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NIHR launches new campaign to highlight how it supports MedTech companies and drive innovation in the NHS

  Created on Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018. Posted in Industry

New MedTech campaign: Bringing innovation to the NHS is a new campaign aimed at highlighting how the NIHR supports medical technology and device companies (MedTech) to develop their ideas and products for use in the NHS. The campaign has been designed in response to the EU Regulations for medical devices (MDR) and in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR) which were introduced in May 2017 and which are being phased in over five years. The new regulations require companies to generate and publish more clinical data demonstrating the safety and performance of their product. In addition, cost pressures within the NHS have led to an increased requirement for health economic (cost saving) data before a product will be recommended for implementation. The NIHR is ideally placed to support MedTech companies fulfil these requirements.

NHS England Research Needs Assessment 2018 published

  Created on Monday, 08 Oct 2018.

NHS England has published a summary of information and areas for research identified by NHS England’s six national priority programmes. They are:

  • Urgent & Emergency Care (UEC)
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Care
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes and Specialised Commissioning
  • The medical and nursing directorates.

New processes that will simplify arrangements for both commercial and non-commercial research in the NHS will start on 1 October

  Created on Tuesday, 02 Oct 2018. Posted in Costing

There has been continued frustration about the complexity and variation in processes for commissioners and providers agreeing excess treatment costs (ETCs).To address the issues identified, the way in which excess treatment costs are met is changing and a trial period for the new arrangements will roll out from 1 October 2018, through to full implementation in April 2019.

To underpin the new arrangements, a cost attribution tool has been created in partnership with charity funders and research sponsors. This tool provides a standardised approach for attributing the costs of health and social care research and development (AcoRD) across England. As part of their funding applications, researchers will be required to complete this new tool, known as a Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool (SoECAT) for clinical research, which has been developed from the current HRA Schedule of Events. This tool is designed to capture the different costs associated with clinical research and attribute them accordingly. 

Download a preview of the Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool (SoECAT)
Download the supporting guidance for researchers, study teams and sponsors to complete the SoECAT

The emphasis is on simplifying and improving research arrangements is ultimately intended to improve future health and care for patients. For more information and latest updates visit the NIHR website

HRA and MHRA publish joint statement on seeking and documenting consent using electronic methods (eConsent)

  Created on Tuesday, 02 Oct 2018. Posted in Guidance

The HRA have published a joint statement with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), setting out the legal and ethical requirements for seeking and documenting consent using electronic methods. eConsent is an approach sponsors and researchers are increasingly keen to adopt, and enables potential research participants to be provided with the information they need to make a decision via a tablet, smartphone or digital multimedia.

Video: What could a research study of the future look like?

  Created on Friday, 28 Sep 2018. Posted in News Items

A digital future for health research isn't far away. This month Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, closed NHS Expo with his vision of a more tech-driven NHS, harnessing the power of peoples’ innovation and using the NHS and the ground-breaking research that happens in the UK to build an ecosystem of the best healthtech in the world. The NIHR have created a video – ‘Study of the future’ – giving information on how digital technology could change healthcare research in the future.

Scheme to improve truck drivers' health shortlisted for innovation award

  Created on Monday, 24 Sep 2018. Posted in News Items

NIHR-funded researchers who developed a programme to help truck drivers lead healthier lives have been shortlisted for an NHS innovation award.

The researchers from Loughborough University, the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals are in the running for a Medipex NHS Innovation Award for their Structured Health Intervention For Truckers (SHIFT) initiative.
Long distance lorry drivers are exposed to a multitude of health risks associated with their jobs, including long and variable working hours and long periods of sitting. Tight schedules and being on the road can contribute to psychological stress and sleep deprivation. The design of this project was supported by RDS EM.

NIHR supports new journal for adult social care research

  Created on Thursday, 20 Sep 2018.

A new international open access journal for social care research has launched, supported by the NIHR School for Social Care Research.
The open access journal has been commissioned from the International Long-term Care Policy Network (ILPN) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Professor Martin Knapp, Director of the School for Social Care Research, said:

“It is very exciting to see this new journal emerging. The aim is not only to get high-quality research evidence on adult social care out into the public domain, but to do so in a way that puts no restrictions at all on access.”

The first articles in JLTC include findings from three NIHR-funded studies - one on the economics of unpaid caring, another on whether age matters in the social care workforce, and the third on priorities for long-term care resource allocation in England. 

Submissions to JLTC are currently free, and further details can be found on the website. All articles are published online as open access on the journal’s website to encourage maximum impact for all work.

Current and future state of nation’s health revealed

  Created on Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018. Posted in News Items

Public Health England has published a new Health Profile for England report giving the most comprehensive picture of the health of England today and into the future.

The Health Profile for England report covers life expectancy; major causes of death; mortality trends; child health; inequality in health; wider determinants of health; and current health protection issues. Data and evidence contained in Health Profile for England will be used to help shape the forthcoming NHS long term plan.

As a society, people are living longer – life expectancy in England has reached 79.6 years for men and 83.2 for women and we’re healthier at every age group than ever before. However, stubborn inequalities persist – in the richest areas people enjoy 19 more years in good health than those in the poorest areas.

A major theme of the Health Profile for England report is future trends in health, which will aid policymakers to prioritise efforts to prevent ill health not just deal with the consequences.

A tool to help with plain English summaries when reviewing research applications

  Created on Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

This is a highly useful tool called the Plain English Lexicon which may be useful to researchers developing their plain English Summary.

The authors’ of the work say this how it can be used:
"You can look up a word in the lexicon to see how often it’s used and who’s likely to know it. When writing for a mass readership, it’s sensible to favour words that need a UK reading age of 13 or less... Higher-level words may need explaining at the point of use or in a glossary. Some readers will infer the meaning of a ‘difficult’ word from the context or by using a dictionary, but they are then working harder than they may like. Remember, though, that the scores in the lexicon are only a guide and, in the end, you should rely on your own judgement."

Library website of real-world observational studies in cardiometabolic medicine

  Created on Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

ERICAS is a new resource from the Leicester Real World Evidence Unit, providing access to quality assessed real-world observational studies in cardiometabolic medicine.

It provides a central one-stop resource for clinicians, researchers, policy makers and commissioners to access real-world evidence that has been quality assessed by a team of epidemiologists and statisticians and reviewed by a specialist team of clinical faculty members for relevance, importance and clinical applicability.

Articles and clinical reviews are published on the ERICAS website and there is the option to subscribe to an alert system to receive information on articles as they are published.