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

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) 2017/18 Research Activity League Table shows highest ever participation rates

More people across Kent, Surrey and Sussex are gaining access to new and better treatments through clinical research participationThe latest 2017/18 figures published by CRN show that 36,143 patients and healthy volunteers took part in health research studies across all south east NHS trusts and CCGs; the highest number ever recorded for the region. The Research Activity League Table shows how much research is happening, in what types of NHS organisation and where in England.
Find the table on the NIHR website >

NIHR RDS SE August e-bulletin: register for our RDS SE launch event!

NIHR and RDS news, events and opportunities for researchers. Find out what’s new in health and social care research in our latest RDS SE e-bulletin



RDS SE ‘NIHR Research Programmes Workshop’ this October

The NIHR Research Design Service South East will be holding an ‘NIHR Research Programmes Workshop’ from 10am – 1pm, followed by lunch, on Wednesday 3rd October in Room 401 of the Watts Building on the Moulescoomb campus of the University of Brighton.

The workshop is open to all health and social care researchers with a research idea they may like to submit to an NIHR funding programme.

The aims of the workshop are to:

– Introduce researchers to the NIHR, its funding programmes and priorities.

– Give guidance on how to write a fundable proposal for NIHR.

– Give an overview of meaningful Patient and Public Involvement.

– Provide a brief overview of the roles of the Clinical Research Network and Clinical Trials Units .

– Enable researchers to book a 1:1 slot with an RDS adviser to talk about research ideas.

Spaces will be limited, so if you’d like to attend, please email Anya Lux:


University of Brighton HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP)

The School of Health Sciences at the University of Brighton is delighted to announce that they have been awarded HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP)   to support clinicians to develop research skills in preparation for PhD or clinical doctoral research fellowship applications.  The ICA programme is designed to enable delivery of the government’s strategy Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic researcher in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions.  The funding for the HEE ICAP includes course fees and some salary support.

The Deadline for applications is 31st August and interviews will be scheduled for 4th September.

Please submit applications to the following mail box:

MRes and Health Sciences Internships

New HRA public involvement guidance for research applicants

The Health Research Authority has issued new guidance to help researchers applying for ethical review better identify how their proposed study has been shaped by the involvement of patients, carers, service users or members of the public. To analyse and monitor the impact of the guidance, the HRA is seeking organisations which regularly submit applications for ethical review to become ‘Test Beds’ for the new guidance by systematically using it for all of their applications for six months. 
The invitation is open to organisations in any area of health and social care research, and for any type of study that needs ethical review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee.
Please contact the HRA’s Public Involvement team at to find out more.
Read more about the new guidance on the HRA website >

Internship opportunities at University of Kent:  HEEKSS/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internships and Bridging Programme 2018-19 

CHSS (Centre for Health Services Studies) at University of Kent, Canterbury is a funded provider of the 2018-19 Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) Internships, and the newly introduced Bridging Programme.
For more information, contact:
Find out more >

NIHR RDS SE July e-bulletin: new RDS events on the horizon!

NIHR and RDS news, events and opportunities for researchers. Find out what’s new in health and social care research in our latest RDS SE e-bulletin

Research Design Service South East’s Grant Writing Workshop

The NIHR Research Design Service South East (RDS SE) held a Sussex based Grant Writing Workshop on the 25th April to support researchers with the design and writing of their research applications. The day involved RDS advisers, with expertise in research design, statistics, qualitative methods, trials, and public involvement, working with teams of researchers from across the Kent, Sussex and Surrey region. The researchers worked on a range of research topics including HIV, promoting physical activity in older adults, and tackling obesity in children and young people and are preparing applications for the NIHR’s Research for Patient Benefit programme, Public Health programme and the National Osteoporosis Society.

Dr Yvonne Gilleece, from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, said “Having the expertise of experienced grant writers commenting on and critiquing my research proposal, I have a sense of what I need to do to start getting my proposal into a more mature state.”

If you’re a health, social care, or public health researcher based in Kent, Sussex or Surrey, do contact the RDS SE for support when applying for funding.

We’ll be holding another Sussex based, NIHR Workshop in October, so do please get in touch if you’re working on a grant application and are interested in attending.



Telephone: 01273 643952

RDS Adviser’s Blog:

3rd RDS/INVOLVE Partnership PPI Event: Co-producing research – how do we do it?


5 July 2018, Room H2.5, Second floor Hunter Wing St George’s, University of London

Together with INVOLVE, RDS SE are running this partnership event on ‘co-produced research’ as part of the third annual ‘co-production week and festival’ – a week designated by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

**we understand that bookings are now full, and a waiting list may be in operation
Register via Eventbrite >

NIHR RDS SE June e-bulletin: SE research success, new NIHR funding, PPIE events..

NIHR and RDS news, events and opportunities for researchers. Find out what’s new in health and social care research in our latest RDS SE e-bulletin

NIHR RDS SE May e-bulletin – good news for SE researchers!

NIHR and RDS news, events and opportunities for researchers. Find out what’s new in health and social care research in our latest RDS SE e-bulletin