Our new round-up of news, study highlights, training and involvement opportunities for the West of England research community. 
News
Bristol Eye Hospital recruits first UK patient to the Harrier trial

Bristol Eye Hospital has recruited the first UK patient to a study looking at a new drug treatment for Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (nAMD).
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West of England clinical researchers commended as NIHR marks 10 year anniversary

Twelve West of England principal investigators have been recognised for their significant contribution to commercial research in the NHS, with awards presented in a prestigious event hosted at the British Medical Association in London.
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Rapid round fires up Primary Care Event

Our annual Primary Care Event, featuring a rapid round update from seven study teams, attracted more than 100 delegates, drawn from over 50 research-active practices across the West.
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EEPRIS: a home-grown study with an innovative approach to patient involvement

Researchers at the University of Bristol Centre for Academic Primary Care are asking families in the city to take part in a new study to find out how children’s common illnesses develop out in the community. 
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New locality focus at CRN: West of England

Our Research Delivery Managers (RDMs) start new locality roles from 1 April, aimed at strengthening the `glue’ that bonds together the network in the West.
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Changes to study permissions from the end of March

The NIHR Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission (NIHR CSP) is closing. All new research applications to conduct research in the NHS in England are now being processed under HRA Approval.  
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NIHR Study Support Service: a streamlined approach to study management

The NIHR Study Support Services is due to be fully implemented across the NHS on 1 July 2016. You may be wondering what the service is and how you can benefit from it.
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Launch of Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS)

The NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) has launched and brings with it a number of benefits for the network.

The CPMS is a national information system enabling us, as a whole, to secure high-quality study information, capture research activity once and access it from multiple systems and produce a range of detailed reports that will help to manage performance and deliver studies.
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Bristol Paediatric Rheumatologist wins local award for research impact

Professor Athimalaipet Ramanan, a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, has won the Research Impact Award at the 2016 Bristol Health and Care Awards.
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Bath running hot with first UK patient recruited to back pain treatment trial
 
Researchers at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), part of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, are celebrating the recruitment of the first UK patient into a study looking at a drug treatment for inflammatory arthritis causing lower back pain. 
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Follow us on Twitter

Following a pilot exercise last year, we have relaunched our Twitter page @crnwestengland.

As well as promoting our own local activities and news stories, you can see key updates from our partners across the West, plus national relevant news from the wider Clinical Research Network, live, as it breaks. We will also be promoting news from our partners and local health networks. 

We look forward to seeing you there - let’s all contribute to the community of research in the West.
 
Join Dementia Research - next steps for the chart toppers

At the time of writing, the West of England remains the highest recruiting local network in the Clinical Research Network with 1,415 Join Dementia Research registrations. 
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International Clinical Trials Day 2016

Every year on 20 May, researchers, doctors, surgeons, nurses, allied health professionals, delivery staff, managers and administrators working in clinical research all over the world join together to celebrate the vision, cutting edge healthcare and hope that clinical research brings to patients every day. 

There are lots of activities going on around the West of England during the week leading up to 20 May.
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Health Service Journal Clinical Research Impact Award 2016 open for entries

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Clinical Research Impact Award 2016 is now open for entries. 

It is presented to an NHS organisation that has gone the extra mile to embed clinical research as core business and harness the outcomes of clinical research to improve services and treatments for its patients.
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Applying for NIHR funding? Consider NIHR Clinical Trials Units

The NIHR has produced a video highlighting the role that Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) play in developing NIHR funding applications, explaining both the role and benefits of working with CTUs.
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Unsure of who you should involve in your study? Introducing the FAST-R Panel

One question researchers often ask about involvement is ‘Who should I involve?’ The FAST-R Panel has helped answer this question. 
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Partner updates
A University of Bristol professor is one of three neuroscientists who have won the world’s most valuable prize for brain research, for their outstanding work on the mechanisms of memory. Professor Graham Collingridge is one of this year’s winners of The Brain Prize, which is regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for neuroscientists.
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Congratulations to the Maternity Team at Royal United Hospitals Bath, who won the Most Innovative Team of the Year Award for the Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Babies Project (PreCEPT) at the 2015 New Year’s Honours Awards.
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It is often difficult for researchers to find suitable people for research studies, even for common conditions, and many people would participate in research if they knew a suitable study was available. Reach West, developed by CLAHRCWest, seeks to address this obstacle.
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On 4 February, nine GPs gathered at the West of England AHSN offices in Bristol to discuss how they are championing the use of evidence and evaluation within the seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) within our patch.
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People in Health West of England is helping researchers to identify research questions that are important to patients, service users and families. Alongside CLAHRC West’s recent call for research proposals from health professionals, People in Health West of England have run four ‘research ideas’ workshops around the region for patients and the public.
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“What does co-production actually mean in practice?” asks Hildegard Dumper, Patient and Public Involvement Team Manager at People in Research West of England.
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The improvement directors from the 15 AHSNs across England hosted the first intra-AHSN learning event on Mental Health in London on Wednesday 2 March.
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Training
Training opportunities

Did you know that we provide an extensive cost-free training programme encompassing the fundamentals of working in clinical research through to mandated clinical training? All our courses are online, as are those run by our partners which we believe may be of interest to you. 

We encourage you to check regularly as new courses and dates are added frequently: 
www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/west-of-england/events.

For any queries relating to our training courses, please contact Donna Burnham, our Network
Administrator, at donna.burnham@nihr.ac.uk or on 0117 3421376. 
Upcoming courses in April:

Rater Training Day – Psychometric and Global Ratings for Dementia Studies. 11 April. Rice Centre (Royal United Hospital Bath).

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice. 12 April. Cheltenham General Hospital.

Good Clinical Practice Refresher. 21 April. Cheltenham General Hospital.

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice. 22 April. Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Good Clinical Practice Refresher. 26 April. Royal United Hospital Bath.
Discover BrightTALK

BrightTALK provides webcasting and web conferencing to a variety of industries and organisations including the NIHR Clinical Research Network. They can be viewed live, allowing for participation, or accessed in a ‘catch-up’ style library afterwards.

You can sign up for a free account at www.brighttalk.com if you would like to be notified about, and have the opportunity to participate in, upcoming webcasts. Or, if you are happy to watch them after they have happened, there is a library of them on the NIHR CRN website.
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