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December 2021 Newsletter

Date: 20 December 2021

Welcome to the Forum December 2021 Newsletter

Many thanks to you all for the amazing work in R&D that you have done in challenging circumstances this year, and for your continued support and commitment to the RDForum. We may not have met face to face, but have connected with many of you through numerous training courses, symposia and our virtual event sessions in May.
Thanks as always go to our many contributors, supporters, trainers, working group chairs and members without whom we could not effectively and successfully function.  A special mention to HRA whom NHS R&D Forum congratulate on a successful first ten years during which a major achievement was significantly streamlining approvals for research in the NHS.
We have been delighted to work with them over the past ten years and look forward to working with them over the next ten on issues including:-
  • Shareable outcome to help measure impact
  • Addressing challenges in research culture including misconduct, fraud, open publication, bullying and harassment.
  • Ensuring transparency
We wish all of our community, members and stakeholders, a happy festive season and a fulfilling, safe and healthy New Year.
Best wishes from all the RDForum Executives


NHS R&D Forum Conference and Events 2022 and 2023

We announced in the November Newsletter that we are planning a full year’s programme of online training courses and symposia events for 2022, in place of a face-to-face large conference given the uncertainly of the months ahead.

I’m pleased to advise the programme has been agreed and can be viewed, by clicking on the link below.

If you have RDF20 credit, you can use this to make booking for any future events detailed on the schedule for next year.  Your credit must be used by the end of December 2022. 

The credits from the bookings that were made for the cancelled RDF20 Conference are available to be used for booking onto Training Courses and Symposia.  The credits are allocated to the organisation and not the individual. The person who made the booking for RDF20 has been given access details for them to be able to use the credits to book any person from within the same organisation onto NHS R&D Forum events. The bookings do not need to be for the same person(s) booked for RDF20.  Please contact the person who made the RDF20 booking to access the credits.

When making a booking, please ensure you are logged into your credit account before you start the booking process. Once on the booking summary page, you can then choose to apply the credit. Within the credit account, you can also view the remaining balance and any invoices/bookings where credits have been applied. You should have been sent login details on how to access the credit system. If you need any assistance please contact the Forum

We are tentatively planning to return to a face to face Conference in 2023, with the planned dates being 22nd & 23rd May but will keep you updated on this.


Essentials of NHS Research

10th & 11th January

This interactive two day course is designed for any role at all levels when new to a health care R&D department. The course might also be of interest to colleagues in industry, academia and the third sector that would like to better understand managing NHS Research or just for those who need to keep updated.
Book Here


Local Capacity and Capability for Research

24th January

This one-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the requirements of an NHS organisation when determining whether to take part in a particular research study as a host. Designed for staff in R&D offices responsible for assessing and confirming local capacity & capability, for sponsors of health research and researchers designing studies.
Book Here


Archiving Masterclass

14th February

A one day in-depth master class delivered by trainers with advanced clinical records management expertise taking participants through all the key requirements for managing, storing and archiving essential documents and research data
Book Here


Regulatory Inspection Ready

28th February

This one-day course is aimed at those who deliver research in a healthcare setting either in a Sponsor team or as a Host, and that maybe subject to regulatory inspection. Preparation for Inspection is critical but compliance driven from preparation rather than from quality systems can lead to poor practice and Inspection findings.
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Essentials of Research Sponsorship

7th March

This course is designed to provide the essentials to become and/or improve the management of clinical research as a sponsor. A one day course that will provide an opportunity to develop skills and gain knowledge in the underlying principles of sponsorship. The course covers widely accepted concepts that not only directly apply to sponsorship but are transferable to other areas of the research industry.
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AcoRD Practitioner

21st March

The set up of non-commercial studies in the UK requires cost attribution in accordance with DHSC AcoRD Guidance. The ability to attribute research activities swiftly is critical to ensuring the correct funding streams fund the research appropriately and that projects run well across all sites. A skilled AcoRD specialist plays an important role and this course complements a package of training to support them as well as those in R&D roles and Sponsor teams who advise researchers in their applications for funding.
Book Here



Further to discussions in the last Covid Coffee Meeting, a decision has been taken to replace our (once every fortnight) “Covid Coffees”, with a monthly “R&D Manager Hive Mind Discussion”. We will hold this discussion on the first Thursday of each month for 90 mins.

The first meeting will take place virtually on Thursday 6th January. These new meetings will be hosted by Brandy Coote from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust & Jeannie McKie from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, and will start in the new year.

If you wish to join this monthly meeting, please write to Jeannie, who will kindly add you to the circulation list

Read more here

HRA 10th Anniversary

On 1 December 2021, the HRA turned ten. We’re celebrating by taking stock of how far we’ve come, and our impact on health and social care.

We’re also recognising the people who have made this possible, and looking to the future.

Our Chief Executive, Matt Westmore, has written about our journey over the past ten years and you can also read about our history, our people and some of our proudest achievements over the past ten years.

We’ll be holding a series of events to mark our tenth year, including a workshop in the new year with the Academy of Medical Sciences to review our progress against the vision that they set out in 2011, and to explore what health and social care research will look like in the next ten years. The outcomes will inform what we do now to support and shape the future of health and social care research.

Katie McBride
Engagement Officer


Chief Nursing Officer’s Strategic Plan for Research

The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England has launched a new strategic plan for research. Complementing the ambitions set out in ‘Saving and Improving Lives: The Future of UK Clinical Research Delivery‘, the plan details the CNO’s ambition to “create a people-centred research environment that empowers nurses to lead, participate in, and deliver research” and includes a forward from NIHR Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Ruth Endacott.
Read the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s strategic plan for research.

It is empowering that the vital role nurses play in research has been recognised at a strategic level. The new strategic plan places nurses at the centre of transformation change increasing nurse-related research capability and capacity opportunities from pre-registration nursing programmes to professorships. It was great to see a #Red4Research video included in the launch event.

RDForum will be keen to know in the coming months how this strategy is being operationalised in your area so email and tell us more.

NIHR Updates

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