Did you know?
There will be a new way of working from the 1st of April 2020 in relation to the costing of commercial contract research studies. All studies will be costed on the interactive costing tool (iCT). The iCT is the mandated tool. The Excel Spreadsheet tool currently used for costing will no longer be valid for studies submitted from 1st April 2020.
The National Contract Value Review process will not be mandated on 1st April but managed implementation of the process continues with accredited national coordinators undertaking the reviews.
Additional details will be provided through a dedicated bulletin and a webinar for the R & D community on the 24th March 2020. Booking details will be circulated in the coming days.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact England.firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you read?
This is a blog by Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX, explaining a recent roundtable of regulators to explore AI and a plan for the future. The blog contains a great explanation of the roles of each organisation in the regulatory landscape.
Read more here.
Heather has written a blog for the UK Tissue Directory and Coordinating Centre exploring GDPR for biobanking with 3 key messages on the regulation for research.
Read her blog here.
Last month we reported that 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.
We will be hearing more about the sector deal from Emma Lowe at our Symposium on the 2nd March. Read the update here
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 on March 11th in London. Read the report here or listen to an update by clicking here.
Bookings for RDF20 continue to flood in and we are looking forward to a vibrant event.
One of the best features of RDF20 is the variety of the programme which provides delegates with the opportunity to find out more about current topics from expert speakers, attend specialist breakout sessions, learn from the personal development workshop, visit the poster presentations and exhibition stands and share experience with colleagues at the networking opportunities on offer.
Conference hotel rooms availability
One of the benefits of holding RDF20 at such a fantastic venue is the availability of great hotels near the Sage itself. Although both the Crowne Plaza Newcastle and the Jurys Inn Gateshead are now full, we are pleased to say that rooms remain available at the Copthorne Hotel Newcastle and the Jurys Inn Newcastle. We do, however, suggest you book your place at RDF20 soon.
Gala Dinner – limited spaces left
The Conference Gala Dinner and Awards presentation takes place on the evening of Monday 11th May and has proved popular with those booking to attend RDF20.
We strongly recommend that those hoping to attend the Gala Dinner book to do so soon as possible as this event is nearly full.
The Conference Programme and list of posters is 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.
Forum Symposia – Research not as we know it: Managing novel methods in research
2nd March 2020: London
Last chance to book
A Practical Application of Monitoring in a Health Care Setting
Local Capacity & Capability for Research
AcoRD Master Class
Archiving Master Class
Regulatory Inspection Ready
Forum Round Up
Meetings coming up in March
Meetings coming up in March
2nd March: Novel Methods Symposium
4th March: NIHR CRP launch event
5th March: RCP, NIHR, NHS R&D Forum Teleconference
11th March: Strategy & Leadership Working Group Meeting
13th March: Commercial Costing Reference Group
16th March: HRA Project Board
18th March: North West R&D Managers Meeting
19th March: Research Management Working Group Meeting
20th March: Capacity & Capability Training Course
24th March: CCR webinar for the R&D community
26th March: ETC Feedback group
30 March: CHART meeting
1st April: Evidence for Commissioning all day meeting
Forum to coordinate a response to UKRI open access policy consultation
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a nine week consultation to inform their proposed Open Access policy and we will be co-ordinating a response from the Forum across all of our working groups.
Open Access aims to make the published findings of publicly-funded research freely available online as soon as possible, in ways that will maximise re-use. The consultation launched on 13 February 2020 and closes at noon on 17 April 2020. The consultation is open to all individuals with an interest in research and innovation.
The findings of the consultation will support the exploration of open access issues across the UK Government.
If you have a comment you wish to raise via the Forum you can send them FAO Kate via email@example.com
You can participate in the UKRI review directly by clicking here.
Calls from the Community
CHART National Community Alliance Event 30th March
Conference Aston: Aston University, Aston St, Birmingham B4 7ET
Here is an exciting opportunity for researchers from Community Trusts and colleagues engaged in research in out of hospital care settings to come together.
Agenda and further details are here. Kate our Forum manager will be speaking about the Forum on the day.
Are you setting up new trial recruitment sites?
Thousands of trials are done every year and all of them need to recruit participants. Setting up trial sites to support this recruitment takes time, effort and money. Despite all this, not all trial sites go on to recruit as hoped. What would help is a way to predict whether a site would be a “good” recruitment site.
The Estimating Site Performance–2 project (ESP2) aims to test a tool that might help. The project aims to include experiences from across the globe, which will ensure that the findings and recommendations that follow are globally relevant. Read more here.
Do you know someone who could complete a short online survey about PPI for data monitoring committees for clinical trials? Nuru Noor (a PhD student at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit based at University College London) is undertaking this work as part of a PhD on improving clinical trials. The survey aims to collect the views of patients, carers and family members of people who have taken part in or been involved with RCTs.
The survey is here
The NIHR CRNCC is collecting feedback on the Be Part of Research Website to help inform the future development of the site.
Read more here and find out how you can feed in and help to shape the next version.
Do you have a Trust Policy or guidance document for reimbursing patients and public contributors for PPI activities that happen during the development of research grants; examples might include a Trust’s recommendations for reimbursement, Trust policy on how payments can be made, the responsibilities of different staff groups etc. We are also interested to know if you have any Trust limits on reimbursement for PPI activities that are ‘costed’ into grant applications; for example, members of the public who are part of Trial Steering Groups etc. Please respond FAO Lucy Wasinski via Info@rdforum.org.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All email addresses at the HRA will have changed by March 2020
The change is happening in phases throughout February 2020, and all addresses will have changed by March 2020.Staff email addresses will be standardised as email@example.com. A full list of contact email addresses for Research Ethics Committees is now available.
If you use an @nhs.net email address to contact someone at the HRA after they have moved to their new email address, you will receive a response containing their new details but your email won’t be automatically forwarded.
If you are unsure which contact information to use for the individual or service you require, please contact our mainline on 020 797 22545 or use our contact form.
HRA Pharmacy Assurance process for NHS Sponsors of CTIMPS in England and Wales from April 2020
Please note that all High Level Objective reporting will be based on confirmed 2019/2020 research activity data only. This includes manually uploaded activity data and research activity data provided through LPMS which has been confirmed in CPMS by the study team representative.
1. Launch of the Excess Treatment Cost Google site
It is important to note that retrospective ETC payments for recruitment activity either uploaded or confirmed after the 2019/20 NIHR CRN Q4 data cut (24 April 2020) will not be paid as per the ETC payment principles.
We are aware from feedback that there is a misunderstanding amongst some stakeholders around the justification for Excess Treatment Cost thresholds.
- Providers are making savings through undertaking research / ETC savings
- Providers are saving on the admin burden from previous arrangements
In readiness for 1 April full switch over to ICT if you have yet to use the new online iCT and need assistance, please contact the industry operations manager at your Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) – who will be able to provide support and guidance. NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) have been provided with a readiness framework to support R&D teams in the transition to the new online interactive costing tool (iCT). This framework will enable LCRNs to support local sites and industry partners in their preparations for the use of the iCT.
New resources in REX this month
Bath Research & Development: Non-NHS Research Approval Policy
For non-NHS research active organisations to ensure compliance with the UK research policy framework.
Evaluation of digital health products: Public Health England
Resources from Public Health England to help anyone developing or running a digital health product to conduct an evaluation
CAHPR Research Practitioner Framework
A Research Practitioner’s Framework to support practitioners, managers, educators and leaders to review and plan practitioner roles, activity and support systems within a range of practice settings.
Read more here.
View the latest additions to the Resource Exchange here
Other News, Calls & Funding
NIHR Health Research Futures Podcast
A new Health Research Futures podcast, from Professor Julie Lovegrove, focusing on nutritional research, is due for public release on the 20th of February. The podcast will be accessible, after this date, through the following link: https://soundcloud.com/nihr/prof-julie-lovegrove-and-nutritional-research?in=nihr/sets/health-research-futures
We are pleased to announce that the Massive Open Online Course ‘What is Health Research?’ will be starting again on the 16 March.
Over the course of three weeks, which you can do at your own pace, a variety of topics will be covered. You can learn about different types of research, how people are kept safe during research, and what you can expect if you volunteer to take part in research. Most importantly you will hear from people have taken part in research, learn why they volunteered and what difference it made.
Anyone can take this course, so if you have ever wondered what it’s like to take part in research, or other ways you can get involved in helping to be a champion of research, this course is for you!
Please share the link below with family and friends, and help us to spread the word online by retweeting
Starting on the 16 March, follow this link to sign up https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/what-is-health-research
Senior Research Manager in Social Care Research
NIHR are advertising for a senior research manager in their social care research portfolio, which is expanding and is set to expand further. A chance to facilitate and shape the social care research agenda across the UK. The link to the advert is here – Ben Morgan is very happy to have informal discussions with anyone interested
Clinical Director for NHS Engagement
NIHR CRNCC is appointing a new clinical director and strategic lead for NHS engagement. This is a high profile national role closing 4th March. Details are here
Please submit your latest vacancies and we will also tweet them out.
all planned in Q1 & Q2.
New jobs this month – see here
Please submit your latest vacancies and we will also post on Twitter.