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NIHR Training and Career Development Webinar channel

  Created on Monday, 07 Aug 2017. Posted in Toolkit/Database

Collection of webinars from the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre. These webinars are designed for current and aspiring NIHR trainees and cover a variety of topics to help researchers develop their research careers. Each month, a new webinar will be hosted live and recordings will be made available here following the live event. Each live webinar includes a 30 minute question and answer session allowing attendees to get their specific questions answered by experts from across the NIHR and beyond. Previous webinar topics include Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), NIHR Fellowships and Social Media. 

Consultation: draft national standards for public involvement in research

  Created on Monday, 10 Jul 2017. Posted in Public Involvement | Toolkit/Database

A set of national, core standards and indicators for public involvement (PI) in research that can be used by organisations, research projects and individuals to improve the quality and consistency of PI has been developed. The next stage is to engage a wide range of interested groups, organisations and individuals to help review and improve the draft standards and indicators.

Please visit the project website for more detailed information about the consultation process and to access all the resources that might be needed. The consulation will run intil 1 September.


Research Involvement Toolkit

  Created on Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017. Posted in Public Involvement | Toolkit/Database

About the Toolkit:

  • This is a resource for researchers who want to involve people affected by cancer in their research (at any stage). It is not a resource to support researchers with engagement activities, or with recruiting to clinical trials. 
  • It aims to support researchers to plan, deliver and evaluate Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)
  • It’s designed to be easy to use and to meet the researcher needs surfaced in researcher surveys conducted by CRUK and also the Shared Learning Group for Involvement in Research 
  • The Toolkit has been developed to be open access – a single Username and Password has been created so that any researcher (or member of the public/staff) can access the Toolkit
  • The Toolkit will be reviewed and refined on an ongoing basis in order to respond to researcher needs and feedback.

Log in with the following username and password
Username: CRUK\InvolvementToolkit
Password: CRUKInvolvement

The Research Ethics Guidebook

  Created on Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017. Posted in Toolkit/Database

The Research Ethics Guidebook is designed as a resource for social science researchers - those early in their careers, as well as more experienced colleagues. It aims to help researchers find their way through the variety of regulatory processes and procedures that can apply to social science research - signposting to more detailed information along the way, and acting as a prompt for reflection and questioning at all stages of the research process.

Covers the following areas:

  • Research topics and funders
  • Writing your proposal
  • Building ethics into the research design
  • Receiving funding
  • Permission and approval
  • Applying for ethics approval
  • Ethics committee responses
  • Conducting your research
  • Reporting and dissemination
  • Signposting to other resources

Public Health in the East Midlands (Martin Hindle)

  Created on Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017. Posted in Toolkit/Database

Public Health England (PHE) released the health profiles for 2016. It is an excellent resource which holds a huge amount of valuable health and socioeconomic statistics for England. Martin Hindle takes a closer look at the East Midlands data in the EMAHSN blog.

The IDEAL Collaboration

  Created on Monday, 30 Jan 2017. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Methods

The IDEAL Collaboration is an initiative to improve the quality of research in surgery.

  • The model describes the stages of innovation in surgery: Idea, Development, Exploration, Assessment, Long-term study
  • There are a set of recommendations at each stage of the model that have been developed by experts in evidence-based surgery, for example on improving methodology and how to address the challenges of randomized controlled trials in surgery.
  • The IDEAL Framework describes the stages through which interventional therapy innovation normally passes, the characteristics of each stage and the study design types the collaboration recommends for each.

Important tip: recent HTA commissioned calls have mentioned this framework!

NHS Employers’ social media toolkit!

  Created on Monday, 12 Dec 2016. Posted in Toolkit/Database

NHS Employers’ free social media toolkit for the NHS has been updated. The toolkit contains all you need as a communications lead, team or organisation to embed social media in your organisation. Set your SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound) objectives and develop a strategy tailored to your organisation.

The toolkit follows a six stage process to help you formulate your social media strategy in under two hours. The toolkit will:

  • provide you with a framework to help you decide which platforms are right for your organisation
  • give you a selection of social media template policies and processes, to save you time writing and updating your own
  • help you audit your current use of social media.

NIHR BioResource calling for researchers to sign up and access their volunteers

  Created on Monday, 14 Nov 2016. Posted in Recruitment | Toolkit/Database

The NIHR BioResource is a resource of over 100,000 volunteers, both with and without health conditions, who are willing to be approached to take part in research studies. With the capacity to support more studies, the BioResource is looking for eligible research projects to sign up and use the service.

The NIHR BioResource speeds up the process of the study recruitment by targeting specific cohorts of people based on the data, samples and health-related information provided and according to study criteria provided by researchers. Each volunteer has provided a blood or saliva sample and completed a health questionnaire to match them to relevant studies.

Applications are considered for studies looking to recruit participants based on their genotype and/or phenotype and will be reviewed by the NIHR BioResource Scientific Advisory Board. If approved, the BioResource will work with the research team to ensure that the ethics submission and volunteer paperwork are in line with recruitment via the BioResource before screening their extensive database and inviting eligible volunteers to take part in the study.

There are eight NIHR BioResource centres located across Cambridge, Leicester, London, Newcastle and Oxford.



Online Resource for Recruitment research in Clinical triAls (ORRCA)

  Created on Monday, 07 Nov 2016. Posted in Toolkit/Database

The new ORRCA online database is a great resource for trialists seeking to maximise recruitment and trial methodologists who want to explore gaps in recruitment research. Following a review of 40,000 abstracts, a team of researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) recruitment working group and the Health Research Board Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB TRMN) Ireland assessed the eligibility of over 3000 full text articles and categorised their content against recruitment themes.

The database currently contains 1000+ articles with new additions every week. Articles can be filtered against categories such as recruitment theme, research methods, health area, age and gender to help you find relevant research and case studies.

SR Toolbox

  Created on Monday, 31 Oct 2016. Posted in Literature | Toolkit/Database

The Systematic Review Toolbox is a searchable catalogue of tools that can be used to help you do a systematic review. Users can perform a simple keyword search (i.e. Quick Search) to locate tools, a more detailed search (i.e. Advanced Search) allowing users to select various criteria to find specific types of tools and submit new tools to the database.

The Toolbox also contains checklists, guidelines and reporting standards for systematic reviews.