The University of Bath and Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust are holding a Health Research Showcase on Wednesday 17th June. The event will be a celebration of the research that is going on in Bath, and will highlight how important health research is in improving people’s health and wellbeing; and making patient care better.
There will be an afternoon of short talks about how health research is tackling issues such as cancer, pain, diabetes, arthritis and dementia; as well as issues about managing NHS resources; and will end with a drinks and canapé reception.
Speakers include Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath and James Scott, Chief Executive of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.
Wednesday 17th June, 2:30pm to 7:00pm, University of Bath, FREE
To attend, register at https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16201928404/ Please note there are limited places left and the deadline for registration is 7th June 2015.
What is RCF?
NIHR RCF is a funding stream designed to help research-active NHS organisations attract, develop and retain high-quality research, clinical and support staff by supporting salaries.
Who is eligible?
Researchers, NHS or academics involved in people based research who will recruit from any of our Consortia areas; Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon, and East Wiltshire and the North and West localities of Wiltshire.
- the part of an NIHR Faculty member's salary which is not covered by other NIHR sources
- new staff, who are expected to be Faculty members, but who have not yet obtained funding from the other NIHR sources
- existing Faculty members who are "between grants"
- the time spent by Faculty members in preparing grant proposals
- the time spent by Faculty members in contributing to wider research needs, for example, in peer review panels
- the research-related time of NHS-employed administrative and secretarial staff who are supporting Faculty members in their NIHR-related work.
Please contact Lisa Austin: L.Austin@Bath.ac.uk for an application form.
Competition closes 24th July 2015
Department for Health
Salary: Starting from £31,342, rising to £37,394 pro rata
Closing Date: Monday 11 May 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
The Research Design Service (RDS) is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The RDS South West is one of several regional services around the country making up the national RDS.
The Department for Heath in the University of Bath is seeking a Research Support Adviser to work within the RDS South West providing advice for health care professionals and others in developing research proposals for submission to open, national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.
The RDS is based in universities and the NHS across the South West and the Bath office works in partnership with the other sites within the region. Supporting the work of the RDS South West will afford opportunities to develop research collaborations and the postholder’s own research interests.
Applicants should have a PhD in a health related subject. In addition, you will have:
- strong qualitative methodological skills
- excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey complex ideas appropriately
- enthusiasm for helping others with research design and effective team working are essential
- knowledge of undertaking applied research within the NHS is desirable.
This post is offered on a 0.7FTE basis until September 2018. Further information here.
A showcase of Dementia research from Designability, Sirona Care & Health CIC, RICE, the Royal United Hospital and the University of Bath, brought to you by Bath R&D and Sirona Care & Health CIC.
Date: Friday 20th March 2015
Time: 1:30pm to 4:50pm
Venue: Fry Conference Centre, Keynsham, BS31 2AU
All those with an interest in dementia research and service improvement are welcome. There will be networking and research planning opportunities.
For further information or to sign up to the event please email Samantha Warren - S.Warren@Bath.ac.uk
Research from the Bath Centre for Pain Research, has been featured on the Body in Mind website. The Body in Mind website focuses on attempts to better understand the way the body, brain and mind interact, with the aim to better facilitate and disseminate credible clinical science research.
Three studies from the Centre were featured on the BIM website, and included the studies 'Pain communication through body posture: The many postures of pain' by Joe Walsh, a final year PhD student at the Centre; 'Do psychological therapies improve outcomes for children with chronic pain?' by Emma Fisher, a PhD student at the Centre and 'Gender and the body language of pain' by Dr Ed Keogh, Deputy Director of the Centre.
The Bath Centre for Pain Research is focussed on innovation, creativity, and discovery; and supports a diverse range of research areas. The Centre also operates as a training unit for people interested in a scientific career in pain research and development.
A new confidential service has launched offering personal advice and support on how payment of fees and expenses for public involvement might affect people in receipt of state benefits.
The NIHR in partnership with others is offering a service that covers advice on payment of fees and expenses for public involvement in health or social care research, service design or service delivery. The service will be provided by Bedford Citizens Advice Bureau, initially as a pilot for one year.
The NIHR is offering this Benefits Advice Service to:
· members of the public involved with NIHR organisations or NIHR funded research projects.
· staff within NIHR organisations who are supporting members of the public to get involved.
INVOLVE is funding this service on behalf of, and for the NIHR. Other partners who are also part of the service are:
· NHS England
· Health Research Authority (HRA)
· Involving People (Wales)
· Social Care Institute for Excellence & Think Local, Act Personal
Further information is available on the INVOLVE website.
Applications are invited for a full-time University studentship to support and work in the Department of Psychology and Centre for Pain Research.
Pain is a universal index of suffering that produces considerable personal and societal costs. Gender emerges as a vulnerability factor in pain - females report more pain, with greater frequency and severity.
There are also gender differences in pain coping:
- females make greater use of healthcare, consume more analgesics, and use social support
- men tend to use fewer analgesics, and more likely to use distraction.
However, little is known about the choices and decisions around pain control within the context of more frequent, everyday pains.
The primary goal of the current PhD project is to consider choices made to manage everyday pain. It will focus on adult men and women’s pain control decisions, including use of analgesics, within the context of everyday pains (headache, lower back pain). It will adopt qualitative and quantitative methods, through a series of interrelated studies.
Further information and how to apply.
The National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (part of Public Health England) and NHS England plan to hold an event for the palliative and end of life care research sector to gain a better understanding of the research areas underway and to explore ideas for working together. They are hoping that representatives from the range of academic, clinical and educational researchers across the UK will attend. This will be an opportunity for researchers to engage with Public Health England, NHS England and research funders to influence research in palliative and end of life care.
The one day event will be hosted by PHE and NHS England and will be held on Thursday 15 January 2015 at a venue in London.
The objectives of the day will be:
• To update on policy and roles in research - Public Health England and NHS England
• To gauge the extent to which current research can contribute to improving end of life care
• To explore what is needed to get from knowledge generation to impact on practice
• To provide a networking opportunity for the end of life care research community, funders and policy makers
To support the day, they are asking researchers to inform them about their areas of research in advance of the day and would be very grateful if you will complete a short questionnaire.
A commentary on Professor Chris Eccleston et al’s recent Cochrane Review - Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents – is featured in tthe journal, Evidence Based Medicine.
Full details of the paper: Eccleston C, Palermo TM, Williams ACDC, Lewandowski Holley A, Morley S, Fisher E, Law E. Psychological therapies for the management of chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD003968. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003968.pub4
The success of an innovative design app competition, organised through the Bath Centre for Pain Research, is cited in a recent Parliamentary Report on advances into assistive technology that could help the elderly and people living with disabilities.
Countering the rise in chronic conditions, coupled with the push towards greater independent living for these groups, researchers from the University of Bath's Department for Health and Bath Research & Development launched the ‘ifOnly’ crowdsourcing app to encourage these populations to share the everyday problems they face.
Through the app, users recorded, uploaded and posted videos to demonstrate a variety of challenges experienced; from opening cans to making a cup of tea. Under the premise of ‘if only I could…’ the competition set out to bring together a user community with new designers each challenged to come up with innovative solutions.
Over the course of the project, over 100 ‘ifOnly’ videos were uploaded charting a variety of challenges and attracting over 22,000 views via YouTube. In tandem, a community of interest grew via an ifOnly webpage displaying films and providing a forum for potential design collaborators.
As part of the competition, designs were considered by a panel of stakeholders including representatives from the NHS, social care, creative industries and the third sector as well as members of the public.
The overall winner of the competition, announced in May, was student Simon Lyons of Loughborough University whose design found a simple cutting tool to help elderly people open packets, jars and bottles without the risk of injury.