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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RDS South Central’s ‘Essential Guide to Grant Applications’ event for a free comprehensive three-day masterclass on grant writing!

  • Time and Dates: 09:00 to 17:00 on Wednesday 11 October to Friday 13 October 2017
  • Location: Richard Doll Lecture Theatre & Atrium, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF
  • Details: Funded and hosted by NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South Central (SC), this free three-day masterclass focuses on how to sell your research idea by:
  • writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument;
  • presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) elements as appropriate;
  • producing clear and well thought through Intellectual Property, Management, Governance and other sections.
  • The event will cover important tips on grant writing, along with guidance on what reviewers will be looking for (and what they love and hate to see).
  • Who should attend: This exciting event will bring together researchers from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other national competitive peer reviewed funding programme in the next 12 months.
  • If you have any queries, email Phil Saunders (phillip.saunders@dph.ox.ac.uk) or call RDS South Central on (01865) 289442.
  • Find out more and apply to attend here

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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.’
    • Find out more

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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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