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JOB VACANCY - Knowledge Transfer Fellow (£29,853-£38,951)

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The University of Bath's School for Health (SfH), in collaboration with the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME), are seeking a Knowledge Transfer Fellow as part of the "Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living" project.

The primary role of this position is to exploit SfH and BIME current knowledge to develop commercial products and tools. In addition to this, the postholder will be responsible for increasing awareness and promoting adoption of technology and interventions for long term conditions.

The SfH and BIME have both carried out significant research into the application of technology to support rehabilitation and independent living of people with specific long-term conditions, and now wish to develop this knowledge in to commercial products to maximise economic and societal impacts.

The Knowledge Transfer Fellow will be mainly based in the Bath Centre for Pain Research (BCPR) within the School for Health at the University of Bath. However, during the course of the project the Knowledge Transfer Fellow may be required to spend some time based on-site with project partners.

This position is for a period of 12 months at Research Grade 7 (£29,853-£38,951). Line management will be provided by Professor Chris Eccleston, Director of the BCPR.

For enquiries, please contact Lisa Austin: , 01225 386575


Research Design Service South-West (RDS-SW) Residential Research School


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The RDS-SW is now advertising for the 2011 Residential Research School.

This is an annual spring event and is an exceptional opportunity to health and health services researchers in the South West and provides coaching and support for you to develop your research proposal to the standard required to be competitive in seeking high quality research funding.

If what you need is a sustained period of intense work and support to develop your research project, then this opportunity is for you.

For further information, please contact Russell Holloway,


Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living

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Professor Eccleston (Director of BCPR) has recently been awarded with an EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Award, to develop innovative ways to accelerate the translation of research outputs in to business opportunities.

In partnership with the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME), Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living will provide individualised support for users and carers to manage their condition. They will be suitable for the self funded, mainstream market, and are more likely to provide a sustainable long term model of delivery.SMART pic

The aim of this award is to take forward the outputs of previous awards led by Professor Eccleston (SMART 1, SMART 2 and KT) and Smart Homes work from BIME in to telehealth and telecare for those with chronic conditions, which enable them to self manage at home.

Although self care and self management are being promoted as the way forward, there is little analysis in to their integration in to the home; it assumes a medical model of health intervention, where a health professional is responsible for monitoring - unlikely to be sustainable in the long term.

This project will establish long partnerships with three key organisations working in this area: BIME, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) - one of the leading independent providers for people with acquired brain injury, and Ivory Egg, the leading UK supplier of home automation products using the European wide open KNX architecture. BIRT and Ivory Egg are each contributing £12,000 to the project and there are also in kind contributions from industry in terms of business mentoring and technology installation.


JOB VACANCY - User Engagement in Research Co-ordinator

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User Engagement in Research Co-ordinator (Grade 6 0.5FTE)

The key aims of this post are to support and facilitate public and patient involvement (PPI) in research, and develop and maintain close links with patients, carers and the public.

The post holder will also play a key role in helping to project manage research applications from local Primary Care Trusts (Swindon, Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset) and the University of Bath.

You will be responsible to the Research Hub Manager, based in the Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium (PBSPCRC) at the University of Bath’s School for Health.

Informal enquiries may be made to Lisa Austin,


PBSPCRC Summer 2010 newsletter out now

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium's Summer 2010 newsletter is now available to download, containing news of the latest health research studies, events, jobs and funding opportunities in the South-West.

If you would like to subscribe to our bi-annual newsletter, or if you would like to request a paper copy of the Summer 2010 newsletter, then please email me at .

PBSPCRC Newsletter summer 2010


Professor Eccleston of BCPR presents at world conference on pain in Athens

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Professor Christopher Eccleston, Director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, presented recent data on advances in understanding the causes of persistent nerve pain in adults this week.

Eccleston_head-and-shoulder-e1274973860464The presentation was made at the International Neuropathic Pain Meeting in Athens, attended by the world's experts seeking to share advances in pharmalogical, surgical, physical and psychological treatments. To learn more about the work of Professor Eccleston and the BCPR you can view their publications on PubMed.

So called "neuropathic" pain can be caused by disease (e.g. cancer), from accident (e.g. amputation) or from causes were have yet to discover (e.g. facial pain). Neuropathic pain is one of the most challenging forms of pain problems, being very difficult to manage. It can destroy people's lives, leaving them struggling to find ways to cope. Seven per cent of adults in the UK are believed to have pain that arises from damaged nerves, with as many as five per cent reporting severe pain.

Professor Eccleston presented findings from his work on attentional mechanisms of analgesia, and the use of attention as possible new targets for pharmacological intervention.

He also contributed to a debate on the use of strong painkillers for people with chronic pain, focussing on the barriers to treatment effectiveness.


NIHR Public Health Research programme - new funding opportunities available

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New National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research programme calls for proposals:

Commissioned call for proposals

Applicants are invited to submit proposals on the following commissioning briefs:


Commissioning brief title

Proposal type

Submission deadline

10/3001 Encourage walking and cycling to work Outline 23 August 2010, 5pm
10/3002 Alcohol misuse by children Outline 23 August 2010, 1pm
10/3004 Traveller communities Direct to full 26 July 2010, 1pm

To find out more about how to apply and download the full commissioning briefs visit the Public Health Research programme's website:

Researcher-led call for proposals

The next cut-off date for submitting researcher-led outline proposals is Monday 6 September 2010, before 1pm. Potential applicants should visit the Public Health Research programme's website:

Suggest a research topic

We welcome suggestions of public health topics that require further research. Anyone can make a suggestion online at:

Please tell others about us

We would be grateful if colleagues could forward this information on to others within the public health field that may be interested in the funding opportunities presented by the Public Health Research programme.


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New RfPB award for Contextual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Chronic Pain

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium is pleased to announce a new successful Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) award from Dr Lance McCracken of the Bath Centre for Pain Research, and Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath. The project is now gearing up and is set to commence on 1st July.

It has been shown that the most severe and complex chronic pain can be effectively helped by intensive interdisciplinary forms of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), delivered in tertiary care settings. However, most patients treated in primary or secondary care and do not access these specialist methods. A current challenge is to translate these methods from tertiary care and test them for application to the far larger number of patients in primary care or in the community. To determine if this is feasible, preliminary work will be conducted to devise a process of delivery for these methods and prepare the best procedures for conducting subsequent randomised trials.

One of the aims of this project is to develop a new model of chronic pain service, which is specifically designed for community-based delivery.

Research activity will be based in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) , Swindon and Wiltshire Primary Care Trusts. If you would like to learn more about this project, or become part of shaping a potential new service, please contact Lisa Austin - , 01225 386575


Telehealth event - what it is, what it can do and where it is going (11 June 2010, Bath)

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium are planning a conference in collaboration with the Bath Institute for Mechanical Engineering (BIME) focused on telehealth, SMART HOMES and community and primary care.

The event is organised by the prestigious KT-EQUAL network whose remit is to increase the Knowledge Transfer of research and has a focus on assisted technology in a community setting.

The progress into telecare and telehealth, which BIME is pioneering, is an area in which the PBSPCRC see as the future in managing the increasing elderly population in our largely rural and dispersed geographical region.  Swindon PCT are currently pursuing related, leading initiatives to provide a more responsive community based model of care and all our PCTs are seeing the future in terms of mainstreaming its use of telehealth solutions, to provide more timely and preventative care and support for people with long term conditions. This event will celebrate and explore the work of BIME and other local telehealth initiatives. 

This free conference will include presentations by guest speakers, as well as a poster session and an excellent opportunity for networking - the aim of the meeting is to develop new research opportunities and collaborations.

Telehealth and Telecare - Friday 11 June 2010, 9.30am-4.30pm. The University of Bath.

For further information or to register a place, please visit the event website here, or contact event organiser Heather Williams; , 01225 385128.