Research Design Service: East Midlands

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Podcast about social care research

  Created on Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019. Posted in Webinar/e-learning

Dr Mike Clark, Director of School for Social Care Research talks about social care research and what NIHR is doing to support and improve the evidence base in this crucial area of research. Listen to the podcast

Social care covers accepted models of care that help people live in a dignified way and as independently as possible.

We are moving away from set models of care and towards a more person centred service. This is where adults are assigned a budget for their care, and are supported to organise how it is delivered to suit their needs. Financially social care isn't free at point of contact but instead is means and needs tested. The backbone of delivery still rests heavily with the free support from family and friends, which equates to a value of between 55bn and 100bn per year.

Funding: Research funding into social care falls currently far behind health research but this is starting to change. The school for Social Care Research is currently the main funder of social care research but other NIHR funding streams are gradually including social care into their remit. Unfortunately there are no large charities focused directly on social care, but it might be possible to lobby disease based charities to include a social care element to their research.

Organisation: Social care is organised by local authorities who manage the local market for delivery ie procuring private company services and charities to provide the care. Given the number of local authorities across England that means that there is a very diverse range of systems are in place, making it difficult to generalise any findings. Within the UK there are large differences in the linkup between health and social care with both Wales and Scotland having a more integrated approach to the rest of England.

Data: There hasn't been a general investment in routine data collection within adult social care and as a consequence it limits what kind of research you can do.

Challenges: The issues social care faces across developed countries however remains broadly the same

  • Demographic changes
  • People living longer
  • More people with more complex conditions needing care and support later in life
  • Younger adults with profound disabilities living longer into adulthood as a result of improved health care

Interesting growth area: technology


Feasibility - A Guide for Research Teams - e-Learning Module

  Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in Webinar/e-learning

The CRN North East and North Cumbria has announced the launch of its “Feasibility - A Guide for Research Teams” e-Learning Module.  The module aims to provide research teams with the knowledge to conduct a comprehensive site level feasibility ensuring all commercial and non-commercial studies are of benefit to patients, research teams and their organisations, as well as sponsoring organisations.

You can access the course on NIHR Learn (anyone can create a NIHR Learn account).

CRN offer to the life sciences industry

  Created on Tuesday, 06 Feb 2018. Posted in Webinar/e-learning

This webinar describes how the National Institute for Heath Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network supports the life sciences industry to deliver clinical trials in the NHS in England.

Intellectual Property when applying to NIHR

  Created on Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017. Posted in Webinar/e-learning

This webinar provides an introduction to IP and help researchers understand how they should discuss IP in a funding application.  
'Intellectual property' (IP) doesn't just refer to patents and inventions. The NIHR uses a much broader definition of IP and believes that the vast majority of research that it funds will produce some form of IP. Effective IP management at all stages of research is an important part of delivering long term patient benefit from NIHR funding. This means that researchers applying to NIHR need to be aware of what types of IP they may be producing and also present a compelling strategy for capturing and managing that IP. 
This one hour webinar includes:
  • Why is IP important to NIHR?
  • What is 'background' and 'foreground' IP?
  • What types of patient benefit can be produced by NIHR funded research? 
  • How should you discuss IP in an application to NIHR?

This webinar is presented by Dr Lucy Knight, NIHR Intellectual Property Manager, and Dr Lee Allen, Senior Programme Manager, who are both members of the NIHR IP Unit based at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility in Twickenham, London.

NIHR Webinar: ACF Recruitment Webinar - Recording now available

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in Webinar/e-learning

This webinar included:

  • An overview of the Integrated Academic Training pathway including details about NIHR ACF posts.
  • Details on the recruitment and appointment process including interviews and clinical benchmarking
  • A live Q&A session

Not yet registered, then please follow this link to register first and then listen to the webinar: