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Get Involved with Research

Are you interested in how Research and Evidence could support your decision-making? Looking for evidence to support business change? Would you be interesting in taking part in research activity? Also below are details of our training courses.

Training Courses

Our free training sessions are available to NECS, CCG and primary care staff. Training sessions are now being delivered online due to Covid-19. For details of our Autumn 2020 courses please visit https://learning.necsu.nhs.uk/upcoming-events/. Places are limited, so must be booked in advance.

Please see below for details of training opportunities offered by the Research & Evidence team. Training sessions can be bespoke to meet your needs. Book onto one of our planned courses, or contact us to find out how we can best support you.

RE Team Training – video describing training content

Research & Evidence Training Sessions 2020 – written description of training sessions


CAN YOU HELP?

Are you a GP or Practice Nurse …

… able to signpost patients to a study being undertaken by the Respiratory Research Group at Newcastle University into the effect of aging on acute inflammatory responses?  The criteria for participation are that the patient considers themselves healthy, do not smoke and are not taking either steroids or aspirin and are over 65 years old.  Volunteers would need to attend a screening visit and subsequent study day at City Hospital Sunderland, so should be willing and able to travel there. Recruiting until August 2020

Please look at the attached flyer for more information and details of how to contact the research team: GP Flyer


Research Capability Funding (RCF)

Research Capability Funding (RCF) is allocated to research-active NHS organisations in proportion to the total amount of other NIHR income received by that organisation, and on the number of NIHR Senior Investigators associated with the organisation, and is a great opportunity for NE&NC to grow research ideas and staff in primary care

The aim is a quality-driven fund that allows for local discretion and management of people to support and develop patient and people driven research that, in this case, is important and priority for primary care/CCGs.

Examples of previously funded projects have included

  • GP sessions to work with  a research active team to develop own research and be co-applicant on research
  • Primary care staff working in Universities  and between grants/fellowships
  • Pilot/ feasibility work as a precursor to a larger grant to be bid for
  • Time for collaborations to develop research grants

Please find the RCF application form here as well as a brief on legitimate use and non-use of this fund, which can be found here.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Wednesday 30th June 2021

Should you wish to discuss your application with a member of the research team please do get in touch: NECSU.RETeam@nhs.net and one of the research managers will get in touch.

The links below will direct you to the relevant RCF pages on the NIHR website which outlines the uses etc and provides some more background.

Research capability funding | NIHR (background)
Research Capability Funding FAQs (nihr.ac.uk) (FAQs)

All applications will be reviewed, scored and agreed by a panel and informed of their decision by the beginning of August.


This link gives a brief introduction to Research and Evidence

If you have any ideas for Research and Evaluation, please complete this ideas form

The team regularly share information, usually through our regular bulletin or using CCG newsletters, where regional research and evaluation studies are looking to recruit.  If you are able and willing to be involved, mail us at necsu.reteam@nhs.net to register your interest and be guided to suitable research opportunities.

You can also stay in touch with what is happening on twitter@NECSRETeam. See live feed on Research Evidence home page