Shortlisted entries

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The entries to this year's NIHR Let's Get Digital competition have been shortlisted and now you can vote for your favourite. View the five shortlisted entries in each category below and use the online form to vote for the winning entry.



1. The Yorkshire Health Study 

The panel were impressed with the way this animation brings to life the results of a survey based research study; which can be a difficult task. The graphics are bright, fun and illustrate the text well.

2. Involving carers in mental health planning

The panel really liked the original style of animation used in this video and the way that it demonstrates a sensitive topic well. The graphics used to convey the messages are very imaginative.

3. How a simple blood test might help other children and young people with cancer

This stop-frame animation uses Lego figures. The panel thought this was well matched to the intended audience; children and young people with cancer. The panel also liked the way that the video explains the study in ways that are fun and simplistic enough for children to understand and the addition of a child doing the voiceover.

4. The Cigbreak smart app

The panel thought this was a good example of a short and snappy animation that outlines a problem and solution very clearly. The use of graphics are innovative and to a professional standard. It shows you can get across a lot of information in just over a minute.

5. A hole lot of salt

The panel thought that this film described the study well and it is creatively shot and edited. This film is an excellent example of making clinical research accessible to the public.

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1. Alison McLoughlin

The panel thought that it was a creative idea to show a snapshot of some of the range of people involved in research across their lifespan.

2. Paul Roberts

The panel loved the way this captured a positive moment on International Clinical Trials Day and felt that it brilliantly conveys how research can bring positivity to patients.

3. Akhilesh Jha

The panel thought this was an original shot of research in action and demonstrates trust between researcher and research participant.

4. James Prior

The panel liked the way that this photograph demonstrates patient and public involvement in action around new documentation to be used in a study. It also shows a side to research that patients and the public may not usually see.

5. Bob Phillips

This photo shows a researcher and research participant (who was part of a clinical trial when he was 6 months old). The panel liked the way this photograph demonstrated the strong positive relationship between researcher and patient.

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Online community

1. @younggeris

The panel shortlisted this community for bringing together medical students, junior doctors and others who are interested the ageing population. The content is informative and the community is relevant considering the current focus on the ageing population.

2. Fuse Open Science Blog

This was shortlisted by the panel for being a really good example of an engaging blog. The blog aims to promote the impact of public health research, through engagement and interaction and has demonstrated an impressive reach.

3. Bash the Bug

The panel liked the way this community is brought together by people actually taking part in a research study. The blog is engaging and creative in design and is a good example of how you can keep the public and participants regularly up to date with a research study. The panel were also impressed with its reach and the number of interactive ways to get involved.

4. Anna Volkmer’s Big PhD Adventure

The panel thought this was an excellent example of a researcher blog that not only informs readers about research, but about the positive personal experiences of a clinical academic career. The writing is regular, honest and topical and has evidence of a good following and reach. 

5. CLAHRC Wessex Blog

The panel thought this blog was a good example of how a blog can become a platform for people to connect with and learn about local research. It was also commended for its variety of authors and links to other digital channels.

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The website aims to increase research participation in the Greater Manchester area. The panel thought the website was well designed and included clear and concise information on taking part in research. 


The website has been designed for sufferers of bronchietasis it uses a mixture of medical professional and patient voices to describe the disease. The panel thought it had lots of helpful information for sufferers that was presented well; particularly through the use of video.


The panel were impressed with the way this website promoting a study of new dads was clear, engaging and emotive; through the nest logo, strong images and simple navigation. The information on the website explained the study clearly.


The panel thought this was a good example of how a website can be used to explain a research study; this particular website explaining the use of a mobile app. The panel agreed that the website explained the purpose of the app clearly; with frequent updates on the project, a positive message gallery (supporting the theme of the app) and a strong social media presence. It was also commended for having a good outputs section.


This website promotes a programme that trains staff to use the latest advances in computer simulation. The panel thought the website made good use of modern web design principles and was complemented with a good mixture of videos, images and graphics and a simple navigation.

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1. OxFAB - Oxford Food and Activity Behaviours

The panel liked the way that the preliminary findings from the OxFAB study are very clear from first glance in this infographic. The graphics are relevant and engaging for the audience and the next steps are clear and follow on from the success of the research highlighted in the infographic.

2. The NIHR and LDC: preventing the domino effect of type 2 diabetes

The panel thought this entry was an excellent example of how using infographics can be a really effective way of presenting a lot of data at once in a digestible format. In this case the team have been able to present the results of multiple studies relating to type 2 diabetes in an engaging, quick to understand way.

3. Living with sickle cell disease

The panel were impressed with the way this infographic has been able to capture and share the feelings of people living with sickle cell disease and to raise awareness of the condition. The use of an infographic in this case has resulted in an easily shareable resource highlighting issues arising from the research.

4. James Lind Alliance primary care patient safety priority setting partnership

The panel liked the flow and design of this infographic which makes it very easy to understand how the team went about identifying the priorities in primary care patient safety research, and who was involved in the process. It clearly highlights the priorities identified during this exercise and how they will be used.

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