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Core outcome set - response to COVID-19

  Created on Friday, 01 May 2020. Posted in Priorities | Methods

Many clinical trials and systematic reviews are already underway, or will begin shortly, to strengthen the evidence base for the COVID-19 response. Core outcome sets (COS), showing the outcomes that should be measured and reported in these studies, will ensure that this evidence base will contain, as a minimum, the key information needed by decision makers about the effects of interventions.

COMET core outcome sets for trials and systematic reviews

Don't use James Lind Alliance Priority Setting as a tick box exercise

  Created on Thursday, 12 Sep 2019. Posted in Priorities

Citing the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting (JLA PS) as a reason why the research is important is a good way to justify your research question, however you need to do more that just say that JLA identified it as a priority!

In one or two sentences explain how the JLA PS resulted in the research question being posed. Provide numbers of people involved in the process of setting the priority, where it ranked and what the reasons were for setting it as a priority. Most importantly remember to say what difference answering that uncertainty will make to the NHS and patients.


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.

James Lind Alliance recruiting advisers

  Created on Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018. Posted in Priorities

The James Lind Alliance would like to recruit advisers to join the team. JLA are looking for independent consultants who will contract with the University of Southampton to support and facilitate Priority Stetting Partnerships. 

A solid background in facilitation, project management and chairing is essential, with excellent communication skills and an understanding of the health research landscape. You’ll need to demonstrate a commitment to, and understanding of, the principles of the JLA. Of course, you will need to be passionate about bringing patients, carers and clinicians together to jointly agree on the questions that are most important to the future of health research.

If you are interested one of the senior advisers, Katherine Cowan, has described a typical week for a JLA adviser. Read more at JLA website.

Applications go live from 9 January 

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)