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Title: Newsletter January 2011
Date: 25/01/2011

1. News from the Forum

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

Early bird booking delegate fees up to 31st January 2011 - one week left

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

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.

Exhibitor places are still available.

1.2 Research & Innovation course dates

Creating Innovative NHS Organisations

3 March 2011 - places still available

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

Further details

Leading and Delivering Research and Innovation in the NHS

4-6 April 2011 - places still available

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'.

Further details

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

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. Some of the recent topics include:

  • GP Commissioning Consortia
  • Honorary contracts
  • Service evaluation

Log on now and post your replies:

2. DH/NIHR Update

2.1 New amendments process for CSP

The process for handling amendments for studies that have gained approval through the National Institute for Health Research Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP) has been revised.

The revised process, which came into effect on 4 January 2011, sets out a clear timeline and consistent approach for handling amendments and will improve the facilitation and tracking of the process for the Chief Investigator (CI) and Sponsor.

NHS R&D offices are encouraged to adopt the principles of the new process for all studies, as the principles meet the requirements of the clinical trials regulations. For more information see

2.2 Public/private partnership improves UK's clinical research competitiveness 

A new report shows collaboration between the life sciences industry, the NHS and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is enhancing the UK's clinical research competitiveness. The NIHR Clinical Research Network North West Exemplar Programme (NWEP) - supported by the NHS North West Strategic Health Authority, NHS chief executives and senior industry leaders - was initiated to demonstrate that the NHS could compete with Europe in the set-up and delivery of high quality, commercially-sponsored clinical research studies.

2.3 Current NIHR calls for proposals

NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) - Competition 10

The NIHR PGfAR Programme invites proposals from leading research groups for a coherent series of related projects to tackle high priority health issues. Proposals should provide evidence to improve health outcomes in England through promotion of health, prevention of ill health, and optimal disease management (including safety and quality), with particular emphasis on conditions causing significant disease burden. Funding of up to £2m is available over a period of three to five years. 
The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2011.

Link: PGfAR - Competition 10

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

NIHR Programme Development Grants Competition 4

The NIHR Programme Development Grants invites proposals from research groups to undertake preparatory work that will position them to submit a successful Programme Grant for Applied Research application in a subsequent funding competition. Funding of up to £100k is available over a period of 6-18 months. The closing date for applications is 28 March 2011.

Link: NIHR Programme Development Grants

NIHR Public Health Research - Commissioned Research

The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) programme invites outline research proposals in the following areas:

  • Health promotion programmes delivered by, or in association with, professional football clubs
  • Outdoor community activity programmes
  • Parenting support programmes

The closing date for outline applications is 3 May 2011, 1.00 pm.

Link: Public Health Research - Commissioned Research

3. News from other organisations

3.1 AMS review of the regulation and governance of health research

The Academy of Medical Sciences has launched its new report 'A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research'. The report can be downloaded from:

The report proposes four key principles that should underpin the regulation and governance framework around health research in the UK, and makes recommendations to:

  • Create a new Health Research Agency (HRA) to rationalise the regulation and governance of all health research.
  • Include within the HRA a new National Research Governance Service to facilitate timely approval of research studies by NHS Trusts.
  • Improve the UK environment for clinical trials
  • Provide access to patient data that protects individual interests and allows approved research to proceed effectively.
  • Embed a culture that values research within the NHS.

3.2 MRC Delivery Plan

The MRC sets out how it will deliver innovative research programmes to improve the health and wealth of the UK, alongside plans for reform and increased efficiency for the next Spending Review period.

Full details: Health and Wealth - Delivering research that makes an impact up to 2015

4. 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.

Updating R&D office contact details

The NHS R&D Forum maintains the R&D office contact database on the website as a service to researchers (see Contacting R&D Offices). The R&D Forum website allows you to login and update the contact details we have for your R&D Department. If you have lost your login details or you encounter any difficulties, please contact the Forum.


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