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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 enrich-gm@nihr.ac.uk.

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.

RDS SC Pre-Submission Review Panel

What: The RDS South Central Pre-Submission Review Panel 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.

To be eligible:

  • You must be developing a research grant 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).

When: Pre-Submission Review Panels are held monthly and documents for each Panel will need to be submitted to us by 09:00 AM on the following dates:

  • Monday 14th of February 2022 FULL
  • Monday 7th of March 2022 FULL
  • Monday 18th of April 2022 FULL
  • Monday 16th of May 2022

Find out more here.

“About the event

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) is offering this online event aimed at those who want to develop and submit a research funding application to one of the NIHR funding programmes.

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.

Who should attend

This event is aimed at professionals and researchers in the NHS, public health and social care, as well as academics from universities across England.

Programme

10.00 am – Welcome and introduction – Mark Gabbay, Associate Director, Research Design Service North West (RDS NW).

10.10 am – Targeting the right NIHR funding stream –  Dr Steven Lane, Adviser, RDS NW.

10.35 am – Applying for NIHR funding, the experience of a successful NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) applicant – Dr Kathryn Scott, Senior Grant Writer, University of Liverpool.

10.50 am – Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), the experience of a successful PGfAR applicant – Mrs Lynn Hedgecoe, Public co-applicant.

11.05 am – Questions and answer session with the presenters.

11.15 am – Break.

11.30 am – The Research Design Service (RDS) Public involvement Funds (PIF) – Dr Stuart Oultram, Specialist PPI adviser, RDS NW.

11.40 am – How can the Research Design Service help you with your application – Dr Kenny Finlayson, Adviser, RDS NW.

11.50 am – Other support available:

  • NIHR Clinical Research Network – TBC
  • Clinical Trials Units – Ben Hardwick, Supervising Trials Manager, Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre, University of Liverpool
  • NHS R&D – Stacey Carruthers, SPARK.

12.15 pm – Summary and final questions.

12.30 pm – End of session.

Download a PDF of the programme here.

Date and time: 10 March 2022, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm – online event

Registration

To attend this event, please register here.”

Pre-Submission Review Panels are held monthly. Documents for each Panel will need to be submitted to us by 9am on either 14 February, 07 March, 18 April or 16 May 2022. If you would like your project to be reviewed, please email us as soon as possible (as availability for reviews is limited) and at least one week before the above dates to register your interest: rds-sc@soton.ac.uk

Please see the RDS South Central Pre-Submission Review Panel page for more information.

The Retreat will provide a supportive environment for teams of two or three people, to develop high quality NIHR RfSC research proposals. It is encouraged (but not essential for attendance at the Retreat) that a member of the wider research team is a social care professional employed in England. Successful applicants will be offered a free place at the retreat which will include food and accommodation*. 

The retreat will take place on 23-25 March 2022 at Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

For anyone interested in applying to the retreat please complete an expression of interest by 7 December 2021.

Deadline for receipt of application forms 14 January 2022.

For more details click here 

“This NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) hosted event will introduce social care researchers, practitioners and users to the latest call from the RfSC programme, competition 4.

Speakers include the RfSC Programme Team, the RfSC Committee Chair, Dr Mark Wilberforce (who is a successful applicant) and a public involvement expert.

There will also be a presentation from Autistica. Working with Autistica, the NIHR are also inviting proposals for collaborative research projects to better support autistic people who access social care.

The remit of the call, requirements and application processes will be covered.

The event will provide top tips for your application from researchers who have been funded by RfSC and offer a chance to ask specific questions.

There will also be the opportunity to speak to an RDS adviser about your research question/proposal.”

Date and time

Thu, 25 November 2021

13:30 – 15:00 GMT

Online Event

If you would like to register for this event click here

NIHR 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 which are focused on:

  • Social care needs and relevant outcomes (which could be quality of life, social or health care related, 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 should consider submitting an outline of their proposal for guidance before official submission. This can be done using the pre-submission form. This is non-mandatory and purely aimed at helping potential applicants to engage with the requirements of the call (e.g. eligibility and remit). For other questions, contact rfsc@nihr.ac.uk

Submission deadline for application is 1pm on 19 January 2022.

For more details please click here 

This session will provide information on:

  • details of the Research for Patient Benefit programme
  • views from a successful RfPB applicant
  • the application process and what funders are looking for in a submission
  • the support the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) can provide in the preparation of your application
  • advice about Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

Who should attend

This event is aimed at researchers in the NHS, public health and social care, as well as academics from universities across England.

Informal drop-in sessions

If you would like an initial informal chat with an RDS adviser, who will provide initial guidance and information on how the Research Design Service can help with your proposal development to RfPB, we are offering drop-in sessions after the event from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to book a slot.

Programme

10.00 am          Welcome and introduction

Prof Fiona Lobban, Associate Director, RDS NW

10.10 am          An introduction to the RfPB programme and top tips for applying

Dr Christina Jones, RfPB panel member

10.30 am          The experience of a successful applicant to RfPB

Dr Peter Taylor, University of Manchester

10.50 am          Questions and answer session with the presenters

11.10 am          Break

11.20 am          How RDS can help you with your mental health research RfPB application

Dr Kenny Finlayson, Adviser, RDS NW

11.40 am          Importance of patient and public involvement in mental health research, including the RDS NW Public Involvement Fund and Public Involvement

Dr Hazel Morbey, Specialist Public Involvement Adviser, RDS NW

Chris Lodge, Service User Researcher, Lancaster University

12.00 noon     Questions and answer session with the presenters

12.20 pm          Summary and final questions

12.30 pm          End of session

Download a PDF of the programme here.

Registration

To attend this event, please register here.