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Fast Track Impact Magazine 1st issue

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Impact | Dissemination

Packed full of useful advice, hints and tips, Fast Track Impact Magazine, the first issue of a free magazine for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research, is available to read and download online.

Read the magazine to get all the latest news and research, become more productive and influential online, better understand and track your impacts, and learn new tips to enhance your impact.

This issue features the following highlights:

  • Online impact
    • Answer these 4 questions to using social media to drive research impact
    • How to actually save time in your working day by engaging with social media
    • How to become influential on Twitter the easy way
  • Enhance your impact
    • 5 things you need to get right if you want to successfully engage with the public and stakeholders for impact
    • Do your design skills undermine your credibility and impact?
    • Help!  My stakeholders aren’t interested in my research
    • 4 points to transform your next talk so you transform your audience
  • REF Tips
    • 3 reasons why you should care about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) if you’re not working in the UK
    • How to enhance the reach of your impact

Identifying priorities for Trauma research

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Priorities

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in partnership with key stakeholders, is holding a workshop in summer 2017 to develop key priorities for future research in trauma. As a healthcare professional, please help NIHR to identify the research uncertainties, questions or themes that you think should be discussed at the workshop (Deadline: 21 April).

Trauma research is very broad and includes simple falls in children and the elderly as well as multiple injuries in car crashes. NIHR is interested in your research ideas across the whole patient pathway: prevention, pre-hospital, in the Emergency Department, definitive treatment for trauma from head to toes, psychological issues and rehabilitation.


Developing national standards for public involvement in research

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

How do you assess the quality of public involvement in your research? How does a research organisation know if it is doing good, bad or indifferent public involvement? These are questions at the top of the agenda for a partnership between the NIHR and Health and Care Research Wales working with the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. The collaboration is looking to develop a set of national, self-assessment standards for public involvement in research for England and Wales. Having a set of core standards can help everyone to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research by working towards, delivering or exceeding current good practice. 

Over the summer, the team plan to involve potential users of the standards – members of the public, researchers, public involvement leads, research managers, funders and others – in reviewing and improving a set of draft standards and indicators.If you're interested in getting involved, visit the project website for more information.  

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

NIHR i4i Panel Newsletter February 2017

  Created on Thursday, 02 Mar 2017. Posted in Funding

The Invention for Innovation panel newsletter contains the following details:

  • A snapshot of the current i4i portfolio
  • The role of i4i in the UK medtech funding landscape
  • Dates of the latest Product Development Award (PDA) calls
  • Re-launch of the i4i Challenge Award with a mental health theme
  • i4i in the news
  • Highlights from the i4i secretariat
  • Changes to the i4i PDA panels

Removing the ‘gag’: involving people with dementia in research as advisers and participants

  Created on Thursday, 02 Mar 2017. Posted in Literature

Removing the ‘gag’: involving people with dementia in research as advisers and participants Jenni Brooks, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, Sheffield Hallam University; Nada Savitch, Innovations in Dementia; Kate Gridley, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York


People with dementia are often excluded from taking part in research because of perceived difficulties in consent, capacity and communication. We argue that involving people with dementia in research is important, and describe how we involved people with dementia as both advisers and participants in research about the use of life story work.

Researchers worked in partnership with Innovations in Dementia, who supported a network of advisers with dementia. Focus groups were arranged to ensure meaningful contributions by people with dementia. It was difficult to use standardised quality-of-life measures, and we describe the challenges faced with capacity and consent, recruitment and selection, and data collection.  We suggest there is a need for (a) new tools for measuring quality of life of people with dementia which do not require participants to respond in prescribed ways, and (b) ethics and consent processes which are appropriate for non-medical research and which facilitate the involvement of people with dementia.

Read the full paper on:  (see page 3 - 14)

Going the Extra Mile: public involvement workshop report

  Created on Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

In December 2016, the Central Commissioning Facility hosted a workshop that began to explore this in relation to the NIHR's 10 year vision and ambitions for public involvement, as set out in Going the Extra Mile.

The workshop report:

  • Outlines the focus of the day

  • highlights some of the issues raised in discussion

  • provides links to access all the slide sets and reports from the day.


The Research Ethics Guidebook

  Created on Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017. Posted in Toolkit/Database

The Research Ethics Guidebook is designed as a resource for social science researchers - those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues. It aims to help researchers find their way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research - signposting to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process.

Covers the following areas:

  • Research topics and funders
  • Writing your proposal
  • Building ethics into the research design
  • Receiving funding
  • Permission and approval
  • Applying for ethics approval
  • Ethics committee responses
  • Conducting your research
  • Reporting and dissemination
  • Signposting to other resources

Guidance for Embedding Patient and Public Involvement Champions within Applied Health Research Programmes

  Created on Monday, 20 Feb 2017. Posted in Public Involvement

This Guidance has been written by CLAHRC Wessex for:

  • researchers looking for a blueprint to support the embedding of patient and public involvement within their applied health research and implementation programmes
  • experienced patient and public contributors wishing to assume a more strategic role within programmes of applied health research
  • health research and implementation organisations (including managers and patient and public involvement leads) seeking to enhance their work with a sustainable model of public involvement

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)!