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If anyone was unable to attend the last CRED talk on Living well: care approaches to manage continence and prevent urinary tract infection (UTI) in social care, the recording of  the webinar is can be accessed here

The next CRED Talk will take place on the 11th July 3-4pm, on the topic of ‘Putting the social into social care’.

More details and the link to register to follow.

“Our multi-disciplinary team can offer advice on the key ingredients in a successful health or social care research proposal, including:
  • Statistics and health economics
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Support on involving patients and public in research, identified by the NIHR as a critical component in funding applications
  • Peer review of draft grant applications before submission.
Find out more about how RDS South Central could help you and your team at”

“National policy makers are a crucial audience for health and care researchers yet many researchers don’t know how to connect with them.

This webinar from Professor Annette Boaz (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) will explain the important areas to consider when engaging with and sharing research knowledge with policy makers. It will help researchers to understand what they can offer policy makers and what knowledge mobilisation approaches are most useful. It will also discuss potential challenges and practical tips.

This webinar is for anyone in the health and care community wishing to engage with and share research knowledge with policy makers. By attending this webinar you should:

  • Understand what researchers can offer policy makers
  • Learn about the key areas to consider when engaging with and sharing research knowledge with policy makers
  • Recognise the challenges of engaging with policy makers and provide practical tips to help researchers overcome these.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

About our speaker

Annette Boaz is Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and is a member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research. With Kathryn Oliver, she co-leads Transforming Evidence, an international initiative designed to support the use of research evidence in different policy fields and contexts.

She has more than 25 years of experience in supporting the use of evidence across a range of policy domains. She was part of one of the largest UK investments in the evidence use landscape and was a Founding Editor of the Journal Evidence & Policy. Annette has also undertaken an international leadership role to promote the use of evidence. In 2019, she published a new book ‘What Works Now’.

This event is being run by NIHR in partnership with NIHR ARC West.”

Date & time: 20 April 2023, 1:00-2:00pm BST

Learn more and register here.

Research for Social Care (RfSC)  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 related to adult and/or children and young people’s social care (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.

The submission deadline for applications is 1pm on 21 June 2023.”

For more details please click here


“Developing your research delivery workforce 

with a targeted qualification


Virtual event 22 March 2023 (12.30pm to 2.00pm)  


Registration is now open via the link below


Are you an employer looking for new ways to develop the next generation of Research Delivery Leads?

Could you help to mentor colleagues to develop the research delivery leaders of the future?


Introducing the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework, created to provide the necessary networks, skills and confidence needed for healthcare practitioners from any regulated profession to lead and support clinical research delivery.


Join us on Wednesday 22 March 2023 from 12.30 to  2.00pm to learn more about the Framework and how it can help you to develop the Research Delivery workforce. 

What is the NIHR-AoMRC Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework? 

The Framework consists of Master’s level qualifications and is designed for learners with busy work schedules studying part time


Flexible access is provided to theoretical online modules that develop learners’ knowledge and insight of the approaches to, and delivery of, clinical research.

Learners put their learning into practice by undertaking a workplace-based module where they work on existing research projects in their local area, supported by the mentorship of an experienced researcher. 

Who can attend?

Employers, if you are looking for new ways to develop the next generation of research delivery leads, this event is for you. 

Potential workplace supervisors, if you are experienced in research delivery and want to help to develop the research delivery leaders of the future, this event will explain what the supervisor role involves and what you can gain from it.


Further information and registration details can be found on the event home page using the link 


Full details about the Clinician Researchers Credentials Framework can be found here


If you would like to register for updates about the Clinician Researchers Credentials Framework, please complete this form.”

“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.