ADAPT to Grow? #OnlineTraining @NIHR_trainees ‏@ucl_slms

The NIHR Infrastructure has partnered with the UCL Academic Careers Office to offer a number of places on the ADAPT to Grow scheme – a resilience building programme for early career researchers. Please circulate this to eligible trainees so they can register if they have an interest in this course. We have a limited number of places available but if we know the level of demand we can better plan for the future.

The scheme is open to trainees (doctoral and post-doctoral) from any professional background who are fully or partly (above 25%) funded by the BRCs, CLAHRCs and PSTRCs. If you have any queries on eligibility contact us on

What’s ADAPT to Grow?

This is an online training programme in resilience skills based on cognitive behavioural coaching for early career academics. The programme is proactive and collaborative in its approach and focuses on maximising your potential for a successful career.

We all encounter difficulties and setbacks as our careers progress; learning how to manage these and building resilience will help you reach your potential more quickly. This course has been particularly useful for individuals in a period of transition.

What are the benefits?

This programme will empower you to:

  • Boost your leadership skills and confidence
  • Successfully navigate the interface of the clinic and research
  • Build an effective and supportive network
  • Develop techniques that will help you cope with and manage work-related stress and anxiety

“I have been taught principles of self-coaching, time management, self-ownership and stress management which I will aim to use on an everyday basis in my work as a clinician and researcher.” ADAPT to Grow participant

“The sessions has equipped me with a useful framework to think through challenges and set-backs – which being an academic, there are many.” ADAPT to Grow participant

How will the sessions work?

You will be allocated four one-hour Skype sessions with a coach trained in a proactive and collaborative cognitive behavioural coaching approach. You will have six months starting in July 2018 to complete your four sessions and you can space them out however you wish.

It’s entirely up to you to decide which work or career related topics you want to bring to the discussions. Prior to each session, some brief planning to identify the topic(s) you would like to focus upon will ensure that the time is used optimally and you obtain the maximum benefit from your session.

The programme is free for eligible participants. For more information about the programme, please visit

How can I apply?

The scheme is currently open to trainees from any professional background who are fully or partly (above 25%) funded by the BRCs, CLAHRCs and PSTRCs. All candidates will be asked to say which part of the NIHR infrastructure, i.e. which BRC/CLAHRC/PSTRC, they are part of.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply by completing this short registration form –

The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018.

Best wishes

NIHR Infrastructure team, TCC


NIHR CLAHRC circulation #GDPR have you resubscribed? DEADLINE 25/05/2018

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Call for abstracts ~ 2nd Yorkshire Breast Cancer Symposium, Leeds @WhiteRoseUC

2nd Yorkshire Breast Cancer Symposium, Leeds

13th September 2018

Call for Abstracts and Attendees

Supported by the White Rose University Consortium.

The aim of this one-day symposium is to provide a forum to share research and innovation across breast cancer researchers in Yorkshire (and beyond!). We aim to provide a friendly environment for academics, clinicians and charities at every level to hear about and discuss their latest research.

The meeting is free (with lunch), but attendees / presenters must register.

We invite submissions for oral or poster presentations on any aspect of breast cancer research. Ideally, presentations will be delivered by early career researchers, including doctoral students, post-docs and clinical fellows or lecturers, to give them an opportunity to highlight their work.

Abstract submissions will be considered by a panel and we will advise you if you have been selected to present by Wednesday 1st August 2018.

Please submit your abstract (250 words maximum; identify the presenter and tell us his/her career stage) before 12.00 noon on Monday 25th June to Joanne Hutchings,

All attendees (including those submitting abstracts) must register by Wednesday 1st August 2018:

If you have any questions please contact Thomas Hughes,, Ingunn Holen,, or Will Brakenbury,

Register Here to Attend

Conference ~ #NIHR @CLAHRC_GM Palliative Care Research, Audit and Evaluation Conference 2018 #CLAHRC #Palliative

NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Palliative Care Research, Audit and Evaluation Conference

Friday 20th July 2018

Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, Manchester

10:00 – 16:00

This FREE conference will give you an opportunity to network, share ideas and discuss and present research and audit findings with colleagues.

We’ll be celebrating excellent research and audit work in the field of palliative care, giving you an opportunity to hear from practitioners and researchers, with a focus on putting local evidence into practice, improving care provision and moving priority setting forward.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Submit your oral and poster abstracts

We’re looking for oral presentations of research and audit, as well as posters to be presented over lunch and during breaks. Judging of the posters will be done on the day, and prizes will be awarded to the top three posters.

Full abstract information is available on the Eventbrite link below

Please click here to register via Eventbrite 

Please submit abstracts to Samantha Wilkinson (<>) by Friday 8th June 2018

Date, venue and registration

This conference will take place at Jean McFarlane Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL. The conference is free to attend.

Vacancy ~ #NIHR CCF Programme Manager @OfficialNIHR #CLAHRC @ClahrcP @YH_PSTRC #IAmResearch

Programme Manager, Infrastructure and Faculty team, NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

Location: Twickenham, London

Salary: competitive

Closing Date: 30 MAY 2018

An exciting position has arisen for a Programme Manager to support the commissioning, monitoring and secretariat activities within the Infrastructure and Faculty team at the National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility (NIHR CCF).  The team manages around £375 million of the NIHR’s funding each year.

The post-holder will play a key role in managing the day-to-day activity associated with the oversight of Infrastructure funding schemes and in the management of high profile funding competitions that will ensure the UK’s international competitiveness in the field of applied health research. The role offers significant exposure to both the commissioning and monitoring activities for the prestigious NIHR Research Infrastructure awards, including Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Patient Safety Translational Research Centres and the Medtech and In-vitro Diagnostic Co-operatives.

Job Purpose:

The Programme Manager will cover the full end-to-end process of research management, from launching new calls for applications through to the active monitoring of funded schemes and awards, and will require an ability to work collaboratively with other team members. The post provides the opportunity for exciting external liaison, with interfaces to UK government, academia, industry and the clinical community.

We welcome applications for secondments into this role from relevant organisations.

Further information can be found at,-infrastructure-and-faculty/#.Wvvx-ezwa70.


Strategic Prospectus launched from UK Research and Innovation ~ UKRI aims to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. @UKRI_News

Strategic Prospectus: Building the UKRI Strategy

Insight, Inspiration, Impact

UK Research and Innovation Strategic Prospectus will ensure everyone in society benefits from world-leading research and innovation.

The Strategic Prospectus will create a research and innovation system that is fit for the future and equipped to tackle the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21stCentury.

It will ensure UKRI responds to important opportunities, fosters excellence and collaboration on the global stage, and draws on the inspiration and insight of our most talented researchers and innovators.

The sections below outline how we will strengthen the UK’s world-leading knowledge economy and deliver impact across society.

A copy of the Strategic Prospectus is available to download.

UK Research and Innovation

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

We are an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, both to government and internationally, we are supported and challenged by an independent chair and board. We are principally funded through the Science Budget by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Our mission is to be a trusted partner and to ensure research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK. We will support and help connect the best researchers and innovators with customers, users and the public. We will invest every pound of taxpayers’ money wisely in a way that maximises impact for citizens, in the UK and across the world.

We will be measured by the impact we deliver, and this will have three elements:

  • We will push the frontiers of human knowledge and understanding
  • We will deliver economic impact and social prosperity
  • We will create social and cultural impact by supporting our society and others to become enriched, healthier, more resilient and sustainable.

In May 2018 we will be publishing our strategy and corporate plan.

  • Our Councils 
    Bringing together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
  • Our people 
    Who is our Chair, CEO, senior leadership and Executive Chairs?
  • Policies and standards
    Our policies on issues such as equality, research integrity and freedom of information
  • Brand guidelines
    How to use UKRI branding for promotional material, publications and websites


The Nottingham Systematic Review Course, Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

Tuesday 19th June – Friday 22nd June, 2018.

This course qualifies for 24 Royal College of Physicians CPD Points.

Who should attend: all people wishing to undertake reviews of randomised studies.

This course will appeal to all those interested in completing a Cochrane-style review.  Experienced tutors and facilitators will be available to give you practical and individual advice.  After attending the course, participants should be able to understand search strategies, extract data, manage the results of systematic searches, understand the syntheses of the data, apply the methods and conduct reviews independently.

Brief course content:

Day 1: Introduction to Systematic Review, Developing a protocol theory, Developing a protocol: break out groups, Using RevMan 1.

Day 2: Developing a search strategy, Managing search results, Selecting studies for a review, Using RevMan 2.

Day 3: Assessing risk of bias, Extracting binary data, Extracting continuous data, Using RevMan 3.

Day 4: Introduction to Meta-Analysis, Dealing with heterogeneity, Interpreting results and getting published, Using RevMan 4.

Study methods: Small group teaching, workshops, library-based interactive tutorials with hands on practical work at computer stations and group work.

Our Speakers

Professor Clive Adams, Chair of Mental Health Services Research, Coordinating Editor,                     Cochrane Schizophrenia Group.  Professor of Mental Health Services Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Clive completed his medical studies at Queen’s University in Belfast and gained his Masters Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  As a Clinical Lecturer in Oxford he established the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group.  The group now flourishes, with 800 reviewers in 21 different countries maintaining over 200 high grade reviews.  Prof Adams has continued his interest in worldwide research and real world randomised      controlled trials, focusing particularly on low to middle-income countries. He has undertaken trials of care in Brazil, Finland, India and the UK, evaluating drugs, packaging of care and mental health policy.

Professor Brigitte Scammell, Professor in Orthopaedics, Faculty of Medicine & Health   Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Brigitte is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in adult foot and ankle surgery at The City Hospital, Nottingham and Professor of Orthopaedic Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She heads the Academic Orthopaedic Unit and is the Admissions Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine. Her clinical interests are in adult orthopaedics, especially of the foot and ankle, with a particular emphasis on the reconstruction of severe deformity and treatment of infection in patients with diabetic foot disorders.

Dr Alexia Karantana, Clinical Associate Professor in Hand Surgery, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Alexia is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Hand Surgery at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham and Clinical Associate Professor of Hand Surgery at the University of Nottingham. She is based at the newly established Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery and works closely with the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) to    promote high quality multi-centre clinical research in common hand conditions. As part of her collaborative role, she is also based at the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit.

Ms Judy Wright, Senior Information Specialist, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.

Judy is a qualified librarian and is leading the development of health research information support offered to LIHS with a team of Information Specialists located within the Academic Unit of Health Economics.  Judy manages a portfolio of activities supporting health research staff at both the University of Leeds and NHS Trusts across Yorkshire via the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber region.

Associate-Professor Sarah Lewington, Scientific Director, MSc in Global Health Science,       University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Sarah is one of the Scientific Directors for the MSc in Global Health Science, with responsibility for the development, delivery and management of the fully revised MSc degree course. Sarah spent 5 years working as a medical statistician in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to university to study for an MSc in Applied Statistics. She came to Oxford University to co-ordinate the Prospective Studies Collaboration in 1995 and gained her DPhil in Epidemiology in 1999. Sarah’s main research interest is in major risk factors for premature adult mortality, with a particular focus on tobacco, alcohol, blood pressure and obesity, and is the Oxford-based principal investigator for studies conducted in Russia, Cuba and India. She leads a team of epidemiologists, statisticians and statistical programmers that forms the CTSU’s Population Studies Group.

Ms Jun Xia, Founder & Chairman, Systematic Review Solutions Ltd, Systematic Reviewer, Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. Consultant Systematic Review Editor, Cochrane Skin Group. Steering Group Member, Evidence-based Medicine Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
Jun has a background in healthcare research methods and evidence synthesis.  She joined the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group in 2005, specializes in research methodology and systematic review.  To date, she has published over 30 Cochrane systematic reviews in relation to the effectiveness of care for people with schizophrenia, stroke, depression, cancer treatment and pain management. Jun established Systematic Review Solutions Ltd (SRS) in 2009, providing training on systematic review and evidence-based practice to clinicians and healthcare professionals globally.  She has delivered over 60 systematic review workshops globally and over 3000 healthcare professionals have benefited from this training.





Date, Location & Fees

Date:  Tuesday 19th June – Friday 22nd June, 2018.

Time:  09:00—17:00.

Venue:  The University of Nottingham is located at the heart of England and has good public transport networks.

Course Fee:  £800 ‘Early Bird’, if paid by Fri 4th May, 2018.  Later Bookings, fee is £895.             Your course fee includes all learning materials, refreshments and lunch every day plus farewell evening meal on Thursday 21st June, 2018.







The Venue:  the course will be held in The Engineering and Science Learning Centre, at the University of Nottingham, University Park Campus.

To Register

General Enquiries/Bookings:  email:

To book direct online:  Nottingham Systematic Review Course

Course Content Enquiries Email:

Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery

The University of Nottingham,

C Floor, West Block, QMC,

Nottingham, NG7 2UH.

The Centre for Evidence Based Hand Surgery (CEBHS) is a collaboration between the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, The University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, working with patients and the wider community of all those involved in hand surgery care.

The CEBHS core membership comprises clinicians, academics and researchers from Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine and the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU).