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RCN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING CENTRE
1. RCN 2007 annual international nursing research conference, 1st - 4th May 2007, Dundee, Scotland <http://www.man.ac.uk/rcn/research2007/>. Keynote speakers include: Professor Patricia E Benner; Professor Juliet Corbin; Dr Martyn Jones; Professor Marie Johnston; Professor Anne-Marie Rafferty. For more information see the website or contact Kathryn Clark, Assistant Conference & Events Manager, RCN Events, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN. Tel: 020 7647 3585, Fax: 020 7647 3411, E-mail: [log in to unmask] Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 18th September 2006.
RCN RESEARCH SOCIETY
2. RCN London Region Research Society (LoRRS) 2006 seminar programme <http://www.man.ac.uk/rcn/rs/rslond/>. For more information about LoRRS, please see the website or contact Gian Gargaro, email: [log in to unmask]
13th Sep 06, "Mental Health user research and the arts", Professor Jenny Secker, Anglia Ruskin University
3. RCN Yorkshire and the Humber Research Society seminar, "Engaging ethnic and minority groups in research" <http://www.man.ac.uk/rcn/rs/rsyh/> on 27th July 2006 in Bradford, England. Facilitated by Dr Gina Higginbottom and Dr Laura Serrant-Green. Laura is the editor of the journal Nurse Researcher. For more information, please contact Marilyn Kirshbaum, email: [log in to unmask], or Mary Cooke, email: [log in to unmask], co-chairs of the RCN Yorkshire and the Humber Research Society.
4. RCN NIRAQ (Northern Ireland Research and Quality) group seminar, "Nurse prescribing" <http://www.man.ac.uk/rcn/rs/rsni/> on 5th September 2006 in Altnagelvin Hospital, Northern Ireland. For more information see the NIRAQ web pages or contact Brendan McGrath, Chair, RCN NIRAQ, Tel: 028-7134 5171, email: [log in to unmask]
5. RCN Research Society Eastern region Annual General Meeting <http://www.man.ac.uk/rcn/rs/rseast/> on 16th October 2006 in Cambridge, England. Speaker will be Professor David Menon, Consultant Intensivist. Professor Menon will give a talk on the Mental Capacity Act and its impact on research with incapacitated adult. Please look out for further details nearer the time. Please contact Joanne Outtrim for further details, Tel: 01223-274 446, email: [log in to unmask]
CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
6. Edith Cowan University The Cancer Council of Western Australia Chair in Palliative and Supportive Care <http://www.ecu.edu.au/jobs>. With a balanced portfolio of research and enterprise, the Chair will provide academic leadership in the development of the State's research program in the area of palliative and supportive care, including decisive mentoring of staff and development of research students; provide research higher degree student supervision and teaching into the School's postgraduate programs. For more information see the website or contact Professor Tony Watson, Tel: +61 8 6304 5514, email: [log in to unmask] Deadline for the receipt of applications is 14th August 2006.
7. Health Foundation <http://www.health.org.uk/ourawards/>. Our work is currently focused around five main aims: *Developing leaders to improve health and healthcare services; *Engaging patients for better health and healthcare outcomes; *Engaging clinicians in quality improvement; *Supporting organisational efforts to improve quality and performance in health and healthcare services; *Building the knowledge base for quality and performance improvement.
i) Safer Patients Initiative <http://www.health.org.uk/ourawards/organisations/index.cfm?id=76>. We are inviting applications for up to 16 more hospitals to join the second phase of the Safer Patients Initiative. Successful hospitals will have the chance to work with the renowned Institute for Healthcare Improvement, as well as the four pilot hospitals to adopt the successful practices that have emerged from the first phase and to improve patient safety in their own hospitals. Deadline for applications is 31st July 2006.
ii) Leadership Fellows award scheme <http://www.health.org.uk/ourawards/awards/index.cfm?id=58>. The scheme aims to support individuals who have the potential to make an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of healthcare in the UK. It offers a unique leadership development opportunity. Closing date for applications is 13th September 2006.
8. Florence Nightingale Foundation <http://www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/>. The Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships for nurses, midwives and health visitors to study at home and abroad, to promote innovation in practice, to extend knowledge and skills to meet changing needs. The Foundation promotes the special contribution of nursing to society and to the health of people. It encourages international understanding and learning between nurses. For more information about these awards, see the website or contact Pam Mummery, email: [log in to unmask]
i) Travel scholarships. The Travel Scholarships are awarded for projects which are connected with the applicant's field of work and which will benefit their patients/clients and the professions more widely. Closing date for applications is 18th August 2006.
CURRENT RESEARCH COMMISSIONS
9. National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment Standard Call for Proposals <http://www.hta.ac.uk/calls/>. The HTA programme is pleased to announce that research proposals are invited in the following topic areas. For more information see the website or email: [log in to unmask] Deadline for the receipt of applications is 6th September 2006.
Primary Research (Outline proposals)
* 06/33, Vitamin D to reduce falls in people in residential care;
* 06/35, The pros and cons of different dental recall intervals;
* 06/36, Promoting physical activity in the over 65s;
* 06/37, Preventing depression in adolescents at high-risk;
* 06/38, Using computerised decision support systems in the monitoring of labour;
* 06/39, Probiotics for preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in hospital patients:
* 06/40, Antibiotic treatment for Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea in adults;
* 06/42, Safety and harms of antidepressant drugs for older people;
* 06/43, Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for moderate depression;
* 06/44, Structured intensive educational interventions for type 1 Diabetes for children and adolescents;
* 06/45, Foam sclerotherapy for varicose veins
Evidence Synthesis (Full proposals)
* 06/32, Relapse prevention interventions for smoking cessation;
* 06/34, Promoting breastfeeding in special care and neonatal intensive care units;
* 06/41, Non-surgical treatments for stress incontinence
10. Southampton & North & West Hampshire RDSU (Research & Development Support Unit) training courses 2006/7 <http://www.rdsu.soton.ac.uk/courses/>. All courses are free to NHS personnel, members of ethics committees and the Wessex Primary Care Research Network. For more information see the website or contact Sheila Yaldren, Tel: 023-8079 4778, email: [log in to unmask]
11th Sep 06, "Good Clinical Practice", Southampton
21st Sep 06, "Survey & Questionnaire Design", Southampton
13th Oct 06, "Research Governance in Primary and Secondary Care", Southampton
17th Oct 06, "Good Clinical Practice", Southampton
18th Oct 06, "Introduction to Stata - Statistical Software", TBC
25th Oct 06, "Introduction to SPSS - Statistical Software", TBC
30th Oct 06, "Introduction to Economic Evaluation in Health Care", TBC
7th Nov 06, "Public Involvement in Research", Southampton
13th - 15th Nov 06, "Essential Medical Statistics: Applying Stata", TBC
16th - 17th Nov 06, "Further Medical Statistics: Applying Stata", TBC
24th Nov 06, "Qualitative Research Design", Southampton
6th Dec 06, "Choosing and Using the Appropriate Outcome Measures", Southampton
13th Dec 06, "Critical Appraisal", Southampton
8th - 10th Jan 07, "Essential Medical Statistics: Applying SPSS", TBC
11th - 12th Jan 07, "Further Medical Statistics: Applying SPSS", TBC
16th Jan 07, "Health Database Literature Searching", TBC
23rd Jan 07, "Using Excel to Analyse Health Data", TBC
15th Feb 07, "Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative or Health Economics?", Southampton
21st Feb 07, "Interviewing Techniques", Southampton
28th Feb 07, "Managing your References in Reference Manager", TBC
7th Mar 07, "Writing for Publication", Southampton
21st Mar 07, "Participatory Action-Research", Southampton
22nd Mar 07, "Presentation Skills: Oral and Posters", TBC
22nd Mar 07, "Using PowerPoint to Give a Presentation", TBC
11. Good Clinical Practice course (on-line) <http://www.gcptraining.org.uk/>. Designed and developed by Infonetica Ltd. The course, which is accredited by the Royal Holloway College, University of London for 10 CPD points covers the following topics: *Introduction & The Principles of ICH GCP; *Informed Consent; *Ethics; *Responsibilities of Investigator; *Responsibilities of Sponsor; *Clinical Trial Protocol; *Investigator Brochure; *Essential Documents; *Safety Reporting
12. PRODIGY Guidance - Consultations <http://www.prodigy.nhs.uk/work_programme/guidance>. Funded by the Department of Health, PRODIGY Knowledge is an up-to-date source of clinical knowledge that can help healthcare professionals, and patients, in managing the common conditions generally seen in primary and first-contact care. PRODIGY guidance currently being updated is below, with comments due back by 23rd August 2006. If you would like to take part in this consultation, please register your details via the website.
ii) Antiplatelet treatment
iii) Cardio vascular disease - risk management
iv) Depression - postnatal
v) Diabetes - foot disease
vi) Diabetes - hypertension
vii) Diabetes - renal disease
viii) Diabetes - retinopathy
ix) Immunization influenza
xi) Lipids management
CURRENT/COMPLETED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (CURRENT)
13. Current Controlled Trials (CCT) <http://www.controlled-trials.com/>. Hosts 2 international databases of completed and ongoing trials: the ISRCTN register (http://www.controlled-trials.com/isrctn/) lists trials uniquely identified by an ISRCTN number, in line with international ICMJE/WHO trial registration guidelines; the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (http://www.controlled-trials.com/mrct/) allows users to search across registers from the Department of Health in England and Wales, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the American ClinicalTrials.gov and others. Access to both databases is free.
CURRENT/COMPLETED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (COMPLETED - OPEN ACCESS)
14. NHS R&D Forum Annual Report 2005-6 has been published and is available at http://www.rdforum.nhs.uk/docs/annualreport05.pdf
15. RCN Publications <http://www.rcn.org.uk/publications/>, available to all. Recent publications include:
i) Best practice guidance on radiation protection and the use of radiation protective equipment (publication code 003 062)
ii) Best practice guidance on pregnancy testing prior to diagnostic imaging (publication code 003 063)
iii) Competencies: an integrated career and competency framework for outpatient nurses (publication code 003 042)
iv ) Telephone advice lines for people with long term conditions - guidance for nursing practitioners (publication code 003 033)
16. UK HERD (Higher Education Research Development) researcher conference, "Research career pathways" <http://www.researcherconferences.org.uk/index.htm> on 6th September 2006 in London, England. A conference to enhance support for researchers as they move along their career paths in Higher Education. For more information see the website or contact CRAC Events Team, Tel: 01223-448 513, email: [log in to unmask]
17. UK GRAD 5th annual conference, "Profiting from postgraduate talent" <http://www.researcherconferences.org.uk/index.htm> on 7th September 2006 in London, England. For more information see the website or contact CRAC Events Team, Tel: 01223-448 513, email: [log in to unmask]
18. 2nd annual HealthQWest conference, "Towards excellence" <http://www.healthqwest.org/show.php?contentid=92> from 12th - 13th September 2006 in Paisley, Scotland. For more information see the website or contact HealthQWest, email: [log in to unmask]
19. Clinical Research Nurses Assocation annual conference, "Cultural influences on clinical research" <http://www.man.ac.uk/rcn/ukwide/crna.htm> from 5th - 6th October 2006 in London, England. Programme to include: *The relevance of clinical drug trial data across populations; *The challenges of health research in multicultural populations; *The impact of culture on health beliefs and behaviours; *The impact of culture on interpretation of clinical data. The Barbara Pim award will be presented for the best podium presentation at the conference. Abstracts accepted for podium presentation will enable you to apply for a travel grant for a percentage of the travel cost up to a maximum of 100GBP (approx Euro150). For more information see the website or contact Liz Denver, email: [log in to unmask]
20. University of Glamorgan organised conference, "Research Capacity Building for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals: showcase conference" <http://www.rcbcwales.org/Default.aspx?tabid=728> from 27th - 28th September 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. For more information see the website or contact Gareth Ball, Tel: 01443-483 884, email: [log in to unmask]
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