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    Building a public partnership approach

    15 December 2020

    Where next for patient and public involvement in research? Jeremy Taylor, Director for Public Voice, and Tina Coldham, public contributor from the NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED), consider this central question and how the centre can take forward the work previously coordinated by NIHR INVOLVE.

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    Promoting equity in research funding: lessons from HSR2020

    08 December 2020

    Sophie Durrans, Global Health Research Advisor, chaired a session at the 6th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020), held recently as a virtual conference. Here, she reflects on efforts to ‘level the playing field’ for LMIC researchers, and how we can learn from and work with partners to push this agenda forward in the New Year.

    Hayley Martin, research midwife and Principal Investigator

    Reflections on the first wave: a research midwife’s experience

    17 November 2020

    Research Midwife and Midwifery Practice Facilitator Hayley Martin stepped away from the maternity ward during the first peak of the pandemic to join the COVID-19 Research Team at the Princess Royal University Hospital, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Now a principal investigator for a maternity COVID-19 data registry study, Hayley writes about her journey.

    Barbara Moore

    Using my skills in the race to find a vaccine

    05 November 2020

    Barbara Moore, Senior Public Involvement Manager, at Health and Care Research Wales, writes about her experience working with participants in the Oxford University vaccine trial and the importance of including the public’s voice in shaping how research is conducted

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    Assessing the health research grant application process

    03 November 2020

    Ben Morgan is Assistant Director for the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme and NIHR Research Schools, Research Programmes. He writes about assessing health research grant applications and whether the processes being used currently, lead to funding the best research.

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    Rethinking your CPD: “Human See, Human Do”

    27 October 2020

    Fans of the film Planet of the Apes may recognise this quote. It is a pastiche of ‘monkey see, monkey do’; referring to learning a process without an understanding of why it works. John Castledine, Head of Learning Development and Design at NIHR, explores the topic of learning through imitation in his latest blog as part of the NIHR's Rethinking your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) series.

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    Living with Covid19 - a different approach to emerging evidence

    22 October 2020

    The latest NIHR Themed Review focuses on the long-term health impacts of Covid19, but without much published research available, what other types of evidence can we learn from? Jodi Brown from the Centre for Engagement and Dissemination explains the approach taken for this emerging topic.

    Pete Thompson

    Working at the interface of academia, industry and health and care

    20 October 2020

    Pete Thompson is Director of Programmes and Impact at NIHR Academy. In his blog he gives us an insight into his early career working with pharmaceutical companies and how as part of his current role he is encouraging more researchers and commercial companies to work together to drive forward improvements to care and interventions.

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    Understanding the impact of the pandemic on people with mental ill health

    12 October 2020

    Gordon Johnston is a peer researcher with lived experience of mental ill health. Gordon is a co-applicant on the University of York’s Optimising Wellbeing during Self-isolation (OWLS) project, recently funded by the NIHR and UK Research and Innovation. He describes the background to the project and how he was involved in its development.

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    Mental Health Research Goals

    11 October 2020

    On World Mental Health day, NIHR co-lead and Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty sets out our mental health research goals.

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    Helping mental health services rise to the challenge of COVID-19

    10 October 2020

    It’s clear that the UK’s COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental as well as physical health. Researchers from NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre are studying how mental health services can best help people to get the care that they need during these difficult times.

    Polly Duncan

    Research: Ability to change practice, improve care and learn more

    02 October 2020

    Dr Polly Duncan, is a General Practitioner (GP) and Senior Research Fellow, and her interest in research was sparked by an undergraduate research project in Ethiopia. She writes about her NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and how she now spends her time supporting research and encouraging others to get involved in research. Her blog has been published as part of NIHR's Your Path in Research campaign.

    Young man looks at older man in wheelchair

    Taking a non-traditional route into social care research

    30 September 2020

    Stacey Rand is a social care researcher at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent. Here she talks about her route into the field and how NIHR’s Research for Social Care call has supported her work.

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    Rethinking your CPD: The gift of feedback

    29 September 2020

    Receiving feedback is a key part of the learning process, but how important is it for learners to also give it? John Castledine, Head of Learning Development and Design at NIHR, takes a look in his latest blog as part of the NIHR's Rethinking your Continuing Professional Development series.

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    Rethinking your CPD: Feeling your way

    26 August 2020

    Our emotions prepare our body to act in particular ways, so how do they affect our thinking and learning? John Castledine, Head of Learning Development and Design at NIHR, takes a look in his latest blog as part of the NIHR's Rethinking your Continuing Professional Development series.

    Maria Paton is a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow.

    Using my COVID-19 experience as an opportunity for positive change

    19 August 2020

    Maria Paton is an HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow (CDRF) and Lead Cardiac Scientist for Heart Failure and Device Services at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). She explains her experience of returning to clinical work and how COVID-19 provided a chance to learn and develop their service for the better.

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    Improving clinical trials: Keep the focus on the participants

    12 August 2020

    Jeremy Taylor, NIHR Director for Public Voice, NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination, discusses how COVID-19 has brought clinical trials to the forefront and outlines recent work done by the Centre on improving the experience of those participating in clinical trials.