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Research Design Service South East

News September 2018


Welcome to NIHR Research Design Service South East e-bulletin.
All the latest news, events and communications from the RDS and the NIHR.

News around the region

Researchers gather for three-day RDS Grant Development and Writing Retreat 

'It was great to have protected time among experts and to have discussions with other researchers - the retreat was invaluable' .
Thirty researchers from all around the country attended last week's RDS national residential Grant Development and Writing Retreat at the University of Kent. It was a chance to have protected time to work with RDS advisers and develop their ideas into funding proposals. Guest speakers gave valuable advice and insight into all aspects of the grant application process, and there was plenty of time for networking and sharing experiences. Look out for more information to follow on  RDS SE website

Local events 

Book now! Still a few places remaining
RDS SE NIHR research programmes workshop: 

10am-1pm, Wednesday 3 October 2018, Room 401, Watts Building,  Moulescoomb  campus, University of Brighton.  

This RDS SE NIHR Research Programmes Workshop, followed by lunch, is open to all health and social care researchers with a research idea they may like to submit to an NIHR funding programme. 
  • introducing the NIHR, its funding programmes and priorities.
  • how to write a fundable proposal for NIHR.
  • overview of Patient and Public Involvement.
  • roles of the Clinical Research Network and Clinical Trials Units
  • 1:1 slots to talk about your research idea with an RDS adviser.

Spaces are limited. If you'd like to attend, email Anya Lux: 

9th East Kent Brain Injury MDT research conference

8.30am-5.00pm,12 October 2018, Kent & Canterbury Hospital

Chair: Dr Mohamed Sakel (FRCP), Director of Neuro-rehabilitation Service, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. An all-day event to be held at the K&C Hospital Postgraduate Education Centre with guest speakers.
For further details, and to reserve a free place, please contact Karen Saunders, Consultant clinical & research neuro-physiotherapist (

People are Messy - Brighton Science Festival
20 October 2018,The Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton

This powerful film from Theatre of Debate engages audiences in an informed debate around patient and public involvement in health research. Following the screening, there will be a discussion on the importance of being involved in health research. Professor Paul Seddon and Dr. Khalid Ali, representatives from the NIHR and members of the Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) Kent, Surrey & Sussex for health research, will be on the panel to answer questions.
'People are Messy’ is suitable for ages 13 +. Tickets are limited.
Register here >

Last few places available!
NIHR Research Design Service South East Launch Event

1.15 - 4.30pm, 31 October 2018, National Council For Voluntary Organisations, London 

RDS SE is hosting this half-day event to launch our new contract, starting in October 2018. It combines strategic discussion with talks from eminent speakers in health and social care research, and interactive workshops.
Join us and engage with our plans to support and grow research activity across the region over the next five years; as we set out what will be different under the new contract. The event offers opportunities for budding and/or experienced researchers in medical/health, social care and public health to develop research ideas and strategic plans with the RDS SE team. It's also a great opportunity to network with research and support colleagues. 
We hope to see you!
Further information and registration >

Sussex Partnership Mental Health Seminars 

The Trust's regular seminars and events inform people about pioneering research, organised along their research themes. Booking information is given under each event.
For queries/information please contact 
Further information on the Sussex Partnership website >

Need help with your funding application? Contact RDS SE 

Our expert advisers give FREE guidance and practical support with all aspects of health/social care research design and funding applications.

99% of clients completing feedback surveys were satisfied or very satisfied with our service. 

Find out all the ways that RDS SE can help, on our website > 

Need help with PPI costs?

The RDS SE PPI grant scheme helps researchers with the costs of involving patients and the public at all stages of the research process. 
More information on how to apply on the RDS SE website >

Need some expert feedback on your research funding proposal? 

The RDS SE pre-submission panel reviews proposals before they are sent to the funder, providing valuable advice and feedback.
Next panel meeting: 7 November 2018
Contact the RDS SE for more information.
More details on our website >

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National events 

NIHR Public Health Research webinar, Friday 12 October 2018, 12-1pm

A webinar to support applications to the following funding opportunities:
•    18/69 Benefits of the provision of health and wellbeing education during Initial Teacher Training and Continual Professional Development of qualified teachers
•    18/70 Fire and rescue visits to improve health outcomes
•    18/71 Sex and relationship interventions for young people with learning disabilities
•    18/72 Gang violence and gang related harms to health
Find out more >

Queen Mary University of London: Current developments in cluster randomised trials and stepped wedge designs 2018

21st November 2018 – 22nd November 2018, London (tbc)

A series of short talks, poster presentations, a workshop, and discussions about new perspectives for the design, analysis and reporting of cluster and stepped wedge trials.

Cost: £75 (registration only);
£135 (with conference dinner)
Find out more >

NIHR Training Programmes 

Find full details of training and career development awards available at various levels on the NIHR website.  
Find out more >

Research & Development Forum - Essentials of NHS Research

15th–16th October 2018, 9am-5pm, London

A course designed to give an understanding of policy, regulation, patient & public involvement, roles of R&D, capacity & capability, costing, AcoRD, contracts, safety, data, oversight, impact and strategy.
Cost: £550
For any role at all levels when new to a health care R&D department. The course might also be of interest to colleagues in industry, academia and the third sector that would like to better understand managing NHS Research or just for those who need to keep updated.
More information and bookings > 

UCL Centre for Applied Statistics Courses - Autumn News

CASC have announced new dates for all courses, and registration is open for courses up to December 2018.  2019 registration links will be available shortly
Find out more on the CASC website >   

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUHT) Research Training: Clinical trials: why we do them, how we do them

9.30am – 4.30pm, Thursday 6 December 2018
Audrey Emerton Building, Eastern Rd, Brighton BN2 0AE

A free course for anyone working in, or planning to work in, clinical trials. Explains why randomised clinical trials are seen by the NHS as the most robust way to evaluate new drugs and medical devices. Covers all stages of an RCT, from recruitment to disseminating results. 
To book a place: email Carla Chambers -
For further information: email David Crook PhD -

NIHR CRN Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

CRN KSS' programme of face to face
Introduction to GCP and refresher courses is available to researchers involved in NIHR Portfolio Studies. 
Find out more on the NIHR website >

Public involvement and engagement 
NIHR Journals Library incorporates new guidelines for reporting involvement of patients and the public in trials

The Guidance for Reporting Involvement of Patients and the Public (GRIPP2) checklist is an evidence-based, robust and practical guide to support and encourage better reporting of how the public has been involved in studies.
Find out more >

NIHR and national news

From the RDS desk 

Catch up on the latest RDS blogposts 

Read all the RDS blogs >

NIHR supports new journal for adult social care research

A new international open access journal for social care research has launched, supported by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. 
Find out more >.

Support and applying research in the NHS

In November 2017, NHS England and NIHR published a joint statement that committed to 12 actions to support and apply research in the NHS. The initial outcomes of this ongoing process are now available here: NHS England’s Research Needs Assessment 2018.

HRA article: What a ‘no deal’ Brexit could mean for research

The government has published detail on how clinical trials would be regulated if the UK leaves the EU without agreement. The Health Research Authority have set out the most relevant areas for researchers. The Health Research Authority point out that the guidance makes it clear that the government considers a ‘no deal’ scenario unlikely.
Find out more >

Funding news

- contact RDS SE as soon as possible for help with your application!

Calendar view of upcoming NIHR funding opportunities
Overview of upcoming NIHR funding opportunities
For information and a list of all current funding opportunities, visit the NIHR website.

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme competition 37

Applications are invited for research proposals related to the day-to-day practice of health service staff, which have an impact on the health or well-being of NHS patients and users. 
Closing date: 21 November 2018
Find out more > 

NIHR Policy Research Programme

Infectious Disease Dynamic Modelling in Health Protection
Health Inequalities Research Initiative
Closing date: 2 October 2018 

NEW! NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation Programme - An NIHR and MRC partnership - commissioned calls

EME is accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream: EME is accepting stage 2 applications to their commissioned workstream: Closing date20th November 2018
Find out more here.


NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme

28 new HTA topics are available.

NEW! NIHR Public Health Research Programme - commissioned calls

PHR are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic:
•    18/138 Suicide prevention in high risk groups

Closing date: 19 March 2019
Find out more here.
For the full list of opportunities with PHR visit the NIHR funding page >

Diabetes UK: Project grants

Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research. Project grants provide support for high-quality diabetes-related research. Applications should normally be for hypothesis-driven projects.
Closing date: 1 December 2018
Find out more > 

The RDS South East provides support to individuals and teams of researchers undertaking health and social care-related research. Our Research Adviser team can help with developing and submitting research protocols to national peer reviewed funding programmes.
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