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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.

This session will be a great opportunity for you to hear about carrying out research in social care, and more specifically about the NIHR RfSC Mental Health Call and what makes a successful application.
You will also hear from:
  • The School for Social Care Research on the Mental Health Research landscape
  • The Research Design Service (RDS) about how we can support you.
Date and time
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

12:30–14:30

Online
To register for this session click here

“This cross NIHR ARC event brings together practitioners from health and social care and all those interested in learning from the pandemic to support older people and staff living and working in care homes.

The webinar starts with a presentation of a completed study looking at visiting in care homes and how these findings can inform future practice. It then showcases three studies. One recently completed that compared the evidence on what needs to be in place for effective online consultations with the experience of health and social care staff during the pandemic, one with emerging findings and one, just starting.

The final session is a discussion between participants and speakers to share learning, support cross organisation working and enable researchers and practitioners to discuss what works for residents and staff.”

Research projects being discussed are:

  • Care home visits during the pandemic: The impact of testing and vaccination and the effects on all involved – Clarissa Giebel, University of Liverpool. NIHR ARC North West Coast
  • Videoconferencing and online technology for communication between care homes and health and social care practitioners – Krystal Warmoth, University of Hertfordshire. NIHR ARC East of England 
  • Identifying approaches, barriers and facilitators to visiting in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic – Claire Surr, Leeds Beckett University. NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber
  • Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19 – Josie Dixon- London School of Economics and Political Science. NIHR ARC North Thames

To register click on Eventbrite

This webinar is part of the ‘Activating Research’ series by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. 

It is intended as an introduction to disseminating your research findings and implementing them into practice.

Three short presentations will cover different routes for disseminating your findings, the different topics of applied research (clinical, public health, social care), how to showcase your work, and how to include patients and research participants in writing up and sharing research. These webinars are aimed at health and care professionals in frontline services, local government and public health who want to advance in their research journey.

Find out more and register here

The workshop aims to:
  • Raise awareness of the support and funding available for social care research through the NIHR
  • Share learning from successful collaborations and partnerships
  • Offer an opportunity to network with people with shared interests, with a view to collaborating and building capacity in London and the South East.

Who should attend

  • Researchers with an interest in social care or the interface between health and social care
  • Social care practitioners
  • Health professionals working in social care settings or with social care users
  • Social care users and their informal carers
  • Commissioners and providers of care.
You can find more information and booking details at our Eventbrite listing.  Although the event is targeted at London and the South East, people are free to attend from anywhere in England.

Are you interested in social care research?

Are you someone who uses, works in, or commissions social care?

Do you have a good idea for a research project but don’t know where to begin?

If so, then this free online event is for you.

Run by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) London and RDS South-East (Kent, Surrey, Sussex) with support from the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Kent, Surrey and SussexARC South London and ARC North Thames, the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North-West London and CRN Kent, Surrey and SussexNIHR School for Social Care (SSCR) and Make Research Count, this event will:

·         Raise awareness of the support and funding available for social care research through the NIHR

·         Share learning from successful collaborations and partnerships

·         Offer an opportunity to network with people with shared interests, with a view to collaborating and building capacity in our regions

Who should attend

·         Researchers with an interest in social care or the interface between health and social care

·         Social care practitioners

·         Health professionals working in social care settings or with social care users

·         Social care users and their informal carers

·         Commissioners and providers of care”

 

To register please click here

This event will provide the latest insights from research, implementation and evaluation within the adult social care sector, and provide an opportunity to engage directly with leading researchers and get access to relevant resources hosted by ARC KSS. The webinar will be led by Professor Julien Forder, ARC KSS Social Care Theme Lead and Professor of the Economics of Social Policy at the University of Kent. We invite all those from social care practice, commissioning, research and with lived experience to join this webinar.

Agenda

1:00-1:30 ‘Evaluation in Adult Social Care’ , Professor Julien Forder

1:30-2:00 ‘Innovations of evaluation in social care practice’, Georgina Walton, Senior Project Manager, Innovation Delivery Team, Adult Social Care & Health, Kent County Council

Both talks will be followed by Q&A sessions

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Time: 13:00 – 14:00 (1 hour)

To book a place for the webinar please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/154823371873

National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service North West

Your First Research Grant: Developing funding proposals in applied health and social care – online event

16 June 2021, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

About this event:

The event will include a presentation from a successful first-grant applicant, an overview of RDS support, and guidance on fundamental aspects of the design of a funding proposal including Public Involvement.

Who should attend

This event is open to UK-based healthcare professionals, social care and public health practitioners, and health and social care researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme.

 Informal drop-in sessions*

If you would like an initial informal chat with an RDS adviser we are offering drop-in sessions after the event, from 1.30pm. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like a slot, and we will contact you to arrange a time.

 *Please note the drop-in sessions are only available for North West-based attendees. You can find contact information for your local RDS here.

 More information and registration”

To register click here 

National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service North West

Your First Research Grant: Developing funding proposals in applied health and social care – online event

16 June 2021, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

 

About the event

NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is offering this online event for health and social care professionals and researchers who want to develop and submit their first research grant to a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding programme, or other national, open-call, peer reviewed funding sources.

 

The event will include a presentation from a successful first-grant applicant, an overview of RDS support, and guidance on fundamental aspects of the design of a funding proposal including Public Involvement.

 

Who should attend

This event is open to UK-based healthcare professionals, social care and public health practitioners, and health and social care researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme.

 

Informal drop-in sessions*

If you would like an initial informal chat with an RDS adviser we are offering drop-in sessions after the event, from 1.30pm. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like a slot, and we will contact you to arrange a time.

 

*Please note the drop-in sessions are only available for North West-based attendees. You can find contact information for your local RDS here.”

 

For more information and/or to register for this event click here