Case studies

Improving quality of life through the routine use of the Patient Concerns Inventory for head and neck cancer patients (PCI-QOL)

The NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) provides advice on all aspects of developing a research funding application in applied health or social care. Prof Simon Rogers was successful in securing funding from the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme for the PCI-QOL project, a collaboration between the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edgehill University, where Simon is a Professor, and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he is a consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. During the development of the funding application, Simon sought advice from the RDS NW, which Simon commented as being,…

A psychological intervention for suicide applied to patents with psychosis: the CARMS trial (Cognitive AppRoaches to coMbatting Suicidality)

The CARMS project is funded by the Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme, an MRC and NIHR partnership, 13/161/25. *The EME Programme is funded by the MRC and NIHR, with contributions from the CSO in Scotland and NISCHR in Wales and the HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. The Research Design Service (RDS) provides free research design and methodological advice to people intending to apply for national peer reviewed funding competitions in applied health and social care research. Many of these funding programmes have a two stage application process, whereby the applicant completes an outline of their…

Professor Andrew Weeks: The post partum haemorrhage (PPH) Butterfly – clinical testing and commercial development

Post Partum Haemorrhage (PPH), loss of blood after childbirth, is a common maternity emergency affecting 40,000 women across the UK each year. The incidence and severity of PPH is increasing and novel treatments are urgently needed. The most common cause is failure of the womb to contract, and drugs are first administered to stimulate the womb to contract. If these fail, then the woman is taken into an operating theatre to find the source of the bleeding, and physical methods used to stop the bleeding under anaesthetic. A device that could simply ‘turn off the tap’, without the need for…

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