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Roundtable Discussions & COVID Coffee Chats

Ways to get involved and contribute to the NHS R&D Forum

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.

Updated Model Contracts Q&A and round table discussion

Friday 12th March 11.00am-12.00 noon

Our next virtual round table will take the format of a Q&A discussion with the forum contracts group and 4 nations leads on the updated model contracts. 

Click below to register to attend. The link for the discussion will be emailed to you nearer the time. 

Joint R&D Forum/ECMC Round table discussion - an invitation to inform ECMC strategy

Friday 26th February 12.00 noon – 1.00pm

The current funding cycle of the Experimental Cancer Medicines Centres (ECMC) network is coming to an end [2017-22] and it is  taking the opportunity to examine the current network model. The ECMC wants to ensure that it positions the ECMC network for success so that it can:
  • Accelerate the advancement of experimental cancer research
  • Ensure UK patients continue to have access to innovative treatments

Key stakeholders are invited to share their expert knowledge and insight to help shape the ECMC network for the future. The ECMC is keen to hear your vision along with your colleagues for the future of experimental cancer research.

One hour insight gathering sessions have already been held with the ECMC community, the industry including ABPI and sessions have been planned with NIHR and UK regulators. Once all insight gathering sessions have completed, the ECMC will collate and share the output to enable preparation for the next stage of the discussion which will focus on development of recommendations.

You are invited to input into the development of ECMC future strategy at the joint R&D Forum/ECMC round table discussion on Friday 26th February.

It is appreciated that there are many demands on your time but the ECMC would value your input, particularly as we have a history of working together so effectively.

To register to join the round table discussion click on the “Join a Round Table Discussion” button below.  You will be sent information on how to login nearer the time. 

Download the future ECMC network discussion pre-read and the ECMC Tri-fold flyer by clicking on the buttons below. 

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.

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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