Welcome to our November News
In this issue…..
- 2018 Conference News
- Forum Roundup
- Around the Forum
- New Resources
- Regulatory News
- Other News
- Latest Jobs
Conference 14th & 15th May 2018. Celtic Manor, Newport Wales
The 2018 conference is now open for bookings and we can confirm the following new and exciting additions to this special event.
- Sunday evening – Building professional relationships session sponsored by ESMS (places are filling up fast!)
- Four Monday morning workshops for all
- Fringe events (topics to be confirmed) – running on Monday after the main conference sessions ends
- New Award – 3 poster awards and now a new award for Best Abstract
Your abstracts and contributions make this conference. Please don’t miss the deadline for oral abstract submissions on the 1st December, there will be a prize for the best one! Abstracts for posters should be submitted by 9th January.
Submit your abstracts here!
Dates coming up
An intensive hands on course for anyone with Sponsor oversight and monitoring responsibilities. Practical work includes review of in-depth mock files, source data and research records plus support with risk assessment and advice from a very experienced NHS training team
The NHS R&D Forum has partnered with the Association of Clinical Data Management to deliver this master class. This interactive and practical one-day workshop aims to provide an overview of processes and best practices for the successful delivery of clinical research data. The course will cover regulations, systems and processes with a blend of information and practical exercises and is particularly relevant to Sponsor representatives and facilitators, data managers and Clinical Trials Unit staff
Have your say
NHS England announces plans to break down barriers for research
NHS England will be consulting on two key areas very shortly; these are excess treatment costs and commercial study set up across multi-centre studies. We expect the details around this plus the formal consultation to be launched soon and Forum members will be encouraged to feed into our response. The HRA and CRN are pleased to be engaging with NHSE on this important piece of work. Read more here
Forum RCF response submitted
The Forum response to the national Research Capability Funding (RCF) consultation has been submitted to the Department of Health. Thank you to our working groups and all who contributed to this important response. Read it here
MHRA Stakeholder meeting attended
The stakeholder meeting was held on the 16th of November, with many organisations represented. We received lots of views from members on the 3 topic areas for discussion and they were well received.
Main messages from the day (in addition to the specific feedback) were that stakeholders wanted the following from UK legislation and that this was well received by the MHRA:
- Proportionate legislation that is flexible and not unnecessarily restrictive.
- For consent and who can act as investigator this flexibility would mean being able to do the right thing for the right trial with the right people.
- That legislation should taking into account different levels of risk and different types of trials
- That more clear guidance is needed throughout each of the areas in addition to the legislation (i.e. what it means in practice)
The new legislation is expected some time in 2019. Further feedback and updates are to follow and in the meantime thank you to all for sending in your comments.
Round table event held ‘Taking Health Research Training Forward’
This multi-stakeholder roundtable event was convened by the MRC, NHS R&D Forum, HRA and NIHR CRN to discuss a way forward for health research training. Four members attended on behalf of the NHS R&D Forum community, which was the start of a conversation on how to ensure research training is meaningful for all in the production of valid and credible data, and the provision of adequate protections to the rights, dignity and well being of research participants.
We shall continue to feed into this work and keep you updated on progress. If you have any comments or contributions to share to this work stream please do feed into firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know…?
AS well as attending or hosting meetings with partners and policy makers, the Forum responds to many UK-wide consultations and publications each year. We do this through the contributions of our members, via the working groups, email, social media or straightforward telephone conversations!
This area of our work is very important aiming to ensure the voice of the NHS R&D management support and leadership community is represented when shaping policy, legislation or operational guidance.
Our work often does has an impact and we were recently pleased to note many of our recommendations taken forward in the new UK Policy Framework for Health & Social Care Research including suggested headings for each principle to make this easier to reference.
New Training oversight group for a Forum learning & development Programme.
Our new Forum training oversight group is convened and will hold a first meeting on the 12th of December. The group is looking at the design of a broad learning and development Programme for the Forum research management, support & leadership community and will also be feeding into ongoing work in response to the HRA/MHRA statement on GCP training.
Well known Forum contributor and trainer Dr Allyson Bailey will chair this new group and we will keep you updated on progress.
Further information will be provided at the conference in Newport.
See all our current essential master classes for Sponsors and host organisations here.
New work stream & group chairs for evidence, primary care and commissioning’
The Primary Care and Commissioning Working Group (PCCWG) are pleased to announce two new chairs and a new ‘evidence for commissioning’ work stream, with the first meeting to be held in December.
The new work stream group brings together key stakeholders nationally who are working on the evidence agenda with clinical commissioning groups. They are supporting CCGs to develop their capacity and capability to find and use high quality evidence, both to inform their commissioning decisions in challenging financial circumstances, and also to support commissioning at scale as CCGs work together on larger footprints and with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).
Members of the work stream are from the PCCWG plus additional members from other R&D offices supporting CCGs and national stakeholders including NHS England, Public Health England, Health Education England, the NIHR Dissemination Centre and a representative from an Academic Health Science Network and Commissioning Support Unit. The group has been set up in response to an identified need for a network of people who can work together to share learning, raise awareness and join up the good work taking place around the country on this agenda.
Whilst continuing on the PCCWG Rachel Illingworth, Head of Research and Evaluation at Nottingham City CCG will now chair the work stream and Clare Symms, Research Management and Finance Lead at the Norfolk & Suffolk Primary & Community Care Research Office will take up the position of PCCWG chair.
The Forum leadership team would like to extend huge thanks to Rachel for chairing PCCWG so excellently and welcomes Clare to her new role. We know through working together these two groups will bring extra value to the Forum community.
Slides from the CRN Peninsular Good Sponsorship event can be accessed by emailing email@example.com
Share your news, events and updates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please promote, use and contribute to ‘REX’ our evolving community Resources EXchange!
New submissions this month include:
- RCF fellowship scheme: Helen Duffy at Keele University has kindly shared the paperwork for their RCF funded research fellow scheme
- E-consent. Resources, tools and helpful information from the Transcelerate e-consent initiative
- Risk adaption in Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPS): New blog from the MHRA
- The Delphi technique: What is it, when is it used, and how is it done? Helpful new blog by Kristen Dufresne for Students 4 best evidence
- YouTube Channel for the UKCRC Tissue Directory & Co-ordinating Centre: For biobanking videos and more
Updated guidance published for GCP training: Joint statement by HRA, MHRA & The Devolved Administrations for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. New guidance has been released to reiterate the previously issued statement of proportionate GCP training. The new guidance also now emphasizes that GCP training should not be a requirement or expected for researchers working on non-CTIMPS.
To support the R&D community in understanding the practical implications of this statement the Forum is working with a multi-stakeholder group through our new training oversight group.
The UK policy framework for health & social care research has been published. Read comments and tips from the Forum Strategy & Leadership working group:
- We are very pleased to see the launch of this important document replacing the Research Governance Framework in each UK country.
- All members of an NHS R&D office or department should read the policy in its entirety
- Remember to amend your SOPS, websites, work instructions and communications to reflect the new policy document.
- Apply proportionality to the interpretation of the document when considering different studies in different settings.
- We note that there is no longer the requirement for a UK legal representative for non-CTIMPS as previously documented in the research governance policy framework
- We are particularly pleased to see some of our recommendations have been adopted in the final version.
The Forum is represented on the stakeholder group preparing additional research-relevant guidance, which we expect will be published shortly. This is a first step in supporting organisations with understanding the new legal framework in the context of research and evolving support and guidance will be issued. Keep an eye on this part of the HRA website for further updates for research.
General information can also be found on the ICO website. See here for recent information on the Data Protection Bill the difference between it and GDPR plus its key provisions
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Preparations for implementation: A guideline from the MRC to help understand the current legal situation on holding and using personal data to support research
The European Medicines Agency will move from London to Amsterdam
The next Research Fish Submission Window Opens 5th February – 15th March 2018 for organisations that host NIHR research & personal awards.
Understanding the impact of NIHR investment in research:
Everyone involved in the health research ecosystem needs to demonstrate the difference that the research we undertake, support, fund and enable makes. The NIHR is no different. To do this successfully we need to gather good information. The NIHR, and many other funders, uses a tool called Researchfish to collect information on the outputs and impacts of research.
Organisations that host NIHR research and personal awards (not infrastructure awards) are required to report annually through Researchfish whilst the award is active and for 5 years after completion. The next submission window will open 5th February and close 4pm 15th March 2018.
The information we gather through Researchfish helps the NIHR to make the case for continued investment in applied health research, respond to requests for information and to build impact case studies. Researchers and host organisations can also access their information and use this to support their own impact assessment activities.
You can find out more information about the submission here. We have lots of help and support available to organisations that host NIHR contracts and for researchers working on NIHR awards. We will be holding a webinar for host organisations on 10th January and one for researchers on 14th February 2018. Information about how to register for those will be available on our website.
If your organisation hosts NIHR awards then you need to:
- Alert award holders to the submission window early next year
- Encourage your researchers to start entering information – starting early will reduce the pressure near the deadline
- Get help, advice and support – visit our website for more information
The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowship scheme. DEADLINE 30th NOVEMBER
NIHR funding: All the latest NIHR funding opportunities
Health & Care Research Wales Funding: All 2017-2018 funding schemes
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