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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 B 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 B meeting 

Date and Location

Thursday 20 July 2023 Virtual Meeting

In attendance

Committee members

  • Professor Rebecca Kearney (Chair)
  • Dr Elizabeth Bancroft
  • Dr Jo Brett
  • Professor Michelle Briggs
  • Miss Eva Broeckelmann
  • Professor Katherine Brown
  • Dr Christy Burden
  • Dr Nicola Clibbens
  • Professor Jane Coad
  • Dr Joanne Cooper
  • Professor Robert Crouch OBE
  • Dr Toity Deave
  • Dr Lynsey Gregg
  • Professor Vanora Hundley
  • Dr Louise Jackson
  • Dr Rachael Kelley
  • Professor Sara Kenyon
  • Professor Susan Kirk
  • Dr Erik Lenguerrand
  • Professor Antonieta Medina-Lara
  • Dr Jacqueline Mitton
  • Dr Sina Odugbemi
  • Professor Jane Sandal
  • Dr Victoria Serra-Sastre
  • Professor Sue Todd
  • Dr Wendy Wood
  • Dr Nicola Wright


  • Dr Ianina Conte (NIHRCC)
  • Dr Kasia Kuleszewicz (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Simon Goodwin (NIHRCC)
  • Ms Zuzanna Tajchman (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Scott Thomson (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Ian Beason (NIHRCC)
  • Ms Katie Prangle (NIHRCC)
  • Ms Sarah Deria (NIHRCC)
  • Mr Conor Ford (NIHRCC)
  • Ms Alisha Singh (NIHRCC)

Stage 1 applications considered

NIHR206368: The NeoBath Study: Nursing babies in Neonatal Care
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206333: Does Personalised Stratified Follow-Up (PSFU) meet the health and wellbeing needs of people from under-served groups who have completed treatment for breast cancer? A qualitative study.
Conflicts: None
Outcome:Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206318: Feasibility Trial of electronic Health record INtelligent tooling in primary care for quicKer diagnosis of HF (THINK-HF)
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206353: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Digital Support Package for ICU Families.
Conflicts: Dr Erik Lenguerrand, Professor Jane Sandall
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206382: What is the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a randomised controlled trial evaluating a healthcare professional- supported, self-management intervention for fatigue in ICU survivors?
Conflicts: Dr Erik Lenguerrand, Professor Jane Sandall (remained out of the room) Dr Jo Brett (left the room)
Outcome: Invited to Stage 2

NIHR206320: The development and feasibility of decision support tools to facilitate women to make informed decisions about induction of labour - a mixed method study.
Conflicts: Dr Erik Lenguerrand, Professor Jane Sandall, Dr Christy Burden,Professor Sara Kenyon(left the room)
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206330: Digi-PrEP. Designing an evidence-based digital service enabling total remote access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis for use in England’s National Health Service.
Conflicts: Dr Nicola Clibbens, Dr Rachael Kelley, Professor Susan Kirk
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206334: Developing and sustaining skills, competencies and confidence of newly registered midwives to manage, assess and repair maternal perineal trauma
Conflicts: Professor Rebecca Kearney, Professor Jane Coad, Professor Vanora Hundley, Dr Louise Jackson
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206311: Evaluation of a brief, facilitated e-learning programme for midwives and maternity support workers to support women’s mental health and wellbeing in pregnancy and the postnatal period
Conflicts: Professor Jane Coad, Dr Nicola Wright
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206323: Mental Health Emergency Response: Developing Stakeholder-Determined Best Practice Standards for Implementation & Evaluation of NHS Crisis Lines
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206364: Asthma Medication optimisation in the EmergeNcy Department to improve longer-term asthma control (AMEND): Intervention development and feasibility study
Conflicts: Miss Eva Broeckelmann, Professor Robert Crouch
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206367: Bridges into Maternity Care: Intervention adaptation and feasibility study (BENEFIT study)
Conflicts: Professor Antonieta Medina-Lara
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206378: Disparities In Access to the Northwest Ambulance Service during pregnancy, birth and postpartum period and its association with neonatal and maternal outcomes [DIAAS]
Conflicts: Professor Michelle Briggs, Professor Susan Kirk, Professor Jane Sandall, Professor Sara Kenyon, Dr Lynsey Gregg
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206379: Coproduction of self-care health-promotion interventions to improve healthcare access among people experiencing homelessness in West Yorkshire
Conflicts: Professor Susan Kirk, Dr Nicola Clibbens, Dr Rachael Kelley
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR206372: Does using the Hegenberger Retractor offer benefits to service users, clinicians and the NHS? An external pilot randomised controlled trial and feasibility study.
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206387: Evaluating the feasibility, acceptability and impact of Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy for individuals on the At Risk Mental State pathway within Early Intervention for Psychosis services.
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR206371: Improving outcomes for people with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in the community.
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

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 6
3.0 - 3.9 1
2.0 - 2.9 0
1.0 - 1.9 0