Research News

NIHR Signal - Annual health checks for people with intellectual disabilities reduce preventable emergency admissions

Friday, 19 August 2016 10:09

Annual health checks for people with intellectual disabilities in England, introduced in 2009, reduced emergency admissions for potentially preventable conditions, such as constipation or choking on food, by about a quarter. However they have not reduced overall emergency or elective admissions to hospital. The benefits were clearer for people with more severe and complex health needs.

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have an intellectual disability. The extent to which someone’s ability to function is affected by their intellectual disability varies, with some people able to live very independently whilst others require more support.

A recent NIHR-funded article found that people with intellectual disabilities in England are more likely to die young than people in the general population, and that more than a third of early deaths were potentially amendable to health care interventions. The NHS in England introduced annual health checks for people aged 14 and over with intellectual disabilities in 2009.

This NIHR funded study set out to investigate whether annual health checks had any impact on the number of hospital admissions for people with intellectual disabilities.

Further Information

NIHR HTA Programme announces new funding board

Friday, 19 August 2016 09:46

The NIHR HTA Programme is the biggest of the NIHR research programmes and assesses around 600 research applications every year. Due to the increasing popularity of the programme they have created a new board.

The role of the new board will be to assess applications submitted to the programme in response to NIHR-wide themed calls and evidence synthesis funding opportunities, as well as researcher-led and commissioned proposals. It will complement and have equal status to the existing HTA funding boards. The new board will increase capacity to assess and fund, high quality research.

Further Information

The Royal Society - Scientific meeting proposals

Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:50

The Royal Society hosts a programme of scientific meetings each year. Each meeting is organised by leaders in the field, using their expertise to ensure the key topics are covered. The focus on discussion throughout the meeting allows everyone, at any stage of their scientific career, to get involved in the conversation.

Their scientific programme offers a unique opportunity for you to present an international, two-day conference in your field, with the chance for publication in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society following the event. Responding to the needs of the scientific community through an open call, proposing a Royal Society scientific meeting will allow you to influence the agenda in your area.

Royal Society Science+ meetings have been established to expand the Society’s scientific programme beyond pure science, to those areas which build on or function alongside science, for example policy or public health. These two-day meetings provide an opportunity to drive forward discussion between science and other topics that have previously been beyond the scope of a traditional Discussion Meeting.

Proposals can be submitted at any time for both meetings, and selection will be carried out by the Royal Society Hooke Committee on a rolling basis.

Deadline: 30th September 2016

Further Information

MRC/CSO - The Understanding Health Research Online Tool

Friday, 12 August 2016 09:39

The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, based at the University of Glasgow, has launched a free, interactive website designed to explain complex health research.

The Understanding Health Research website is the creation of a collaboration between the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and an advisory panel of academics.

Despite advances in open access publishing making scientific health research easier to access, the style and language of published research papers can prove inaccessible to non-specialist or non-scientific audiences.

The Understanding Health Research tool is designed to help anyone interested in understanding a specific piece of published health research.

Further Information

Page 3 of 23