Do you know anyone who could bring a public perspective to the work of the HS&DR Programme?

The Health Services and Delivery Research Programme is currently recruiting public contributors to help to identify and raise issues from the perspective of patients and the public that are relevant to our research.

We are looking for individuals with committee experience who have a strong interest in health research. 

If you know of anyone who might be interested, we would appreciate you passing the information on to them.

For information about the role and how people can apply see our website<http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/ppi/opportunities-nets>.

The application closing date is 12th June Interviews will be held on the 16th July


Nursing Times Awards_ integrated approaches to care

The Nursing Times Awards have launched a brand new category for 2014; the award for Integrated Approaches to Care sponsored by Nuffield Health.

This brand new category seeks to reward nurses whose work is reducing the burden on the health service by preventing ill-health and/or offering truly holistic care to patients who have long-term conditions or complex needs.

The award seeks to identify those nurses from the community or hospital sector who have joined forces with other organisations, such as those from the voluntary and/or third sector, to help promote public health and prevent disease and/or manage long-term conditions in a holistic and integrated way that improves patients’ quality of life and independence.

This year the judges have made it even easier than ever to enter – with applicants only having to complete one simple question in 500 words.

Click here to enter today

Entering the award is quick, free and easy:

Complete and submit your entry online by: Friday 27 June

EPSRC_ Grand Challenges in Healthcare Technologies

Grand Challenges in Healthcare Technologies: Initial List for Community Web Surveys

EPSRC’s Healthcare Technologies Theme invites the UK’s research and user communities to help us develop a number of Grand Challenges. These Grand Challenges will be used to inform the future strategy and direction of the Theme.

We are interested to hear the views of researchers from all disciplines and career stages, as well as clinicians, industry and other relevant stakeholder groups.
We worked with our Strategic Advisory Team to produce an initial list of Grand Challenges to which computational, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences can make a significant contribution. These are:
 Data analytics and digital infrastructure for healthcare
 Enabling technologies for regenerative medicine
 Engineering healthy behaviours
 Functional enhancement for safe and independent living
 Infection prevention and control
 Patient specific treatment
 Prediction and early diagnosis
 Smart surgeries and therapies
 Systems to support and improve healthcare provision
 Understanding and interventions in neurological function

The final list of Grand Challenges for Healthcare Technologies will be informed by the input we receive, both through the community web surveys and a number of stakeholder workshops. It is likely to differ from this list in number and scope. We welcome suggestions of additional challenges not covered by those already identified. You will be able to enter suggestions for additional challenges as part of any of the surveys in the ‘future approach for the challenge’ section.

The Grand challenges
The initial ten Grand Challenges are detailed below. The descriptions are intended to aid discussion and provoke feedback through the surveys. The final Grand Challenges and their descriptions will be informed by the input we receive.

The challenges will be used to define the future strategy and direction of the theme. The council has launched 10 surveys to collect feedback on its initial list of 10 grand challenges, which include technologies for regenerative medicine, infection prevention, and patient-specific treatment.

The deadline for completing the surveys is Monday 9th June and the final list of grand challenges will be published early in 2015.

Each survey can be accessed at:


A summary of the survey questions is also in the attached guidance pdf and researchers are encouraged to complete as many of the 10 surveys as they wish.