 27 Mar 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

The portal is an online library of resources designed for patients and researchers partnering on patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), healthcare studies that actively engage patients in the research process from start to finish. The purpose is to provide easy access to existing tools and resources for this research community.


NIHR to launch a streamlined application process

  Created on Monday, 27 Mar 2017. Posted in Funding

The NIHR is launching a streamlined application process for researchers applying for funding. The streamlined, two-stage form will be rolled out across NIHR research and training programmes from May 2017

The revised standard application form will ask for information once, at the point it is required to make either shortlisting or funding decisions. Any information provided during Stage 1 of the process will be automatically available for Stage 2 to avoid repetition and facilitate completion of the application. Applicants will be provided with clear, concise guidance about how to use the forms, including resources provided by INVOLVE about how to set out public involvement plans and present a Plain English Summary.


Patient and Public Involvement Award EM AHSN

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Priorities | Funding

EMAHSN have opened a third round of funding, following previous successful bursaries for up to a further ten East Midlands groups. Each successful group will receive £1,500. This is a vital contribution for many groups and will contribute towards meeting running costs. The funding will support their fantastic work to promote innovations and the adoption and spread of best practice within patient, carer and public involvement in healthcare delivery and health research across the East Midlands.

Groups can apply for funding up until the 5 May 2017. EMAHSN launched the fund because it recognises that many voluntary groups find it difficult even to cover basic costs such as travel and members’ out-of-pocket expenses. Many groups exist to make sure that experiences of patients and public are at the heart of future decisions about health services – something that is central to EMAHSN and that it wants to encourage and sustain.

Applications for the grants will be considered by the East Midlands PPI Senate, an independent expert group of patients and public with varied health service user experience. The senate supports health and social care organisations to embed patient engagement.

Full details and application for a bursary award