If you would like to get involved, create a resource, join a group, or work on something with others, please get in touch FAO Kate via email@example.com. Please also contact Kate if you can help drive any of the initiatives highlighted in this edition of the news.
We are selecting new trainers for Forum courses, in particular the Essentials of NHS Research and Regulatory Ready courses. If you are experienced in NHS R&D management with a broad understanding and you are a great trainer looking for a development opportunity to support others, please get in contact FAO Allyson via firstname.lastname@example.org and for information on all our training courses please click here.
For more information click here.
Did you know?
2020 is the international year of the nurse and midwife.
Sally Humphreys, Research Management Working Group chair, Florence Nightingale Foundation research scholar (and nurse), blogs about the pivotal role nurses and midwives play in research. Read Sally’s blog here.
Did you read?
The Academy of Medical Sciences Report exploring the NHS-academic interface and our Forum response:
Early Bird Rate extended
The early bird rate was due to end on 31st January. Although bookings have been flying in, we have received requests from a large number of NHS Trusts who are in the process of setting up new suppliers and raising Purchase Orders. We appreciate that due to the restructure it is taking delegates longer than normal to obtain a PO, so we have taken the decision to extend the early bird rate for two weeks.
Click here to book.
RDF20 programme and list of posters now online
The Conference Programme is now available online. Plenary Sessions include:
- Louise Wood CBE
- Dame Jackie Daniel
- Professor Mary Dixon-Woods
- Professor Shaun Treweek
- Professor Chris Whitty
- Professor Clare Bambra
The programme including breakout sessions and a list of posters is now available. Click here to view the programme.
|Forum Symposia – Research not as we know it: Managing novel methods in research|
2nd March 2020: London
The agenda is live and we are delighted to confirm two new speakers:
Professional Learning & Development
A Practical Application of Monitoring in a Health Care Setting
Date: 2nd & 3rd March 2020
Further details and booking
Local Capacity & Capability for Research
Date: 20th March
Further details and booking
Archiving Master Class
Date: 29th June
Further details and booking
Forum courses ‘in-house’
All courses on the Forum programme can be tailored to serve local needs and settings. If you would like a course delivered in your organisation please contact email@example.com
Forum Round Up
CRNCC Research Engagement Survey for your completion.
The engagement of ‘non-research’ NHS staff was clearly identified in our Forum community survey as a critical area requiring further support and development. We have therefore supported the NIHRCRN CC engagement team in sending out a subsequent survey to help establish successful engagement practices and to find out more about the challenges in this area.
The survey is distributed in google forms format, which should be accessible to all without a log in. Please email Roger.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have difficulties accessing it.
Access this short survey here
CHART: An Alliance for Community Trusts Progress update
In light of the NHS Constitution1 and the Long Term Plan2 emphasising the need for new ways of working, this is an ideal time for Community Trusts to join forces. The Community is often the NHS component that falls between Acute Trusts and Primary Care and is not well understood which is mainly attributed to its complexity. Community Trusts are not renowned for their research activity, however many have aspirations to develop and grow.
Read more about CHART and an update on their progress here
Beyond project specific PPI
The Forum Service Users and Carer Group welcomes a paper exploring a move beyond project specific PPI towards better organisational involvement.
A recent paper published has highlighted the importance of strategic PPI, which is a key area of work for the Service Users and Carers group of the Forum. The paper “Moving beyond project-specific patient and public involvement in research” explores how patient public involvement moves beyond project-specific activities to become embedded within the wider infrastructure of the organisation.
This is an area that the service users group have identified through their extensive personal experience and highlighted to the NIHR and policy makers. The group will continue to work with our partners and the Forum strategy and leadership working group to develop this area of important work.
A link to the paper is here
Calls from the Community
The set-up of social care research: Key issues and barriers from a governance perspective plus a call for resources and good practice
The CRN Coordinating Centre has provided funding to Eastern and Wessex Clinical Research Networks to carry out a piece of work to scope how the Clinical Research Networks can support the set-up of adult social care research. This is being led by Clare Symms, Viv Shaw and Jan Westbury who are looking at the key issues and barriers from a governance perspective and looking to devise potential solutions taking account of what is in place already.
If anyone knows of resources or practice that work well we would be very interested to know more. Please get in touch in early February and do circulate this information on to colleagues.
Contact at CAPCCG.RandDoffice@nhs.net or SNCCG.RandDoffice@nhs.net.
Further information about the project is available here
CQC well led inspections: Trust R&D teams, what supporting information do you need?
Members of our groups continue to work with the National partnership that is supporting the inclusion of research in CQC well-led inspections. The partnership has fed back to CQC inspectors on the experience of Trusts and would now like to support Trusts and R&D staff further. To help us provide information that will be of most use please email your thoughts on what you would like to see FAO Kate and Ashley via email@example.com
How do you review a study for sponsorship?
We are collating sponsor assessment SOPS & review processes to help inform our development of some standards following on from the sponsors symposium table talks. Please send anything you have FAO Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Example agreements or SOPS for outsourcing site activities
Do you have any examples of agreements or SOPS you have used when outsourcing for site activities? We are collating examples to support guidance in this area.
SoECAT information or training slides for research teams
If you have a developed a slide set or materials you can share that aims to support research teams to understand the SoECAT (what it is, what it is for, and how it affects researchers) please send them to either Kate at info.rdforum.org.uk or Phillip
Update on #makeitpublic research transparency strategy
The #Make it Public strategy was agreed, in principle, by the HRA’s Board when it met in December. The Board thanked everyone involved in the consultation and agreed that the strategy had been developed through a robust process. However due to the General Election the Board postponed approval of the strategy. The Board will meet again in early February 2020 to agree the implementation plan. The HRA will make an announcement about strategy after the February Board meeting.
Pharmacy Assurance process for NHS Sponsors from 1 April 2020
From 01 April 2020, NHS sponsors and co-sponsors of Phase I-III oncology CTIMPs and Phase III non-oncology CTIMPs will be expected to submit their studies for review through the Pharmacy Assurance process, specifically the Self-managed route. Non-NHS sponsors can still submit through Pharmacy Assurance; we remain open to the aforementioned CTIMPs. Further information is available on the HRA website.
Read more about the process including dates for free workshops here.
Excess Treatment Costs update
The new national system for paying Excess Treatment Costs was successfully delivered however the ETC Project will continue for the next 18 months with the aim to tackle a number of issues currently faced in delivery the Excess Treatment Cost service, as follows:
- Improve the current manual transfer of the ETC per patient value and single modelling method in ODP by developing new alternative ETC payment models to ensure payments are made to the intervention site expecting the funding as opposed to the recruitment site currently recorded in CPMS. This will reduce the number of transactions required to transfer funds between various organisations.
- Improve the current tools used to attribute the costs of non-commercial studies, which currently use the spreadsheet version of the SoECAT by developing an automated version of the SoECAT within CPMS.
Changes to NIHR costing methodology from 2020/21
We encourage all NHS R&D Departments to proactively work ahead of this deadline and register themselves with group CPMS accounts so that are able to receive new iCT requests from our commercial partners, meaning that negotiation timelines and setup are reduced to a minimum. Since its launch last year, there has been a significant increase in the number of companies using the online system. However the NIHRCRNCC continues to work hard to achieve full usage of the new web-based interactive Costing Tool (iCT) before the old, excel version is discontinued from April 2020. A number of helpful films about the new iCT are available via the NIHRtv Youtube channel including submission guidance for life sciences industry.
If you would like to further understand the advantages to working within the iCT ahead of the 1 April 2020, please contact your regional LCRN Industry Operations Manager or email email@example.com who will be able to talk you through how the iCT can work to the benefit of your organisation.
NIHRCRN CC Staff Update- Associate Director of Nursing and 70@70 Programme Lead role
Clare Meachin has left her seconded role at the CRNCC as the Associate Director of Nursing and Programme Lead for 70@70 (and also her substantive role as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for CRN South London) at the end of November 2019 to take up a post as one of the Directors of Nursing at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Sharon Barrett, currently on secondment to the CRNCC, has succeeded Clare as the interim Associate Director of Nursing and 70@70 Programme Director for the coming period.
Read more here.
Life sciences Industrial Strategy Update is published
An update on progress made towards the life sciences strategy through the industry sector deal 2 has now been published. Many initiatives, including the recently advertised patient recruitment centres, are flagged in the report.
Read the update
Wellcome Trust research culture survey findings
The Wellcome Trust has published the findings of a large survey exploring how we do research and our research culture. The report calls for change to provide better support for researchers. The Forum strategy and leadership working group will review the implications at their next meeting.
Read the report or listen to an update
MRC Regulatory Support Centre (MRC-RSC) quarterly news
The RSC have published their quarterly round up of all research regulatory news. Download it here.
New resources in REX this month
- The Development of a core competency framework for clinical research staff Merrie Gowie, DanielleWilson, SarahGregory & Louise L.Clark
- What does a great lay summary look like Academy of Medical Sciences
- Two e-learning modules to explain the regulations and ethics of Research Tissue Banks HRA & HTA
- Youtube Video: The ethical, governance & management implications of involving consumers in health research Virginia Minogue & Anne-Laure Donskoy.
- Innovative methods e-learning
Other News, Calls & Funding
There is a wealth of previous recordings available here. These include discussion about Primary Care Research (with Prof. Philip Evans); Research Ethics Committees (with Dr Hugh Davies); Multi-arm, Multi-stage Clinical Trials (with Prof. Allan Hackshaw); and Patient Research Ambassadors (with Helen Cooke).
Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research – A NIHR Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
The next presentation of ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’ starts on the 3rd February. The course runs for four weeks and new learners can join at any time to learn how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated to improve healthcare for all.
New R&D staff and those interested in a career in Health Research will find this course particularly valuable. You can join this course here
Be Part of Research
Read more from the NIHR here.
NIHR Funding Opportunities
Health & Care Research Wales Funding Opportunities