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New NIHR nursing strategy released

  Created on Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017. Posted in News Items

A new strategy for research nurses has been published by the National Institute for Health Research that runs up to 2020. Innovation and the use of digital technology, including research nurses being active learners and becoming ‘digital natives’, is one of four key priorities in the strategy. Other priorities include creating a culture in clinical research that is patient and public focused, developing leaders in the profession and improving awareness of the contribution and impact of clinical research nursing.

Changes to consent for children in clinical trials from May 2018

  Created on Monday, 11 Sep 2017. Posted in News Items

A change in the EU Directive 95/46/EC General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects consent conditions for use of data from children within clinical trials where the data is considered identifiable personal data.

Currently, trials may use an opt-out strategy for parents (negative assent).  When the new directive comes into force in May 2018, positive parent assent will be needed to process the data.

Researchers who think their study protocols may be affected should contact their sponsors for more information and advice.

NIHR signs up to WHO initiative on trial registration

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in News Items

NIHR is the latest research funder to sign up to an international joint statement, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), pledging to ensure clinical trials will be both registered and their results released.

The pledge, is in line with NIHR's existing policy on Adding Value in Research, and will mean that all fully funded studies will be required to register in a publicly accessible database and make sure all results are disclosed in a timely way.

NIHR Business of Discovery podcast: 'Role of the funder'

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in News Items

The latest NIHR Clinical Research Network 'Business of Discovery' podcast is entitled 'The Role of the Research Funder' and includes an interview with the British Heart Foundation Medical Director Professor Sir Nilesh Samani. The short audio interview explores how research is funded and what the role of a research funder entails. Listen here. 

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)!