RDS NW e-bulletin – August 2022

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RDS NW e-bulletin

August 2022


The latest RDS national events now available in one place

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) organises a number of events that are open to people nationally. You can now find all our national events on the RDSresources events page. Here are the events still to come.

NIHR Innovation Fund to Reduce Demand for Illicit Substances Information Event

6 September 2022, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, online

The Drug Strategy Innovation Fund is holding a three-phase funding call for research to reduce the demand for “recreational” drugs such as powder cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and nitrous oxide. The fund will support the development and testing of new population-level interventions (phase 1), their evaluation (phase 2), and future roll-out in the community if found to be effective (phase 3). In phase 1, proposals are sought to undertake preparatory work for an evaluation in phase 2.

The application process will open on 14 September 2022 with a deadline for expressions of interest of 28 September 2022, and for submission of applications of 12 October 2022.

The event will be hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) and will provide delegates an opportunity to hear from members of the funding programme team and information about the RDS and the support available for people applying to the programme.

Find out more and register for this information event here.

Invention for innovation: Public involvement – the researcher experience

21 September 2022, 1.00pm to 2.30pm, online

You are invited to join the next in the series of webinars focussing on NIHR innovation funding.

In this session you will be provided with a deeper insight into the importance of Public Involvement in translational research from the researcher’s perspective.

The session will cover:

  • Public Involvement – what, who, where and how?
  • the Public Involvement challenges to the new researcher
  • how researchers can benefit from Public Involvement input
  • top tips.

There will also be a question and answer session.

Find out more and register for this webinar here.

Starting research workshop

22 September 2022, 9.00am to 2.00pm, online

A half-day workshop for health care professionals, social care, and public health practitioners taking their first steps in research.

The workshop will cover:

  • routes into research
  • what makes a good research question
  • establishing the evidence-gap: libraries, literature searches & reviews
  • finding a good supervisor
  • an introduction to patient & public involvement
  • finding training and funding to develop research ideas
  • sources of other support for undertaking research
  • taking first steps in research.

Find out more and register for the starting research workshop.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Online Information Event

27 September 2022, 11.30am to 2.00pm, online

About the event

The session will provide a great opportunity to hear from members of the HTA programme team and funding panel, as well as from successful applicants. There will also be information about the RDS and the support available for people who are applying to the programme.

Who is the event for?

Researchers and health and social care professionals who want to learn more about the HTA programme and the support available to them.

What will the event cover?

The event will cover:

  • an overview of the HTA programme
  • what the funding panel look for in an application
  • experience of previous successful applicant(s)
  • including Public Involvement in your application
  • how the NIHR RDS can support applicants
  • optional one to one session with an RDS adviser – book in advance.

Please note: If you request a one to one session with an RDS adviser we will contact you to request a brief summary of your research idea.

A full programme and further details will be sent nearer to the date of the event.

You can register for the event here.


Public Health and Social Care resources available on our website

A while back we introduced two new section to our website for our Public Health and Social Care colleagues. These pages have now been updated to provide lots more information relevant to Public Health and Social Care research, including:

  • relevant links and resources
  • relevant NIHR funding announcements
  • relevant events
  • quick access to key resources.

Don’t forget we can advise you on your Public Health and Social Care research funding application.  If you have a research idea, come to us and we can help turn this into a funding application.

Request advice on your application.


RDS Impact Guide

This toolkit can be used to help understand impact and consider some of the more practical measures that can be used when undertaking research.

The overall aim is to ensure that impact planning, knowledge mobilisation and implementation issues are considered and embedded into the research design and application development process that then ensures that the planned/intended impacts can be realised both during and at the end of the research project.

It contains a number of questions or prompts, some questions may be more relevant than others depending on the research question, not every prompt has to be used.

Why not ask us for impact advice on your funding application, request advice today.

Request advice on your application.


RDS Blog: From plateaus to launching pads: involving people affected by dementia in research

In the last few years, there has been a concerted effort to improve the inclusion of under-served groups in clinical research.

The barriers to involving people affected by dementia has its own set of challenges.

The RDS guest blog this month highlights the work that has gone into developing key processes to facilitate inclusion and introduces both the 382 Research Network volunteers and the pioneering coproduced Care Home Action Researcher in residence model (CHARM).

Read the blog here.


NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research Mastering the Basics events

There is still time to register for the NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research hybrid programme of interactive webinars, workshops and a face-to-face event that aim to demystify, explain, explore and inspire those with a passion for clinical education research.

Events still to come include:

The Mastering the Basics research training event, on 21 September, is a one-day ‘bootcamp’ that builds on the ‘Mastering the Basics’ webinar series and will guide you through the practicalities of developing your project, assembling your team and submitting a funding bid.


NIHR annual statistics highlight sustained public enthusiasm for participating in research

The latest NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) annual statistics show research participation levels remain at remarkably high levels, following an unprecedented period in research history.

Following an incredibly busy year for NIHR research in 2020/21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has continued to support vital research in phenomenal numbers between April 2021 and March 2022. Over this period, 1,289,937 participants took part in over 4,600 portfolio studies in England.

Take a look at the full report here.


James Lind Alliance (JLA) pilots the new Race Equality Framework

The JLA has been involved in piloting a new Race Equality Framework, designed by the NIHR Race Equality Public Action Group.

The Framework focuses on improving the experience of Black African-, Asian- and Caribbean-heritage communities of health and social care research.

The JLA want to make improvements in their work in order to help challenge the culture of inequity that exists within health and care research. The Race Equality Framework has begun a process of constant review and meaningful scrutiny within the JLA, asking who is excluded from our work and why, and how can we better support the inclusion of marginalised communities.


NIHR tops chart for clinical trial transparency

Research published in JAMA Network Open shows NIHR topping the chart of European medical research funders in implementing best practices for clinical trial transparency as set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The paper presents an analysis of clinical trial transparency processes across 21 of the largest medical research funders in Europe, using best practice benchmarks published in the WHO Joint Statement on public disclosure of results from clinical trials.

Read more on this news here.


Events and webinars

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