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New health services research toolkit launches

  Created on Friday, 05 Jul 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database

The NIHR has launched a new toolkit for researchers, to help them deliver the high quality health services research that the NHS needs.
The Health Services Research Toolkit is a national resource which brings together ideas, guidance and support in one place.


New website makes it easier than ever to be part of research

  Created on Friday, 05 Jul 2019. Posted in News Items

Be Part of Research website aims to make it easier for the public to take part in UK research. (The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has now been replaced with Be Part of Research)


HTA update: no more feasibility studies funded in researcher-led scheme!

  Created on Wednesday, 03 Jul 2019. Posted in Funding

HTA has decided to no longer fund feasibility projects in its researcher led workstream. This is due to the fact that they are often costed at 4 times the equivalent of a feasibility project going to RfPB, they're over engineered and its difficult to judge value for money as the size and effect of a main trial remain obscure.

Instead HTA would like to see full trials with robust internal pilots to evaluate key feasibility outcomes and will fund such projects through staged payments.

HTA will continue to fund feasibility studies though it's commissioned workstream where the work is deemed to be absolutely essential and isn't likely to be funded selsewhere.

Lastly if a clinical trial is submitted to HTA based on a feasibility study you need to ensure that along side feasibility there also needs to be a convincing efficacy signal otherwise its unlikely to be funded.

 


Update on co-production from Gary Hickey

  Created on Monday, 24 Jun 2019. Posted in Co-production

An update from Gary Hickey, NIHR INVOLVE: Our work on co-production continues to gain traction. We recently co-hosted, along with colleagues from the Centre for Public Engagement, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London and University College London Centre for Co-production in Health Research a successful event on ‘Co-producing Research: How do we share power?’ Next up is a Research Medical Society and BMJ co-sponsored event ‘Research co-production: What it is and how to do it’. This will be followed by a presentation at the Social Care Institute for Excellence event on ‘Sharing Power’ as part of National Co-production Week. Our work is also being referenced in publications on co-production, for example a recently released Carnegie Trust UK piece of work ‘The many shades of co-produced evidence’. Finally, please look out for an upcoming publication ‘Co-production in Action’. This will be the first in a series of three publications providing examples of co-produced research in practice.


RDS Newsletter - Spring 2019

  Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Posted in RDS EM Newsletter

RDS EM newsletter with an editorial on the minimum clinically important difference - effect size. Associate Professor Damian Rolands shares to story of his journey from an NIHR fellowhip to gaining RfPB funding as a new investigator and our Noticeboard is full of toolkits, databases and templates to help you with your applications.


Impact evaluation (Advanced): Understanding options, choices and practice

  Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Impact

This is a Social Research Association course on Impact evaluation (cost: £270 full day event). See website for course dates

The course will cover:

  • ● The nature of advanced evaluation, how it relates to programme theories and its practical use?
  • ● An introduction to different types of ‘advanced’ evaluation – and the principal of proportionality in design.
  • ● The governments Magenta-Combined and other practical guidance – and it usefulness for meeting evaluation needs of publicly-funded programmes or initiatives.
  • ● The cost-effective use, and combination, of sophisticated evaluation designs - what methods are best suited to what needs and in what circumstances.
  • ● Experimental, quasi experimental, and non-experimental methods in understanding attribution and ‘new’ alternative ways of looking at qualitatively assessing causality.
  • ● Stakeholder and beneficiary engagement; being aware of and addressing ethical issues in selecting participants.

Tips and guidelines on questionnaire design all in one place

  Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Guidance

Questionnaire Design Resource Centre is a library of tips and guidelines on questionnaire design. It's been created to help researchers better understand the challenges of collecting survey data, improve knowledge in health and market survey questionnaire and clinical outcome assessment measure design.

 


New interactive costing tool for industry

  Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Costing | Industry

The NIHR has launched a new web-based costing tool for industry - which will enable faster and more efficient costing and contracting between the life sciences sector and the NHS during the study set-up phase. The online iCT will complement the existing Excel-based Industry Costing Template and both will continue to be available through the NIHR CRN Study Support Service Early Contact and Engagement service.


Priorities for local NHS research and innovation in different regional areas in England published

  Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in Priorities

The National Survey of Local Innovation and Research Needs of the NHS was commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I), NIHR and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). The report presents findings from a survey of local health stakeholders, including clinical leaders, managers and directors, within each of the England’s 15 AHSN regions, to identify the local NHS innovation and research needs. The project aims to help the AHSNs, research funders and research practitioners ensure their work will address the specific local NHS challenges and address the health and care needs of the local population.


12 actions to support and apply research in the NHS

  Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2019. Posted in News Items

12 point action plan to ensure the NHS keeps and improves it's position as being one of the most attractive places in the world to
undertake research in the life sciences.

Simplify NHS research processes:

  • Manage excess treatment costs better.
  • Eliminate delays in confirming multi-site trials.

Articulate the NHS’s own research priorities better:

  •  Set out research priorities for national NHS programmes.
  •  Increase research focus and capability on value and cost.
  • Set out local NHS research and innovation priorities of Academic Health Science Networks and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

Enhance our data infrastructure:

  • Increase GP practice participation in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.
  • Back 3-5 local NHS systems as they create interoperable local care records that are also research-ready.

Support advanced research into leading edge technologies:

  • Develop the NHS genomic medicine service.
  • Develop the application of artificial intelligence in pathology and radiology at scale.

Improve and simplify our adoption ecosystem:

  • Use NHS England’s specialised commissioning and commercial medicines clout, combined with NICE appraisals, to drive faster uptake of affordable, high impact innovation.
  • Back AHSNs to become the main local NHS delivery vehicle for spreading innovations.
  • Review and simplify the number of different national innovation projects and programmes.