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Minutes for the Research for Patient Benefit Programme Under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Nurses and Midwives Research Advisory Stage 1 Committee A meeting


Published: 01 November 2023

Version: 1.0 - November 2023

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Minutes for the Research for Patient Benefit Programme Under-represented disciplines and specialisms highlight notice: Nurses and Midwives Research Advisory Stage 1 Committee A meeting 

Date and Location

Wednesday 19 July 2023 Virtual Meeting

In attendance

Committee members

  • Professor Rebecca Kearney (Chair)
  • Professor Elizabeth Barley
  • Professor Penny Bee
  • Professor Debra Bick
  • Mrs Jacqueline Birks
  • Mrs Wendy Blunden
  • Ms Louise Bramley
  • Dr Elizabeth Camacho
  • Dr Alison Cooke
  • Professor Fiona Cowdell
  • Dr Keith Couper
  • Professor Vari Drennan
  • Dr Kerry Evans
  • Dr Apostolos Fakis
  • Dr Clare Gillies
  • Professor Annette Hand
  • Professor Alexander Heazell
  • Dr Catherine Henshall
  • Dr Verna Lavender
  • Dr Joseph Manning
  • Dr Susie Pearce
  • Professor George Peat
  • Miss Louise Rowan
  • Mr Philip Ruthen
  • Professor Jill Shawe
  • Professor Eila Watson
  • Dr Adam Wagner


  • Dr Ianina Conte (NIHRCC)
  • Dr Elisabeth Kugelberg (NIHRCC)
  • Dr Kasia Kuleszewicz (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Richard Foulsham (NIHRCC)
  • Mrs Zuzanna Tajchman (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Ian Beason (NIHRCC)
  • Ms Katie Prangle (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Sam Howes (NIHRCC)
  • Ms Lavpeet Ranjit (NIHRCC)


  • Ms Claire Gregory (NIHR Coordinating Centre)
  • Dr Paul Leighton (RfPB East Midlands RAC Chair)

Stage 1 applications considered

NIHR206305: A randomised controlled feasibility study of Oxford Fatigue and Breathlessness Questionnaire (OxFAB): a tool designed to monitor symptom change, improve self-efficacy, and reduce unplanned admission to hospital for people with Heart Failure.
Conflicts: Ms Louise Bramley, Dr Catherine Henshall, Mrs Jacqueline Birks, Professor Eila Watson
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206304: A Realist Evaluation of CGA In Primary Care: The RECiPe Study
Conflicts: Dr Catherine Henshall, Dr Joseph Manning, Dr Keith Couper, Professor Jill Shawe, Dr Susie Pearce
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206335: An integrated Behavioural Activation intervention to improve depression among people with kidney failure undergoing haemodialysis: A feasibility study.
Conflicts: Professor Penny Bee, Mr Simon Walker
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206384: Testing the operability and transferability of a feasibility tested web-based intervention to support pain and self-management following surgery for breast cancer: the ePainQ pilot RCT
Conflicts: Professor Penny Bee, Dr Catherine Henshall,Dr Joseph Manning, Dr Keith Couper, Professor Rebecca Kearney, Professor Eila Watson, Dr Elizabeth Camacho
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206377: Optimising Digital Supported Self-Management Approaches in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF): A Mixed-Methods Study
Conflicts: Professor Rebecca Kearney, Dr Alison Cooke
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206303: PETRA 2: Improving risk assessment in mid-trimester pregnancy care - a mixed methods study.
Conflicts: Professor Alexander Heazell, Professor Elizabeth Barley, Professor Debra Bick
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206336: EStablishing Safe and Effective skiN CarE for baby massage (ESSENCE): a randomised feasibility study
Conflicts: Professor Alexander Heazell, Dr Alison Cooke, Professor Penny Bee, Dr Elizabeth Camacho
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206392: Validation of the Global Evaluation of Swallowing (GEoS)
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206393: Bladder and Bowel HEalth for inpAtients: coLlaborative Training development for Healthcare staff (BBHEALTH)
Conflicts: Professor Rebecca Kearney
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206325: Attempt at external cephalic version versus no attempt for women with a breech-presenting baby at term who wish to plan a vaginal birth: a randomised controlled trial
Conflicts: Professor Rebecca Kearney, Professor Elizabeth Barley, Dr Keith Couper, Professor Jill Shawe, Professor Debra Bick
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206357: Acceptability and perceived benefits of a web-based psychosocial intervention for patients with sarcoma (Reassure_me_too)
Conflicts: Dr Keith Couper, Professor Eila Watson
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206341: Investigating and addressing the health and developmental needs of pre-school Looked After Children
Conflicts: Dr Alison Cooke, Professor George Peat, Dr Verna Lavender
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

Outcomes Table

The table below displays the mean score for each application that was assessed in the research assessment committee meeting, and excludes applications which were rejected during the scrutiny and triage processes. The number of applications receiving each mean score are listed. The RfPB fundable range is 4-6, although a score of 4-6 does not guarantee funding or an invitation to Stage 2. In exceptional circumstances and with approval from the Programme Director, applications may be invited/funded which fall below the fundable range.
In exceptional circumstances, applications which fall below the fundable range may be invited to Stage 2 or recommended for funding by the Committee. The Programme Director reviews in detail any applications recommended for funding with a score below 4.

Stage 1 

ScoreNumber of applications invitedNumber of applications rejected
5.0 - 6.0
4.0 - 4.9 4
3.0 - 3.9 3
2.0 - 2.9 0
1.0 - 1.9 0