November 2021                                                                                     

The NIHR Research Schools' Mental Health Programme
Funding Announcement

The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) (“three Schools”) have joined together in a unique collaboration between leading academic centres in England to collaborate on a programme of work on Mental Health, led by the SPCR and funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): 

Improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research 

A key aspect of the Three NIHR Research Schools' Mental Health Programme is building research capacity; to develop a critical mass of mental health research in underserved communities it is essential to build strong capacity with the expertise and local knowledge needed to make an impact.

We are pleased to invite applications for our Masters Scholarships Programme and our Individual Research Career Development Awards. In addition to our capacity building programme we are inviting applications for research projects that will prioritise those groups with high needs for treatment and support, and that have been underserved by research to date to address some of the most fundamental gaps in the evidence base.

Details of this funding can be found on our website, the application deadline is 16 December 2021. 

 Feedback on the SPCR PPIE Strategy

The NIHR School for Primary Care Research's Strategy for Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) 2021-2026 is now available via our website. We were pleased to receive the following feedback from the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility PPIE Team:
The strategy document is very comprehensive. It sets out clear strategic aims for PPIE to support the overall work of the School. Thinking on how patient and public voice can be integrated at the operational and governance activities of the School is evident. The embodiment of the UK standards of public involvement in the overall programme of activities is commendable. The plans to undertake an evaluation of the strategic activities half-way through the contract and capture PPIE impact are welcome; we look forward to the learning from this process"
The SPCR were pleased to welcome the 2021 Trainee cohort to their Annual Trainee Event, which was held virtually on 3 November 2021.  As well as providing the opportunity for Trainees to network with each other and meet members of the Academic Capacity Development Team and SPCR Board, the event featured presentations on PPIE and Impact, along with a mindfulness session and career story from Prof Sandra Elridge. Thank you to all our presenters for being involved in the event. We received some wonderful feedback and we look forward to hosting online training events for our Trainees and another group meeting in the spring, hopefully in person. You can follow our Trainees activities by searching for the hashtag #SPCRTrainees on Twitter. 

'Great structure, very useful information, good speakers and friendly environment.

Ethnicity, diversity and inclusion strategy
 survey launched

The NIHR are seeking your views to help shape the vision and direction of their new equality, diversity and inclusion strategy for 2022-2027. The survey should take around 10-15 minutes to complete, and your responses are anonymous.
NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme has launched a special standalone call seeking digital approaches for the early detection, diagnosis and stratification of Dementia. The call will close on 26 January 2022 at 1pm. 
Congratulations to Dr Garth Funston and the study team for their paper on detecting cancers in primary care, which won the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) 2020 Research Paper of the Year, in the Clinical Research Category. The research demonstrates that CA125, a simple blood test available in primary care, is useful for ovarian cancer detection in symptomatic women attending their GP and could help identify other types of cancer. The SPCR are proud to have partly funded this study. You can read the paper here. Congratulations to all winners. A full description of all the awards and categories can be found on the RCGP website, and you can nominate a paper to be considered for the 2021 awards. 

The ATAFUTI study 'Uva-ursi extract and ibuprofen as alternative treatments for uncomplicated urinary tract infection in women (ATAFUTI): a factorial randomized trial’ has won the 'Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award – Heel Research Prize' at the ECIMcongress. You can learn more about the project here.

Congratulations to Andrew MoriartyDr Hollie Birkinshaw and Dr Faraz Mughal for winning Early Career Researcher prizes for their abstract presentations at the SAPC North conference, which was held on 11 November 2021. Details of future SAPC conferences can be found on their website. 
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Book your place: NIHR Academy Members' Conference 2021    

Registration is now open for the NIHR Academy Members’ Conference on 23 and 24 November 2021. Join the Academy virtually for two days of speakers, skills sessions and other activities, exploring how health and care research relates to people with multiple long-term conditions.

Webinar on engaging and working with young people

The NIHR Schools for Public Health Research, Primary Care Research and Social Care Research are pleased to host a webinar to explore engaging and working with young people. This is the first webinar in the series “Diversity and involvement; whom to involve?” with further sessions in January and February 2022. The webinar on involving young people will take place Monday 13th December 10 – 11 am. Individuals who wish to attend the event will need to register here.

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News and Blogs

NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Research Training Camp

The NIHR Academy hosted the twelfth NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Research Training Camp on 21 September 2021. Sixty doctoral students from across the NIHR Infrastructure gathered in Leamington Spa for a three-day residential camp centred around the theme of “Applying for further funding”.

Dr Lorraine Watson, Post-Doc Fellow, and Dr Ralph Akyea, PhD Student, represented the School for Primary Care Research and you can read their reflections here.

Bridging the gap: Diversifying education in primary healthcare: Sara Thompson (GP), Morounkeji Ogunrinde (GP), Zenni Emeka-Enechi (Medical student) and Natalie Amavih-Mensah (Medical student) discuss diversifing education in primary healthcare. 
NIHR #YourPathInResearch Case Study - Dr Siobhan Stynes, Clinical Lecturer at the University of Keele, describes her career path.
PCR cycle threshold may be key to predicting infectiousness of people with asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic COVID-19. An international team of researchers, led from Centre for Evidence-based Medicine based in the Nuffield Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, announces the findings from the most complete analysis of high-quality covid transmission studies to date.
Catching cancer early: how research could help us improve. SPCR funded research features in the lastest NIHR Collection. 
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