Copy
HRA Latest
July 2019
NHS
Contents
Packed-out workshop discusses our Make it Public strategy

Take part in our online Make it Public survey

HRA New Annual Report

New best practice principles for public involvement

Public dialogue one year on


New Participation Identification Centre model agreements

Feedback session on the Combined Ways of Working pilot


Pharmacy Assurance team attend Clinical Pharmacy Congress

Radiation guidance has been updated

New NIHR website
 
Introduction from Teresa Allen,
HRA Chief Executive
Hello and welcome to this July edition of HRA Latest. As the summer holidays loom for many, we are entering a busy period here at the HRA. We are now almost half way through our 12-week Make it Public consultation which is looking at ways to boost transparency in research.

Our first Make it Public workshop took place in London earlier this week and was so popular we had to add a waiting list! A good mix of researchers, patients and funders enjoyed some lively discussions about what transparency should mean and how patients can be more involved in research design and find out about research outcomes. We now look forward to our workshops in Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh and hope to see many of you there. Do remember you can also take part in the online consultation as well as attending a workshop.

This edition of HRA Latest also includes details of our Annual Report 2018/19 which was laid before Parliament last week and outlines some of our most significant achievements and challenges over the last 12 months.

We also have an update on our work with the Human Tissue Authority on the public dialogue on consent to use human tissue and linked health data in health research. After exploring peoples’ views on consent procedures used by researchers to link patient data with human tissue samples in health research, we have come up with three important projects which the HRA will be working on over the rest of this year and beyond. This will include working with key people in the biobank field to identify and share good practice. Through this and our other joint initiatives, the HRA and Human Tissue Authority aim to continue to make the UK a great place to do health research, building public confidence and trust so that more people are willing to donate their tissue for scientific and medical research.

Another area where we are helping researchers to do great research is in public involvement. This month we have also refreshed our public involvement web-pages to give you the very latest on how to involve patients well in research. The pages provide a wealth of resources to help you to plan and execute a successful research project and introduce four principles of good research involvement. These will help you to meet your public involvement responsibilities as defined in the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care.

Following the success of the launch of the UK Local Information Pack, research organisations can benefit from the HRA’s new model agreements for NHS or HSC Participant Identification Centres – known as PICs. The agreements have now been published and are available on the Integrated Research Application system (IRAS) alongside guidance.

We have also updated information about use of radiation in research as this is an area that often causes confusion.

Meanwhile our Technical Assurance team report on their visit to the recent Clinical Pharmacy Congress in London to promote the pharmacy technical assurance process and its benefits.

And last but by no means least we bring you an update about a feedback workshop on our Combined Ways of Working pilot.

I hope you enjoy reading this month’s HRA Latest. As always, we are keen to know if the way we provide information to our stakeholders is helpful, or if there are any areas in which you think we could improve do get in touch via hra.comms@nhs.net.
 

Packed-out workshop discusses our Make it Public strategy

Patients, researchers and sponsors packed into Friends House in London this week to take part in the HRA’s first Make it Public consultation workshop.

Over 50 people fed back on the HRA’s draft strategy which sets out ways to improve transparency and openness in health and social care research.

The 12-week consultation which began 17 June is targeting NHS, university and commercial researchers, as well as funders and patient groups ahead of the publication of the HRA’s new research transparency strategy later this year.
READ MORE
Take part online
There are still spaces available for the Make it Public workshops in Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh, or you can take part online by completing a short survey. 

The survey takes around fifteen minutes. 
SURVEY LINK
HRA new Annual Report published
The Health Research Authority Annual Report 2018/19 was laid before Parliament last week and is now live on our website.

The Annual Report describes the work of the HRA and outlines some of our most significant achievements and challenges over the last 12 months.
READ MORE
Public dialogue one year on
Following publication of the report Consent to use human tissue and linked health data in health research, the HRA and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) have carried out an extensive review to identify those areas not already covered by our existing guidance.

We found that the majority of the recommendations are either addressed by our existing guidance or can be addressed with minor modifications that will be made as part of our routine review procedures.

The HRA, in collaboration with the HTA, will be leading on three important projects over the rest of this year and beyond.
READ MORE
New Best Practice Principles for Public Involvement
We have launched new guidelines on how to involve patients and the public well in research.

Our new web pages introduce four principles for best practice in public involvement and link to a variety of resources.

These are all in support of research teams meeting their public involvement responsibilities under the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care research.
READ MORE
Important changes: New Participant Identification Centre model agreements
As part of the new UK Local Information Packs, research organisations can benefit from the HRA’s model agreements for NHS or HSC Participant Identification Centres – known as PICs. 

The agreements are now available on IRAS.
READ MORE
Feedback session on the Combined Ways of Working pilot
The HRA and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will hold a workshop in London next week to get feedback on the Combined Ways of Working (CWoW) pilot.

The fully-booked workshop is for sponsors and Contract Research Organisations (CROs) that are participating in the pilot, and will help develop the pilot further as we look to encourage more applications through the scheme.

The CWoW pilot, run by the HRA and MHRA, aims to improve the service being offered for the approval and ongoing management of Clinical Trials of Medicinal Products (CTIMPs).
READ MORE
Pharmacy Assurance team attend Clinical Pharmacy Congress
Our Technical Assurance team attended the Clinical Pharmacy Congress in London in June to publicise the Pharmacy Assurance technical review and show how it can make a positive impact on the set up of clinical trials in the UK.

The congress is the largest gathering for clinical pharmacy professionals held in the UK and gave the team the opportunity to promote the process and its benefits more widely.
READ MORE
Radiation guidance has been updated
 
Guidance has been updated on the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS) for all studies involving radiation.
READ MORE
News from across UK research

New NIHR website

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published a brand-new website.

READ MORE
                                       






This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Health Research Authority · Skipton House, 80 London Road · London, E5 8TT · United Kingdom