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New UK research centre on adult social care

  Created on Thursday, 12 Sep 2019. Posted in News Items

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of UKRI, and the Health Foundation have announced £15 million to develop a unique centre focused on adult social care, with support from NIHR.

The Centre will aim to increase the use of high quality research evidence to improve and support innovation within adult social care.From October 2019, the partners will be inviting suitably qualified and experienced teams to express their interest in applying to be the leadership team for the new Centre and manage its establishment, development and delivery.


New Centre for BME Health website

  Created on Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019. Posted in News Items

New website for the Centre for BME Health https://centreforbmehealth.org.uk/


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)


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.

Financial incentives for patients

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

It is often not clear how best to help people make healthy changes. In the case of tobacco or alcohol consumption, there is good evidence that financial disincentives, such as increasing sales taxes, do deter these harmful behaviours. But these approaches are not suitable in many situations. There is increasing interest in the use of financial incentives, such as small cash rewards, to promote particular desirable behaviours.

Evidence to date about the effectiveness of financial incentives is mixed. The NIHR has funded a range of studies exploring the use of incentives in different circumstances, and how people feel about them. This Highlight explores this evidence and considers how incentives can be helpful in healthcare, for who and in what circumstances.


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.


THIS Institute report explores how NHS staff can get involved in research

  Created on Thursday, 07 Feb 2019. Posted in News Items

The report looks at why and how NHS staff get involved in research, the impact they have when they do get involved, and what it could all mean for the future of research. It also details some of the barriers that prevent NHS staff from engaging with research, and the mechanisms that enable them to get involved.


MHRA Guidance on the Regulation of Medicines, Medical Devices and Clinical Trials in 'No-Deal Brexit' Scenario

  Created on Tuesday, 08 Jan 2019. Posted in News Items

MHRA Guidance on the Regulation of Medicines, Medical Devices and Clinical Trials in 'No-Deal Brexit' Scenario


Interview with Leicester researcher Damian Roland: Fellowship to RfPB award

  Created on Monday, 05 Nov 2018. Posted in News Items

Damian Roland Interview with Dr Damian Roland, Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in paediatric emergency medicine. He was awarded an NIHR fellowship in 2010 and successfully applied for RfPB programme funding in 2015. He has shared his advice on how an RfPB award as an early career researcher can be a stepping stone to a research career.

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.