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The OUH Research & Development team hold regular lunchtime drop-ins for researchers requiring advice and support with their research. Dates and venues can be found here.
The National Institute for Health Research Faculty
The Faculty is at the heart of the NIHR, it includes all of the NIHR funded people working in the NHS, universities and registered charities in England, who generate research ideas in clinical and applied healthcare research, lead or support this research, and evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare interventions and policies.
NIHR Clinical Research Nurses
These pages are to help the NIHR Clinical Research Nurses to be informed, share and celebrate the role.
NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre
The National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) makes training awards to researchers from a wide range of healthcare professions whose work focuses on people and patient-based applied health research.
NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Oxford
Provides funding and support to develop, evaluate and facilitate the rapid implementation of innovative treatments, techniques and services to improve how healthcare is delivered.
NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies: Become a Reviewer
Our diverse reviewer community plays a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of our programmes’ projects and outputs. As a reviewer you can make a significant contribution to the NHS and public health by shaping research and improving practice.
Professional Organisations and Societies
Online resources and toolkits
CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme) Tools & Checklists – This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule. These are free to download and can be used by anyone under the Creative Commons License.
Centre for Evidence Based Medicine – Free Tools for the Evidence Based Medicine process
Children and Clinical Research – online training course from the Global Health Training Centre – This course aims to give researchers and members of ethics committees confidence in thinking through the challenges of carrying out research with children and young people.
e-Learning for Healthcare – e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies providing high quality content free of charge for the training of the NHS workforce across the UK. The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. The ‘Research and Audit’ generic programme is relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in research and audit. It introduces the learner to a variety of topics pertinent to clinical research and audit performed by the NHS and its academic partners. It is a joint project led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and developed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, in collaboration with HEE e-Learning for Healthcare.
Health Education England ‘Clinical Academic Careers’ information site – HEE has a statutory responsibility to promote research (Health & Social Care Act 2012, HEE Directions 2013) and the Mandate from the Government to HEE (April 2014 to March 2015) requires HEE to ‘develop a more flexible workforce that is able to respond to the changing patterns of service and embraces research and innovation to enable it to adapt to the changing demands of public health, healthcare and care services.’ These pages include an introductory video giving information about HEE’s funding schemes, supplementary downloads about the importance of research and its place in nursing and the allied health professions, and information about HEE’s Integrated Clinical Academic Programme of scholarships and Fellowships.
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership ‘Guide to Quality Improvement Methods’ – The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) was established in April 2008 to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality in England and Wales. HQIP is a charity and company limited by guarantee, led by a consortium comprising the following organisations: Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, National Voices. The purpose of this guidance is to signpost those working within, leading, commissioning and using healthcare services to a broad range of quality improvement methods. It should be especially useful to those putting together quality improvement programmes.
Introduction to statistics for local clinical audit and improvement – This guide refreshes its 2009 predecessor and sets out the basics of statistical data analysis and presentation for those involved in local clinical audit and improvement projects. It uses illustrative case examples to:
- Explain how to use descriptive statistical methods to analyse and present quality improvement data
- Provide general principles on how to choose the most appropriate statistical methods
- Demonstrate how to present local statistical data clearly and concisely
Lynda – Oxford University IT Learning Programme’s online library of instructional videos covering the latest software. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognised industry experts, it is a high quality resource open to all University members. New courses are added each week and can be accessed as bite-sized videos or full courses.
The Mental Elf – this website is designed to help you find just what you need to keep up-to-date with all of the important and reliable mental health research and guidance. The team of mental health experts scour over 500 sources of evidence (journals, databases, websites) every week, to find key guidance, systematic reviews and other high quality research and reports that will help make your practice more evidence-based. The selection process has no input from any external bodies, publishers, sponsors or commercial organisations.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Evidence Search – unique index of authoritative, evidence-based information from hundreds of trustworthy and accredited sources.
NHS Leadership Academy: The Edward Jenner Programme – The Edward Jenner programme is your first port of call if you’re looking to build a strong foundation of leadership skills that can help enhance your confidence and competence in your role. The programme will support you as you develop essential leadership skills; open to all, this programme leads to an NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations. The programme has been designed with health and care staff, for everyone working in a health and care context. Highly practical and patient-focused, it’s a great way to understand the purpose, challenges and culture of the NHS.
PAIR (Patients Active in Research) Thames Valley – online resource putting researchers who need participants for research projects in touch with patients who want to be involved in planning and participating in research.
Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Services – home to Europe’s largest nursing-specific collection of books, journals and e-resources
#WeCATS Critical Appraisal Twitter Sessions – Critical Appraisal Twitter Sessions every 6 weeks using the hashtag #WeCATS. Perhaps you’ve never learnt how to do this, or maybe you once had these skills but they’ve gone a bit rusty. Either way, the WeCATS sessions will leave you inspired to read more research and think about the impact they might have on your practice
Contacts and networking
Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)
The Oxford Academic Health Science Network brings together the NHS, universities, business, patients and the public to promote best health for our population and prosperity for our region.
Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network (CHAIN)
An online mutual support network for people working in health and social care. It gives people a simple and informal way of contacting each other to exchange ideas and share knowledge.