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New NIHR funding and awards database

  Created on Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019. Posted in News Items | Funding

The NIHR have launched a new funding and awards database covering all of their funding streams, listing current and past projects.

Information on each award covers plain English summary and abstract, as well as the funding amount, investigators, start and end date, funding stream, research type and contracting organisation.


Questionnaire design review service (QuestReviewTM)

  Created on Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019. Posted in Methods

Health Outcomes Insights offers a questionnaire design review service (QuestReviewTM) where they provide a detailed appraisal and report - based on best practice - on any weaknesses in the questionnaire’s design. This is an excellent service for researchers who want to design surveys but don’t have the experience.


Being inclusive in Public Involvement in Health Research

  Created on Monday, 18 Mar 2019. Posted in Public Involvement

NIHR INVOLVE have published 'Being Inclusive in Public Involvement in Health Research guide'. It highlights twelve things to consider when planning your public involvement. 


NIHR promoting theme of research activity following patient need!

  Created on Monday, 18 Mar 2019. Posted in Funding

There is often a mismatch between research activity and the burden of disease which needs to be addressed. The new NIHR theme promoting research activity following patient need hope to tackle this.

Recruiting in needs areas makes sense for a number of reasons

  • ethical: everyone should have the opportunity to engage with research
  • practical: centres naive to research may take some effort to start up but once off the ground they are good recruiters for both current and future studies. Going into these areas also provides the opportunity to engage with new NHS workers and get them involved in shaping the research agendas
  • scientific: the more representative the study population is the more valid the findings will be for the whole of the UK
  • health benefits: it is well known that centres engaging in research have improved health outcomes for their patients

Commissioned briefs from NIHR will now contain hints where they would like researchers to include research naive areas within their study. Maps will be provided indicating disease burden alongside current recruitment to allow researchers to identify where they might engage with new partners.


BAME toolkit toolkit to increase participation in health and social care research

  Created on Thursday, 14 Mar 2019. Posted in Public Involvement

This toolkit aims to capture such best practice and provide researchers with a framework on how to improve the participation of BAME groups in research.

Use the toolkit to develop more relevant research questions, consider engagement of BAME groups in a more structured way, and provide tips on better participation and dissemination of research findings.

The toolkit covers:

  • Section 1: Consideration of the communities which your research needs to involve.
  • Section 2: Undertaking effective patient and public involvement (PPI) in research
  • Section 3: Conducting effective recruitment in BAME communities
  • Section 4: Ensuring cultural competency in the conduct of your research
  • Section 5: Providing effective feedback to research participants
  • Section 6: Recognising the importance of recruiting BAME communities in research: preparing a grant application
  • Top Tips

guidance on the roles and responsibilities of PPI Co-applicants

  Created on Wednesday, 06 Mar 2019. Posted in Public Involvement

The guidance on the roles and responsibilities of PPI Co-applicants have now been published. Hopefully this will provide some much needed clarification on the subject.

 Summary of key points:

  • There is no formal requirement to include a public co-applicant as part of the research team. 
  • Where a public co-applicant is included in a study,a clear description of their role and the reasons why a public co-applicant is joining the team is required. This should express the differences in their role from that of other members of the public involved in the study. Without this information, the presence of a public co-applicant can be seen as tokenistic.
  • The inclusion of a public co-applicant should not be the only contributionfrom members of the public. Good public involvement includes of a diverse range of views, rather than a single perspective.

Recent research design publications February 2019

  Created on Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019. Posted in Literature


New recommendations launched to improve researchers’ feedback to patients and the public shaping studies

  Created on Monday, 11 Feb 2019. Posted in Public Involvement

Guidance for Researchers: Feedback is a new tool providing researchers advice on the best ways to ensure patients, carers, service users and members of public contributing to their work are kept informed of research progress and their input is formally acknowledged.

Public contributors are involved at all stages of the research cycle, from project design, board and panel membership, to taking part in analysis and dissemination. But research by PPI representatives from CLAHRC East of England, who developed the guide, reveals that one-in-five (19%) of public contributors never received feedback for their work.


HTA Programme announce better feedback to their applicants

  Created on Monday, 11 Feb 2019. Posted in Funding

In Hywel Williams, HTA director's message this month he addresses the calls for clearer, informative feedback from the panel.

He pleges to make a concerted effort to provide better feedback especially to declined applications and to ensure that these are clearly written. Guidance has been given to panel members drafting feedback letter covering the 'would you understand it' and would it be helpful to you' points.

However it must be noted that applications often fail to convince the funding committee enough in many areas, but due to time constraints the panel will only communicate those areas where the application fell down. Challenges and rebuttles to the feedback can't be considered once the competitive funding panel has finished their deliberations.


PPI Learning for Involvement - launch of a new website

  Created on Monday, 11 Feb 2019. Posted in Public Involvement | Toolkit/Database

The site offers a range of functions:

  • search for learning resources - guidance, reports, toolkits, books, websites, videos, blogs, MOOCs, etc
  • recommend resources that you have found useful - add them to the site so that others can benefit
  • search training sessions - see what's coming up in your area, or get inspiration about what training you might want to offer
  • add information about training sessions that you are arranging - let people know what you doing and inspire them to do something similar (or invite others to attend)
  • find information about training providers - experienced trainers who can help deliver training sessions on public involvement or associated areas.