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August Newsletter

Date: 6 September 2018

Welcome to our August Forum News

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2019 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference Update


The Programme Content Group has held its first meeting. Dr Nicola Williams has kindly agreed to chair once again and the group would to know the key topics of interest to the community. Please spare a few minutes and complete our quick survey here.

Sponsor and Exhibitor bookings have started off with a bang with several sponsorship packages being snapped up and Zones A and B1 of the Exhibition Hall are already fully booked. Our RDF19 Gold Sponsors are:

  • Health & Care Research Wales
  • ESMS
  • TriNetX
  • edge
  • NIHR

Our Silver Sponsor is RQA

The following Sponsorships are still available:

  • Communications Sponsor
  • Breakout Zone Sponsor
  • Plenary Session Sponsor
  • Overall Plenary Sponsor

Exhibition Stands are available in Zones B2 and C. Full details available here

Professional Learning & Development

Non-commercial Sponsors’ Symposia:Draft Programme Now Online

How to be a good, compliant Sponsor

November 8th2018, London.  Only £175
An outline Programme is now live on the Forum website and places are filling up fast. A key purpose of this event is to ensure Sponsors from across the non-commercial sector meet together and therefore we may need to keep a number of places available. If you are keen to go to this day to connect and learn with others, you should book soon.

The MHRA, HRA and MRC are all confirmed and the Programme focuses on what good sponsorship looks like from a variety of perspectives and study types.

Link to further details and booking here

Embedding Research Strategy & Culture in a Health & Care Setting 

How to be a well-led, research-active organisation

Birmingham, October 10th. Only £175

Are you responsible for leading research in your organisation? Must you report to the Board, influence and build partnerships for research? This is an opportunity for Forum members to link in with others and find space to discuss challenges as well as successes alike.

The agenda for this small symposium is online and aims to bring research management teams together with a breadth of speakers to explore strategies for success and to look at what being well led means for health care research active organisations.

Link to further details and booking here

Applied Monitoring in a Health Care Setting

1st& 2ndOctober, Manchester

For study monitors, facilitators, research nurses, practitioners, sponsors and QA teams.

Work through dummy study files, essential documents and pharmacy files and leave with practical understanding of how to undertaken risk-assessment and monitor well.

Link to further details here

Improved, new look ‘Essentials of NHS Research’
15th& 16thOctober, London:

For all levels of role new to a health care R&D department, as well as colleagues in industry, academia and third sector that would like to better understand managing NHS Research. Content covers, understanding the landscape, policy, regulation, patient & public involvement, roles of R&D, capacity & capability, costing, AcoRD, contracts, safety, data, oversight, impact and strategy.

Link to further details here
Forum courses ‘in-house’ 

All courses can be tailored to serve local needs and settings. If you would like a course delivered in your organisation please contact


Calls from the community


Are you already using or planning to use TriNetX and willing to share your experiences with others? If you so and you are willing to get in touch please contact

Communications Professional for Research? 

Do you have a dedicated member of your team for promoting research and research communications, or are you a research communications professional? We are looking to see how many there are!

If you are happy to let us know and be added to a mailing list, get in touch, by contacting: tweet to @NHSRDFORUM

The HRA want to know your thoughts on research transparency 

The survey is aimed primarily at researchers, sponsors and funders, but is open to anyone with an interest in the transparency agenda. You are encouraged to be completely honest.
The survey is due to close on 28 September. If you have any queries about this please contact

PRIORITY II – what are the 10 most important questions to you for retention to clinical trials? 

The PRioRiTy II PSP now has a list of the 27 questions about methods of retention to clinical trials that were important to people, from the original survey.

They are asking those who design and run trials, as well as those who take part, to choose the 10 questions that are most important to them in a short survey.

The survey will close on 14th September.

Regulatory & Policy news:

Government advice on how medicines, medical devices and clinical trials would be regulated in theres no Brexit deal. 

The Dept. of Health & Social Care has published advice on a no-deal Brexit

MHRA preparation for exiting the EU including an update on the Clinical Trials Regulation during the implementation period

A letter from Ian Hudson CEO of the MHRA has been received, outlining several pieces of information, which aim to provide some clarity on how the MHRA are preparing for exiting the EU.  You can read the letter here.
This information includes a published update on the Clinical Trial Regulation during the implementation period.

Teresa Allen is appointed new HRA CEO

Many congratulations to Teresa Allen who has been appointed as the substantive Chief Executive of the HRA. We very much look forward to continuing to work closely with the HRA and Teresa in the future.

Updated Statement of Activities and Schedule of Events 

An updated HRA & Health Care Research Wales Statement of Activities and Schedule of events are published

New UK-wide mNCA published 

The new version of the UK-wide model non-commercial Agreement (mNCA) is published and designed for use without modification

HRA considers the future of social care research – Read More Here 

New Resources
Other News, Call & Funding

Apply to become an AHP Research Champion 

Do you have ideas about how we engage and support AHPs to be research-active in NHS and social care settings? Applications are now open for AHP Research Champion roles working with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR)

New Health Visitor Research Champions scheme is launched

NIHR to launch £3million senior nurse and midwife research programme

Health and Care Research Wales is pleased to announce that it will launch the Senior Research Leaders competition for the next round of appointments to this prestigious group in early Autumn.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

Health & Care Research Wales Conference 2018
Theme: Future-proofing research in Wales #ResearchWales18

NIHR funding awards

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