RDS NW e-bulletin – December 2022

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RDS NW e-bulletin

December 2022


Season’s Greetings

We would like to wish all our clients and readers festive greetings and a happy new year. We hope the new year brings you many successful research grant funding applications, with a little help from the NIHR Research Design Service North West, of course.


NIHR Research Design Service Programme Grants for Applied Research Roadshow – Round 1 – Liverpool

16 January 2023, Starting 10.00 am, The Liner Hotel, Liverpool

The NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) team are going on the road to offer the chance to book a one-to-one with members of the PGfAR programme team and advisers from the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) to discuss your proposal. 

Thank you to all the RDS NW adviser who have volunteered to advise on the day.

The event will begin at 10.00 am, starting with a talk from Elaine Hay, Programme Director PGfAR on “What makes a good PGfAR proposal and a look to the future”. Followed by a series of 30-minute one-to-one sessions.

Places can be booked through the Eventbrite listing and we will be in touch to confirm a time slot, send a pre-submission form for a proposal summary, and a full agenda for the session.


Save the date: Researcher Roadshow – Exploring Health Data Science

1 March 2023, 10.00am to 12.00 noon, Online

The RDS, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK), the MRC Regulatory Support Centre and NHS Digital are pleased to offer the opportunity to attend the sixth in a series of virtual researcher roadshows.

This free to attend event is aimed at researchers and others working with health and social care datasets who would like to increase their understanding of roles of health data scientists and value of health data science.

The event will bring together health data scientists from the NHS, academia, and industry and provide insights and perspectives on the important work they do.

This event will include presentations on different roles and careers in health data science and different methods and approaches used by health data scientists.

Speakers will be confirmed in the New Year. 

Provisional registration is available here.


The Role of Public Co-applicants and Patient and Public Involvement Leads in health and care research event resources

On 24 November 2022, the RDS NW organised and hosted the RDS, “The Role of Public Co-applicants and Patient and Public Involvement Leads in health and care research” event.  This very successful event saw over 190 people attend.

A number of resources have been produced as a result of the event:

Thank you to everyone that presented and attended.


RDS blog: Cultural competence and inclusivity in research

The RDS blog this month takes a closer look at cultural competence.

Cultural competence is a process that helps us become more aware of the subconscious stereotypes, biases, prejudices, and judgments that we may hold towards communities.

It’s vital as research seeks to be more diverse in all areas of research, that researchers are aware and reflect on this to improve the quality and success of their research.

Read the December blog here.


NIHR INCLUDE Impaired Capacity to Consent Framework – a new tool for researchers to design more inclusive trials

INCLUDE Impaired Capacity to Consent Framework is a tool for researchers to ensure that their trial is designed to be inclusive of people with impaired capacity to consent, as well as improving the quality of the trial design. It should preferably be used when developing a funding application, however it can also inform later stages of developing the trial such as when drafting the protocol and ethics application.

The framework is intended to be used with all populations who may experience impaired capacity. A toolkit of resources has been developed to support researchers to use the Framework, and collated information and resources on capacity and consent.

As part of improving the inclusion of under-served groups in research, and to help support the NIHR’s Equality, diversity and inclusivity strategy, organisations are being encouraged to signpost applicants and award holders to the Framework and supporting resources.

More general information about improving trial diversity, with links to this new Framework alongside the Ethnicity Framework, can be found on the Trial Forge website.


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Nurses and Midwives – research funding opportunity

The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit’s (RfPB) Under-represented professions and specialisms highlight notice is now live. The full funding call specifications can be found here.

The RfPB programme invites applications from nurses and midwives to this highlight notice addressing NIHR strategy to strengthen careers of under-represented disciplines and specialisms.

You can register for a webinar on the call to be held on the 16 January 2023 at 2.00 pm.  

The call opens on 25 January 2023 and expression of interest should be submitted by 21 April 2023.

The deadline for the call is on 17 May 2023 at 1.00 pm.


NIHR appoints new Head of Sustainability

Dr Sophia Lentzos has joined the NIHR as its first ever Head of Sustainability.

Dr Lentzos has a lifelong passion for environmental causes and sustainability, starting her career in environmental conservation. She then trained as a medical doctor at Nottingham University and started Anaesthesia training in Wessex. Here she continued her passion for sustainability, working as part of the Green Guardian network for the Trust. She also founded the Wessex Green Anaesthesia Network (WES-GAN).

Read more about the new Head of Sustainability.


Events and webinars

NIHR funding opportunities

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