Our new round-up of news, study highlights, training and other opportunities for the West of England research community. To see complete, click above to view in browser.
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Annual Plan sets out this year's objectives and priority investments

Dementia, diabetes and mental health figure are highlighted as priority investments in this year's CRN: West of England Annual Plan. We've produced an easy to use summary document, setting out all the high level objectives and priority areas.
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Mayor of Bath pledges support for Join Dementia Research at civic reception

In a special event leading up to Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21), the Mayor of Bath marked the city’s major contribution to dementia research with a civic reception drawing in people from local charities, health networks, hospitals and general practices.
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NIHR appoints West of England researchers as senior investigators

Four colleagues from the West of England are among 34 Senior Investigators recently appointed by the NIHR, to provide research leadership to the NIHR Faculty. 

Senior Investigators are the NIHR’s preeminent researchers and represent the country’s most outstanding leaders of clinical and applied health and social care research.

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UHB teamwork provides highest recruiting centre

UHB Clinical Trials, Radioisotopes and Radiopharmacy teams have been congratulated for being the highest recruiting centre in the international phase 2 LYMRIT study for treatment of relapsed non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The LYMRIT study gives Bristol patients access to a promising novel therapy of radio-activity coupled with a new lymphoma seeking antibody to target relapsed lymphoma.
Contact Dr Matthew Beasley, Principle Investigator, for any queries Matthew.Beasley@UHBristol.nhs.uk
North Bristol welcomes BBC Radio

BBC Radio 5 Live has visited North Bristol NHS Trust to interview a patient and the research team taking part in the ELAD study, which is evaluating the effects of Liraglutide, in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The drug, used to treat type 2 diabetes, has been shown in laboratory studies to improve symptoms of Alzheimer's and reduce the amount of amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of the disease.

Check our or NBT's twitter account to find out when the interview is broadcast.
Massive Open Online Course kicks off

Following last year's inaugural course, which attracted 8,000 registrants, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has opened again from June 6, free of charge for anyone wanting to understand more about clinical research.

Already, 4,000 participants have signed up and will learn about the roles of different members of a research team and understand the ethical and scientific principles that underpin the research process. A Youtube trailer advertising the free online course is available to view on NIHR TV.

Click the button below to register - the course is taking registrations for a short period after its opening date.
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Advanced Leadership Programme for Clinical Research Delivery Practitioners 2016 ­/ 2019

Applications are invited for this exciting new development opportunity for leaders/managers in clinical research. 

If you are working in support of NIHR portfolio studies, band 6 or above and have some experience of research management/leadership, then please `Click to read more' below to find the application form and programme outline.  You must have the support of your own line manager before applying. 

Please send completed applications to maxine.taylor@nihr.ac.uk by July 24th 2016.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.  Enquiries to maxine.taylor@nihr.ac.uk
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It's Ok to Ask - how we celebrated International Clinical Trials Day 
Colleagues across the West banged the drum - and clapped their foam hands - for clinical research on May 20, as part of the celebrations for International Clinical Trials Day. From blind testing soft drinks to playing the board game `Operation', the day's activities brought a sense of fun to the day, as various specialties showcased how research was having an impact on patient care. 
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Follow us on Twitter

Find us at @crnwestengland for news of local activities across the clinical research community in the West of England. You'll see key updates from our partners across the West, plus relevant national news from the wider Clinical Research Network, live, as it breaks. We look forward to seeing you there.
Paula's paper published in Nursing Times

Paula Tacchi, Research Matron at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), has co-authored a paper published in the Nursing Times on the development, pilot and roll out of the Fundamentals of Clinical Research Nursing course, funded by the NIHR.

The course was developed to improve and standardise nurses' research skills and cascade training has enabled sustainability of the highly rated training.
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A view from non-medical Principal Investigators

As part of our effort to continue expanding the number of non-medical Principal Investigators, we have helped produce a video for colleagues to hear from someone with first hand experience of taking on this key role. 

Dr Krist Noonan, Senior Clinical Studies Officer with CRN: West of England, talks through his experience from a background as a psychologist at Bath-based dementia research charity RICE (Research into the Care of Older People). Click below to see the video.
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Swindon making rapid progress in stroke trial recruitment 

In just four months, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recruited an impressive 82 patients for the HeadPoST study, an international trial comparing the effectiveness of two head positions in the first 24 hours of admission to hospital for patients with acute stroke.  

Research sister Lucy Williams, the site Principal Investigator, told us how this progress had been made, with one arm of the study on site already fully recruited.

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Local success for cancer trial recruitment

The Gloucestershire Hospitals Oncology team and Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre have been thanked for being among the top recruiting centres nationally for the CONVERT trial, a once daily versus twice daily radiotherapy study in patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

The recruitment ran from 2008-13 and has helped to define the best radiotherapy treatment schedule when given with chemotherapy.

UK first patient for paediatric post-operative pain study

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has recruited the first UK patient to a clinical study sponsored by Grünenthal GmbH, looking at administering oral tapentadol for paediatric patients with acute post-operative pain.

The study, forming part of a range of studies looking at pain medication in different age groups in children, is recruiting at 70 sites worldwide, until December 2016.

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New NIHR CRN branding released

New branding and identity guidance for the NIHR Clinical Research Network has been released, applying the revised NIHR identity guidelines to the LCRN setting. It's available now for implementation as appropriate and the use of old branding will not be permitted from 1 January 2017.
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Study permissions central contact

studysupport.westengland@nihr.ac.uk is a mailbox which handles all queries regarding the Study Support Service for the West of England and research management & governance; inclusive of studies still being processed through NIHR CSP. The mailbox replaces the csp.westengland@nihr.ac.uk mailbox which is now no longer in use.
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Partner updates
David Wynick, joint Research Director at North Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trusts and Professor of Molecular Medicine at University of Bristol, has taken on the newly created role of chair of the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group.
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More than 130 academics, clinicians, commissioners, patients and others from organisations across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset will come together for the third annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June at At-Bristol Science Centre. 
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People in the West living with long-term health conditions are invited to take part in an exciting healthcare innovation project to test and shape two potential new products. Both have been designed by entrepreneurs in Bristol: one product is designed to help people with dementia, while the other is an app to aid speech therapy.

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Our second call for projects received 29 submissions, and we are now taking forward nine projects and working with seven applicants to develop their proposals further. Successful projects range from evaluating the South Gloucestershire opioid analgesics dependency pilot project to considering the impact of a primary care standardised admission sheet with National Early Warning Score.
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The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has produced a new publication with the support of the West of England AHSN called ‘West of England in the Business of Healthcare’,  which explores our regional health economy.
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Peter Brindle's keynote address at the NHS Research and Development (R&D) Forum on 24 May has been making waves across the research community. Peter, R&D Programme Director at Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative,  believes the NHS should stand out as the most evidence informed healthcare system in the world, with NHS R&D at the heart of making this a reality.
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PHWE has new professional co-chair: Julie Hapeshi, Deputy Director of the Research Design Service (RDS) and of Research & Development at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust. Julie, a founding member of PHWE, brings to the role a wealth of experience and insight, and her RDS role links Julie to the new INVOLVE team. Julie will be sharing this role with Cathy Rice, our public contributor co-chair.  

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The Health Research Authority and INVOLVE have published new evidence on how public involvement can help make research more ethical and produce better outcomes. The main benefits of public involvement, helpful examples, and key documents are set out in the linked webpages below.

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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? Details for all our courses are available to view 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: 

For any queries relating to our training courses, please contact Donna Burnham, our Network
Administrator, at donna.burnham@nihr.ac.uk or on 0117 342 1376. 

Training listed here includes courses run by our partners.
Upcoming courses in June and July:

NIHR Research Design Service Grant Writing Retreat  13 June. Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath

Introduction to Good Clinical Practice 16 June. Southmead Hospital

Introduction to Questionnaire Design & Delivery 21 June. Whitefriars, Bristol

Let's talk trials 24 June. Royal United Hospital, Bath

Introduction to genetics and epigenetics for public health 28 June. Whitefriars, Bristol

Good Clinical Practice Refresher 30 June. Bristol Royal Infirmary Education Centre

Good Clinical Practice Refresher 12 July. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Introduction to GCP 18 July. Bristol Royal Infirmary Education Centre

Introduction to GCP 21 July. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Critical appraisal for healthcare professionals 26 July. Whitefriars, Bristol

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