NIHR Friday: BioResource launch has volunteers at its heart

Delighted to see today’s announcement by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) of the new NIHR BioResource.  The importance of the new BioResource (the main website for the BioResource is here) is underlined by the fact that not one Minister but both the Secretary of State for Health, Minister for Health plus the Chief Medical Officer, Professor […]

@RBandH Guest blog: Promoting Clinical Research Locally – From ‘OK to Ask’ to Research Changed my Life

Promoting Clinical Research Activities and Opportunities Locally – From OK to Ask to Research Changed my Life Mark Terry, Research Office, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (m.terry@rbht.nhs.uk) 2013 has been notable for the strong momentum provided by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to NHS Trusts in our efforts to raise awareness of […]

CMO as good as her word on young people’s involvement in research

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, published her annual report today. Actually, it’s two reports. The first is the usual state of the nation summary of the population’s coughs and splutters. The second, uniquely this year, looks in depth at the worrying lack of attention we have paid to young people’s health. It’s […]

Exclusive preview! UK clinical research gets its own TV show…..Downtown eat your heart out @NIHRCRN

So here’s something to make your crumpet and jam just a bit more palatable on Sunday afternoon…Thanks to NIR CRN. This week Health Sector TV will be broadcasting a programme entitled ‘Clinical Research: Making Patients and the NHS Better.’ The blurb says that this is ‘an important new documentary highlighting how the Clinical Research Network (as […]

CLAHRCs could be the superheroes in quality improvement for patients in the UK

Yesterday my day began in Clerkenwell meeting with the new charity, MQ Transforming Mental Health (www.joinMQ.org). It is exciting to feel that we might at last be on the verge of seeing a strong charity profile in mental health research in the UK. But more baffling than ever why our existing mental health charities – […]

NIHR and ABPI conference in November on ‘big data’

Click here for details of a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Association of British Pharmaceuticals Industry (ABPI) joint conference on harnessing big data for health gains.  Takes place in London on 21st November. The more it is used the more I dislike the term ‘big data.’  I mean, how to alienate your public in […]

Take part in a live trial now as part of NIHR’s visit to the British Science Festival #NIHRCOMETtrial

I hope you’ll forgive the fact that what follows is the news release but I am part of the team presenting with Jonathan Sheffield at next week’s British Science Festival and I really couldn’t put it better than this.  The ‘live trial’ is very exciting indeed and the first dip in the water for a […]

New webinar series on public involvement in adult social care @NIHRINVOLVE @OfficialNIHR

This is for the mods and rockers among you who spent the last week at the seaside and missed the twitter announcements…. Great to see this focus on public involvement in social care. ‘Get all sides of the story’: public involvement and participation in adult social care research The NIHR School for Social Care Research […]

It’s NIHR Friday: NHS Trust research activity stats published

You didn’t think I’d forget NIHR Friday did you? So the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Networks Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR CRN CC), together with The Guardian online, has this week published its annual performance tables for research activity in each NHS Trust in England for 2012/13. You can find the figures for your local […]

It’s NIHR Friday – Public involvement: did the research network move for you?

NIHR Clinical Research Network Survey Patient and Carer (Lay) Involvement in Research: Your Experience The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Patient and Public Involvement Steering Group is running a survey to capture how being involved in research impacts on patients and carers. You should take part in this survey if […]

Blog: Why the NIHR Journals Library is important from a patient perspective

NIHR Journals Library Launch 20th June 2013 As promised here’s my speaking notes from the launch of the NIHR Journals Library today.  Good to see the Minister, Earl Howe, there (I tweeted his remarks earlier) plus the CMO, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Trish Edwards, Asst Editor from the BMJ etc., Public involvement in UK health research […]

NIHR Friday: CLAHRCs Selection Panel announced plus NIHR Journals Library opens

I was just going to tweet this but since it is in a downloadable pdf and not actually on the face of NIHR’s website, I thought it would be helpful to post it – the membership of the Collaboration in Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Selection Panel: Professor Huw Davies (Chair) Co-Head of […]

Keep track of your medicines with ‘My Medication Passport’ c/o NW London CLAHRC

I seem to be visiting more CLAHRCs (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) next week than in all my time as a boy looking for new school shoes.  One of the CLAHRCs unfortunate enough to be visited by me is Northwest London. They’ve just launched a brilliant new tool to help patients […]

It’s NIHR Friday inc. new publications, a competition and NIHR CCF makes the Grade with patients

Yes, it truly does seem as though Friday should be dubbed ‘NIHR Friday’ given the propensity for my erstwhile colleagues to push info out on the aforementioned day.  The clutch of interesting announcements this week include: Publication of the NIHR Annual Report for 2011-2012.  You know, I’m sorry if this offends some people but I’m […]

Political spotlight on Health Research Authority (HRA) intensifies

I am sure the new Health Research Authority (HRA) can take care of itself.  But the expectations being heaped on it by others show no signs of abating. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow someone calls on it to cure cancer. If it had been created by a Blair Government it would surely have been […]

INVOLVE steps forward to change behaviours on plain English summaries of health research

I make no apology for being a little bit obsessed by plain English summaries of research this week.  Events have conspired to make it this way. So, what did NIHR do when faced late last year with rising concern among academics, researchers, patients and the public about the poor quality of lay summaries?  It commissioned […]

Public have their say on clinical trials gateway

This is already doing the rounds on twitter but I thought I would share the email/letter that I have sent out to those who took part in the survey…. I am pleased to let you know that the results of the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) Patient and Public Survey conducted last summer have been […]

Data, data everywhere…new report, plus NIHR’s achievements in 2012

Yes, we are positively swimming in data these days.  And I don’t about you, but I’m looking forward to doing some data-linkage with family and friends over Christmas and the New Year. From a Government point of view, making best use of the data which is routinely collected by departments, public agencies and others, linking […]