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    Fiona Yelnoorkar

    Fiona Yelnoorkar: 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.

    Lauran O'Neill Research Voices blog

    #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.

    Martin Hunt blog

    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.

    International Nurses Day 2020 Blog

    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.

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    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.

    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.