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September 2022 Newsletter

Date: 30 September 2022

Welcome to the Forum September 2022 Newsletter

As the autumn blows in, it brings a huge gust of energy and excitement to be in planning mode for an R&D Forum conference again.  Chairing the Conference Programme Content Group, and reopening the plan we had in place ready for May 2020 reminded me how much everyone has achieved, and that a lot has changed or progressed since. Judging from the wave of bookings already, you, like us, are really looking forward to being able to spend time in person reconnecting in a stunning venue and city in May 2023. We can’t wait to read all the abstracts – so do send one in to have the opportunity to share the great things (big and small) you’ve been doing.

Our other events are selling out fast too and we’re looking forward to holding the first ICS Symposium next month – there’s a waiting list in place, so do tell us if you’d like to book a place.

Finally, I was reminded this week by a great friend and colleague to do a spot check on balance – so I’m passing it on –  to make sure looking after yourself is also kept high priority, and give permission to yourself to rest and restore too.

Have a great month!

Best Regards,
Nicola Williams 
Executive, NHS R&D Forum 

RDF23 – Bookings Now Open     

The NHS R&D Forum is delighted to announce that delegate bookings for RDF23, held in association with the Health Research Authority, are now open.

Delegates can now book to attend the NHS R&D Forum Annual Conference at an Early Bird rate, which is available until December 31st 2022.

RDF23 is the 2023 Annual Conference of the NHS Research & Development Forum. More then 500 members of the UK-wide research management, support & leadership community in health and care come together to learn, share, develop and network.

RDF20 Credit – Remember, if you booked and paid for RDF20, your organisation has a credit which you can redeem to book for RDF23, unless the credit has already been used for other R&D Forum events and training courses.  Credits apply to the organisation, not the individual.  Credits from 2020 have to be redeemed by the 31st December 2022. 

For more information on event details, packages and pricing, visit our website below.

Book your place



The Forum ICS and Research Symposium – 13th October, Leeds  


(Should you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email

We have been delighted with the response to this event and pleased that so many of our members and community along with some of our key stakeholders will be joining us in person at this one day Symposia event in Leeds next month.

The Symposium has proven very popular, as it is so relevant to the imminent structural changes to Health & Care, we will consider re-running the event if the numbers on the waiting list are sufficient, so please add your name if this would be of interest to you.

We will be sharing on the day via Twitter #ICSRDFSymposium and summarising afterwards.  We are sure this topic will continue as a key feature of the impact and influence, RDF can make with our community and stakeholders. Watch this space for further developments!

Agendas & Bookings

R&D Forum Contact Directory

Please can we ask that you check that our Contact Directory listing for you is up to date. Many organisations, including HRA, use this to contact you about studies and if the information is incorrect this causes delays, additional work and could result in you not receiving important information.

Contact Directory

Please follow RDF on LinkedIn

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Translation Tools – New Resources on REX

Following a Hive Mind query earlier on in the year, the NHS R&D Forum and HRA explored potentially developing a resource of which language(s) different validated questionnaires have been translated into.

We have now gathered a number of tools available that are now available in the Resources Exchange.

Resource Exchange

Research Reset Update Bulletin

Recovering the UK’s capacity to deliver clinical research is a key factor that underpins the ambitions set out in Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research delivery. However, clinical research delivery is still facing unprecedented challenges and there is now an urgent need and an opportunity to reset the UK’s research portfolio to build for a stronger future. Please read the most recent Newsletter published September 7th 2022 for some important guidance and information for Sponsors and Funders.

Read more here

We are thrilled that our first in person course is going ahead in Birmingham on the 17th October.  This is a great opportunity for research staff to meet face-face and understand more about the local Capacity and Capability process.

Please see below for information and the link to book.

Dates for 2023 training courses coming soon, we will be in touch to advise of these very soon. 

Archiving Masterclass

10th October – 9 places remaining

An excellent course providing expert insights in the practicalities of research archiving procedures.

End of study procedures are the domain of both the NHS and the Sponsor and so if you are a named archivist or just need to understand more about how to firm up your procedures then you should consider this one-day event.

Book here

Local Capacity and Capability for Research

17th October – In Person Course, Birmingham

A one-day course 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. It explains the principles of good study set up, the information required by the R&D office and where it can be obtained. It introduces delegates to the various systems and documents associated with research and also provides some guidance on developing relationships with key support departments and stakeholders within an NHS organisation.

Book here

Essentials of Research Sponsorship

7th November – Fully Booked

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.

Book here

RDF 2022 Events Schedule

To view what else we have planned for the rest of the year, please click below.

NIHR Updates

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