Boost to health research with launch of new support service

Boost to health research with launch of new support service

A service to help researchers in north Cumbria secure funding for health and social care research is launching in Carlisle later this month.   

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria is launching at The University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle on Thursday 28 February.

The service will be launched to an expectant audience of researchers and clinicians from across north Cumbria and will include keynote speeches from Professor Helen Hancock, Director, Research Design Service and Mike Rogers, Assistant Director, NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

University of Cumbria’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health, Professor Brian Webster-Henderson and Director of Research, Professor Diane Cox, will formally open the event.

The Research Design Service is funded by the NIHR to provide advice to researchers developing applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

The service was extended to include North Cumbria in October last year and the expansion aims to boost health and social care research across the whole of the north of England.

The University of Cumbria is a leading provider of health courses in the north of England and will provide a base for RDS advisors to reside. 

The advisors will run drop-in clinics to help researchers at any stage in their career to design high quality research proposals to increase their chances of successfully securing funding. 

The advisors will provide specialist expertise on all aspects of grant applications, including design, ‘grantsmanship’, patient and public involvement, familiarity with NIHR programmes, alongside relevant specialist expertise, to enable high-quality applications to be developed.

Dr Louise Hayes, a senior research methodologist and one of the RDS advisors said: “we’re really excited to extend access to our support services and advice to health and social care researchers in North Cumbria.”

The University of Cumbria, together with Newcastle, Durham, Teesside and Northumbria universities, is working with South Tees Hospitals and Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trusts and Newcastle City Council as part of the Research Design Service North East and north Cumbria team.

Professor Diane Cox, is delighted that the university is providing a home for the vital service on campus. 

“Researchers and practitioners across north Cumbria in the NHS and social services will have access to expertise in a broad range of specialist areas, which they may not previously have had access to.”

The event takes place on Thursday 28 February, 3-5pm in the Learning Gateway at the University’s Fusehill Street campus.

There will be opportunities for researchers to discuss their research ideas with RDS advisors and for patients and members of the public to find out how they can be involved in developing research in North Cumbria.

Anyone interested in attending can register online here.