RDS News - August 2017

Welcome to the eBulletin from the Research Design Service South West (RDS SW), keeping you updated with the latest news, events and communications from the RDS and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Research Advice Clinics - Exeter

- Are you a healthcare professional with a great idea for research in health or social care?

- Would you like some advice on developing a funding application?


From September to December we will be holding research advice clinics at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford).

Come along for an informal chat about your research ideas with our advisers - no booking necessary.
Find out more.
Patients benefit from improved access to research studies across West of England

Research is firmly embedded in general practices in the West of England, as shown by top ten positions for a number of CCGs according to latest figures published by the NIHR in the 2016-17 NIHR Research Activity League Table

Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “The increase in the number of clinical research participants last year and the improvements we are seeing in studies delivering to time and target are fantastic achievements that are contributing to better health and care outcomes in this country.

“Researchers can be more confident of being able to complete their studies, and more patients will benefit from new and better treatments becoming available.

“Overall, 65 per cent of trusts increased their research activity in 2016-17, demonstrating the growing appetite for research within the NHS." 

Find out more.
Terms of engagement for patient participation

The BMJ has a new article by Tessa Richards on ‘Terms of engagement for patient participation’. The article explains how input from patients and carers into health research, policy, service design and medical education is sought and how the terms under which they do so need clarification.

Find out more.
Latest funding calls and other opportunities

Funding deadline calendar
For an overview of NIHR calls and ongoing funding opportunities, please see our funding deadlines webpage.
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme - commissioned workstream

The Health Technology Assessment (HTA)Programme funds research about the clinical and cost effectiveness and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. HTA research is undertaken where some evidence already exists to show that a technology can be effective and this needs to be compared to the current standard NHS intervention to see which works best.

The HTA Programme is currently inviting applications to its commissioned workstream. The closing date for applications is 1pm, 30 November 2017. Find out more and apply.
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme - researcher-led workstream

The PHR Programme funds research to generate evidence to inform the delivery of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health. The scope is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a wide range of interventions that improve public health.

The PHR Programme is currently inviting applications to its researcher-led workstream. The closing date for applications is 1pm, 21 November 2017. Find out more and apply.
Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme - Competition 34

Applications are invited for research proposals that are concerned with the day-to-day practice of health service staff, and which have the potential to have an impact on the health or wellbeing of patients and users of the NHS. As a response mode researcher-led programme, RfPB does not specify topics for research, but encourages proposals for projects which address a wide range of health service issues and challenges.  

The closing date for applications to competition 34 is 1pm, 22 November 2017. Find out more and apply.
 
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