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Complex health and care needs in older people

  Created on Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018. Posted in Priorities

The NIHR has an on-going Highlight Notice is ‘Complex Health and Care Needs in Older People’.

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes identified at a stakeholder workshop:

  • Frailty,
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care,
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy,
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health,
  • Patient-centred decision making.

Researchers interested in this area should watch this useful video from Professors Chris Whitty, Bruce Guthrie and Tom Walley on the priorities that need to be addressed. 

HTA 'commissioning brief supporting information’

  Created on Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017. Posted in Funding | Priorities

The Heath Technology Assessment (HTA) programme is currently running a pilot, publishing additional documentation for applicants as part of their commissioned calls. The documentation, called commissioning brief supporting information provides a rationale for the call and summarises the existing evidence base as well as relevant work from HTA and wider NIHR (example document)

In additon HTA also publish a list of potential future research topics that are currently in development for commissioned research.

The NIHR 2017 Theme is complex health and care needs in older people

  Created on Monday, 10 Jul 2017. Posted in Priorities

Treatments associated with these conditions account for 70% of NHS expenditure. The aging population and the increase in the numbers of patients with more complex heath needs pose a growing challenge to society and the NHS. Although there is a strong clinical evidence base for the management of individual diseases, there is very little evidence relating to the risks associated with multimorbidity, polypharmacy or the issues of most importance to patients

The NIHR welcomes all relevant applications, and particularly those addressing the key themes identified at the stakeholder workshop:

  • Frailty,
  • Transitions in care, service delivery and models of care,
  • Medicines management/polypharmacy,
  • Promoting healthy ageing/preventing ill health,
  • Patient-centred decision making.

For more information, including opening dates for different programmes, please see the highlight notice.

Identifying priorities for Trauma research

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Priorities

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in partnership with key stakeholders, is holding a workshop in summer 2017 to develop key priorities for future research in trauma. As a healthcare professional, please help NIHR to identify the research uncertainties, questions or themes that you think should be discussed at the workshop (Deadline: 21 April).

Trauma research is very broad and includes simple falls in children and the elderly as well as multiple injuries in car crashes. NIHR is interested in your research ideas across the whole patient pathway: prevention, pre-hospital, in the Emergency Department, definitive treatment for trauma from head to toes, psychological issues and rehabilitation.


Patient and Public Involvement Award EM AHSN

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Priorities | Funding

EMAHSN have opened a third round of funding, following previous successful bursaries for up to a further ten East Midlands groups. Each successful group will receive £1,500. This is a vital contribution for many groups and will contribute towards meeting running costs. The funding will support their fantastic work to promote innovations and the adoption and spread of best practice within patient, carer and public involvement in healthcare delivery and health research across the East Midlands.

Groups can apply for funding up until the 5 May 2017. EMAHSN launched the fund because it recognises that many voluntary groups find it difficult even to cover basic costs such as travel and members’ out-of-pocket expenses. Many groups exist to make sure that experiences of patients and public are at the heart of future decisions about health services – something that is central to EMAHSN and that it wants to encourage and sustain.

Applications for the grants will be considered by the East Midlands PPI Senate, an independent expert group of patients and public with varied health service user experience. The senate supports health and social care organisations to embed patient engagement.

Full details and application for a bursary award

Healthwatch network reveals public’s health and care priorities for 2017

  Created on Monday, 09 Jan 2017. Posted in Priorities

Analysis by the national health and care consumer champion, Healthwatch England, has identified the key issues the public want to see policy makers and health professionals focus on over the next 12 months. The priorities list is compiled on an annual basis to create the top five issues across the country. 

  • Mental Health - including mental health services for children and young people (101 local Healthwatch)
  • Social care – including care homes and services provided in peoples’ homes (78 local Healthwatch)
  • Primary care – such as GP services (51 local Healthwatch)
  • Children and young people’s experiences of health and social care (42 local Healthwatch)
  • The experiences of seldom heard groups, including BAME communities (23 local Healthwatch) 

Ongoing interest in previous research themes!

  Created on Monday, 18 Jan 2016. Posted in Funding | Priorities

Previous NIHR Themed Calls covered a range of topics, such as antimicrobial resistance and dementia. Even though the specific themed calls have closed, the NIHR continues to be interested in receiving applications in any of these areas. Applications can be made to any of the NIHR's funding programmes as part of their usual researcher-led workstreams. 
See list of previous NIHR Themed Calls.

‘The BIG Challenge’ puts spotlight on NIHR obesity research

  Created on Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016. Posted in Priorities | News Items

THE BIG Challenge

The NIHR CRN has launched ‘The BIG Challenge’ splash site dedicated to obesity research.

NIHR is currently supporting research into the condition across 43 obesity-related studies. The site highlights progress in tackling obesity as a result of NIHR studies, and includes patient and researcher case studies, stories and video’s about their experience in obesity research through four selected studies.


Top 10 priorities for research on mild-moderate hearing loss

  Created on Monday, 21 Sep 2015. Posted in Priorities

  1. What adverse effects are associated with not treating mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
  2. Does the early fitting of hearing aid(s) result in increased patient benefit and/or improved cost-effectiveness of the service?
  3. Does the early fitting of hearing aids slow the rate of cognitive decline?
  4. What are the reasons for low hearing aid uptake, use and adherence?
  5. Can new technologies replace hearing aids?
  6. Can stem cell therapy offer a cure for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
  7. Does early identification, diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate hearing loss prevent further deterioration of hearing?
  8. Could new developments to digital hearing aids offer improved speech perception in noisy environments?
  9. How realistic are hearing tests for assessing the everyday hearing abilities of adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
  10. Could the use of real-world sounds to help program hearing aids in clinic (rather than tones or beeps) improve hearing aid effectiveness?

This list is the culmination of the work of a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership and will be sent to commissioners, funders and policy makers.