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Spring Research Capability Funding (RCF) call

APCRC are pleased to launch the Spring Research Capability Funding (RCF) call, deadline for applications is the 28th June. We are excited to launch a new “Themed call” alongside our usual “Open call”. The first Theme is Medicines Waste, and further information can be found in the RCF Themed Call information document.

This RCF call is for funding which will ring-fence time to prepare a grant application to the NIHR which will be hosted by NHS Bristol CCG. This includes the time to write and submit a NIHR grant application, and can also be used for preliminary data collection, PPI and research team building.

The application form, guidance and information for the Themed call are below, please direct any queries you have to Paul Roy, Research Innovation and Contracts Manager, Paul Roy's email address 0117 984 1673.

We encourage applications which support health commissioning priorities. There are both local and national priorities set by various organisations including our local CCGs and Local Authorities as well as NICE and NHS England. Please do refer to published priorities within your application to help us justify investing in your project.



NIHR ‘OK to Ask’ campaign for International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) on 20th May

OK to ask aims to encourage more patients or carers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or their loved ones, if they have a medical condition they are receiving treatment for. That essentially it is “OK to ask” about research opportunities.

This will be the fourth year running that the NIHR has promoted ‘OK to Ask.’  We are the only country to run such a campaign across our health research system.  The primary objective of the campaign continues to be to encourage patients, carers and the public to participate in clinical research and to ask their doctor about research they might be able to take part in.  Under the NHS Constitution every patient has the right to information about ‘relevant and appropriate’ research studies.  Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 all NHS organisations have a duty to promote and advance research.

Whilst the campaign is primarily aimed at encouraging more patients to ask about research opportunities, it’s also about reminding all healthcare professionals from consultants and GP’s to nurses and midwives, whether research-active or not, to be research-aware.

This year is the NIHR’s tenth anniversary. Alongside the usual ‘OK to Ask’ materials will be special ‘NIHR at 10 says thank you’ materials to  thank patients, carers and the public for their contribution to the NIHR over the last ten years.

All members of a healthcare team can help patients take part in healthcare research - find out what research is taking place in your area, display information and encourage patients to ask about taking part in research.

Further details about the campaign are available here: www.nihr.ac.uk/get-involved/ok-to-ask.htm

Click here to download the leaflet


HRA Approval implemented for the NHS in England

HRA Approval is now the process for applying for approvals for all project-based research in the NHS led from England. It brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance, undertaken by dedicated HRA staff, with the independent REC opinion provided through the UK research ethics service. It replaces the need for local checks of legal compliance and related matters by each participating organisation in England. This allows participating organisations to focus their resources on assessing whether there is capacity to deliver the study.

Please visit the HRA webpages for further information.


Research Capability Funding award for 2016-17

The Research Capability Funding Allocations for the coming year have been announced – and across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs, the combined Research Capability Funding (RCF) allocation this year is £1.11 million.

Dr Peter Brindle, the APCRC Research and Development Programme Director, is delighted to announce that this RCF award to the CCGs is the largest to any primary care collaborative in England. RCF is awarded annually by the Department of Health, and is calculated on the basis of the research activity ongoing within an NHS organisation.

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Forthcoming events


Optimising recruitment into randomised clinical trials

Interactive workshops to enhance skills in recruiting patients to RCTs

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Bristol Patient Safety Conference 2016

An independent patient safety and quality improvement (QI) conference, now in their third year, attracting delegates nationally.

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PhD Projects in the CHCR at UWE

The Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHCR) at Uwe, Bristol hosts internationally excellent research in the fields of long term conditions, emergency and critical care, children and young people, public health and wellbeing and ethics. There are a range of PhD projects available.

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Feel it! Festival

In autumn 2016 the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research and the Life of Breath project will bring together researchers, artists and members of the public to debate and explore University of Bristol research on the experience of being human; in particular pain and breathlessness.

For more information click here