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Implementation of the Quality Standards and Design and Review Principles


The Participant Information Quality Standards and Design and Review Principles were launched in September 2023 to improve information given to people who are invited to take part in research.

Since then, to allow applicants time to become familiar with the new requirements, staff and Research Ethics Committee (REC) Members have been providing feedback on areas of non-compliance as recommendations.

From Friday 1 December 2023 all applications submitted will need to comply with the new requirements.

Following feedback and engagement with researchers and sponsors, we would like to draw your attention to the following:

  • The Quality Standards and Design and Review Principles apply to new application submission only, and will not be applied to amendments involving participant information in ongoing studies. 
  • The Quality Standards will be used by research ethics staff during the research application validation stage to check if the participant information is compliant. Your application will not be rejected at validation if it is not compliant. Any findings will be considered by the REC as part of its ethical review. Where changes or requests for further information are required, they will be included as part of the review outcome from the REC meeting.
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In 2023 we celebrated ten years since Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) were established by NHS England, to transform the way the NHS discovers, adopts and spreads evidence-based innovations to improve health outcomes.


This milestone was recognised in May 2023 with an announcement from NHS England and the government's Office for Life Sciences confirming its intention to relicense AHSNs for a further five year period, as part of a £650m investment package to boost innovation within the UK's life sciences sector.


From 1 October, Wessex AHSN becomes Health Innovation Wessex. The new name reflects our key role in supporting the development and spread of innovation across health and care services in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Dorset and south Wiltshire.


Nicola Bent, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Innovation Adoption, Health Innovation Wessex, said, "2023 has provided an opportunity to acknowledge our collective achievements over a decade of accelerating innovation into the NHS and supporting investment into the regional economy. We're delighted that our impact has been acknowledged with the issue of a further five-year licence.


"Under our new name of Health Innovation Wessex, we'll continue to build on the strong foundations established over the last decade, supporting the priorities of our local systems to transform the health and lives of our regional communities."


In the short video below, Chief Executive Bill Gillespie outlines the change and the importance of partnership in innovation adoption:


The new licence takes effect from 1 October 2023. Our new web address from this date is, and you'll also notice a change to our corporate email ( and staff addresses (

Education Grants

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Whether you are established in your nursing career or just starting out, we offer a range of education and professional development grants for nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers, and those aspiring towards a career in nursing.

Did you miss our Global Health Conference earlier this year? 
Dont worry, you can check out this video from the event. If you are interested in being involved in next year's event then please dont hesitate to contact the team:

Latest Funding Opportunities 

Medical Research Council

Other funding stream by Medical Research Council

Dunhill Medical Trust

Stroke Association

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC):

Marie Curie

Diabetes UK 

Healthcare Infection Society

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British Geriatrics Society

Burdett Trust for Nursing



Latest NIHR Funding Calls and Other Opportunities can be found here

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Our Research Leaflet is here

Work for Us

We have a unique opportunity currently for nurses to join our team as well as staying in their current clinical role!

We have a range of flexible options in order for you to have the best of both worlds. Although we are mainly looking for RMN we are also open to expressions of interests from other HCP's for future opportunities and vaccine research hub work. 

We would love to discuss this more with you so please get in touch with R&D Manager, Dr Lizi Graves

Read the JD here.


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