March 2023 Newsletter
Date: 31 March 2023
Welcome to the Forum March 2023 Newsletter
Welcome to our third Newsletter of 2023.
Aside from the recent snow, it’s starting to feel like Spring is on the way – and we’re so excited to be able to announce the full programme for the conference in May, and can’t wait to see everyone together. Newcastle is such a vibrant city – I hope you’ll join us for a walking tour on the Sunday, before the main programme gets going.
We also spring into action with our new year of training courses which always get booked up quickly – so don’t delay in securing a place.
A time for renewal and change within our leadership team too – and there’s still time to apply to join us our board of trustees as we plan for the future of the forum and how we support our membership in the coming years.
Executive, NHS R&D Forum
Programme Announced for RDF23
The NHS Research and Development Forum is delighted to announce that the conference programme for RDF23 is now available. RDF23 will see more delegates, more speakers, more sessions, more exhibitors, and more posters than before.
We have had an amazing response to the conference so far, and can’t wait to welcome over 700 people who have already booked to attend. To ensure you have the best choice of the remaining hotels when making your booking, we recommend you register shortly.
Research & Development Forum Trustee – Expression of Interest – CLOSING DATE 31ST MARCH
We are seeking to appoint up to three trustees who possess the skills, knowledge and experience needed to take the R&D Forum forward.
Expressions of Interest are sought from members of NHS R&D Forum to join the Board of Trustees of the charity that leads the work of the R&D Forum (Charity 1189876).
Closing date for applications is Friday 31st March 2023.
The Wider Health and Care and Community Working Group Update
The Wider Health and Care and Community Working Group is a forum to support those people who are supporting health and care research taking place in Local Authorities, Community Providers, Care Homes, Hospices – all those areas of health and care delivery that are outside the remit of the Health Research Authority.
We have a lively welcoming group, with membership open to any and all, whether working exclusively in these organisations, or working on a particular project operating in previously unchartered territories.
We’ve identified several areas where we might make some immediate positive impacts, and have established Task and Finish groups to tackle these – visit our website below to find out more.
If you are interested in joining the Wider Health and Care and Community Working Group please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
#Red4Research Friday 16th June 2023
We are looking forward to the annual #Red4Research day on Friday 16th June. This campaign was founded and is led by Sally Humphreys chair of the NHS R&D Forum Research Management Working Group, PhD student at University of Hertfordshire and NHS research nurse.
You will be able to find out more about how to get involved with #Red4Research on the RDF website – there will be various social media resources and email signatures available soon. Watch this space!
NHS R&D Forum Prioritising Studies – Task and Finish Group Update
The Forum held the first NHS R&D Forum Prioritising Studies – Task and Finish Group in March. The aim of this group is to produce and design some high-level guidance to provide support for R&D offices in circumstances of staff shortages within the delivery teams. This document will aid discussions with NHS Trust Boards, Chief Nurses and Directors of Operations, in the event of strikes and other workforce pressures. A number of actions have been taken forward by the group and we will update via the Hive Mind. The group are hoping to publish a broad set of principles that can be applied to all applicable NHS organisations.
2023 – Course Schedule
We are pleased to advise that the training team have set the course schedule for 2023, some of which will remain virtual and others returning to In-Person, which we feel is a massive benefit to what you can learn together and share experiences.
Currently bookings are open for courses running from January – March, further bookings to open soon. To review the full schedule, click the link below.
Next In-Person Training Course
Regulatory Inspection Ready
26th April 2023
We are happy to finally be able to offer this popular course, In-Person for the first time since the Pandemic.
This course is aimed at those who deliver research in a healthcare setting either in a Sponsor team or as a Host, and that may be 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.
Last minute changes just prior to a visit can be very unhelpful and in some cases misleading and so this course will help delegates understand how to become inspection-ready for any inspection. Delegates will learn strategies that build confidence for an inspection from any of the regulators for example the MHRA, Human Tissue Authority or Human Embryology & Fertilisation Authority.
- Research Reset: New update and actions published by DHSC and NHSE
- NIHR MOOCS (free to access online courses)
- UK commercial Costing Reference Group Spring meeting summary
- NHSE second round data collection for National Contract Value Review
- Involved in commercial research costing? Join the UK NHS community of practice!
- New Be Part of Research registry functionality available for studies
- Large scale commercial vaccine trials
Automating Research to Accelerate Research
At AscensionQ, they are dedicated to their mission of enhancing the operational efficiency of clinical research, and they need your invaluable assistance to understand better the current challenges you are facing. Their team has developed a cutting-edge clinical operational research platform that automates manual tasks throughout the entire research cycle. They are eager to gain insight into your key pain points and improve your experience as a researcher.
Health Research Authority (HRA) Get involved in developing new guidance for clinical trials
Following the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA’s) response to the consultation on clinical trials regulations, the HRA are committed to developing new guidance to support the change in legislation.
To help, the HRA are looking for researchers, research participants and anyone involved in making research happen to work with them to make sure that the guidance is effective and proportionate.
MHRA to streamline clinical trial approvals in biggest overhaul of trial regulation in 20 years
A series of new measures will be introduced by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with support from partners to make it faster and easier to gain approval and to run clinical trials in the UK. These changes represent the biggest overhaul in UK clinical trials regulation in over 20 years and will help to make the UK one of the best countries in the world to conduct clinical research for patients and researchers.
Understanding Regulations of AI and Digital Technology in Health and Social Care
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have launched a new AI & Digital Regulations Service in partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Visit the site for guidance on navigating the regulatory pathway and advice on developing and adopting AI and digital technology.
Update on Improvements to UK Research Landscape – National Contract Value Review (NCVR) Update
The National Contract Value Review process went live on 1 October 2022 to help streamline study set-up. All commercial studies completing an interactive Costing Tool (iCT) since 1 October 2022 have been linked with an NHS-based costing expert to undertake a national review.
Share your experiences of using the UK interactive Costing Tool and the National Contract Value Review.
Lord O’Shaughnessy to Lead Independent Review into UK Clinical Trials
The government has appointed Lord James O’Shaughnessy to conduct an independent review into the UK commercial clinical trials landscape.
The review will offer recommendations on how commercial clinical trials can help the life sciences sector unlock UK growth and investment opportunities. This will also advise on how to resolve key challenges in conducting commercial clinical trials in the UK.
Maximising the Benefits of Research
England has a vibrant research and development ecosystem, with well-developed research infrastructure and research expertise within our health and care workforce. The value of research in transforming health and care is significant; additionally, staff satisfaction, recruitment and retention is higher among staff who are involved in research. The inception of integrated care systems (ICSs) provides the opportunity for systems to embed research within health and care for the benefit of our population.
UKTMN Publication Statement
The UKTMN has recently released a statement on recognition of trial management staff in academic publications. Disappointingly, despite their critical role in the delivery of clinical trials, trial management staff are sometimes overlooked when it comes to authorship in the academic publication(s) that arise from the trial.
UKCRF Network – Increased Funding for 2023-28
The UK Clinical Research Facility Network, hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), are very pleased to announce that they have been awarded £2.4 million funding by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to support the delivery of early phase research studies.
The Research Capability Funding (RCF) Allocations for 2023-24
For more information on the Research Capability Funding (RCF) allocations for 2023-24, visit our website below.
Recruitment of Clinical Trial Staff
Many departments are facing challenges in recruiting people to work in academic-led, non-commercial clinical trials, including trial management roles. With input from UKTMN members and the UKCRC-CTU Network, they have developed an e-flyer to highlight the role of Clinical Trials Units and the types of jobs on offer within them.
Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit Course – Fundamentals of Clinical Trials 15th-19th May 2023
The course introduces the key considerations when designing and conducting a randomised clinical trial. The course is intended for anyone seeking an introductory course on randomised controlled trials, and who is likely to be involved in the design, conduct and management, analysis, reporting or review of clinical trials. Throughout the five-day course, delegates will learn why clinical trials are necessary, how different kinds of trials are designed and how bias can be minimised, how trials are managed and then analysed, interpreted and reported.
Resources from the NHS Research and Development Forum to support health and care research in the UK:
- Careers in Clinical Trials e-Flyer
- Publication statement by UKTMN, March 2023
Contacting the R&D Forum
As a reminder, should you need to contact the Forum the best way is via email which is email@example.com
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