RDS NW e-bulletin – February 2022

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RDS NW e-bulletin

February 2022


Come join our team – RDS NW Coordinator job opportunity available – secondments welcome

Application deadline 1 March 2022

There is still time to apply to join our fantastic team. Take on the role of RDS NW Coordinator and become the first point of contact for our service.

We are looking for someone who enjoys dealing with varied enquiries on a day-to-day basis.

You will have excellent administrative skills for servicing meetings and support the planning and organisation of events and excel with maintaining precise records of activity.

You will have day to day oversight of the regional Public Involvement Fund scheme, ensuring smooth payment of any awards claimed and will ensure appropriate records are kept and reported as required.

As we are a regional service the role will co-ordinate and support other service administrative colleagues based in partner universities within the North West region.

Find out more and apply for this role. Secondment applications are welcomed.


There is still time to join the NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) webinar

1 March 2022, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm

The NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) programme team is holding a webinar on Tuesday 1 March 2022 from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm to highlight two forthcoming calls:

Details of how to register for the webinar can be found using the links above and then at the bottom of the page. Request advice from the RDS NW on your HSDR application.


Embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in your research project: Introducing the NIHR Research Design Service’s EDI Toolkit – webinar

30 March 2022, 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm

To improve the quality and impact of the research that NIHR funds, researchers must demonstrate how their research tackles health and care inequalities and overcomes barriers to diverse and inclusive research participation.

To support researchers, the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) has developed an EDI toolkit to support researchers to consider and embed EDI at each stage of their research project, from inception through to dissemination, implementation and impact.

This 90-minute webinar introduces the new EDI toolkit and is a valuable starting point for researchers seeking to develop more inclusive research proposals.

This webinar is aimed at NIHR-funded researchers and NIHR staff who support and review the EDI aspects of funding applications.

Find our more and register here.


RDS Blog: Making a case for the priority of a research topic

Funding applications are judged on a variety of criteria.

The first things that the committee will want to assess before they dig deeper is ‘does this proposal address a known need?’, ‘what knowledge gap or uncertainties will this project answer?’, ‘why does this research need to be done now?’ and ‘what will the impact be if this question is answered?’.

Find out how to justify your research question and how using the James Lind Alliance priorities can support you with this in this month’s RDS Blog.

Read the February Blog here.


NIHR announces changes to the Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic (ICA) Programme

The NIHR Academy has announced a series of changes to the Health Education England (HEE)/ NIHR Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic (ICA) Programme, with the aim of enhancing post-doctoral opportunities for health and social care professionals.

The ICA programme provides personal research training awards for those who wish to develop careers that combine research and research leadership with continued practice and professional development.

Extensive consultation with award holders and key stakeholders has highlighted how non-medical health and care professionals often struggle to maintain and develop research active careers post-PhD, and these changes represent a re-tailoring of the programme to address these issues.

The ICA Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship schemes will be replaced by the HEE/NIHR Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF) Scheme, which will support all post-doctoral research career stages up to pre-Chair, including those wishing to re-establish their research career. Unlike the Lectureships it replaces, the ACAF includes salaried clinical service or practice time to help embed clinical/practitioner academic roles within organisations. 

Find out more about the changes.

Request advice from the RDS NW on your application.


New funding boost for NIHR mental health research in under-served areas

The NIHR has funded more than 100 new mental health projects in areas of unmet need across its research infrastructure, research schools and research funding programmes since June 2021, in its biggest-ever coordinated investment in UK mental health research.

The funding from NIHR’s Mental Health Research Initiative is in addition to NIHR’s existing investment in mental health research.

Mental health problems are the largest cause of disability in the UK and represent an increasing disease burden across all ages. Many regions of the country do not receive the support they need despite having a high prevalence of mental health problems.

Following the 2020/21 Spending Review, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NIHR announced a rapid new Mental Health Research Initiative to help tackle the disparity between regional needs and mental health research activity.

Read more on this news article.


Reporting the impact of your NIHR funded research

The NIHR has a responsibility to demonstrate the value and impact of the research activities it funds and supports.

The NIHR capture qualitative and quantitative data on the outputs, outcomes and impact of our research through Researchfish – an online data collection platform used by research funders globally.

NIHR-funded personal and research programme award holders are asked to tell the NIHR about their outputs, outcomes and impacts in Researchfish annually and for at least five years after the end of the award.

Researchfish is one tool in the NIHR’s toolbox, providing them with detailed information directly from NIHR-funded researchers.

The next NIHR Researchfish submission will close at 4.00 pm on 17 March 2022.

Read further details on reporting impact.


Other events and webinars

Always check with the event organisers/funder for latest information.