Monthly Archives: February 2017

NIHR Funding Opportunities for Public Health Research

A Research Design Service North West event

16 March 2017, 9.30am-2.30pm

The Foresight Centre, Liverpool

This RDS NW seminar is for health and social care professionals and researchers in the North West of England who want to develop and submit a Public Health Research application for funding. Those thinking of other NIHR research funding streams will also benefit from attending.

What will you get from the day?

 For those intending to develop and submit an application to NIHR, this event will highlight:

  • the funding opportunities available
  • the application process
  • what funders are looking for in a submission
  • the importance of a well-defined research question
  • how to design a study to answer your research question effectively
  • building a team of collaborators
  • the support that RDS NW can provide in the preparation of your application

What do I need to do?

 As this event is aimed at those wanting to develop and submit a research funding application, we ask that:

  • you have a clear idea of your research question
  • you are prepared to discuss your idea with an RDS adviser
  • you let us know what the type(s) of specialist advice you will need (if known) in advance so that we can ensure an adviser is available to help you.

For more information please visit the RDS NW website events page here.

To register your place please book here.

Research Design Service North West
Central Coordinating Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1524 593209
Follow the Research Design Service on Twitter: @NIHR_RDS.

Delivering sustainability and transformation plans: from ambitious proposals to credible plans

By The King’s Fund (2017)

Our new report examines the content of the 44 sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) submitted in October last year, arguing that the challenge now is to translate ambitious proposals into credible plans focused on the most important priorities in each area.

Click here to read this report

The sustainability and transformation plans: a critical assessment

By Centre for Health and the Public Interest (2017)

This report assesses the published drafts for STPs and it raises concerns around the credibility of the implementation measures outlined in the plans. It argues that the scale of the planned reduction in hospital services implies rationing and risks the collapse of some services.

Click here to view this report

NHS needs £9.5bn to transform

By BMA  (2017)

This analysis of the 44 STPs in England estimates that £9.5bn of capital funding is required to create the infrastructure to deliver the plans. The BMA sent out a series of FOI requests and have compiled information for each STP area on the financial needs required to implement the plans in each area. 

Click here to view this analysis

Evidence-based medicine meets democracy: the role of evidence-based public health guidelines in local government

Kelly, M.P. et al (2017) Journal of Public Health. pp. 1–7 doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdx002

In 2013, many public health functions transferred from the National Health Service to local government in England. From 2006 NICE had produced public health guidelines based on the principles of evidence-based medicine. This study explores how the guidelines were received in the new environment in local government and related issues raised relating to the use of evidence in local authoritites.


In depth, interviews with 31 elected members and officers, including Directors of Public Health, from four very different local government organizations (‘local authorities’).


Participants reported that (i) there were tensions between evidence-based, and political decision-making; (ii) there were differences in views about what constituted ‘good’ evidence and (iii) that organizational life is an important mediator in the way evidence is used.


Democratic political decision-making does not necessarily naturally align with decision-making based on evidence from the international scientific literature, and local knowledge and local evidence are very important in the ways that public health decisions are made.

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