Researcher Links Workshop: Identifying and addressing shared challenges in conducting health and social care research for older people (OPAL) @BritishCouncil ‏ @adamgordon1978 ‏

The University of Nottingham are delighted to announce that after securing funding from the British Council we are now recruiting early career researchers to attend a 5 day workshop in Brazil (11 – 15th June , 2018).

Theme: Identifying and addressing shared challenges in conducting health and social care research for older people (OPAL). UK co-ordinator Dr Adam Gordon, Brazil co-ordinator Professor Alessandro Ferrari Jacinto

The programme, British Council Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and Brazil to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers (ECRs) to participate in the above workshop (to a maximum of 30 candidates, 15 from each country). The 5 day workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops ECRs will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster with short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers and mentors from the UK and our partners in Brazil. There will be a focus on building links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.

Further details and the online application form can be found on the following link and the deadline for applications is Monday 26TH March, 2018 at 17.00 UK time.


Are you a researcher with @NIHRCRN have you completed the short survey?

To ensure that the research delivery needs of our researchers are being met we would like researchers to complete a short online survey, and I am contacting you to request your assistance in distributing this.

The CRN is committed to supporting researchers to successfully deliver clinical research in the NHS. As someone who is conducting research, we would like to know how you feel we are doing by completing this short survey. This is anonymous and the outputs will be used to support improvement and development of services to further meet researchers’ needs.

The survey involves 13 questions and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

The online survey can be accessed HERE.

The survey will close on Friday 13th April 2018.

If you have any issues accessing the survey, please email

To ensure that the research delivery needs of our researchers are being met we would like researchers to complete a short online survey, and I am contacting you to request your assistance in distributing this.

The objective is to understand how well Local Clinical Research Networks are delivering a responsive and flexible NHS support service that meets the needs of researchers. This is one of the Host Performance Indicators documented in the Performance and Operating Framework. The outputs will be used to support improvement and development of services to further meet researchers’ needs. We will be preparing a summary of responses for the CRN Annual Report and the Contract Management Board.

The types of roles that we would like you to make contact with include Investigators and their study teams, conducting non-commercial or commercial studies, which includes both clinical and non-clinical staff as well as those teams in other NIHR infrastructure such as Clinical Trial Units or Biomedical Research Centres.




Building a Britain for the future: Understanding the Industrial Strategy white paper @nhsconfed @AHSN_YandH @NHSLocalGrowth

Building a Britain for the future: Understanding the Industrial Strategy white paper

Following an informative & inspirational presentation from Michael Wood at the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN Board meeting, we would like to encourage you to read the white paper below.


The government published its long awaited Industrial Strategy white paper on 27 November 2017. This briefing explains the Industrial Strategy’s aims and objectives, why it matters for the NHS and how the health service can play a part locally in, and thus benefit from, realising the strategy.

This briefing will be of interest for NHS chief executives, chairs and non-executive directors and directors responsible for strategy, workforce, transformation, innovation and public health.

Contact local growth adviser Michael Wood at to discuss how you might make links in your area.

Find out more about our programme of work supporting NHS organisations to influence and benefit from local economic planning.

Funded PhD fellowships @THIS_Institute @HealthFdn ‏@CLAHRC_EoE

The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute has opened applications for PhD fellowships.

The Fellowships, which may be held at any UK university, offer talented researchers the opportunity to undertake high-quality studies that will advance the field of healthcare improvement research. Awards range from £137,500 to £276,000, and are intended to draw out fresh ideas about healthcare, from people with clinical or non-clinical backgrounds and from diverse fields including, for example, health services research, epidemiology, social science, law, business studies, philosophy or engineering.

Any UK university may apply to the scheme, with a maximum of two doctoral fellowship applications per university per funding round.

Applications close 19 March 2018

Opportunities for post-doctoral and senior fellowships will open in the spring.

Find out more at


#Insilico Medicine’s @insigneo Annual Showcase event @SheffieldHosp @sheffielduni

The Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine’s Annual Showcase event, will be held on 03 May 2018, at the Octagon Centre, in Sheffield, UK.

This event is an opportunity for all Insigneo “friends” from funding agencies, regulatory agencies, industry, other academic groups in UK and worldwide to meet once a year and see first-hand the latest innovations produced by our institute.

The Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine is a research institute established as a collaborative initiative between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where we develop sophisticated computer simulations of human physiology, in health and disease, in order to improve clinical diagnosis and treatment. With a multi-disciplinary membership of over 140 academics and clinicians, Insigneo is Europe’s largest centre dedicated to these activities, in the emerging discipline known as in silico medicine.

This year we are delighted to have as our keynote speaker Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), who will present the research of the BRC and how the application of in silico medicine technologies will contribute to research into interventions for neurodegenerative diseases.

The day will feature:

  • Talks covering the full scope of our research, from fundamental science to translation and from clinical implementation to industrial development;
  • An Industrial Village showcasing in silico medicine’s latest commercial applications and developments
    from our industrial partners;
  • Networking opportunities and one-to-one discussions with funders, academics and clinicians.

Last year’s event attracted over 200 participants across all of healthcare.

We invite you to register by 01 April 2018 at 

The deadline for abstract submissions for our poster display and competition is 01 April 2018

The event is free of charge. 

Call for Abstracts #HSRUK18 @HSRN_UK @OfficialNIHR @UniversitiesUK


We are delighted to announce that the HSRUK Annual Conference will be held on 4 – 5 July 2018 at the Nottingham Conference Centre.
The HSRUK Conference presents the leading edge of health services research. The programme is multidisciplinary and includes research presentations and posters, and plenaries from research and service leaders. Delegates attend from a range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups, universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector.

This year we are interested in receiving submissions focused on Global Health Services Research in Low, Middle and High income countries. In particular, research that demonstrates impact or application across income settings such as convergence or frugal innovations.

The Conference abstract call comprises:

  • Call for individual abstracts (presentation and/or poster)
  • Call for session proposals

Once again, all abstract submissions and session proposals will be uploaded via our online registration and abstract system. All correspondence in relation to abstracts and session proposals will come from


View the Call for Abstracts and Sessions. We are inviting abstracts on the following themes:

  •  Access and equity
    •    Commissioning
    •    Emergency care
    •    Patient voice
    •    Patient experience
    •    Workforce
    •    Organisations
    •    Methods
    •    Quality
    •    Innovation
    •    Integrated care
    •    Improvement Science*

The Conference welcomes abstracts on all aspects of health services and policy research.

The Conference 2018 Call includes the option to submit joint proposals to run sessions or workshops. We welcome proposals on all aspects of health services and policy research.

Additional criteria encouraged:

  • Cross-institutional submissions
  • Proposals that demonstrate collaborations with NHS and Health and Social Care organisations including Local Authorities
  • Proposals that demonstrate collaboration/engagement with patients/carers
  • Proposals that demonstrate collaborations with other sectors
  • Innovative and engaging formats

Submit your abstract or session proposal on the event website.  See guidelines for abstract submission (also available on the event web page).
Closing Date for Submissions: 2 March 2018

Seminar _ Diversity in Practice Leadership – A question of care, quality and safety @YQSRDOTORG @BTHFT @lauraserrant ‏@RCNYorksandHumber @GillianJanes ‏@RUTHMBAXTER @UNIOFBRADFORD ‏

The Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research group are delighted to invite you to our upcoming research seminar:

Diversity in Practice Leadership – A question of care, quality and safety

Laura Serrant, Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University

Thursday 8th March 2018

12.30 – 1.30pm

Sovereign Lecture Theatre at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Nursing and healthcare in the 21st century is charged with delivering high quality care within an increasingly diverse society. Much of the policy, practice and research drivers around cultural competence, diversity and nursing practice focuses on meeting the needs of patients, service users and the public – particularly following the findings of the Francis Report (2013). However, recent reports have highlighted that highlighting the need for compassionate care for patients often occurs in isolation from recognising the needs of the workforce or the nursing profession as a whole – in this regard we do ourselves a dis-service – and in the silent spaces between patient need and workforce responsibilities, if we fail to acknowledge the importance of professional leadership as the catalyst to delivering the high quality, equitable and culturally competent care that we all hope for. This presentation will use personal and professional reflections to highlight the importance of culturally competent and compassionate leadership to truly achieving safety and quality in 21st century health care. It explores the challenges and opportunities faced at an individual and professional level in the UK. It looks back at nursing strategic drivers of the last 3 years in the UK and makes a case for centralising culturally competent, compassionate leadership in the light of the new strategic framework for nurses, midwives and care staff (2016).

Biography: Professor Laura Serrant is Professor of Nursing in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, one of the few black Professors of Nursing (out of 262) in the UK.  She is one of the 2017 BBC Expert women, Chair of the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s BME Strategic Advisory group and a 2017 Florence Nightingale Scholar. She is an ambassador of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue and the Equality Challenge Unit Race Equality Charter for Higher Education. Her work has been recognised with numerous awards and prizes, including Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute to those who have shown leadership in community nursing. In 2014, she was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. The Powerlist 2018 lists her as the 8th most influential Black person in the UK.

To register:

The seminar will be followed by food, drinks, and an opportunity for further discussion.  

For queries please contact Gillian Janes ( or Ruth Baxter