Fresh off the digital press: The Researcher - Spring issue all about 'maintaining momentum'!
Created on Thursday, 16 Feb 2017.
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.
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 Dissemination Centre one year on - Signals, Themed Reviews and Highlights
Created on Thursday, 27 Oct 2016.
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NIHR Signals: Since its launch over 200 Signals have been published. These are summaries of important health research that aim to cut through the noise and provide decision makers in the NHS, public health bodies and social care organisations with evidence they can use.
New Signals are published every week on the Discover Portal. This is a fully searchable, open access resource that anyone can use, including patients. In addition to explaining why the study was needed, what the study did and its findings, Signals also look at the implications for current guidelines and practice, both in terms of improving care and cost effectiveness.
Patients, carers, health professionals and academics help to decide which abstracts will make the most useful Signals by becoming ‘raters’ (find out more about rating)
Signals are shared on Twitter from @NIHR_DC and people can sign up to receive a monthly bulletin of recent signals in their area of interest.
Themed Reviews: 3 themed reviews have been published to date bringing together key NIHR-funded published and ongoing research around a particular topic.
NIHR Highlights: 4 Highlights to date; they explore a small number of NIHR-funded studies on a particular condition, treatment or issue in health. They examine what these studies can tell us, alongside interviews and blogs from clinicians, researchers and patients.
NIHR committed to push the pace of research
Created on Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016.
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:
- 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.
- Dissemination - improving dissemination to evidence users.
- Metrics - developing metrics or surrogate metrics that track timescales for the whole of the NIHR research journey.
- Evidence user input - ensuring evidence users’ input is used effectively to improve commissioning of research to better meet NHS/wider public health need.
- Peer review - determine what a proportionate peer review system for research applications is, and which is fit for purpose to meet NIHR’s needs.
- Contracting - ascertaining how to retain the benefits of contracts for research, whilst reducing the delay caused by the NIHR contracting process.
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.