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PRIME Centre Wales Annual Meeting 2020: Call for Abstracts for elevator pitches

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts is now open for the Elevator Pitch session at the forthcoming PRIME Annual Meeting 2020 .

This year's meeting will be held completely online, and take place:
Tuesday 3rd November, 10:00-16:00

If your abstract is accepted, we will support and guide you through the process of pre-recording your 3 minute presentation ahead of the meeting. 

Your presentation will then be broadcast at the meeting, and you will be asked to be on hand (online on the day) to answer questions from the audience.

Attached is a document containing guidance and a template for writing your abstract.

Please send your completed abstracts by:
8th September

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and we'll let you know outcomes by 18th September.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Make It Public – new strategy marks step change in making health research findings available to the public

31st July 2020

On 30 July, the Health Research Authority (HRA) launched a new strategy to ensure information about all health and social care research – including COVID-19 research - is made publicly available to benefit patients, researchers and policy makers.

The strategy, delivered by the HRA in partnership with NHS Research Scotland (NRS), Health and Care Research Wales and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland, is about making transparency ‘the norm’ in research and making information more visible to the public.

NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry - have you signed up yet?

Over 85,000 people across the UK have already signed up to give their permission to be contacted to take part in cutting-edge COVID-19 trials, but we still need you.

As the UK Government secures an additional 60 million doses of a potentially lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, we are asking you to consider registering today to take part in trials that will give scientists the information needed about how effective they are.

Service Evaluation: Prescribing Practices for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

28th July 2020

The University of Sheffield is completing a service evaluation in order to gain an understanding of the prescribing practices for diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain (DPNP) in primary care. The service evaluation consists of a very short (5 minute) online questionnaire for GPs.

Background

DPNP affects up to a quarter of patients with diabetes. DPNP can cause insomnia, poor quality of life, unemployment and depression. The mainstay of treatment is pharmacotherapy however, current NICE guidance is not based on robust evidence. OPTION-DM is a phase III clinical trial, funded by the NIHR HTA programme, which aims to identify the most clinically beneficial treatment pathway for DPNP. OPTION-DM has completed recruitment and the final patient follow up visit has recently been completed. Initial results will be available in September 2020. Further information on the trial is available via this link.

Survey

In order to assess the impact of research it is important to understand current practice, however we do not have a clear picture of prescribing practices for DPNP in the UK. With this in mind, we are conducting a short survey of GPs asking about current prescribing practices for DPNP. The information obtained will provide a baseline against which we can compare future surveys. The survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete and it is available here. The deadline for completing the survey is 11th September 2020. Any queries should be emailed to the team at option-dm@sheffield.ac.uk.

Participate in a research study about social well-being

17 July 2020

Researchers at the University of South Wales and the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) are running a study to gather insights into what makes up a person’s social world and what aspects of this influence their well-being.

We would like to invite you to engage in three separate online activities over the next six weeks. The purpose of the exercise is to move towards a consensus position on what makes up a person’s social world. We would like to include people from across the UK and internationally to take part.

The study will be run online using software called Group Wisdom and it will involve a brainstorming exercise, followed by grouping and rating activities all related to the topic. Each activity will last no more than 20-30 minutes and you can start and come back to the activity when you have some free time.

Please indicate your interest in participating in this study by e-mailing wsspr@southwales.ac.uk

UK-wide research looking at impact of Covid-19 on early cancer diagnosis

3 July 2020

Researchers at Cardiff University have launched a UK-wide project to investigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on diagnosis of cancer. The initial message to “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” and the suspension of cancer screening programmes sent a strong message that “cancer can wait”, said the researchers.

The 18-month research project will look at how these messages have affected people seeking medical help for early signs of cancer or for screening. Working closely with researchers at Cancer Research UK, King’s College London and the University of Surrey, the study will look at public attitudes and behaviours, exploring key issues that could lead to more cancers occurring or being diagnosed at a late stage.

Principal investigator Professor Kate Brain, a health psychologist and Lead for research in screening, prevention and early diagnosis at PRIME Centre Wales and Wales Cancer Research Centre, said:

“The impact of Covid-19 on UK public attitudes towards cancer - translating into delayed referrals, missed screening and late-stage cancer diagnosis - is likely to be considerable. From early on in the pandemic the ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ message, along with the halting of national cancer screening programmes, sent a strong message to the public that ‘cancer can wait’. Read full story.

Entries now open: Public Involvement Achievement Award 2020

Application deadline: 14 August 2020

Entries are now invited for the 2020 Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement Achievement Award

For the fourth year running we are looking to present an award to identify, promote, and celebrate the excellent public involvement taking place across the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure.

Setting priorities for social care research in Wales

Deadline extended to 13th July

How can we best provide sustainable care and support to help older people live happier and more fulfilling lives?

Health and Care Research Wales and Social Care Wales want to identify research priorities for the social care and support of people aged 65 and over. We have launched a survey aimed at people in Wales aged 65 and over who have received care or support, and professionals, volunteers and family members who provide that care. 

Please take part in the survey. It will take about 10 minutes to complete and is open from 8 June to 13 July 2020.

Funded PhD Studentship: A person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery

Margaret Wooloff PhD Scholarship 2020, Aberystwyth University

Main Supervisor: Dr Marco Arkesteijn, maa36@aber.ac.uk, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences

Frailty is a health status that increases the risk and impact of adverse events and makes individuals more vulnerable to quick and sudden declines in functional ability, hospitalisation and death. The importance of frailty is increasingly recognized, and although frailty is not currently a clinical diagnosis, it seems likely to become one in the next 10 years.

The PhD student is to support development and evaluation of a person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery, similar to current practice for obesity and diabetes management. Firstly, appropriate biomarkers of frailty (urine, blood, physical assessments, cognitive assessments, etc.) will be established. Secondly, its feasibility for implementation in a rural GP surgery will be determined. Finally, the feasibility of personalised interventions to prevent and reverse frailty will be evaluated in a rural GP surgery.

The PhD student will be supervised by members of the Well-being and health Assessment Research Unit (www.waru.org.uk), who work jointly with local GP surgeries in Ceredigion, Mid- Wales, United Kingdom. The supervision team is well placed to provide the PhD student with experiences of working in academia alongside the practical experience of doing primary care based research.

Deadline for applications: 1 July 2020

Project informationhttps://www.aber.ac.uk/en/media/departmental/academicregistry/admissions/postgraduate/scholarships/Margaret-Wooloff-PhD-Scholarship-2020-Project-Details-v2.pdf

Scholarship informationhttps://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/fees-finance/uk-eu/research/margaret-wooloff-phd/

Decision-making during pandemics and other serious illness

8 June 2020

Dr Victoria Shepherd, Research Fellow at Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University has written an editorial on Decision-making during pandemics and other serious illness, featured in 'Geriatrics, Gerontology and Aging', the scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SBGG).

At a time of COVID-19 impact on older people around the world, Victoria highlights the issues around decision-making, proposing that 'early discussions between older people, their families and care providers about their priorities and preferences are needed now more than ever'.

Read the editorial at: tinyurl.com/ycpfofv6

New handbook demonstrates the UK Standards for Public Involvement in action

4 June 2020

A new handbook has been published sharing the stories of organisations that tested and implemented the UK Standards for Public Involvement in their research as part of a pilot programme. Included is the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, who used the ‘Working together’ standard to help develop a volunteering guide. 

Further information: https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/news/new-standards-handbook/

Online submission of amendments and amendment tool now live

2 June 2020

Health and Care Research Wales' new online submission of amendments and amendment tool have gone live across the UK (Tuesday 2 June 2020). These new processes for handling amendments are part of our ongoing programme to improve services for applicants.

Link: https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/news/new-submission-of-amendments-and-amendments-tool/

New public involvement service for COVID-19 studies

Health and Care Research Wales strongly encourage all researchers to involve people with relevant lived experience in the design, conduct, and dissemination of their studies.

Thousands of patients, carers, service users, and other members of the public around the UK have adapted to working rapidly and remotely, and are keen to contribute to COVID-19 research.

If you are applying for fast-track review for a COVID-19 research study, you can now request support from the Health Research Authority public involvement matching service and you’ll be put in touch with the coordinators of public involvement groups that are a good fit for your research. 

This service is in addition to our ongoing support for public involvement within COVID-19 research.

Social care workforce survey

Ulster University is calling all social care workers and social workers working during COVID-19 to take a survey on their experiences working on the frontline during a pandemic.

Responses to the survey will help develop a study exploring working on the frontline under COVID-19, which will inform employers and policymakers about what the workforce needs to cope during a pandemic.

Survey link: https://niscc.info/news/333-workforce-survey

Impact of COVID-19 on researchers and the UK research base

All researchers employed in UK universities, research institutes, charities and companies are invited to participate in an online survey to share their experiences of how the COVID-19 lockdown, since 23 March, is impacting on their research, and the likely impact if social distancing in the workplace is required in the months ahead.

Submit an abstract now - reopened for presentation abstracts!

4 June 2020

We’d like to thank everyone who has already submitted an abstract for the conference. The conference planning committee has reviewed the abstracts submitted and would like to invite further abstract submissions for the oral presentations. Submissions for oral presentations should be mindful of the theme of the conference: Making a difference: the impact of health and social care research, and the committee are particularly looking for abstracts on research topics covering:

  • social care
  • NHS
  • lessons learned from COVID-19

The call for abstracts for posters and workshops has now closed.

You can still submit an abstract to present at the parallel sessions until 19 June 2020.

Can we better join support and needs in response to COVID-19?

The COVID Response Map Wales has been designed to help identify areas where there are more people who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, where there is potentially less community support.

Whilst the map does not capture all community support, nor does it imply that all vulnerable groups are in need of support, it can help inform the public, community groups and public sector on which areas might benefit from extra support.  

It also provides the links to local community groups identified helping to raise awareness of the support available locally.

Visit: www.covidresponsemap.wales 

Full funded PhD studentship opportunity at Aberystwyth University

A person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery

Frailty is a health status that increases the risk and impact of adverse events and makes individuals more vulnerable to quick and sudden declines in functional ability, hospitalisation and death. The importance of frailty is increasingly recognized, and although frailty is not currently a clinical diagnosis, it seems likely to become one in the next 10 years. 

The PhD student is to support development and evaluation of a person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery, similar to current practice for obesity and diabetes management. Firstly, appropriate biomarkers of frailty (urine, blood, physical assessments, cognitive assessments, etc.) will be established. Secondly, its feasibility for implementation in a rural GP surgery will be determined. Finally, the feasibility of personalised interventions to prevent and reverse frailty will be evaluated in a rural GP surgery. 

The PhD student will be supervised by members of the Well-being and health Assessment Research Unit (www.waru.org.uk), who work jointly with local GP surgeries in Ceredigion, MidWales, United Kingdom. The supervision team is well placed to provide the PhD student with experiences of working in academia alongside the practical experience of doing primary care based research.

Candidates for the PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities in a relevant discipline. They must demonstrate outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree with distinction (or equivalent). 

Those awarded a Margaret Wooloff Scholarship will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees up to the UK/EU rate of £4,407 per annum (2019/2020 rate).  A maintenance allowance of approximately £15,009 per annum and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum) will also be provided. Scholarships commence in September 2020.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2020.  Please contact Dr Marco Arkesteijn via maa36@aber.ac.uk initially for more information and how to apply. 

New report on the nursing and midwifery community in Wales

3 June 2020

Public Health Wales has published its new report Towards a healthy and sustainable workforce for the future: The current health and wellbeing of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Wales.
 
The report highlights the health and wellbeing of the nursing and midwifery community in Wales, in 2019.  The findings draw from an online survey of 1,642 nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers, approximately 5% of the NHS workforce in Wales, conducted before the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more

COVID-19 research in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

21 May 2020

People from all minority ethnic groups (apart from Chinese and mixed-race groups) are at greater risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19 than the white population in the UK. In particular, black men and women are nearly twice as likely as white people to die from COVID-19. We need to understand why and tackle this urgently through health research.

Visit the COVID-19 research in black, Asian and minority ethnic communities pages on Be Part of Research to learn how to help encourage all BME communities to participate in COVID-19 studies.

Stroke Research Priority Setting Partnership

20 May 2020

Are there questions about stroke that you think are important for research to try to answer? Your questions could help to improve treatment, rehabilitation and prevention in the future.

Complete the Stroke Association web survey to have your say.

Antimicrobial resistance community needs assessment survey for a digital platform

On behalf of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR), we invite you to take part in a needs assessment survey to guide the development and implementation of the digital platform for the JPIAMR - Virtual Research Institute.

Survey completion deadline: 31 May 2020

£4.8M funding announced for primary and emergency care research in Wales

5 May 2020

The Welsh Government is to invest £4.85m over the next five years on research into primary and emergency care in Wales, which will involve Swansea University.

The funding, through Health and Care Research Wales, will support large-scale, international quality research at Prime Centre Wales, an all-Wales Centre co-led by Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor universities and the University of South Wales.

The Centre has adapted the focus of its research to help tackle the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, including launching projects to:

  • Look at the effect of “shielding letters” as a public health intervention, led by Professor Helen Snooks of Swansea University
  • Examine the impact of delayed diagnoses of cancer, a project led by Professor Kate Brain, a professor of health psychology from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine
  • Fast track the implementation of the CARiAD intervention for home-based palliative care, teaching lay carers to administer injections at home to a dying loved one, led by Professor Clare Wilkinson and Dr Marlise Poolman at Bangor University and Professor Annmarie Nelson and the Marie Curie Research Palliative Care Research Centre at Cardiff University
  • Look at the effects of coronavirus on all stages of pregnancy, a project led by Julia Townson of Cardiff University’s Centre for Trials Research
  • Analyse public experiences of the pandemic through a UK-wide survey, a joint project between Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University

Read more: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/press-office/news-events/news/2020/05/5m-funding-announced-for-primary-and-emergency-care-research-in-wales.php

JPIAMR-VRI Open invitation to participate in a Needs Assessment survey (closes 31st May)

13 May 2020 

On behalf of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) we invite you to take part in a needs assessment survey to guide the development and implementation of the Digital Platform for the JPIAMR-Virtual Research Institute (JPIAMR-VRI). 

Please follow this link to the surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPIAMR-VRI_Digital_Platform_Survey or use the attached QR code to quickly access the survey.
It should take about 15 minutes to complete it.

Deadline to answer this survey is May 31st, 2020. 

Aim and ambition of the survey            

The aim is to ensure the JPIAMR-VRI Digital Platform meets the needs of the AMR research community and brings value to everyone who will use it.   It will help to identify developmental priorities and will bring an opportunity to collect innovative ideas that could become part of the Digital Platform development. 

Who should participate?

AMR researchers, members of research networks/projects, students/trainees, research Institute/Universities representatives, representatives of research funding organizations, AMR policy experts, healthcare providers in the field of AMR, AMR data or service provider/developer, private sector representatives interested in AMR Research. 

Why should you participate?

By participating in this survey, you are contributing to the building of a JPIAMR-VRI Digital Platform supporting excellence in research on AMR on a global scale with a One Health approach. 

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Coping during coronavirus survey - invitation to take part

11 May 2020

The health threat from Covid-19 provides us with an opportunity to discover how people respond emotionally and behaviourally to health threats on a day to day basis. Most of what we know about how people cope is based on either information obtained after the event or asking them how they think they might have coped. The literature around how we cope with threats to our health is not clear.  

We have designed an on-line survey which will allow us to examine how people think, feel and cope with the Covid-19 threat. Findings from this survey could help to identify common coping methods and ways that may motivate people to maintain or adopt healthy behaviours or to help avoid unhealthy living.   

Please support this research by completing the survey and asking friends family and work colleagues in your groups to ensure we capture as many different peoples’ views as possible.  

Link here: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/copingcovid19  

Thank you, 
Prof. Chris Bundy on behalf of the Covid-19 Coping Research Group, Cardiff University 

CF PROSPER: Making choices about having children when living with Cystic Fibrosis

8 May 2020

The CF PROSPER research team are interested in women’s experiences about making decisions about having children​.

The project aims to generate new evidence about pregnancy for women with Cystic Fibrosis and their healthcare teams to help inform their choices about pregnancy.

The team will also be creating a decision support tool to help women and their partners make decisions about starting a family that fit with their own individual needs and preferences.

Please take part or share the survey link below:

https://cmett.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cf-prosper-making-choices-about-having-children-when-livi-2

KESS 2 MRes opportunity

Developing a theory of change for a complex programme; a systematic framework for ensuring delivery of outcomes in a new Wellbeing Hub for the Nantlle Valley.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University. 

Project ID: BUK2200

Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months.
Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance. 

Application Deadline: 22/05/2020 

Project Description

This is a research opportunity that may be attractive to a range of students as it covers a wide field of interests. Health and social care students with an interest in strategic change are an obvious set but so would business studies students interested in public and voluntary sector development, similarly ‘place based’ community development researchers or any students/researchers with a passion for how the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act may be delivered in practice.

Grwp Cynefin have been the lead organisation building a wider vision for Penygroes as a Centre for Well-being for the Nantlle Valley and wider local region.  Partners including Gwynedd Council, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, and a range of voluntary and  community organisations have produced a business case to create a new and innovative Wellbeing Hub to modernise and extend the reach of existing health and care services, embed prevention and community wellbeing into a new sustainable model for the future, and act as a crucible for change and regeneration of the wider area. Further information.

Wales plays key role in urgent COVID-19 research

1 May 2020

Wales is playing a key role in the UK-wide effort to find treatments for COVID-19 patients through research, with 11 urgent public health research studies already taking place and further studies being set up.

These studies – set up through Health and Care Research Wales and co-ordinated nationally – are being run right across Wales and are looking into multiple treatments for patients, identifying risk factors and specific genes for susceptibility of severe disease, all strengthening the evidence to help fight the disease.

Read more.

PRIME e-news bulletin - Spring 2020

4 May 2020

Read our message from Centre Director, Professor Adrian Edwards announcing our new 5 years if funding, and find out what the PRIME Centre Wales research team have been doing to support the effort against CORID-19 in the Spring edition of the e-news bulletin.

Read the bulletin here: https://mailchi.mp/0439b08917f7/prime-centre-wales-e-news-bulletin-spring

Sign up to receive our quarterly e-news bulletin here: https://us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f48544e8b5a7717edc3af7fc0&id=ccb0f0648f

Social Prescribing: an alternative approach to reduce the reliance on the NHS and social care services in Wales 

23 April 2020

The Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR) was officially launched at the start of April. 

Led by Director Professor Carolyn Wallace of the University of South Wales (USW) and co-chaired by Dr Sally Rees at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), this virtual school based within PRIME Centre Wales aims to develop a social prescribing evaluation methodology. It builds on the work previously completed by the Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN). The network itself has won more than £700k in funding bids to date. 

Professor Wallace comments:

"The rapidly growing enthusiasm for social prescribing and its potential to influence delivery of services in primary and community care have exceeded expectation, but the development of its evidence base and robust quality standards for evaluation have trailed,”

“There is variable evidence to suggest that social prescribing reduces the footfall to GP surgeries of between 15% to 28%. The evidence varies so much because the impact of social prescribing depends on the type of model used, the link workers and their backgrounds, the locality, and the assets available within the community.

“Social prescribing is incredibly important. It helps people connect with their community and improve their well-being.”

What is social prescribing? 

Social prescribing (SP) is a way of meeting the social, emotional and practical needs of people through services in the voluntary and community sector, rather than relying on health and social care services to provide a solution. People may be referred to a SP scheme for many reasons, such as bereavement, debt induced anxiety or social isolation. 

SP schemes use various activities that are typically offered by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice, and a range of sports.

Read more

New app created to track coronavirus in Wales

17 April 2020

A new app has been created to help the NHS keep track of the spread of coronavirus in Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford is appealing for people to log their daily symptoms, even if they are displaying no symptoms, on the app to help build a clearer picture of how the virus is affecting Wales.

Scientists from Kings College London and the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank at Swansea University will then work with the Welsh Government to analyse the data. Read Mark Drakeford's full statement on the app's website.

Launch of the Community Pharmacy Contractors COVID-19 Toolkit

Strategic Programme for Primary Care

April 2020

To support the retention of safe, efficient, and accessible pharmaceutical services, the Welsh Government have outlined a set of five key objectives:

  1. To protect the health and wellbeing of all pharmacy staff;
  2. To ensure community pharmacies continue to be available to dispense and supply repeat and acute prescriptions, with if necessary a reduction in hours pharmacies are open to the public;
  3. To support a move away from demand-led to more planned ways of working particularly in respect of repeat prescriptions;
  4. To reduce footfall in community pharmacies both to support social-distancing and reduce pressure on pharmacy teams; and
  5. To support the public to self-care, through improved access to online information or through telephone advice and medicines from their community pharmacist

Work has been underway with partners across Government, Health Boards, Community Pharmacy Wales, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, along with other key stakeholders to develop a range of measures to support meeting these objectives.

There is an expectation on community pharmacies, practices and clusters to work collaboratively in establishing the best patient and prescription journey, especially for symptomatic and COVID-19 positive patients and those requiring urgent palliative care medicines.

This toolkit compiles information that has so far been released in relation to each of these objectives. It also offers guidance and supporting information to enable the continuity of services by community pharmacies at this unprecedented time of pressure. Practical tips and templates have been included to help contractors navigate their way through the process.

Download the toolkit here: Community Pharmacy Contractor COVID-19 Toolkit.pdf

PRIME paper no.2 in top BMJ Quality & Safety articles of 2019

9 April 2020

Congratulations to Helen Snooks and colleagues in PRIME Centre Wales' emergency and unscheduled care research team on the announcement that their paper looking at the effects and costs of implementing predictive risk stratification in primary care, has been awarded second place the top ten BMJ Quality and Safety articles of 2019.

Across the National Health Service (NHS), predictive risk tools are being implemented in general practice to identify patients for case management, in part in hope that these tools might reduce emergency admissions. Here, Snooks et al. performed a stepped wedge trial across 32 practices in one Welsh health board to evaluate the costs and effects of the introduction of an emergency admission risk prediction tool (PRISM). Read more

State of the world's nursing report

April 2020

Joyce Kenkre, Professor of Primary Care at the University of South Wales and Associate Director of PRIME, is a contributor to the first  State of the world’s nursing report release today, entitled: 'State of the world's nursing: Investing in education, jobs and leadership'.

Nurses are critical to deliver on the promise of “leaving no one behind” and the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They make a central contribution to national and global targets related to universal health coverage, noncommunicable diseases, including mental health, emergency preparedness and response, patient safety, and the delivery of integrated, people-centred care, amongst others.

This State of the world’s nursing report, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the International Council of Nurses and the global Nursing Now campaign provides a compelling case on the value of the nursing workforce globally.

Read the report here: https://www.nursingnow.org/state-of-the-worlds-nursing/?doing_wp_cron=1589299782.8114180564880371093750


Welcome to WSSPR

We are pleased to officially launch the Wales School for Social Prescribing Research, funded by Health and Care Research Wales and nested within PRIME Centre Wales. 

2 April 2020

WSSPR is a virtual all-Wales school which aims to develop a social prescribing evaluation methodology, building on the work previously completed by the Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN).

WSPRN is a network of researchers and practitioners in Wales who are interested in social prescribing research, which sits inside WSSPR.

Please head over to our new website to learn more about us, our current projects and our research network - www.wsspr.wales.

You can also follow us on Twitter @WSSPRCymru or get in touch with us via. e-mail - wsspr@southwales.ac.uk.

We look forward to working with you in the future. 

Professor Carolyn Wallace
Director of WSSPR

NWCR & Tenovus PhD Studentship Award

March 2020

We invite applications from principal investigators, with a track record of successful PhD supervision, to submit proposals for this jointly funded research award. NWCR and Tenovus Cancer Care (Tenovus) seek to fund a health services PhD research award which will aim to impact cancer policy or practice through the targeted area of psycho-social oncology.

Research proposals should address the interactions between the physical, psychological, social and behavioural aspects of the cancer experience for the cancer patient and care-givers.

This is an open call, but projects must seek to provide evidence to impact the cancers that are significant to the combined population of the two Charities – the North West of England and Wales. 

PhD studentship grants are awarded for up to three years with a maximum funding budget of up to £75,000

All applications will undergo rigorous external peer and scientific review.

Closing time and date 5pm, Monday 22nd June 2020.

Further information: https://nwcr.org/funding-researchers/nwcr-tenovus-phd-studentship/

Get involved: UK public experiences during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

March 2020

HealthWise Wales is supporting a Cardiff Metropolitan University/Cardiff University study to collect people’s views about aspects of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers would like to know whether it is having an impact on your day-to-day lives and what you think about the way that government and health services are responding to the pandemic.

Process for UK-wide COVID-19 research projects

27 March 2020

Health and Care Research Wales have now agreed a UK-wide process for all COVID-19 research projects with colleagues from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the other devolved administrations.
 
To apply for the funding, applicants need to go through the national portal.  More information, and a link to portal, is available here:
https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/news/prioritising-funding-and-support-for-covid-19-research/
 
A single national process will avoid duplication and ensure proposals from across the UK are coordinated and prioritised as quickly as possible.  It is the route HCRW are using for all COVID-19 funding requests, and it also offers the opportunity for applicants to scale up their plans.

Health and Care Research Wales COVID-19 Statement

18 March 2020

Health and Care Research Wales has published a statement about the #COVID-19 outbreak which we will keep updated.

You can read it here: healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/covid-19-updat

Have your say – Evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act

March 2020

Please help with this evaluation of the Social Services & Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. What has changed for you?

The Welsh Government has commissioned a partnership between leading academics across four universities in Wales and expert advisers to deliver the evaluation of the ground-breaking Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. 

We are currently undertaking the process evaluation phase of the study which aims to understand how the Social Services and Well-being Act has been/is being implemented and delivered at a national, regional and local level. It will consider the role that the wide range of organisations that are impacted by the Act have had in this implementation, and identify factors that have helped or hindered its effectiveness.

usw.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/impact-survey


Involving the public in health and social care research

March 2020

Aimed at the public, a new guide from Health and Care Research Wales provides a simple explanation about public involvement in research. It outlines what public involvement is, how to get involved and why it’s important to improving future care.

Developed with members of the public involvement community, this guide will help researchers in their public involvement activities.

The guide can be downloaded from the website or we have a summary leaflet which can be requested by emailing the public involvement and engagement team

Submission is now open for the RCGP Research Paper of the Year (RPY) 2019 

March 2020

The RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2019 will be awarded in 2020.

The Research Paper of the Year (RPY) award gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. 

The overall winner will be selected from category winning research papers

Entries must be submitted under one of the following categories:

  1. Medical Education – related to primary care
  2. Health Service Research – including Public Health and Implementation
  3. Clinical Research

Further details on RCGP website: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/researchawards

Deadline for submitting papers: 15 March 2020

Blog post from Megan Elliott: What influences men to take part in weight loss programs?

25 February 2020

Men tend not to take part in weight loss programs but few studies explore why this may be. In this blog post, the lead author of a new qualitative study published today in BMC Public Health discusses her team's research which seeks to answer this question.

However, engagement of men in these weight loss programs is low. Men make up 11-25% of people who go to Counterweight, Weight Watchers, Slimming World and Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs. With a greater prevalence overweight men compared to women in the UK, and rising obesity rates globally, this lack of engagement is concerning.

Our study, published in BMC Public Health, sought to understand what influences the engagement of men in weight loss services.

Read more.

    Research Evaluation Highlights

    Public Health Wales has published its latest annual Research and Evaluation Highlights report. The report makes for impressive reading, covering our involvement in innovative research and evaluation with significant impact on public health, policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.

    Read the report at: https://phw.nhs.wales/services-and-teams/knowledge-directorate/research-and-evaluation/publications/public-health-wales-research-and-evaluation-highlights-2018-19/

    PhD Studentship available – Centre for Trials Research Cardiff University 

    14 February 2020

    Cardiff University School of Medicine is funding a full PhD studentship as part of the MRC NIHR Trials Methodology Partnership, which will be based in the Centre for Trials Research.

    The TMRP brings together a number of national and international networks, institutions and partners undertaking clinical trials and trials methodology research. Our overall aim being to improve patient care by improving the way in which the healthcare evidence base is developed.

    Our PhD programme presents a unique opportunity to undertake training and research in major areas where clinical trials need to be improved to help increase the health of society. Projects are available at locations across the UK for candidates with qualifications in a variety of subject areas including statistics, mathematics, health economics, epidemiology, psychology, social science, computer science, informatics and health services research.

    The Centre for Trials Research is a UK CRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit with an active PhD program in both clinical topics and methods. It works in close partnership with other CTUs as well as the NHS and social care. Our methodological strengths lie in maximising secondary uses of data, efficient trials and novel designs. We also have a strong commitment to inclusivity in research to ensure that we produce research which is relevant to the whole population. We have four potential projects available which cover these areas: 

    PhD in Medical Statistics - Developing innovative approaches for adaptive design and analysis of clinical trials in type 1 diabetes based on “platform trials”

    Supervisors: Prof Adrian Mander & Dr Charlotte Wilhelm-Benartzi

    https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/phd-in-medical-statistics-developing-innovative-approaches-for-adaptive-design-and-analysis-of-clinical-trials-in-type-1-diabetes-based-on-platform-trials/?p119309

    PhD in Medical Statistics – The development and application of modern modelling methods for microbiological data in clinical trials.

    Supervisors: Dr Dave Gillespie, Prof Kerry Hood, Dr Kathy Hughes & Dr Mandy Wotton (Public Health Wales)

    https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/phd-in-medical-statistics-the-development-and-application-of-modern-modelling-methods-for-microbiological-data-in-clinical-trials/?p119310 

    PhD in Public Health – Conceptualising intervention participation to model understand and maximise effectiveness of complex public health trials

    Supervisors: Dr Jeremy Segrott, Dr Dave Gillespie, Dr Emily Hughes (Bangor University)

    https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/phd-in-public-health-conceptualising-intervention-participation-to-model-understand-and-maximise-effectiveness-of-complex-public-health-trials/?p119308

    PhD in Population Medicine – Increasing inclusivity in trials supporting decision-making about involving adults and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in research

    Supervisors: Dr Fiona Wood, Dr Vicky Shepherd, Dr Rachel McNamara, Prof Kerry Hood

    https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/increasing-inclusivity-in-trials-supporting-decision-making-about-involving-adults-and-young-people-with-profound-and-multiple-learning-disabilities-in-research/?p119307

    This is a competitive process, with four projects advertised and only one studentship will be funded. Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions. Full UK/EU tuition fees. Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum. Additional funding is available over the course of the programme and will cover costs such as research consumables and training. Applications from International candidates are welcomed if they can cover the difference in home/Eu fees (£4,407) and Overseas fees (£21,950). 

    Closing date for applications is the 20th March 2020

    KESS2 PhD Studentship, Bangor University 

    Exploring the development of a new Community Care Hub and implementation of this social model into primary care delivery in Wales.

    School of Health Sciences, Bangor University 

    Project ID: BUK2E039

    Annual Stipend: Doctoral Stipend starting at £14,628 p.a. for 2020/2021

    Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

    Application Deadline: 14/03/2020 

    Project Description:

    Community Care Collaborative CIC (CCC) is a social enterprise health delivery organisation.   CCC aims to act as a vehicle to enable partnership working between the public, voluntary and private sectors to develop and deliver an innovative, person centred, social model of care transforming the traditional model of primary care in Wales.  CCC work for the benefit of the community and as an asset locked organisation any surplus income generated is reinvested in the enterprise.

    The aim of this PhD research studentship is to explore a new social model of care in primary care with the purpose of delivering a holistic, streamlined Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) service that meets the medical, social and psychological needs of the local community in Wrexham. This PhD project will evaluate a new Community Care Hub (CCH) in primary care to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the vulnerable and homeless in society. This research will engage with vulnerable, and hard to reach groups and those with complex needs to educate and empower both the people the organisation work with and the people they provide services to increase their resilience and ability to self-care. This new social model in primary care will act as a conduit for services and greater integration of healthcare services in Wrexham town and surrounding area. Findings will provide tangible evidence for CCC on the development of a new CCH and implementation of this social model into primary care delivery in Wales.

    Further information: Community Care Hub KESS-2-Scholarship-Advertisement.pdf

    George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium

    Date: 3rd and 4th April 2020

    Call for Proposals: Storytelling and Mothers 

    We invite proposals for academic papers (15 minutes), panel sessions (45 minutes), workshops (45 minutes) and short performances (up to 15 minutes in length) for the fourteenth annual George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling symposium on the theme of storytelling and motherhood.  We are seeking contributions that address motherhood in relation to performance storytelling, applied storytelling and narrative in fields including, but not limited to: performance studies; storytelling studies; arts for health, wellbeing and social care; maternal studies; literary studies; and other related disciplines.  We would like to provide an opportunity to our wide range of attendees i.e. storytellers and practitioners from allied artforms, researchers, community workers, youth workers, post-graduate students and others, and welcome innovative formats for presentations.

    If you would like to contribute, please submit abstracts of not more than 300 words by Sunday 23 February to Georgina Biggs, Research Assistant, Performance and the Maternal, email: georgina.biggs@southwales.ac.uk

    Further information: https://storytelling.research.southwales.ac.uk/symposium/storytelling-and-mothers/

    Combined Raman and FiT (CRaFT) - New study recruitment underway 

    7 Feberuary 2020

    This innovative Health and Care Research Wales funded study is looking to see if the combined test performance of a novel spectroscopy based blood test (Raman) in combination with quantitative FiT can help GPs determining presence of colorectal cancer in symptomatic patients. It also includes qualitative interviews with patients and GPs to understand the future benefit of such an approach.

    There are 16 sites open at present with another 8 Welsh sites in setup and 6 recruited to date. Recruitment will continue until mid-2021. The study won the Swansea University Outstanding Research and Innovation Collaboration award in January 2020.

    More sites are welcomed, please contact craft@swansea.ac.uk for further information.


    BJGP Open most read paper of 2019

    5th February 2020

    Congratulations to Robert Goldsmith, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and PRIME Centre Wales colleagues for coming first in the British Journal of General Practice 'Top 10 Research Publications of 2019', announced on 31st January.

    The article 'findings from Robert's research undertaken as part of his RCBP First Into Research Fellowship, funded by Welsh Government. Read more

    Blog post from Dr Harriet Quinn-Scoggins

    15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, Bath, 16th-17th January 2020

    3 February 2020

    In January Dr Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, one of our PRIME funded Research Associates, attended the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine and wrote a blog.

    Read the full post here

    Blog post from Professor Joyce Kenkre 

    Landmark declaration made by Rural WONCA and commitment of support for nurses and midwives worldwide to advance the goals of Nursing Now

    29 January 2020

    If we are to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the foreseeable future, it will be the rural and isolated parts of the world that will provide us with the greatest challenge. Although just under 50% of the global population live in rural areas, only 34% of the world’s nurses and 24% of the world’s doctors work in rural areas. 56% of the globe’s rural population do not have access to health whereas only 22% of those living in towns and cities are denied care.

    The Declaration of Astana emphasised the importance of primary health care in meeting the needs of those who are currently denied health care. The declaration went on to describe the primary care workforce as being multi-professional and multidisciplinary. The future of rural health care will be in the development of dynamic teams of professionals working together and bringing their different skills and knowledge to meet the needs of their patients and communities. 

    The 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA) on the 15th October 2019 unanimously agreed a statement and a commitment to the importance of nursing in rural health care and to Nursing Now 2020.

    Read the full post on the Nursing Now website

    Greetings from Professor Nigel Stott at Oxwich

    January 2020

    Dear Colleagues,

    I’d like to share an update from recently catching up with Professor Nigel Stott and his wife Mary at their home in Oxwich. Nigel put primary care research in Cardiff and Wales on the map. He built up a very strong department of general practice from the 1970s onwards. The lasting interests include particularly infections and healthcare communications research that remain strengths in PRIME Centre today.

    His paper “The exceptional potential in each primary care consultation” (JRCGP 1979) is still one of the most highly cited papers in the primary care field.  Several of us – Clare Wilkinson, Chris Butler, Kerry Hood, Mike Robling, Fiona Wood myself and others – owe our formative years in research to Nigel, for which we are extremely grateful.

    Sadly, Nigel has had major health challenges in recent years. Communication is very difficult. He is however still extremely interested in what we are all doing in primary care research in Wales and follows our newsletters with great interest. Charlotte and I visited Nigel and Mary recently and were able to bring them fully up to date with progress! He was very appreciative, and sends best wishes to all in PRIME Centre, and encouragement to keep up this vital work improving primary and emergency care in Wales.

    Adrian Edwards
    Director of PRIME Centre Wales

    *NEW STUDY* Interested in decision-making, capacity, and informed consent in research?

    COnSiDER survey now open

    The Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University, are developing a Core Outcome Set to evaluate interventions to enhance proxy decision-making for research.

    To take part: bit.ly/2O8XeZ6

    Deadline extended: Let's celebrate our research stars!

    New deadline: 16 March 2020

    Nominations are still open for the Support & Delivery Impact Awards 2020. Let’s showcase the hard-working, high-achieving staff from the Support & Delivery Service that have made a difference to research in Wales. But we can only honour these research stars with your help.

    Put forward an individual or team who deserve recognition for a 2020 Support & Delivery Impact Award.

    Welsh Crucible 2020 is now open to applications

    The deadline for applications is midnight on 16th February 2020.

    Welsh Crucible is an award-winning programme of personal, professional and leadership development for the future research leaders of Wales.

    Funded by a consortium of Welsh higher education institutions and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Welsh Crucible brings together thirty researchers each year in order to explore how they can work together to tackle the current research challenges facing Wales.

    For information on why you should apply to participate in this prestigious programme of personal, professional and leadership development, please click here. For details on the application process, please click here.

    If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at welshcrucible@cardiff.ac.uk

    SAPC 2020 Call for Abstracts - deadline 16th February 2020

    The University of Leeds, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, is hosting the annual SAPC conference, which showcases the latest research and education in academic primary care.

    You can share your work through:

    • Presentations: long orals (15 min slots: 10 min presentation + 5 min Q&A) or short orals (5 min slots: 3 min presentation + 2 min Q&A) - review criteria - abstract submission form - word count up to 450 words excluding title and authors
      • to submit a presentation abstract please set up a user account when prompted once you click on the submission form above 
    • Further information: https://sapc.ac.uk/article/2020-call-abstracts

    Job Opportunity 

    Swansea Medical School are welcoming applications for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Physician Associate.

    Join a rapidly developing, well-respected programme with 100% graduate pass rate (National Exam 2018 and 2019).

    Job Number:  AC03927
    Contract Type: Permanent
    Closing Date: 02-02-2020

    Salary for Lecturer: £20,513 to £23,765 per annum with USS pension benefits (Pro rata to £34,189 to £39,609)
    Salary for Senior Lecturer: £24,915 i £29,732 per annum (Pro rata £41,526 to 49,553 per annum with USS pension benefits).
    Hours of Work: 0.6FTE
    Contract: This is a Permanent Position
    Location: This position will be based in Singleton Campus

    Further information: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/details.php?nPostingID=63218&nPostingTargetID=78812&option=52&sort=DESC&respnr=1&ID=QHUFK026203F3VBQB7VLO8NXD&LOV5=7977&JOBADLG=UK&Resultsperpage=20&lg=UK&mask=suext

    Cancer Research Strategy for Wales consultation

    Deadline: 31 January 2020

    The Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is being developed, ready for delivery in 2020, following a recommendation in the Cancer Delivery Plan. 

    Professional and public opinions are being sought to ensure the Cancer Research Strategy for Wales is relevant, fit for purpose, and owned by all. To best capture all views on the developing strategy, two surveys have been developed: one for members of the public and one for professional working in the field.

    Carolyn Wallace appointed to Professor of Community Health and Care Service

    6 January 2020

    Congratulations to Dr Carolyn Wallace on her appointment to Professor of  Community Health and Care Service at University of South Wales.

    Community Health and Care Services focusses on the improvement of services in the community, including services in statutory health and social care, primary care, third sector, independent sector and the workforce.

    Carolyn has a specific interest in integration across health and social care. Her background as a nurse, NHS manager and currently as chair of Age Cymru Gwent has been key to understanding the context of both health and care community working environments.

    Carolyn is currently seconded for three days per week to PRIME Centre Wales where she leads on the social care cross cutting theme, co-leads the long term conditions theme and supports the Community Nursing Research Strategy for Wales.
     
    In 2011, Carolyn became the first nurse to win a place on the Welsh Crucible, an award winning leadership programme for researchers in Wales.

    In 2014 she developed the concept of family resilience for public health nurses working in Wales and leads the FRAIT (Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool) team at USW.

    The FRAIT supports health visitors in their decision making, care planning and planning for further interventions and resources. All health visitors in Wales have been trained to use FRAIT since October 2017. Welsh Government are collecting the FRAIT data as part of their Healthy Child Wales Programme policy (WG, 2016).

    In 2017, Carolyn founded the All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN). She co-chairs the WSPRN with Judith Stone and Dr Sally Rees at the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). The aim is to build the critical evidence for social prescribing in Wales. The research network has 296 members, of which a steering group of 20 from across Wales are research active. It supports three communities of practice in north, west and south east Wales and uses a translational model of research. A number of grants have been directly secured as a result of this work totalling over £720,000 to date.

    Further information: https://wihsc.southwales.ac.uk/news/2019-news/carolyn-wallace-appointed-professor/