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Health Research Authority (HRA) releases six eLearning modules (ethics and governance)

  Created on Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017. Posted in News Items

The modules are relevant to all four nations of the UK and cover key areas of research regulation. The first three topics to be released are:

Three further modules concerning research involving human tissue, research involving exposure to ionising radiation and confidentiality and information governance considerations in research, are to be released soon.

The eLearning modules will help the research community to better understand the standards that are expected for the conduct of research, supporting applicants to produce better applications that are less likely to raise queries – and get studies up and running quicker.

Electronic vs ink signatures in research approval documents – HRA clarification

  Created on Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017. Posted in News Items

Animation expalins HRA Approval

  Created on Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017. Posted in News Items | Design Tips

HRA Approval is the new process for the NHS in England that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service.  It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England.

A Mile in My Shoes

  Created on Monday, 12 Jun 2017. Posted in News Items

An online experience produced by The Health Foundation. This collection of stories showcased the contribution and challenges faced by those in our health and social care system.

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.