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    Thomas Walters, a Senior Research Nurse from London, describes his experience of going back to ICU and how that’s renewed his appreciation for research. Part of the Covid-19 Research Voices series.

    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Going back to the frontline

    09 July 2020

    Thomas Walters, a Senior Research Nurse from London, describes his experience of going back to ICU and how that’s renewed his appreciation for research. Part of the Covid-19 Research Voices series.

    Embracing co-production – a punk attitude

    07 July 2020

    How are co-production and punk music similar? Gary Hickey, PPI Strategic Lead at the NIHR Research Design Service South East, writes about musical rebellion and how his team are embedding co-production principles in their work. His blog marks Co-Production Week.

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    Artificial intelligence to understand clusters of multiple long-term conditions: An NIHR priority

    06 July 2020

    NIHR is launching a new funding call to harness the potential of artificial intelligence to meet the challenge of multiple long-term conditions (multimorbidity). Shakti Patel, Research Programme Manager at the Department of Health and Social Care, explains how NIHR and DHSC have consulted with the AI research community to ensure this call will deliver high quality and ambitious research.

    Ensuring ethnic diversity in COVID-19 research

    01 July 2020

    People from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are disproportionately affected by coronavirus infection, so it’s imperative that they’re included in COVID-19 research. Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Azhar Farooqi share some tips on how to successfully involve people from BAME backgrounds in your research.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Answering the call to support our health services

    30 June 2020

    Adam Galloway is a Senior Children’s Physiotherapist and HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow (PCAF). This is Adam’s story of how he has increased his time working clinically in response to COVID-19 whilst still managing to submit an application for his next career development award with the NIHR Academy.

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    The pandemic data collection challenge

    23 June 2020

    John Gibson and Debra Richards are part of an NIHR-funded trial looking at improving collaborative mental health care. They explain why they decided to continue the trial during lockdown as the UK responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    What is the value in local outdoor space for our mental health and wellbeing?

    09 June 2020

    Sarah Rodgers, Professor of Health Informatics in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems at the University of Liverpool, writes about how lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic has cast the spotlight on green and blue outdoor spaces in urban areas and their impact on our mental health.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Research has never been so important

    05 June 2020

    Fiona Yelnoorkar is Lead Midwife at the Clinical Research Network North East North Cumbria, and is responsible for the management of NIHR specialties including Reproductive Health and Childbirth (RH&C). Fiona writes about her experiences redeployed to support the recruitment of pregnant women as part of the COVID-19 research team at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Diary of an ICU nurse

    01 June 2020

    Lauran O’Neill is a Senior Research Nurse in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) critical care research team. She’s worked at GOSH for around 15 years in total but has never been busier and prouder of her colleagues than in the last six weeks. This is her experience of COVID-19 so far.

    Increasing research in Real World Implementation

    21 May 2020

    Martin Hunt, Programme Director of NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i), writes about the i4i Challenge Award on Real World Implementation to support design and delivery evaluations of medtech innovations in real-world healthcare settings.

    Reflections of a new Director for Public Voice

    15 May 2020

    Jeremy Taylor, NIHR Director for Public Voice, NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED), writes about his experience starting a new job under lockdown, and how an unexpected family illness has clarified his views on what is needed to take forward the agenda for patient and public involvement.

    Celebrating nurses and midwives as they adapt to the COVID-19 crisis

    12 May 2020

    International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Dr Sharon Barrett, Associate Director of Nursing at the NIHR Clinical Research Network marks this day by reflecting on the way research nurses have responded to the global pandemic.

    New opportunities in global health research

    07 May 2020

    The NIHR Global Health Research Programme has come on in leaps and bounds over the past four years, writes Dr Lesong Conteh, with a raft of funding opportunities on the way for the next 12 months.

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    #Covid19ResearchVoices: Diving into the unknown

    24 April 2020

    Research nurse Georgina Falagan-Garmon’s skills are needed more than ever as she readies herself for a return to the Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU). Part of our series: Covid-19 Research Voices.

    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.

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    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.

    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.