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New funding opportunities with the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

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Funding opportunities with the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme

*Commissioned call for proposals*

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following commissioning briefs by 1pm on 12th September 2013.

13/58 - Organisation, quality and cost-effectiveness of psychiatric liaison services in acute settings

13/59 - Assessing alternatives to face-to-face contact with patients

The commissioning briefs, application forms and guidance notes for these topics are all available on the HS&DR Programme website.

Contact details:
023 8059 4304


Engaged Futures: Visioning Workshop - Bristol

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Monday 24th June 2013, 10am - 12:30pm, Bristol

Workshop Details:

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement has commissioned a consultation to develop visions for the future of the engaged university in 2025. They are keen to encourage university staff, students and university partners to come and share their thoughts about how they would like to see universities engaging with society, and what the needs and opportunities are for public engagement in the future.

There will be opportunity to:
* explore preferred futures for the engaged university and examine
the changing context
* discuss and explore pathways to that vision including new
partnerships and social innovations
* generate valuable new ideas and contacts to support engaged
universities in the future

To find out more or to book a place, simple click on the link:


Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol – Public Invitation to the Official Launch

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Monday 22nd July, 6 - 8 pm at Wills Memorial Building, Bristol University

Launch Details:

How do you feel about using home surveillance technology to keep you healthy and living at home?

Most people would prefer to be looked after in their own home, rather than in hospital or in a residential home. However, when people are discharged from hospital, or are elderly and living alone, they are often reliant on the care of neighbours, family or our over-stretched health and social services. How can modern technology help keep you and your loved ones healthy and living in your own home?  Come and find out at the Launch of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research is a new organisation that will deliver innovations desperately needed to tackle many of our pressing health problems.  At the launch we will also be celebrating the life and work of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell. Born in Bristol in 1821, she was the first woman to qualify as a medical doctor in the USA and then became a pioneer working in public health in the UK.

The official launch will highlight Elizabeth Blackwell's life and work, and will include a panel discussion focussing on the use of cutting-edge engineering technologies in health monitoring.  This will be followed by a reception.  Doors open at 5:30pm for a prompt 6:00pm start. For further details simply click on the link:


BMJ Analysis Article - 'Expect analgesic failure; pursue analgesic success'

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The BMJ Analysis article ‘Expect analgesic failure; pursue analgesic success’, published 3 May 2013, discusses the effectiveness of analgesic drugs on people through examining rates of success and failure of drugs used in treating pain. The article’s authors, who include Professor Christopher Eccleston, Director of Bath Centre for Pain Research, suggest a radical rethink of achievable analgesic effects is required in order to help improve the management of pain. To read the article in full, simply click on the link:


BMJ Editor's Choice 'Balancing benefits and harms'

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The British Medical Journal Editor’s Choice, published on 5th June 2013, discusses the beneficial and harmful effects of drugs on patients; highlighting how the majority of drugs do not work in most patients and how a radical shift in the way we evaluate and use drugs is required if better and safer care is to be delivered. To read the full Editor’s Choice, simply click on the link:


Growing pain: striving for quality, relevance and applicability in Cochrane Reviews

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cochrane_annual_report_logoAs The Cochrane Collaboration celebrates its 20th anniversary, we recall the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS) Review Group's first published review, which looked at treating any acute or chronic pain with any antiepileptic drug, at any dose. Already an update of a 1995 review published in the BMJ, this 1998 Cochrane Review was itself updated in 2005, and subsequently withdrawn in 2010. Although in the earlier versions we attempted to differentiate neuropathic pain conditions such as painful diabetic neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia, there were too few studies with too few patients treated with any one drug in any one condition to afford any subtle insights. For the full editorial simply click on the link:

The Cochrane Collaboration is a unique partnership of the very best of minds, pursuing answers to the most important of questions. We rarely spend time looking back. This quick glance at history has reinforced how important it is to leave our growing pains behind and focus on growing the evidence base for pain. There are important societal questions that require evidence. Headache, migraine, and musculoskeletal disorders remain major problems for all societies. Neuropathic pain is a growing problem associated with ageing and the increase in diabetes. Complex problems of iatrogenisis are emerging, not least from opioid prescribing which is a particular problem that will require our serious attention in the future. Our first 15 years of publishing have been no better than adequate. Consumers of our reviews want us to do more. Patients encourage us to be more courageous. We want to do more, and we can do more. We have plans for growth and we look forward to growing together with our colleagues from across the Collaboration.


Research Design Service South West - Funding Opportunities

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CaptureThe Research Design Service exists to provide help for people preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. The RDS essentially consists of a team of people based in universities and the NHS across the South West, able to advise and provide practical support when you are developing your grant application. As the RDS is funded by the NIHR for this purpose, such help is provided free of charge.

There are many sources of funding opportunities for applied health research including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Research Councils and major charities. For further information regarding current funding opportunities, simply click on the link:


University to help tackle the region’s big health issues

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We are part of a pioneering new network designed to accelerate healthcare innovation in the West of England.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) brings together universities and providers of NHS services to put research into practice more quickly, ensure that variations in the quality of care are reduced and work more effectively with industry to develop and test innovative services and products.

The network will ensure that innovation is reflected in training for future health care workers by working closely with Health Education South West (the Local Education and Training Board) which commissions undergraduate and postgraduate training and development for health professionals.

The network has received the go ahead from Government and has been authorised to operate for five years.

Professor Christopher Eccleston from our Department for Health, said: “This is an opportunity to transfer research and innovation into practice in our local area.

“This is particularly true in Bath, Wiltshire and Swindon where we have been promoting knowledge exchange between universities, health practices, and the wider health economy.”

For more information about the network, please visit


NIHR HTA Conference: What's in it for you?

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NIHR HTA Conference: What's in it for you?

Learn more about clinical effectiveness research and the impact the HTA (Health Technology Assessment) Programme is having on clinical and public health research at the NIHR HTA Conference.

The two-day event in central London on 9-10 October 2013 will examine the future of clinical effectiveness research and how we can benefit from best practice internationally with presentations from Dr Sean Tunis, Director of the Center for Medical Technology Policy, USA and Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, among others.

Find out how the HTA Programme can help researchers achieve impact and shape the NHS with presentations by Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, president of the Royal Society of Medicine and Professor Jon Nicholl, Health Services Research in the School of Health and Related Research.

To book your place or to view the programme please visit the conference website: