The King's Fund dementia friendly environmental assessment tools for wards, hospitals, care homes, housing and health centres were launched in 2014 and are now hosted by the Association for Dementia Studies. They are widely in use both nationally and internationally and are freely available to download at https://ext-webapp-01.worc.ac.uk/kings_fund
Created on Monday, 20 Jan 2020. Posted in Guidance
Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) have created a brief summary advice on key topics for novice, ealry career and experienced researchers. Each guide has a top 10 tips sheet
Created on Friday, 17 Jan 2020. Posted in Funding
The HTA vlog this month talks about dealing with delays in projects and how to manage funds wisely.
Trials sometimes face delays in start-up due to negotiating contracts, study drugs and placebos manufacture, data linkage agreements or in completing the feasibility stages of the project. These delays have a knock on effect for the completion date of trials that require a contract variation for extra time and money. Requests for extra funds however are not easily granted as they are viewed in competition with new funding proposals. Research teams need to make it as attractive as possible to funders to grant extensions. One way to do that is to show that you've been a good guardian of public funds and during the delay period you've built up an underspend which can be off set against the contract variation to complete the project.
Measures to build up an underspend could be suspending payments to those not working on the project during the delay period or redeploying trial staff until they are needed. It's always good to keep the sponsors and HTA secretariat informed about delays and your plans to mitigate costs. Although underspend needs to be returned on an annual basis to comply with the government's annual reconciliation rules the underspend returns will not affect the overall funding envelope agreed with the programme and can be used in the extension period.
Created on Friday, 17 Jan 2020. Posted in Design Tips
Doing public involvement in the right way
Improve plain English summary (PES)
Description of public involvement in grant applications
Value of PPI to research design
Clarity of public co-applicants
Having the right people involved
This review brings together nine recent NIHR studies looking at how NHS organisations use patient feedback to make improvements to services. Evidence ranges from online ratings to real-time feedback in different settings, from hospital wards to general practice and mental health.
This research can help health providers to make best use of patient surveys and other data from patients on their care. Studies found that more effort has been spent on collecting data, with less attention to how it can be used to improve services. Findings included the need to integrate patient experience data and activity with other quality improvement work in trusts. Research also shows the importance of positive feedback and how online and unsolicited responses can be used alongside survey data to make a difference.
Created on Monday, 06 Jan 2020. Posted in Literature
Finding Evidence to Support Your Research Proposal Video Series: 4 short videos which are a mix of powerpoint presentations and some demonstrations with accompanying audio.
Created on Monday, 16 Dec 2019. Posted in News Items
On 1 October, CLAHRC East Midlands became Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands. The new funding will allow vital work to take place to tackle the region’s health and care priorities, putting in place more evidenced-based frameworks to drive up standards of care and save time and money.
ARCEM's work will be in line with the following six themes:
The reports library tool aims to help researchers search thousands of reports produced by local Healthwatch. Curently the tool holds 2,391 Healthwatch publications about health and care services, made up of over 420,000 views
Created on Monday, 16 Dec 2019. Posted in News Items
The latest figures for the Health Survey for England have been released by NHS Digital, monitoring trends in the nation’s health and featuring new data on gambling, asthma and longstanding conditions.
The Health Survey for England, 2018 surveyed just over 10,000 adults and children to bring together data on conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, adult and child weight, smoking, drinking and physical activity.
Other information available includes figures on fruit and vegetable consumption, social care for older adults and e-cigarette use.
The Health Survey for England is commissioned annually by NHS Digital, the survey is carried out by NatCen Social Research in conjunction with University College London, who co-author the report with NHS Digital.
Created on Monday, 16 Dec 2019. Posted in Guidance
The Multiple Condition Guidebook is a collection of case studies and practical solutions to help local areas improve health and wellbeing.
This work showcases 10 examples of how local areas and frontline professionals across health, social care, the VCS, local government and beyond are responding to the challenge of how to provide better care to the 15 million people in England living with multiple long-term conditions. The intention of these resources is to provide local practitioners with practical insight and to create conversations to bring about change at scale.