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Roundtable Discussions & COVID Coffee Chats

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Round table discussions

Sometimes the ability to advance our practice and influence others requires good old-fashioned discussion. The Forum is all about community relationships, connecting members to work together and virtual discussion forums are great for this purpose.

Round table discussions can be based around new or emerging hot topics, tricky areas of practice or just facilitated ‘group thinking time. We can also arrange for discussions to be with policy makers, experts and regulators in some cases. Of course we hope that all meetings will result in groups to take forward outputs or resources to share with the wider community but this is not the first purpose.

Joint ARMA & NHS R&D Forum Event – Getting Ready For The New HRA Student Research Policy

29th June – 10.00-13.00

We invite expressions of interest from across the academic and healthcare sectors to take part in discussions exploring how NHS and University partners might prepare for the new HRA student research policy from 1st September 2021.

What is the new student policy?

The HRA has recently published new student research criteria, which require the health research/academic ecosystem to think differently about how we collectively support and grow capacity for health research through training and student experience.

What is the round table about?

The purpose of the event is to agree some simple/high level recommendations for community action, which we will collectively publish.

The event will be approximately 3 hours on 29th June and consist of a keynote presentation from Professor Matthew Westmore, CEO HRA followed by some examples in practice, discussion groups, feedback and key recommendations.

Who might express an interest to join the round table?

ARMA and the Forum are leading this conversation to bring interested and impacted parties together

You might be an R&D Manager or Director, course leader or supervisor, NHS service manager or research delivery staff, academic, clinical lead (across professions) or a student.

If you are interested in taking part and you able to support this work please sign up. Delegates will be selected to ensure broad representation and rich discussion.

Summaries of Previous Roundtables

3 February 2021: ‘The Importance of Team Science and Systems Leadership in Biomedical and Health Research’. Joint round table discussion with ARMA
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The speakers at this joint R&D Forum/ARMA round table discussion included Angela Topping, Head of the Newcastle Joint Research Office who spoke about her experience as Head of a Joint R&D Office and how this allowed Newcastle to be a pioneer in Medical Research and be one of the best research performing Trusts nationally; Chris Duncan, a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant about his experience as the Newcastle PI for the Oxford Vaccine Study and the importance of Team Science; Simon Denegri, Executive Director of the Academy of Medical Sciences about the science of team science, next steps in relation to their January 2020 report and how we can support the agenda and Catherine Adams from the Health Research Authority about lessons learned during the COVID pandemic and how, as a regulator of health Research, they can work closer with the research community to reduce bureaucracy and truly embed research into everyday clinical practice. Click here to access a recording of the webinar through the ARMA website.

12 March 2021: Discussion on the mCTA, CRO mCTA and mNCA model agreements
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Updates have been made to model agreements. 
January 2021 versions of the mCTA, CRO mCTA  and a UK-wide mNCA are now available in IRAS with guidance notes. 
The Forum contracts group held a roundtable Q&A on the 12th March 11-12 to discuss these  agreements and more with the 4 nations contract leads.  The slides are available here

COVID Coffee Chat

Join colleagues at 11am every Thursday morning.

Every week during lockdown the R&D Forum working group members have hosted a virtual coffee chat to review developments, to share practice and to support each other whilst quickly developing a national perspective of the practical issues affecting the development and delivery of research, including how these have changed as the UK-wide response has developed.

The groups from across the R&D management, support and leadership community have thus been uniquely placed to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of the national approach and to help with the national policy and guidance being produced. The R&D Forum will continue to support the Department of Health & Social Care and partners across the system to deliver the required COVID-19 research in a speedy and safe manner.

Whilst these calls have been set up during the COVID-19 pandemic they are also a great way of connecting and sharing all activities with peers

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