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Title: Newsletter December 2010
Date: 23/12/2010


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas

December News from the NHS R&D Forum

1. News from the Forum

1.1 New address for NHS R&D Forum

The NHS R&D Forum are moving offices during the Christmas period. The new address is:

c/o Blueberry Business, 1 The Red House, The Ridgeway, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8LT. Contact numbers remain the same. The office will be closed from 24th December until Wednesday 5th January 2011.

1.2 Research & Innovation course dates

Creating Innovative NHS Organisations – 3 March 2011

Course aims:

  • To provide delegates with an overview of the innovation landscape and how organisations can capitalise on recent policy opportunities
  • To explore the relationship between innovation, quality and productivity
  • To improve understanding of the different domains of innovation and to develop processes for capturing and managing it
  • To help delegates develop a business case for innovation
  • To provide a foundation for taking steps to embed innovation in the organisation

Key knowledge and skills the attendees will take back to their organisations

  • How to use innovation to improve quality and productivity
  • How to develop a business case to support innovation
  • Understanding of the innovation pathway and the different innovation domains
  • An understanding of how to identify and manage innovation
  • How to identify and use evidence to support innovation

Course feedback

"Would definitely recommend.  Exceeded my expectations"

"A very useful day!  Has helped me enormously.  Many thanks"

"An interesting and thought provoking day"

Further details

Leading and Delivering Research and Innovation in the NHS – 4-6 April 2011

The Programme will:

  • Consider the latest policy developments around research & innovation in the NHS
  • Enable participants to develop a strategy to meet current challenges
  • Review organisation partnerships and communication strategy

A central theme will be 'embedding research and innovation into the culture of the NHS'.

Key knowledge and skills the attendees will take back to their organisations

  • How to develop a research and innovation strategy
  • Understanding of the innovation pathway and the different innovation domains
  • How to use innovation to improve quality and productivity
  • How to work with industry more effectively in both research and innovation

Course Feedback

“Absolutely brilliant.  So inspiring and insightful"

"This has been the best course I have done in a very very long time.  It far surpassed what I expected and has given me the knowledge to start implementing an innovation plan." 

"Excellent course leaders - all with very relevant and recent experience in the NHS"

"I found it incredibly useful.  Very thought provoking, lots of ideas to take back to my work place"


Further details

For further details and to book a place on either course please visit

1.2 Proportional and Pragmatic Review – 16-17 May 2011 open for delegate & exhibitor bookings

2011 New Programme Structure

There are some significant changes to the way the programme has been developed this year. The opening session will remind delegates why research is important for patients. The programme for the 2nd day has been structured into ‘streams’: new in post, middle management and senior management. Each session has been carefully considered so that the programme offers something for everyone regardless of their experience or length of service. We are also introducing a Professional Development Workshop stream covering practical skills that can be used in the workplace.

As last year an R&D workshop will run on the morning before the main event looking at practical issues around developing your R&D office. The main event will open on Monday 16th May with registration and lunch at 12.30pm. The plenary sessions will start at 1.30pm continuing until 5.30pm. The drinks reception and conference dinner is a very popular event with over 200 delegates attending in 2010. This ever popular evening will take place on 16th May in The Conservatory. Following the drinks reception delegates will be directed to the Bristol Suite for the conference dinner and the all important after dinner quiz! 17th May will begin with a plenary session followed by a series of parallel sessions and professional development workshops.

For the first time we are offering early bird booking fees for all bookings up to 31st January 2011.

The programme and full details are available now from the conference web page:

1.3 Forum discussion board

Please help answer questions raised on the Forum discussion board and share your experiences relating to R&D Management. This tool is provided to support the R&D Community and is great way to help others in R&D. You do not have to be a member of the NHS R&D Forum or set up a user account to post messages. Calls for Papers and Fellowships can be added on the Discussion Board too.

2. DH/NIHR Update

2.1 Suggested NHS permission letter template published

A document setting out suggested minimum requirements for NHS permission letters has been produced following consultation through the NIHR CRN Lead RM&G Managers and the NHS R&D Forum Research Governance Working Group. It is issued as suggested good practice against which NHS organisations may wish to review their existing documents. It is now available for use in consultation.

Click here to download

Feedback on the document is welcomed and can be sent to The document will be reviewed again in April 2011.

Quality Accounts

Details of the Quality Account reporting for all providers of acute, mental health, ambulance and learning disability NHS services have been published Research and innovation remain a nationally mandated component of Quality Accounts that is common to all Quality Accounts. The section of the Quality Accounts  Toolkit relating to research is available at

Government response to NHS White Paper consultation

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the implementation of the NHS White Paper in the form of a Command Paper " Liberating the NHS: Legislative framework and next steps”. The Command Paper continues to emphasise the importance of the conduct of research, and the use of research evidence, as key elements of the NHS, and confirms the support of stakeholders for this approach.


2.2 Current NIHR calls for proposals

NIHR HTA - Commissioned Research

The NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme invites research proposals on the following topics:

Primary Research (outline proposals):

·        The whispered voice test for triage of hearing impairment

·        Whole body physiotherapy package for hypermobility

·        Physiotherapy for osteoporotic vertebral fracture

·        Cognitive Behaviour therapy in treatment-resistant schizophrenia

·        Supported self management of diabetes in people with learning disability

·        Use of mood stabilisers in borderline personality disorder


Evidence Synthesis (outline proposals)

·        A clinical decision rule to help decide on cessation of anticoagulant therapy

·        Management of thoratic aortic aneurysm


Evidence Synthesis (full proposals)

·        The cost effectiveness of genetic markers for antibiotic resistance in tuberculosis


The closing date for submissions is 13 January 2011, 1pm.

Link: HTA - Commissioned Research

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) programme

The EME programme is funded by the MRC and managed by the NIHR as the lead organisation for clinical trials and evaluation. It is broadly aimed at supporting science driven studies with an expectation of substantial health gain. The clinical studies are likely to be mostly randomised controlled trials but other forms of evaluation appropriate for the intervention under study will also be supported. Applicants are welcome to submit a preliminary application at any time, however there are three submission deadlines each year. The submission deadline for consideration in the next round is Monday 21 March 2011.

Link: EME call

3. Updating your membership details

We are tidying up the membership database. Please log in to your membership record and make sure your details are up to date. Go to:

There is a password reminder if you’ve forgotten or mislaid it.


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