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The latest news from the Research Design Service South East, including our monthly e-bulletin.

NIHR RDS SE January e-Bulletin – new RDS SE events, NIHR funding calls and lots more!

NIHR Research Design Service South East January bulletin, has news  of funding, events and more, for health and social care researchers around the south east. If you’re not a subscriber already, click here to ensure you get your monthly updates from RDS SE!




Come to our RDS SE Research Café, 21 February 2019, University of Surrey!

RDS SE invites you to our Research Café event!
10-12.30, Thursday 21 February 2019
Leggett Building**, Daphne Jackson Road, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7WG .  

Come and discuss your research ideas, proposals and options for funding and for your research career development.

We have both general and specialist advisers available to talk with you. Please feel free to join us at any time between 10am and 12.30pm and/or use the Research Café for dedicated time to work on your research idea/proposal. You are most welcome to bring other team members. Light Refreshments are available throughout the morning and we look forward to meeting you!

Register your interest:

Contact Kay Stephenson, RDS SE
Tel:  01483 688504

(**The Leggett Building is opposite the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, and can be reached by bus routes 4, 5 and A from the secondary exit of the railway station).

1st birthday for YPAG

The Kent Surrey and Sussex Young Persons Advisory Group for Research (YPAG KSS) celebrated its first birthday in November. Snr Research Fellow and RDS SE PPI Duncan Barron reflected on the group’s year:

‘Setting up the YPAG for Kent Surrey & Sussex has been extremely rewarding and a great experience… Involving children and young people (C&YP) in the design stages of new paediatric research is challenging but has proved possible.  We have committed and enthusiastic C&YP who are keen to help and not afraid to ask questions. I have been so pleased with suggestions from the C&YP themselves in how they want the group to run with some keen to help facilitate…. We have been inspired by ideas for future research generated by the group at our first anniversary of YPAG KSS in November. The group has proved to be creative, challenging and inspiring.

Read more about the group in our RDS SE Newsletter (p6-7)

Patient and Public Involvement opportunity with RDS SE – would you like to influence health and social care research in our region?

RDS SE Advisory Board – lay member vacancies

The RDS SE is committed to ensuring that the public, patients, carers and service users are integral to our work and play an active role as partners. We want to appoint two lay representatives to the RDS SE Advisory Board. Working alongside the Patient and Public Involvement strategic lead, this will ensure that the public perspective is at the heart of our RDS SE work. The Advisory Board was established for our new (3rd) RDS SE contract, effective from 1 October 2018, to offer external oversight and quality assurance of the RDS SE service. The first meeting of the Advisory Board will be held on 27 March 2019.

We are seeking to recruit two members of the public, patient, or carer with a keen interest in health and social care-related research and how it can be designed to improve health and social care service delivery in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Full details of the role and how to apply: Advisory Board Lay Rep info sheet for application FINAL.

The closing date for applications is 30 January 2019. If you have concerns/queries about your suitability or any other aspect of your application, please contact Tricia Wilson, RDS SE Patient and Public Involvement Strategic Lead, for an informal chat.

Tel: 01227 816093

NIHR RDS SE December Bulletin – now out!

NIHR Research Design Service South East December bulletin, includes new blog from Dr Claire Rosten,  Duncan Barron on YPAG and details of RDS SE upcoming events. If you’re not a subscriber already, click here to ensure you get your monthly updates from RDS SE!

RDS SE Research Writing Workshop 

10am-4pm, Wed 30 January 2019, University of Brighton

This writing-focussed workshop is for research teams of 2-3 people at the latter stages of developing their research applications. The aim of this workshop is to give research teams time and space to write their applications with on-hand support from RDS SE Research Advisers. Speak to your RDS SE Research Adviser or email for more details.

YPAG KSS to celebrate first birthday!

The Kent Surrey and Sussex Young Persons Advisory Group for Research (YPAG KSS) is 1yr old on Nov 17th and the group plans to mark the occasion at its next meeting (at the Royal Alex hospital in Brighton), with a celebratory art-based activity with the children and young people. The next meeting for researcher presentations will be in January 2019 (date tbc).

RDS SE November Bulletin

NIHR Research Design Service South East November bulletin, includes a new cross programme call from NIHR on digital technologies, plus new charity funding opportunities and details of RDS SE upcoming events.

Enthusiastic research community gathers at RDS SE launch event: Looking ahead (2018 – 2023)

The RDS SE Launch held yesterday at NCVO in London was a really successful and lively event, attracting around sixty people. Academics, researchers, Trust R&D staff, clinicians, allied health professionals and public shared a networking lunch and there was a programme of speakers followed by interactive workshops.

There was great energy and an enthusiasm to share knowledge, experiences and ideas around health and social care research. The aim of the event was to look ahead with a view to raising the level and quality of research activity in our region. You can have a look at the day’s highlights on Twitter using #RDSLaunch

Thanks to all who came along and we look forward to working together!

Uni of Surrey to be provider of NIHR/ICAP Internship Programme 2019 – applications open!

The School of Health Sciences at University of Surrey has been awarded funds for the NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) Internship 2019 to support clinicians (nurses, allied health & non-medical healthcare professionals) to develop research skills in preparation for PhD, pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowship (PCAF) or clinical doctoral research fellowship (CDRF) applications.


  • Completed application with supporting documentation 16th November 2018
  • Interviews 23rd November 2018
  • The programme will run from January – July 2019.

contact: Dr. Margaret Lau-Walker (ICA Programme Lead) in the first instance: 



RDS SE One day Research Writing Workshop – two dates:

  • 30 January 2019 and 10 July 2019

Talk to your RDS adviser for more information and an Expression of Interest form and/or email:

RDS SE One day NIHR Research Programmes workshops

  • 3 April 2019 and 2 October 2019

Look out for more details on this website and in November’s e-bulletin!

Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) KSS 

Next YPAG KSS meeting: 10-12, Sat 17 November 2018
Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Eastern Rd, Brighton

We would be delighted to see you at our next meeting this Saturday!  YPAG KSS is for children and young people 8-18 yrs and parents/ carers. Just let us know you are coming by emailing:
For further information email Duncan Barron 
Researchers with new research ideas to present new research ideas to YPAG please contact Prof Paul Seddon:
Find out more about the group >