Created on Monday, 16 Apr 2018. Posted in News Items
BestEvidence is free web-based mobile app that facilitates real-time searching (at the point of patient care) for the best available research evidence to inform health care decisions.
BestEvidence can be accessed via the browser on you smartphone or tablet at www.bestevidence.info. (To add the BestEvidence icon to your phone just select “Add to home screen” from the browser menu.)
Created on Wednesday, 11 Apr 2018.
The provision of the NIHR Fellowship Programme has changed. Here are the new four levels of fellowship available and a diagram mapping how the old schemes fit with the new programme.
Aim: To support individuals with the potential and on a trajectory to become future leaders in NIHR research.
Funding: Four levels of NIHR Fellowship award are available:
At each level of fellowship there will be opportunities to apply for jointly funded fellowships with either a charity or industrial partner. Additional specific eligibility criteria will be available for co-funded fellowships.
Process: The majority of fellowships will be awarded in response mode but a strategic component will also be introduced. Strategic themes will form the areas that will be prioritised for any given round of funding (areas of high importance, specific research skills or methodologies, or professional groups).
Website: NIHR Fellowships
Mental health information on more than 150,000 people is now available in the UK Biobank for research into mental health disorders, thanks to work supported by the NIHR. Professor Matthew Hotopf, Director of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, who chaired the expert working group that developed the questionnaire, said, “Our study suggests that UK Biobank could be a powerful tool for mental health research, and since it is open to all health researchers for work in the public good, we hope to inspire both existing and new users of UK Biobank.”
Created on Monday, 09 Apr 2018. Posted in Costing
Working out the costings for an NIHR grant should be done with experts in the leading institution where the money will be held, but if you want an overview of what kinds of things can be costed into a bid and how accurate your costings are expected to be then take a look at the NIHR's finance document.
Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in Public Involvement
A set of national standards designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research has been developed through a UK-wide partnership over the last 18 months building on previous work in this area. The partnership brings together members of the public with representatives from the National Institute for Health Research (England), the Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), Health and Care Research Wales and the Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), working with an independent expert.
The standards aim to provide people with clear, concise benchmarks for effective public involvement alongside indicators against which improvement can be monitored. They are intended to encourage approaches and behaviours that will support this.
The six standards are a description of what good public involvement looks like, designed to encourage self reflection and learning. They are not designed as rules, or to provide fixed ideas about public involvement in research.
Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in Co-production
Published by INVOLVE Co-producing a research project is an approach in which researchers, practitioners and the public work together, sharing power and responsibility from the start to the end of the project, including the generation of knowledge.
This guidance is a first step in moving toward clarity about what is meant by co-producing a research project. It explains the key principles and features of co-producing a research project and suggests ways to realise the principles and key features. The guidance also outlines some of the key challenges that will need addressing.
Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in News Items
Researchers want their work to be used and useful, but may not always understand the context in which decisions are made. Most health and care organisations aim to base decisions on the best available evidence, but accessing and interpreting the right evidence at the right time is hard. Researchers need to do what they can to make their research as useful as possible to those making decisions under pressure.
The NIHR has funded six particular studies in the past five years on the use of evidence by commissioners. This research highlight includes studies into the behaviour of individual managers and the way in which commissioning organisations make sense of and use research information when making decisions.
Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in Dissemination
Effective dissemination is about getting the findings of your research to the people who can make use of them, to maximise the benefit of the research without delay. The NIHR have released a guide for researchers who are applying for funding or have research in progress. It is designed to help you plan your dissemination and give your research every chance of being utilised.
Created on Friday, 23 Mar 2018. Posted in Dementia
Despite dementia being one the biggest global health challenges we face – five times fewer researchers choose to work in dementia than cancer. A key objective of the new website is around addressing this issue by encouraging and supporting emerging talent to get involved in dementia research.
The website, developed by the office of the National Director for Dementia Research, provides a variety of support and resources for early career researchers – covering everything from jobs and funding opportunities, how to produce grant proposals, opportunities to ‘ask a dementia expert’, and a range of podcasts.
The site also features an online community – helping early career researchers to stay in touch or collaborate with their peers, share ideas and best practice, or network through the website’s forum and messenger service.
Created on Friday, 23 Mar 2018. Posted in News Items
The HRA has welcomed two new agreement templates that will make it easier for life-changing medicine and vaccine research and development to take place across different parts of the UK.
The February 2018 Model Clinical Trials Agreement (mCTA) and Clinical Research Organisation Model Clinical Trials Agreement (CRO-mCTA) replace country-specific versions and mark a significant step in streamlining commercially sponsored trial set-up across the UK health service, cutting out unnecessary administration.
The latest templates will be able to be used across the whole of the UK and have been updated to reflect current practice and regulations. The templates, guidance document and information on how to give feedback can be found in the ‘templates and supporting documents’ section of IRAS Help pages.