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“The COVID-19 crisis has brought with it many challenges, but few have been as striking as those facing care homes. Working in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners, THIS Institute is seeking to appoint a fellow to lead a study aimed at co-producing a vision for high quality primary care for people who live in care homes and a theory of change for how it might be achieved within current structures and resources.

The successful applicant will remain employed by their own university or organisation, and will be part of a vibrant professional learning community supported by THIS Institute. The fellowship should be completed in 12-15 months, and can be undertaken full-time or part-time (minimum 0.6 FTE). It is expected that the fellowship will begin during Spring 2021.”

Application deadline 22 January 2021

 

To find out more about this opportunity click here

Two opportunities are currently being advertised:

“Opportunity 1

Expressions of interest are invited from senior social care colleagues who are interested in developing social care research in the region.  This one-year post will enable a senior social care colleague to undertake one session (one half day) per week of dedicated research activity.  You will work closely with other members of the project including, an academic colleague from the University of Lincoln (CRN speciality lead for Health Services Research), a fixed term Research Associate, the CRN East Midlands and relevant stakeholders.

The main focus of the post is to understand the research agenda within social care, identify key research priorities and consider how they can translate into NIHR CRN portfolio research.  The role will facilitate connections between academic partners and relevant stakeholders, leading to the development of a network of stakeholders.

Click here for details on submitting an expression of interest.

Opportunity 2

Applicants are invited for a Research Associate for a period of one year to contribute to the development of the social care research culture and research capacity in the area.

Working closely with colleagues from the University of Lincoln and the CRN, the post holder will contribute to a shift change in the priority given to social care research and the achievement of funded research within the region.  The post holder will develop an understanding of the landscape of social care in Lincolnshire and establish a group of key stakeholders who will contribute to the development of social care research awareness and potential research priorities. In order to improve capacity for driving research developments in agreed priority areas the post holder will network and collaborate with social care providers, academic partners and research forums and organisations within the region.”

For more information click here

If any of our ENRICH homes are interested in finding out more, please contact Mo Ray (mray@lincoln.ac.uk) for an informal discussion – this is a wonderful opportunity to help shape social care research in our area.

The National Institute for Health Research are funding exciting new pre-doctoral opportunities for Local Authority and LA commissioned service based individuals.

“This pilot scheme is being designed, alongside a companion pre-doctoral fellowship scheme, to support individuals based in local authorities or local authority commissioned services to develop as health and/or social care researchers.
The scheme will fund individuals of any profession to obtain a PhD by research whilst concurrently developing their professional skills within their existing employment.
Although full details have yet to be formalised, this scheme will be fully salaried and mirror the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme’s doctoral scheme. Prospective applicants should refer to the applicant guidance documentation for that scheme in the interim, ignoring the ICA specific eligibility criteria that pertain to professional status and clinical (as opposed to broader professional) practice.
Eligibility for support will be dependent on a proposal that includes a partnership with, or employment by, a local authority or local authority commissioned service.
This new funding represents a completely new and exciting opportunity for all individuals based within local authorities or local authority commissioned services, but especially for those without social worker or clinician status. Local authority associated clinicians and social workers are welcome to apply for support from this focussed scheme or from the ICA Programme, but cannot apply to both concurrently.”

Indicative timescales

Application forms available: 1 March 2021
Deadline for application submission: Late April 2021
Award uptake by successful applicants: From 1 April 2022
For more information click here

The National Institute for Health Research are funding exciting new pre-doctoral opportunities for Local Authority and LA commissioned service based individuals.

“This pilot scheme is being designed, alongside a companion doctoral fellowship scheme, to support individuals based in local authorities or local authority commissioned services to develop as health and/or social care researchers.
The scheme will fund individuals of any profession to undertake Masters level academic training and prepare an application for a doctoral fellowship whilst retaining their existing employment and practice.
Although full details have yet to be formalised, this scheme will be fully salaried and mirror the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme’s pre-doctoral scheme. Prospective applicants should refer to the applicant guidance documentation for that scheme in the interim, ignoring the ICA specific eligibility criteria that pertain to professional status and clinical (as opposed to broader professional) practice.
Eligibility for support will be dependent on a proposal that includes employment by a local authority or local authority commissioned service.
This new funding represents a completely new and exciting opportunity for all individuals based within local authorities or local authority commissioned services, but especially for those without social worker or clinician status. Local authority associated clinicians and social workers are welcome to apply for support from this focussed scheme or from the ICA Programme, but cannot apply to both concurrently.”

Indicative timescales

Application forms available: 28 January 2021
Deadline for application submission: 18 March 2021
Award uptake by successful applicants: from 1 September 2021
For more information click here

Hannah Flack, Communications Administrator for THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute) at University of Cambridge, would like to draw your attention to a fellowship opportunity.  

The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) is launching a new fellowship to coproduce a vision for high quality primary care for people who live in care homes, and to identify how it might be implemented and achieved within current resources and structures.

The fellowship is suitable for applicants who are currently in post at UK universities or other research intensive environments. Applicants should be experienced and skilled qualitative researchers who can lead the project independently while sustaining excellent relationships with collaborators, patients and families, clinicians, and wider health service stakeholders.”

Deadline for applications is midday, 22 January 2021 

To find out more click here  

 

“The NIHR Doctoral Fellowship funds individuals from a range of health and social care professions to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.

The Fellowship funds:

  • full salary support, including protected time to concentrate on research
  • PhD fees and research costs
  • a bespoke training and development programme to meet individual needs

Applicants from clinical or social care practice are able to include up to 20% clinical time as part of the Fellowship, to ensure the maintenance of their clinical competence whilst undertaking the Fellowship.

Full details of the remit of research funded by the NIHR and eligibility criteria can be found in the guidance notes.”

Click here for more details

“The NIHR Advanced Fellowship funds post-doctoral individuals from a range of health and social care professions who haven’t yet been awarded a chair. Whether you are someone who has recently been or about to be awarded a PhD, or someone with several years of post-doctoral experience, you could be eligible to apply for an Advanced Fellowship.
The Fellowship funds:
  • full salary support, including protected time to concentrate on research
  • research costs
  • a bespoke training and development programme to meet individual needs
Applicants who are active clinicians or social workers can request for up to 40% of their time to be dedicated to clinical service/development/practice, which will be covered by the Fellowship.
Full details of the remit of research funded by the NIHR and eligibility criteria can be found in the guidance notes.”
Click here for more details

NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR)

Call Launch Date: 08 October 2020

“The renewed SPHR will conduct world-leading research in public health which responds to and meets the needs of local populations, local government, public health bodies and public health practitioners, and which addresses the nation’s changing demographics and priority areas for public health research. The renewed school will aim to continue to strengthen research in public health more broadly, build capacity and fund groundbreaking, internationally relevant research that is key to improving public health policy and practice.

There is a strong emphasis within the application for the renewed school on how the potential members have previously contributed to improvements and changes to public health policy and practice and how they intend to fund and support novel and ambitious research projects, programmes and schemes; as well as developing research capacity and supporting the next generation of future leaders spanning academic and practice research.

From 1 April 2022 and for a five year period, funding of at least £25 million will be available to support the school in these functions for both the research and capacity building contracts that the school will deliver.

Stage 1 deadline for submission: Thursday, 28 January 2021 at 1:00pm

Stage 2 (if selected at Stage 1) – Business plan development May/June 2021″

To apply click here 

The NIHR Research Design Service East Midlands are hosting a webinar for Research for Social Care (RfSC).

 “This event supports competition 3 of the annual RfSC call, which launched at the end of September. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from the programme team about what they are looking for in applications and to ask questions to the panel. There is also the opportunity to book a 20 minute slot to discuss your application with our RDSEM team, members of the RfSC team and public contributors.

RDSEM NIHR Research for Social Care Webinar

Date28 October
Time: 1pm-3pm
Venue: Online
Booking: Event is free, please book yourself a slot

Programme:

  • Overview of the Research for Social Care funding call and key priorities – Sue Ziebland (Director of RfPB and RfSC)
  • Reflections from a previous RfSC applicant – Tony Kay (Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Where next and how the RDS can help – Martin Williams (Director of RDS East Midlands and Director of RDS National Office)
  • How can the CRN help with your RfSC application –  Kate Gilmour and Harriet Savage (CRN East Midlands)

This event is being run in the East Midlands but is open to interested researchers across the country.”

“Join practitioners and researchers with an interest in Ageing and Multi-morbidity research in developing competitive grant applications and research proposals. There will be opportunities to pitch potential research projects to the group and focus on developing these ideas further and/or moving the projects forward.

What can you expect to get out of the workshop?

  •  Opportunity to present and discuss a research idea/proposal
  •  Research support with your grant application
  •  Collaboration with research-interested clinicians, practitioners and academics from across the Ageing research community
  • Guidance on funding opportunities and applications
  • Opportunity to develop new ideas and research projects and create new
    networks

If you are interested in submitting a research idea to discuss, please follow this link and fill out the brief form by 5pm Thursday 5th November 2020. If you have any questions or would like to register for the workshop without submitting a research idea, please email Sion Scott (sion.scott@uea.ac.uk).

What is ARC East of England?

The NIHR ARC East of England is a five-year collaboration between researchers, NHS Trusts, local governments, charities and industry partners across the region. We aim to improve care by undertaking applied research which supports NHS and Social Care staff to change practice and look at whether care and treatments are effective and provide good value.

For more information visit us here