The Health Research Authority (HRA) was established in December 2011 to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research, and to streamline the regulation of research. The HRA are in the process of rolling out a new system for approving research in the NHS in England, called HRA Approval.
What is HRA Approval?
HRA Approval is an authoritative approval for research studies in the NHS in England, including independent contractors, such as General Practices. It comprises a review by a Research Ethics Committee (where applicable) and an assessment of regulatory compliance and related matters. HRA Approval provides assurance that a study has fulfilled all regulatory requirements. There will no longer be a separate local NHS assurance process.
What does this mean for GP Practices?
General Practices should feel confident about participating in a study that has HRA Approval.
Whilst practices will continue to have the final decision on whether to undertake a study based on their capacity and capability, close working will still be required with local primary care R&D offices, who will continue to provide support in a number of ways. Practices are able to start a study when the HRA Approval letter is granted AND local arrangements to set up the study are in place. You should liaise with the primary care R&D office supporting your area.
Sponsors will continue to communicate with the site through both the study delivery team and the research management team supporting that site.
When will HRA Approval be rolled out?
HRA Approval will be implemented in stages during 2015. New studies running only in a primary care setting will be eligible for HRA Approval from 10 August 2015. The ambition is for HRA Approval to be fully implemented by the end of December 2015.
How can I find out more about HRA Approval?
For more information, please see the HRA website: www.hra.nhs.uk. If you have any questions about HRA Approval, please speak to your local R&D office in the first instance. Local R&D office contacts can be found on the R&D Forum website. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLAHRC West Briefing
Tuesday 16th June 2015 11:15am to 12:05pm
University of Bath, Chancellors’ Building Room 5.7
The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West works with its partner organisations to conduct applied health research and implement research evidence, to improve health and healthcare across the West of England.
CLAHRC West brings together universities, including the Universities of Bath, Bristol and UWE, local authorities, NHS Hospital Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to focus on improving health and healthcare for local people.
The research they do must have a real world application and fall into one of their broad thematic areas of ‘improving the management of chronic diseases’ and ‘public health interventions and population health’.
If you would like to attend the briefing, email email@example.com
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.
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.