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Fast Track Impact Magazine 1st issue

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Impact | Dissemination

Packed full of useful advice, hints and tips, Fast Track Impact Magazine, the first issue of a free magazine for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research, is available to read and download online.

Read the magazine to get all the latest news and research, become more productive and influential online, better understand and track your impacts, and learn new tips to enhance your impact.

This issue features the following highlights:

  • Online impact
    • Answer these 4 questions to using social media to drive research impact
    • How to actually save time in your working day by engaging with social media
    • How to become influential on Twitter the easy way
  • Enhance your impact
    • 5 things you need to get right if you want to successfully engage with the public and stakeholders for impact
    • Do your design skills undermine your credibility and impact?
    • Help!  My stakeholders aren’t interested in my research
    • 4 points to transform your next talk so you transform your audience
  • REF Tips
    • 3 reasons why you should care about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) if you’re not working in the UK
    • How to enhance the reach of your impact

Patients to get faster access to the most cost effective treatments under proposed changes to NICE's process

  Created on Thursday, 27 Oct 2016. Posted in Impact

The proposals are part of a joint consultation by NICE and NHS England that would see the introduction of a ‘fast track’ option for appraising technologies which offer exceptional value for money.

This would mean treatments that are likely to have a cost per QALY (quality adjusted life year) of up to £10,000 would be dealt with more quickly under a ‘lighter touch’ process


Health research impact toolkits and guides

  Created on Monday, 05 Sep 2016. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Impact


Research shows social media is beneficial for sharing and building upon patient experiences

  Created on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016. Posted in Literature | Impact

Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms can be useful tools for helping patients with rare medical diseases exchange knowledge and build communities. 
Not only is patients’ knowledge valuable for peer support within patient communities, it has the potential to add to traditional medical knowledge, especially in cases where this is limited – such as in the case of rare diseases.

The study ‘Health Activism and the Logic of Connective Action. A Case Study of Rare Disease Patient Organisations’, was supported by the Wellcome Trust and published in the journal Information, Communication and Society.


National CLAHRC impact brochure

  Created on Monday, 26 Oct 2015. Posted in Impact | Literature

The National CLAHRC impact brochure features case studies with details successful examples of CLAHRC work and the impact it has had. 

CLAHRCS have high impact in terms of implementation of research findings to save lives, add value and promote partnerships with industry.

CLAHRC East Midlands case studies include:

  • The Leicester Self Assessment and Walking Away from Diabetes - identifying those at-risk from type 2 diabetes, and helping to prevent its onset (pp 5-9)
  • IMPAKT - a software tool for GPs that identifies patients at risk from early onset Chronic Kidney Disease and provides resources for their management (pp 14-15)
  • Emergency Care and Acute Illness - reducing hospital admissions (pp 18-19)
  • Individual Placement and Support - helping people with long term mental health issues back into work (pp 36-37)

Charity funded research is influential and often attracts follow-on funding!

  Created on Monday, 28 Sep 2015. Posted in Funding | Impact

New report published today highlights the UK's uniquely vibrant medical research charity sector. Charities are committed to saving and improving lives through research, and over the last seven years have invested more than £8bn.

Data shows that charities are derisking research: charity-funded projects attract follow-on funding from other charities, government, private and academic funding sources, and attract inward investment from outside the UK.

Charity-funded research also has impact, with over 300 influences on policy and practice reported in the period 2012-14; charity funded research is cited in guidance; people funded by charities provide expert advice to government; and research findings are used to develop new practices.


NIHR Dissemination Centre makes research evidence easily available to decision makers

  Created on Wednesday, 08 Jul 2015. Posted in Impact | Dissemination

Each week the Dissemination Centre will publish three or four 'signals' - short summaries of recently published research, with key findings, an explanation of the implications and an expert commentary. Shortlisted abstracts are read and rated by professionals and patients to help decide which ones should go forward each week.

The Dissemination Centre plans additionally to produce larger digests of research evidence and themed reviews.


Research-active trusts have better patient outcomes

  Created on Monday, 23 Mar 2015. Posted in Impact

The study found that “Research-active Trusts had lower risk-adjusted mortality for acute admissions”. These results were still evident after factors such as the size of the Trust and staffing levels had been taken into consideration.