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“The committees play an important role in helping us deliver our mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.  Through funding by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

We are looking for people who have a broad interest in health, social care and actions to improve public health and address health inequalities.

You do not need to have a scientific background to help us shape research!  We are looking for people who are able to use their own experiences to improve the research we wish to fund.

The NIHR is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work. We recognise public contributors may encounter barriers to involvement. We will take steps to ensure we are as accessible and inclusive as possible. We want to increase the diversity of our public contributors and the voices heard in research, and are trying to take positive steps to improve representation in our committees.

For more information about the role and how to apply, visit the NIHR website: Public Committee Member – NIHR Programmes

We would be happy to answer any questions about these opportunities and provide guidance and support on the application process, please contact us by email: “

“The next RDS South Central Pre-Submission Review Panel (PSRP) will take place in December 2022.The PSRP is a service that allows researchers to submit their draft health or social care grant application for review by a group of experienced methodologists, clinicians and a lay representative, who collectively critique the strengths and weaknesses of the application and provide feedback. Your draft application will be reviewed by our team and you will be provided with detailed feedback on your proposal in early/mid-December.To be eligible:
  • You must be developing a research application for submission to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or another open, national and peer-reviewed applied health or social care research funding programme.
  • You must be based at or collaborating with an organisation from the RDS South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire).
If you would like your project to be reviewed, please email us as soon as possible (as availability for reviews is limited), and by 18th November at the latest. Please tell us the following when you contact us:
  • The funding programme you are applying to;
  • The deadline of the funding programme you are working to;
  • The organisation from the South Central region you are based at or collaborating with.
To register your interest, or if you have any questions, please email”

About this event

“Social care aims to help people remain independent, retain their dignity and achieve a better quality of life. There are many challenges in delivering social care. Research has potential for enhancing these services. However, research can be perceived as disconnected from the realities of everyday practice and/ or experiences of care and support. Research with and for social care needs to answer questions that matter for people using the services or providing support and care.

In this first #CRED-TALK you will hear from social care and research partnerships supporting the use and/or production of research relevant for social care. Four partnership teams will each have 5 minutes to explain the who, what, where, why and how of their partnership and activities and there will be plenty opportunity for discussion.

We will be hearing from:

Chair: Professor Deborah Sturdy

Peter Hodkinson and Karen Spilsbury: NICHE-Leeds: A care and science partnership enhancing quality in care homes

Ann-Marie Towers and Olivia Trapp: The Kent Research Partnership: building research capacity in adult social care

Neil Chadborn: Teaching and Research in Care Homes in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Louise Marsh and Anne Chafer: Introducing research to Care Home & Home Care sectors

Date and time

Location – Online

Hosted by NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex, lead ARC for Ageing and Dementia.”

Health Data Research UK North (HDR UK) and NIHR Yorkshire and Humber invite you to register for our Care Homes Research Workshop.

This event will provide a platform for researchers, stakeholders and public and patient representatives from across the Care Home sector to come together and discuss the latest research within the field. The workshop will be split into two sessions; the first will include a panel discussing how to make research findings useable in care homes and a second session will discuss future research priorities in the sector.

Venue: INOX The University of Sheffield

Date: 20th October 2022

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

The order of the day is as follows:

12:00 – 12:45   Welcome Buffet Lunch

12:45 – 13:00   Introductions and Welcome by Professor Peter Bath and Carl Marincowitz

13:00 – 13:15    Liz Jones, Policy Director & Professor Julienne Meyer National Care Forum –  The view from the care home: benefits and challenges of research

13:40 – 13:55    Duncan Chambers University of Sheffield – Reducing unplanned hospital admissions from care homes: an updated and extended systematic review

13:55 – 14:25    Panel discussion and questions: Making research findings useable in care homes

14:25 – 14:45    Refreshments

14:45 – 15:00    Academic Health Science Network (Speaker TBC) – National work stream managing deterioration in care homes

15:00 – 15:15     Professor Suzanne Mason University of Sheffield – Evaluation of use Health Call app in care homes

15:15 – 15:30     Professor Karen Spilsbury & Peter Hodkinson (Chair of Leeds Care Association and Managing Director of Westward Care) – NICHE Leeds: A care and science partnership enhancing the quality in care homes

15:30 – 16:00    Panel discussion and questions: Future research priorities

16:00 – onwards  Refreshments and networking


Please register to join us by clicking here

What is the Starting Research Workshop?

A free to attend, half-day session, on how to move from thinking about doing research to taking your first steps in getting support, dedicated time and funding to actually do it.

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

Who should attend?

This event is relevant to health care professionals, social care and public health practitioners who are thinking about research.

Whilst much of what will be presented and discussed will be of general use, the Q&A panels will be regionally based, and will consist of people with specific knowledge concerning training, funding and other support available in South Central (including Wessex), East Midlands and East of England. If you are unsure of where you are, see below:

  • South Central: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight
  • East Midlands: Derbyshire. Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland
  • East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

What to expect on the course

  • Time and Date: 09:00–14:00 on Thursday, 22nd September, 2022. There will be optional one-to-one sessions with RDS advisers from 14:30 in the afternoon.
  • Venue: Online
  • Content: Presentations and Q&A panels

Enquiries to:

  • Please note that places at this event are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first-come – first-served’ basis.
  • If you are booking a one-to-one session, following confirmation of your place, you will be asked to complete a very brief summary about your research idea prior to the event.


The NIHR Research Design Service can offer expert advice and support on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies. To find out about your local RDS, go to

This event is being run by RDS South Central. If you are based in the South Central region of England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) and would like to request free advice and support directly from RDS South Central, please complete our online ‘Request for Support’ form.

How to apply Public Involvement Effectively to your Research Application
“An integral part of research that is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is to ensure that patients, carers, service users and the public have the opportunity to shape and influence the relevance, quality and impact of our health and care research.

This 75-minute webinar is aimed at researchers applying for NIHR Fellowship Awards and staff accountable for public involvement.

The webinar will cover:

* NIHR’s definition of public involvement
* UK Standards for Public Involvement in Research
* Guidance on co-producing a research project
* The support Research Design Service (RDS) provides for researchers in regards to public involvement
* What NIHR is looking for in the public involvement section of the researcher’s application
* Payment and recognition for public involvement.

By attending this webinar you will discover:

* How to incorporate your public involvement programme successfully to your research
* Insights from a fellow researcher and public involvement representative that you can apply to your programme of work.

The webinar will be facilitated by Linda Onerhime-Prince, PPI Manager, NIHR Academy and Steve Blackburn, PPI Lead at the RDS West Midlands and chair of the National RDS Public Involvement Community.

They will be joined by an NIHR researcher and public involvement representative who will share real life examples of the importance of public involvement in research and how to apply public involvement effectively.”

Date: July  6, 2022   Time: 01:30 BST

Registration required



“The Research for Social Care (RfSC) call is inviting research proposals that will generate evidence to improve, expand and strengthen the way social care is delivered for people who draw on social care support and services, carers, and the public.

RfSC research is expected to have a high degree of involvement from relevant users of social care and social care practitioners throughout the research.

RfSC welcomes high-quality proposals from researchers and practitioners that are focused on:

  • Social care needs and relevant outcomes (which could be quality of life, improvement of social care and other interrelated factors, as appropriate to the study, population etc.)
  • Developing a more robust evidence base for current ways of working
  • Developing and evaluating new ways of delivering social care
  • Secondary data analysis, record linkage and reviews
  • Research methods development
  • Care users’ and carers’ circumstances and needs
  • Those who deliver social care including unpaid carers and the staff and professionals involved in the delivery of social care e.g. social workers.

Applicants considering submitting a Stage 1 application may consider submitting an outline of their proposal for guidance before official submission. This is non-mandatory and purely aimed at helping potential applicants to engage with the requirements of the call (e.g. eligibility and remit). Outline proposals can be submitted using the pre-submission form. For other questions, contact

The deadline for submission of applications is 13:00 on 14 September 2022.”


ExCHANGE is a collaboration between organisations in Devon and the South West Peninsula concerned with the care and happiness of care home residents: PenARC; the University of Exeter; the Devon Care Homes Collaborative – a group of over 250 independent care providers committed to improving the lives of those living in their care through a programme of continual review and improvement and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN).

“The ExCHANGE project is all about exchanging and mobilising knowledge between researchers and those working, living in and visiting care homes. Our collaboration is made up of researchers, care home providers and family members exploring ways to use research to improve care home practice. We’ve co-designed workshops for care staff about how to use evidence to inform their practice alongside workshops to help researchers make sense of care homes in their work. We want to breakdown long-standing academic hierarchies to get care home stakeholders and researchers working together on an equal footing, with the ultimate aim of enhancing quality of life in care homes.”

To inspire and encourage innovative future collaborations between academics and practitioners take a look at our project list and share as widely as possible.

“Together we can work towards producing critical and timely research to move us closer towards our shared goal of improving the health and wellbeing of those working, living in and visiting care homes.”

For more details click here 

“A face-to-face event for people interested in carrying out research in care homes in Greater Manchester.

Enabling Research in Care Homes, or ENRICH for short, is an initiative run by the National Institute for Health Research.

It helps researchers, care home managers, staff and residents to support and carry out research studies in different care home settings.

Here in Greater Manchester, our ENRICH team is looking forward to hosting our first face-to-meeting for ENRICH since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The day will include a variety of talks, presentations and networking opportunities, all related to care home research. We hope you can join us and, in the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any queries at

Provisional agenda for the day is as follows:

  •  Welcome and Introductions from our Chairs: Prof Nicky Cullum and Dr Emma Vardy 9:30-9:35
  •  Who we are and what do we do- a brief overview of the CRN, ENRICH and the Direct Delivery Team, including Vivaldi as a case study 9:35-10:00
  • Dr Emma Vardy discusses her research and takes questions 10:00-10:15
  • Emma Oughton and Lindsay Ray discuss Join Dementia Research and take questions 10:15-10:30
  • Dr Paul Clarkson will give an overview on the Secure Study & take questions 10:30-10:45
  • Break 10:45-11:00
  • Lizzie Hancock, a care home manager from Yorkshire, will talk about her experiences as a Research Champion and take questions 11:00-11:30
  • Workshop by ARC 11:30-12:00
  • Lunch & Networking 12:00- 12:30 approx”

Date: April 28 

Time: 9:30 -12:30

To register for this event click here

The event will provide information on:

  • targeting the right NIHR funding stream
  • support available to help you develop your funding application, include the support available from the RDS, NHS, NIHR Clinical Research Network and Clinical Trials Units
  • the experience of applying for NIHR funding from a successful applicant.

When: 10:00-12:30 on 10 March 2022

Where: Online

Find out more here.