Research News

Help to create the first magazine about the life of a health researcher

Friday, 05 February 2016 16:30

Health Education England and NHS R&D North West are working together to create a new national digital online publication designed exclusively for healthcare professionals starting out on their research journeys. This will be a highly collaborative project with early career researchers developing the content and forming the editing team. They are looking for 15 early career research enthusiasts with a story to tell and a passion to engage with others across the NHS. They will join the project team and contribute to, edit and manage the three publications over the coming year. The first workshop will take place in Manchester on Wednesday 24th February. If you are available on this date and interested in taking part, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by close of play on 5th February 2016. For more information, click here.

NCRI Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis (SPED) workshop: Call for proposals

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:08

NCRI will be holding a workshop on Wednesday 25th May 2016 to help investigators develop ideas for studies in screening, prevention or early diagnosis. The aim is to help investigators develop their ideas for studies into an application which can subsequently be submitted to a funding committee. NCRI is therefore inviting brief outline proposals to discuss at the workshop; approximately 6 proposals will be discussed. Investigators will be invited to give a presentation, followed by a discussion on how the proposal might be developed.

The outline proforma is not onerous and will be treated in confidence. If more applications are received than can be included in the workshop, proposals will be prioritised (based on how developed they are) by a small group including the SPED Chair, the Chair of the NCRI Primary Care Studies Group and the NCRI Clinical Director.

The deadline for preliminary applications is Friday 25th March 2016. Please send enquiries and any completed applications to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please forward this to any colleagues who may be interested.

HSCIC data access update

Monday, 01 February 2016 12:58

The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is implementing a series of changes to the way it controls access to data. Some are operational to make it easier to submit applications. Some are a necessity to fulfil statutory requirements. All are designed to improve the standard of service they deliver. Here’s an update on progress.

NHS Health Data Finder

Monday, 01 February 2016 12:48

The Health Data Finder for Research enables you, as a researcher, to find information about the UK healthcare data sets that are available for research and to direct you to the relevant data custodian experts to request access to these data sets. The aim of the Health Data Finder for Research is to help you navigate the UK health data landscape.

The Health Data Finder for Research includes the Metadata Catalogue, which describes the data sets available for research and contains information about these data sets, including coverage, provenance, attributes, provenance, spatiality and temporality. The Health Data Finder for Research does not provide direct access to the actual health data. The relevant data custodian experts will be able to assist you in requesting this access.

The Health Data Finder for Research has been developed in partnership with the following organisations: Clinical Practice Research Datalink, Health & Social Care Information Centre, NIHR Health Informatics Collaborative and Public Health England.

Further information about these partners can be found in the Our Partners section. The Health Data Finder for Research will be continually developed over time. Please help us to improve and shape this site by sharing your thoughts via a short survey. Alternatively you can send in your feedback via the contact details on the Contact Us page.

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