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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.

Fresh off the digital press: The Researcher - Spring issue all about 'maintaining momentum'!

  Created on Thursday, 16 Feb 2017. Posted in News Items

This Spring issue is all about how we maintain momentum. Preparing research funding applications, executing the research plan and disseminating the findings all takes a lot of time and motivation, years of time and motivation!

  • Need some encouragement, then take a look at the top 5 tips for maintaining motivation to help you keep on track, whilst Rekha Patel humourously covers the arch-enemy of momentum -  procrastination
  • Describing how you plan to disseminate your research findings is a very important feature even at the design stage of your project, so don't forget to take a look at the power of the poster and the wonky car article and creative minds which offer alternative ways of presenting your research message.
  • Read Simon's story about his journey from public involvement to researcher, Lesley's challenges to becomes a clinical research nurse and Martin's drive to take pharmacy into research.

And after all that if you're feeling inspired to start your own research career you'll need to read all about how Health Education England have created a clinical scholar programme to help medics and non-medical professions take the next step which can boost your chances of getting an NIHR fellowship!

Of course you'll need a little help with designing your research and planning your applicaiton so the Research Design Service is here to support you. Take a look at Claire's article to see how we can help and don't forget to contact us (the sooner the better)!

NIHR CRN Research Activity League Table - how are our Trusts doing?

  Created on Monday, 21 Nov 2016. Posted in News Items

The NIHR Research Activity League Table is published by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN). It shows the extent of research activity across all NHS trusts in England, providing a picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many participants.

The league table defaults to showing all the data on one page, to look at East Midlands activity click on the Local network up arrow. Click on the relevant organisation name to see more details. For the purposes of the league table data, individual GP practices have been grouped into their CCG region.

NIHR committed to push the pace of research

  Created on Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016. Posted in News Items

It takes on average 17 years for a promising medicine, being developed in a laboratory to being patient ready, and it is thought that around 10 years of this is within the NIHR research pathway.  As part of the wider commitment to a culture of continuous improvement, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to reducing this pathway by 20 months.

Push the Pace is investigating seven important areas of work:

  1. Handover - Scope out, plan and pilot innovative mechanisms to speed up and improve handover of research from the NIHR infrastructure into different programmes on the NIHR research pathway.
  2. Dissemination - improving dissemination to evidence users.
  3. Metrics - developing metrics or surrogate metrics that track timescales for the whole of the NIHR research journey.
  4. Evidence user input - ensuring evidence users’ input is used effectively to improve commissioning of research to better meet NHS/wider public health need.
  5. Peer review - determine what a proportionate peer review system for research applications is, and which is fit for purpose to meet NIHR’s needs.
  6. Contracting - ascertaining how to retain the benefits of contracts for research, whilst reducing the delay caused by the NIHR contracting process.
  7. Delivery - implementing the changes identified in the first phase of the Push the Pace project to improve delivery of research studies to time and to target.

Understanding Evidence New Cochrane Campaign

  Created on Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016. Posted in News Items | Literature

Cochrane is runing a 'Understanding Evidence' campaign in partnership with Students4BestEvidence. The main thrust of the campain centres around the ideas that underpin the way we think about evidence.

The campaign will share resources and initiatives that can help with making sense of evidence, and highlight opportunities to get involved with others with an interest in evidence.

The campaign launches with a special week of blogs from 4th October 2016 and social media post using #UnderstandingEvidence.

NIHR Podcast series launched to inform about research discovery

  Created on Thursday, 22 Sep 2016. Posted in News Items

New Podcast series launched to inform about research discovery

The podcast series is entitled ‘The Business of Discovery’ and is a collection of audio sound bites released each month, with each providing an insight into a relevant topic surrounding clinical research. During each 10-12 minute podcast, listeners will hear the thoughts and opinions of a whole range of different people involved in clinical research. The podcast series also includes a virtual journal club, which involves the discussion of a recent, open-access paper to be discussed. 



NIHR Academic Training Advocates

  Created on Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016. Posted in News Items

The NIHR Academic Training Advocates are a cohort of researchers working as ambassadors for health research careers, promoting the NIHR training and career opportunities and supporting and advocating for non-medical professions and for individuals who wish to begin or continue a research career. If you are intersted in doing a fellowship please contact your topic lead for a chat - see below different clinical areas have a named lead.

Training Advocate Leads:

Chair: Associate Professor Steve Wootton, Associate Professor NIHR Biomedical Research Unit, Southampton

Psychology Lead: Professor Richard G Brown, Professor of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley

Audiology Lead: Dr Melanie Ferguson, Honorary Associate Professor and a Research Lead, NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit

Physiotherapy Lead: Professor Nadine Foster, Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care, Keele University

Dietetics and nutrition: Professor Gary Frost, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Imperial College London

Podiatry Lead: Professor Anne-Maree Keenan, Assistant Director MIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, Leeds

Nursing Lead: Professor David Richards, Professor of Mental Health Services Research, University of Exeter 

Midwifery Lead: Professor Jane Sandall, Professor of Social Science and Women’s Health, King’s College London

Occupational therapy Lead: Professor Pip Logan, Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation Research and Occupational Therapist, University of Nottingham

Every NHS trust in England is now research-active

  Created on Monday, 15 Aug 2016. Posted in News Items

Every NHS trust in England is now research-active | Clinical Research Network

All 240 NHS trusts in England are research-active, as reported in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) annual performance report 2015/2016.


How well does the NHS know its research?

  Created on Monday, 15 Aug 2016. Posted in News Items

New quiz developed by the NIHR Dissemination Centre is testing how well people working in the NHS they know their health research. It's also a great way to familiarise yourself with the discover Portal where all the NIHR Signals and Highlights are published #KnowYourResearch


Revised DH contract will benefit researchers and patients

  Created on Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016. Posted in News Items

Research funded by an NIHR research programme will now be able to receive payments for start-up in advance of ethical approval. 

This change will enable the appointment of skilled research staff earlier in the project leading to better quality applications for HRA Approval, fewer protocol amendment applications early on in the project, and a quicker and more efficient start up process.

For more information regarding the change visit the website.