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Asthma UK – Grant Application Toolkit

  Created on Friday, 05 Apr 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database

Asthma UK have created guidance for researchers writing a grant application for research into asthma. It provides advice on application forms, peer review and finance, and what funders are looking for at each stage of your application.

Health Economic Evidence Resource

  Created on Friday, 05 Apr 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Health Economics

The health economic evidence resource (HEER) tool shows the main cost-effectiveness and return on investment evidence on activities in the public health grant.

Each piece of evidence is summarised across over 20 criteria to provide details on how the results were created and to highlight the inputs and assumptions used in the original studies. This allows users to understand the relevance and apply the evidence to their local setting.

PPI Learning for Involvement - launch of a new website

  Created on Monday, 11 Feb 2019. Posted in Public Involvement | Toolkit/Database

The site offers a range of functions:

  • search for learning resources - guidance, reports, toolkits, books, websites, videos, blogs, MOOCs, etc
  • recommend resources that you have found useful - add them to the site so that others can benefit
  • search training sessions - see what's coming up in your area, or get inspiration about what training you might want to offer
  • add information about training sessions that you are arranging - let people know what you doing and inspire them to do something similar (or invite others to attend)
  • find information about training providers - experienced trainers who can help deliver training sessions on public involvement or associated areas.

The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care

  Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

This document sets out the government’s vision for the use of technology, digital and data within health and care, to meet the needs of all users. It is hoped that the new approach will be further developed collaboratively.

The ultimate objective is the provision of better care and improved health outcomes for people in England. But this cannot be done without a clear focus on improving the technology used by the 1.4 million NHS staff. 1.5 million-strong social care workforce and those many different groups who deliver and plan health and care services for the public.

A tool to help with plain English summaries when reviewing research applications

  Created on Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

This is a highly useful tool called the Plain English Lexicon which may be useful to researchers developing their plain English Summary.

The authors’ of the work say this how it can be used:
"You can look up a word in the lexicon to see how often it’s used and who’s likely to know it. When writing for a mass readership, it’s sensible to favour words that need a UK reading age of 13 or less... Higher-level words may need explaining at the point of use or in a glossary. Some readers will infer the meaning of a ‘difficult’ word from the context or by using a dictionary, but they are then working harder than they may like. Remember, though, that the scores in the lexicon are only a guide and, in the end, you should rely on your own judgement."

Library website of real-world observational studies in cardiometabolic medicine

  Created on Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

ERICAS is a new resource from the Leicester Real World Evidence Unit, providing access to quality assessed real-world observational studies in cardiometabolic medicine.

It provides a central one-stop resource for clinicians, researchers, policy makers and commissioners to access real-world evidence that has been quality assessed by a team of epidemiologists and statisticians and reviewed by a specialist team of clinical faculty members for relevance, importance and clinical applicability.

Articles and clinical reviews are published on the ERICAS website and there is the option to subscribe to an alert system to receive information on articles as they are published.

NIHR launches first open dataset - its funded research portfolio

  Created on Thursday, 26 Jul 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

The National Institute for Health Research has published its first licenced open dataset - a funded portfolio of research. This makes NIHR data accessible all in one place, providing a single source of up-to-date, accurate and reusable data. The dataset, which has been accredited by the Open Data Institute, contains research awards funded by NIHR which were active at any time on or after 1st April 2011. This release streamlines access to NIHR information for researchers, clinicians, decision and policy makers, allowing more informed decisions to be made which can improve patients' lives.

NIHR supports staff in promoting research across the NHS

  Created on Monday, 25 Jun 2018. Posted in News Items | Toolkit/Database

The NIHR has announced the launch of a new package of resources aimed at supporting existing NIHR staff to encourage non-research clinical and care staff, to be more aware of research taking place and support more patients to get involved in research opportunities.

The package includes case studies which explore initiatives that have successfully engaged staff and patients in research and a toolkit which provides resources and materials to help engage a range of colleagues in health research

phinder - connecting public health practice and research

  Created on Monday, 11 Jun 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

Are you a researcher interested in what interventions are out there that need evaluating?  Got an idea for public health research but are unsure how to progress your idea with a public health professional?

Phinder connects researchers with relevant public health professionals with a view to discussing research possibilities, and encourages submissions for funding applications to the PHR Programme through the researcher-led application route. Access the Phinder portal to find out more.

UK Biobank expanded to cover mental health with help from NIHR researchers

  Created on Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018. Posted in Mental Health | Toolkit/Database

Mental health information on more than 150,000 people is now available in the UK Biobank for research into mental health disorders, thanks to work supported by the NIHR. Professor Matthew Hotopf, Director of the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, who chaired the expert working group that developed the questionnaire, said, “Our study suggests that UK Biobank could be a powerful tool for mental health research, and since it is open to all health researchers for work in the public good, we hope to inspire both existing and new users of UK Biobank.”