HS&DR Programme

Welcome to the summer edition of the HS&DR Programme bulletin

In this edition:

Funding opportunities
Latest news
Complete our survey
New projects
Recent issues of Health Services and Delivery Research
Project outputs
Identifying important research questions
Are you interested in becoming a reviewer?

Funding opportunities

Commissioned workstream
The commissioned workstream welcomes outline proposals in response to specific research topics advertised under each call for funding.

There are currently three calls openNurses station

  • 14/154 - New research on organisation of dementia services
  • 14/155 - New research on leadership development in health and care
  • 14/156 - New research on use and usefulness of patient experience data

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 11 September 2014. Please see the HS&DR commissioned funding page for more information

Researcher-led workstream
The researcher-led workstream welcomes outline proposals on topics or research questions identified by researchers within the programme's remit. In addition, for applications for evidence synthesis research, the researcher-led workstream now operates a one stage straight to full application process (this does not apply to evidence synthesis applications responding to a call in the commissioned workstream). 

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 25 September 2014.

For commissioning briefs and tips for applying please see the HS&DR funding page.

Latest news

Health experts find Physician Associates provide efficient care for patients and can take the pressure off GPs. Read more

Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Symposium
The HS&DR Programme attended the HSRN Symposium last week. The symposium presents the leading edge of health services research and covers all aspects of services including primary care, community care, social care, hospital care, health promotion and disease prevention, through curative services to long-term, rehabilitative and custodial care.

The event was a success  and delegates from a broad range of organisations attended and spoke with representatives from the programme.

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HS&DR Programme Directors' word
The HS&DR Programme Directors reflect on the achievements of the programme in 2013-14. Download a copy from our website.

The NIHR Journals Library - one year on
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the official launch of the NIHR’s ground-breaking Journals Library and is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate some of its achievements over the past twelve months. Read more.

NIHR 'make it clear' campaign
In May 2014, the NIHR began a drive to improve the quality of the plain English summaries in applications for programme funding. It is important for all who read and make decisions about applications that this information is easy to understand. Researchers will be encouraged to develop good quality summaries by an NIHR ‘Make it clear’ campaign that will highlight the benefit of a good quality summary and provide resources on how to write one.

New guidance has been produced for researchers on writing a summary and more detailed advice is available on the ‘Make it clear’ web pages. All reviewers of full proposals will be asked to comment on the quality of the plain English summary to inform discussion at boards and panels.


Programme Director and Deputy Programme Director vacancies
The HS&DR Programme is recruiting for a Programme Director and Deputy Programme Director. Professor Ray Fitzpatrick and Professor Kieran Walshe are coming to the end of their tenures as HS&DR Programme Director and Associate Director respectively. We are now recruiting for their successors. Closing date for applications is 4 July 2014. More details can be found on our

Editor vacancies with the NIHR Journals Library
The NIHR Journals Library is recruiting Editors for two journals: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment. The role entails editing individual monographs for clinical and methodological content, taking account of peer-review comments, proofreading and approving manuscripts for publication. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2014. More details can be found on our website.

Can you always find NIHR funding opportunities when you need them?

NIHR funding opportunities are available for both primary and secondary research; for studies of all sizes in health and social care; within and also outside the NHS. We want to ensure that these opportunities are picked up by all researchers who could submit a suitable application.

complete our brief survey, to tell us what is the key information you want about funding opportunities and where and how you would like us to communicate this information.

New projects

12/5003/01 How best to deliver Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in a cost-effective way

12/130/53 An evaluation of the effectiveness of 'care bundles' as a means of improving hospital care and reducing hospital re-admission for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

12/178/18 Avoidable mortality from in-hospital cardiac arrest: Have interventions aimed at recognising and rescuing deteriorating patients made an impact on incidence and outcomes?

12/209/51 Improving health outcome for young people with long term conditions: the role of digital communication in current and future patient-clinician communication for NHS providers of specialist clinical services (The LYNCs study)

12/209/53 Embedding a Human Rights based approach to dementia care

The full HS&DR portfolio can be found on our website.

Recent issues of Health Services and Delivery Research

2:17 Transitions at the end of life for older adults - patient, carer and professional perspectives: a mixed-methods study

2:16 Investigating the contribution of physician assistants to primary care in England: a mixed-methods study

2:15 Informing the NHS Outcomes Framework: evaluating meaningful health outcomes for children with neurodisability using multiple methods including systematic review, qualitative research, Delphi survey and consensus meeting

2:14 Being a manager, becoming a professional? A case study and interview-based exploration of the use of management knowledge across communities of practice in health-care organisations

2:13 Networked innovation in the health sector: comparative qualitative study of the role of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in translating research into practice

2:12 The role of informal networks in creating knowledge among health-care managers: a prospective case study

2:11 Mobilising identities: the shape and reality of middle and junior managers working lives - a qualitative study

2:10 How do managers and leaders in the National Health Service and social care respond to service user involvement in mental health services in both its traditional and emergent forms? The ENSUE study

For more information, please see the NIHR Journals Library website.

Project outputs

10/1008/43 Service configuration, unit characteristics and variation in intervention rates in a national sample of obstetric units in England: an exploratory analysis, BMJ Open

08/1809/235 Health outcomes for children with neurodisability: what do professionals regard as primary targets? Archives of Disease in Childhood

Identifying important research questions

We are keen to receive your individual suggestions for HS&DR research at any time - whether it's about prison health services, organisation of output clinics or new nursing support roles.

If you would like to suggest a topic for future health services research, please visit and complete the electronic research suggestion form.

Are you interested in becoming a reviewer?

We are seeking people from a wide range of professional backgrounds to review proposals received in response to NIHR calls. If you could help our programmes in this way please see our becoming a reviewer page.

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