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    James Munro, Care Opinion

    We are missing the potential of patient feedback

    09 March 2020

    James Munro, Chief Executive of Care Opinion, argues that there is extraordinary, yet untapped value in patient feedback which is not being recognised in current policy and practice. His blog follows the launch of the NIHR’s themed review on using patient feedback to improve care.

    Improving care for patients with rare disease

    28 February 2020

    Dr Alison Foster is an Academic Clinical Research Fellow Registrar in Clinical Genetics in the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences at the University of Birmingham. As chief investigator of The Phenotyping of Overgrowth Disorders (POD) study she explains how a better understanding of rare and complex disorders can improve care for patients with rare disease.

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    Rethinking your CPD: Transform your learning – join a virtual community

    25 February 2020

    NIHR Learn's new Communities space is a dedicated virtual area for NIHR staff and the wider workforce – it's a great place to learn and develop, explains Tara-Sienna Hartman, Clinical Research Network Learning Community Coordinator at the NIHR and Tristian Marshall-Regan, Clinical Research Network Learning Content Curator. This blog is part of the NIHR's Rethinking your Continuing Professional Development series.

    Testing the UK Standards for Public Involvement

    18 February 2020

    The UK Standards for Public Involvement aim to help researchers and organisations climb to lofty heights in patient and public involvement and engagement in research. Bella Starling outlines her experience in testing the draft standards - how the standards informed practice in Manchester, and how practice in Manchester informed the standards.

    From black and white to colour

    11 February 2020

    Research nurse Angus Sturrock shares a moving experience of how an aspiring artist's outlook on life was transformed through joining a clinical trial, aiming to improve mental health treatments.

    Maximising NHS data for translational research

    06 February 2020

    The NHS collects billions of data points from patients each year, but using this routinely collected data in health research is a challenge. Jamil Mayet, Amit Kaura, Ben Glampson and Dimitri Papadimitriou outline how the NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative is making such data available and the collaboration’s first big research success in heart attacks.

    Paving the way in cancer research

    04 February 2020

    Dr Pippa Corrie, NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Lead, reflects on how patient involvement, a diverse portfolio, innovative precision medicine, and trainee research collaboratives have revolutionised changes in cancer research. Her blog marks World Cancer Day.

    A birth companion to prevent epilepsy in children

    23 January 2020

    An NIHR-funded global health study called PREVENT India is investigating whether a ‘care bundle’ can help stop brain injury during childbirth and reduce the incidence of epilepsy. Jyothy Karat describes how birth companions, one element of this bundle, can support medical teams during the labour process but also empower mothers.

    Rethinking your CPD: Does practice make perfect?

    21 January 2020

    Putting in the hours to learn a new skill is only part of the story. It’s all about the right sort of practice. Part of the Rethinking your Continuing Professional Development series.

    Top NIHR blog picks from 2019 - Part Two

    20 December 2019

    2019 is drawing to a close following another eventful year for the NIHR. As we approach 2020 we reflect on some of our most read blogs published over the course of the last 12 months.

    Top NIHR blog picks from 2019 - Part One

    19 December 2019

    It’s been another very busy year for the NIHR. As we draw to the end of 2019, we take a look back at some of our most popular blogs over the last 12 months.

    Theo Tomlinson, research participant

    How a conversation about research has given me purpose again

    31 October 2019

    Theo Tomlinson writes about how a conversation with his mental health support worker inspired him to participate in research studies. He encourages other healthcare professionals to take the next step in their research career, in his blog published as part of the NIHR's Your Path in Research campaign.

    How NHS healthcare professionals can play an important part in research

    29 October 2019

    Professor Hywel Williams, Director of the NIHR's Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme encourages healthcare professionals to take the next step in their research career and offers his top tips in identifying a good research question. His blog has been published as part of the NIHR's Your Path in Research campaign.

    Rethinking your CPD: Getting the Learning Habit

    28 October 2019

    Habits can be good or bad but arguably they are all difficult to break. Building new learning habits requires self-control and lots of practice. Part of the Rethinking your Continuing Professional Development series.

    Making research safe

    18 October 2019

    Nicole Huxley and Sheila Mburu reflect on research funders’ progress towards safeguarding in international development research one year on from a joint commitment to prevent and tackle incidents of harm and abuse in research in this area.

    The wonder of research

    11 October 2019

    Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, highlights how the Royal College of Physicians has launched a project calling for every clinician working in the NHS to be supported to become research active. His blog is part of our Your Path in Research campaign.