RDS South Central can offer expert support and advice on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR funding, including plain English summaries – please complete our online “Request for Support” form to gain access to our advice.

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Are you thinking of applying to Round 11 of the NIHR Fellowship Programme?  If you are, then register for our RDS South Central NIHR Fellowship event!

  • NIHR Fellowship Application Day (FAD) 2017
  • Time and Date: 09:30-16:15 (Main Workshop) on Wednesday 12 July 2017, One-to-Ones from 16:15
  • Location: Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Atrium & Teaching Room, Richard Doll Building, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Headington, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7LF
  • Details: A free to attend all-day masterclass focussing on how to improve your chances of success when applying for an NIHR Fellowship.  The focus will be on the academic fellowship scheme (rather than the ICA NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical Academic or NIHR Clinician Scientist Programmes).  The day will consist of a range of talks from Nicola Melody (Senior Programme Manager at the NIHR Trainee’s Co-ordinating Centre), current funding panel members, previous successful applicants and RDS advisers.  Topics covered will include: the funding programme, tips on the project, training plans, PPI & Plain English and how to ‘sell yourself’. RDS advisers will be available for one-to-one meetings from 16:15. This event is open to any researcher, clinician and / or academic from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who is considering an NIHR Fellowship application.
  • For more information and to book your place, contact Phil Saunders on phillip.saunders@dph.ox.ac.uk / 01865-289442.  Please state whether or not you wish to book a one-to-one with an RDS adviser.

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Are you interested in applying to the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme? If you are, then register for our RfPB information and workshop event!

  • Details: An exciting free to attend all-day event, funded and hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service South Central (RDS SC), on how to prepare a research proposal for the NIHR RfPB Programme. This event will bring together researchers for a morning of presentations, followed by an afternoon workshop session with RDS Advisers and the Programme Speakers, who will answer questions from applicants and provide hints, tips and advice.
  • When: Thursday 29 June 2017
  • Where: The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ
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Are you interested in learning about the importance and benefits of including meaningful Patient and Public Involvement in research?  If you are, read “Hear the patient voice: their perspectives speak loudly to trusts!”

  • This excellent article published in Health Service Journal and written by members of Research Design Service South Central, Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth University, and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust explores the purpose of PPI in research and the role of the PPI Officer in bridging the gap between research teams and people with a lived experience of a condition, service or medicine.  The article presents case studies that highlight the benefits and importance of PPI and it concludes that ‘changing the culture of “we will do to you” to “we will do this together” needs to begin at all levels of academic and healthcare structures.’
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Are you wondering how involving patients and members of the public in the design of your research can help your proposal?  If you are, read this editorial which highlights some benefits of involving patients in research!

  • In this editorial, the authors reflect on the impact of their own patient involvement activity at the Musculoskeletal Research Unit in Bristol.  They seek to involve patients in research design and conduct through a patient forum: Patient Experience Partnership in Research (PEP-R).  PEP-R sessions are interactive, training and support is provided, and patients are compensated for their time and travel expenses.  The authors asked patients and researchers to complete a questionnaire in order to evaluate the impact of their patient involvement activity.  Key findings showed that:
    • Patients described their interest and learning about the topics and research in general.  They particularly valued feedback about how PEP-R’s input had shaped studies.
    • Researchers identified the benefits of patients’ views on the importance, relevance and feasibility of projects.  They welcomed the opportunity to speak to an interested and knowledgeable group, stressing the importance of early involvement.
  • Find out more

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