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NIHR Research Design Service  workshop

In collaboration with Research, Enterprise and Scholarship and the Health and Wellbeing PRA the Research Design Service are hosting an event to meet with researchers interested in social care to provide advice and support for developing research bids.

The RDS can offer a range of free services to help you develop your grant applications to both NIHR and Non-NIHR sources, including;

  • Design
  • Methods
  • Horizon Scanning
  • PPI
  • Identifying collaborators
  • Identifying and refining the research Question
  • Medical statistics
  • Health economics
  • Advice on common pitfalls
  • Interpreting funder feedback

The Event will be held on 6 February 2019, from 10am-1pm in Library Seminar Room 2.

For further information or to register you interest in attending please email

Health & Wellbeing PRA Seminar Series 2018/2019

Please contact if you would like to reserve a place at any of the forthcoming seminars. Please note that seminars are held at The Open University, Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes (MK7 6AA).

Dr Christian L. Beech, Senior Lecturer, College of Human & Health Sciences, Swansea University (open to all) 23rd January 2019 at 12.30 in Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2 

Presentations Title: Policy, Process and Personalities: An Exploration of Interprofessional Working with Risk and Older People within a Multidisciplinary Team.
Dr Beech is a senior lecturer and programme director of the BSc Social Work programme. Christian has recently completed his PhD in Social Work, which he undertook part-time and which focused on inter professional working with risk and older people in multidisciplinary teams. Christian also undertook his social work training at Swansea qualifying with a Diploma in Social Work and a MSc in Applied Social Studies. Following a career that spanned practitioner and management roles across children and adult services in a range of acute and community mental health services, Christian joined the university in 2007 after winning a secondment to lead a research project aimed at developing an evidence base for social work with older people. Since this time he has been involved in a range of research projects linked to older people and social work and now intends to focus his post-doctoral research on inter professional working between health and social care professionals.
This seminar will present the findings of a PhD study conducted in Wales with health and social care practitioners who were either physically or virtually located within multidisciplinary teams.  From the data, three main factors emerged which either influenced or were influenced by interprofessional working within multidisciplinary teams.  These were Policy, Process and Personalities.  Policy, which was found to be often obtuse and ‘disconnected’ from the principles of the values and ethics that underpin professional practice.  The Process of interprofessional working within multidisciplinary teams was found to be ad hoc yet an effective in facilitating an environment in which a range of professions could interact.  And finally, the Personalities of individual practitioners, that is their knowledge, attitudes and relational skills which were found to be crucial elements of effective interprofessional practice.  This research highlights key implications for policy-makers, health and social care practitioners and the academy in developing future research and more effective educational interventions in order to deliver a more inclusive policy and practice framework.
To register please click here for Eventbrite.

Professor Claire de Than, Director of Studies & Prof, City of London University (open to all) 20th March 2019 at 12.30. Location TBC

Professor de Than is the Chair of The Outsiders Trust and the Sexual Health and Disability Alliance (charity) (SHADA)
Presentation title “Rights, Life, Death and Fun”
To register please click here for Eventbrite.

Martin Hodges, Care & Repair England(open to all) 15th May 2019 at 12.30. Location TBC

Presentation title “Modifications to the homes of older people living in mainstream housing: Outcomes for the Individual, Health and Care Sectors – The Evidence Dilemma.”

Nationally older people report high levels of satisfaction with home modifications provided through the grant funded route. However, demonstrating in a robust way, the full value to the individual receiving the intervention in respect of their personal health and wellbeing and the associated benefits to the health and care sectors remains a challenge for service providers.
The presentation will provide an overview of the routes by which older people receive assistance in modifying their homes in each housing tenure but with a particular focus on the owner occupied sector. There will also be mention of the Catch 22 project within Care & Repair England which attempts to facilitate working partnerships between service providers and academics to address the evidence gap in respect of quantifying the efficacy of home modifications and its contribution to the Ageing Well in Place agenda.

To register please click here for Eventbrite.

Save the Date – Health & Wellbeing PRA – AWAY DAY 2 July 2019

Are you a researcher interested in Health & Wellbeing? Date: 2 July, 2019 Time: TBC Location: Chicheley Hall The Health and Wellbeing PRA Team will be hosting our third annual Away Day event on 2nd July 2019 at Chicheley Hall. The aim of the day is to get health and wellbeing researchers together to develop and reflect on all aspects of health and wellbeing research. There will be talks...

Opportunities for Retreats, Writing Days, Sandpits and Meetings

We are delighted to announce that the PRA has several opportunities throughout the coming year for events to be held off campus.  We have availability in October 2018 and February, March, May and July 2019 for meetings to be held at Horwood Estate. These meetings would include a working lunch and refreshments for up to 10 people.  These could be used for grant writing days, scoping...

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