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Please see below for some of the latest updates within the R&D department.  

The upcoming Research & Development (R&D) Conference focuses on research impact on population health.

Save the Date: 
30 January 2019 – The event will be open for general registration at a date to be announced. 
Venue: Hilton Ageas Bowl Hotel, Botley Road, West End, Southampton, SO30 3XH
Time:9.30am-4.30pm – refreshments, lunch, free parking

To attend or to submit an abstract to either present orally or using posters please follow the link below to our eventbrite page: 

A brand new senior nurse and midwife research leadership programme launched today will “strengthen the research voice” and “drive improvements in future care", says the National Institute for Health Research.

The 70@70 NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme is aimed at senior nurse and midwife clinical leaders with experience of building a research-led care environment for patients, and a record of developing existing practice, working within and contributing to a research rich environment.

Clare Meachin, Associate Director of Nursing at the NIHR and 70@70 Programme Director, said:

“I am delighted to announce 70@70, an exciting programme that offers senior nurses and midwives the opportunity to support innovation and drive improvements in future care. The programme provides the space and time to share learning across teams, organisations and the NHS.

“Nurses and midwives are by far the largest group of health care professionals and have such an important contribution to make to research delivery. 70@70 will strengthen the research voice and influence of nurses and midwives in NHS provider organisations.”

The 70 successful applicants will form a new community of senior clinical nurses and midwives who will champion the promotion of an embedded research active culture, encourage and support innovation, and inform research priorities in their organisations.

Through protected time they will be able to dedicate two days a week (over a period of three years) to fostering a culture of innovation, with the ultimate goal delivering of high quality, evidenced based nursing, midwifery and healthcare practice.

Applications to join cohort one are now open. The closing date is 30 November 2018.

To find out more visit:

Are you thinking of applying for a research grant – NIHR or other national, competitive, peer reviewed funding? Do you have an idea for a health or social care research proposal, but require help with writing a grant application? If “yes”, then register for our Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) masterclass!

Essential Guide to Grant Applications (EGGA) 2018

  • Time and Dates: 09:00-17:00 on Wed 17 to Fri 19 October 2018
  • Location: Hartley Suite, Staff Club, University of Southampton
  • Details: This event focuses on how to sell your research idea by:
    • writing a convincing application with a good structure, flow and argument;
    • presenting a strong methods section, including statistical, qualitative, health economics and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) elements.


The masterclass will cover important tips on grant writing, along with guidance on what reviewers are looking for.


  • Who should attend: This event will bring together researchers from across the South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other national, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme in the 12 months following the masterclass.
  • Find out more and register:



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Congratulations to one of our staff members, Jazz Ruttle, who was awarded the 'Outstanding Clinical Trials Assistant' award at the recent CRN Awards. Keep up the good work!

We are now recruiting to a new phase 4 clinical trial; DigiMedS.

This study is looking at evaluating the use of a digital medicine system for a mental health population. For more information on the study and the criteria for taking part please click here.

One of our Mental Health studies, Patient Preference, has now closed for recruitment. We met our target for this study and thank everyone who took part.

The AMRC has produced a handy Q&A about Excess Treatment Costs (ETCs). Click here to find out more.