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Edition #4  July 2016

Recent news of interest


FRAIT study team at Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Conference 2016

Researchers from the FRAIT (Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and Tool) team presented 'Testing an All Wales Family Resilience Assessment Instrument (FRAIT) for Health Visiting Using Hydra Minerva Suite Simulation Technology' at the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales 2016 Conference, held 25th May in Cardiff.

The paper demonstrated how the Hydra Minerva Simulation Suite technology at the University of South Wales was utilised to test the FRAIT during its development in July 2015 prior to  testing in practice.  The Hydra Minerva suite (traditionally used for police and emergency training) comprises of a central viewing hub with five participation pods focussing on decision making skills.The Hydra Minerva suite technology was used to facilitate controlled, safe testing of the draft version of the FRAIT with 28 health visitors, following which amendments were made.

In the photo left to right Prof. David Pontin (USW), Michelle Thomas (USW), Dr Carolyn Wallace (PRIME/USW), Georgina Jones (ABMUHB), Jane O'Kane (ABMUHB). The FRAIT team are a collaboration of individuals from PRIME Centre Wales, University of South Wales, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and Hywel Dda University Health Board.


Enhancing NHS Approvals Programme

The Health and Care Research Wales Support Centre has been commissioned by Welsh Government to lead a programme of work to further improve and simplify NHS approvals for research studies taking place in Wales. The projects within the programme will consider approaches across the rest of the UK, review current processes across Wales and aim to make recommendations on a number of areas, with initial recommendations across the majority of projects due in summer 2016.

This webpage provides initial information about the programme and will be updated as the programme progresses.  


GPs/trainees - request to share your knowledge on antenatal nutrition

Good nutrition during pregnancy is important for maternal and child health, but what is the standard of care currently provided to pregnant women by GPs?

To find out, researchers at the University of Glasgow are asking GPs across the UK about the nutritional advice they give to pregnant women and whether they received enough nutrition education during their training. If you are a GP/GP trainee, take 10 minutes to fill out our online survey and have your say. Participants have the chance to win a £50 food hamper and will help to improve future GP training opportunities.

Complete the survey at:

Forthcoming events of interest

Research Priority Setting in Care Homes - Research Development Workshop

Aim: By the end of the workshop, delegates will establish research development groups for research in care homes to turn into grant applications
Places avalable, no charge to attaned.

Date: 15 July 2016
Venue: Future Inn, Hemmingway Road, Cardiff CF10 4AU
Organisers: The Centre for Trials Research and PRIME Centre Wales

Delegates should be:
  • Either currently actively involved in or willing to develop research ideas in the focus areas
  • Wales-based researchers
  • Researchers with an interest in this area who want to find collaborators, either by pitching an idea or joining forces with some fellow researchers with similar interests
  • Willing to select at least one area of interest upon registration
Please note: this will be a very active day with the emphasis on delegates getting actively involved in formulating research questions, rather than being a passive information sharing session

Structure of the day:
  • In the morning, up to 15 delegates will pitch ideas for 2 minutes each. There will be support in advance to guide them on how to present.
  • There are 15 priority research ideas to choose from.
  • Afterwards, presenters will form groups and delegates can take time throughout the day to go round and discuss ideas of interest.
  • Tea and coffee and food will be available throughout the day.
Further information:


Linking Data - Improving Lives: International Population Data Linkage Conference

Date: 24 - 26 August 2016
Venue: Swansea University

This unique conference is designed to provide researchers, policy makers, practitioners, administrators, regulators, and data guardians opportunities to learn more about the cutting edge work that is underway across the world, together with a chance to showcase their own achievements, and listen to talks from international leaders in the field.

Further information:


Understanding Dementia: Innovation in Practice

Date: 14 September 2016
Venue: Conference Centre, University of South Wales

Following the highly successful inaugural conference last year, the University of South Wales will be hosting the 2nd Dementia Conference: '#USWDEM16 Understanding Dementia: Innovation in Practice' at the Conference Centre, USW, Treforest on 14th September 2016. The theme for this year's event will be Service Innovation / Applied Research. The aim is to capture innovation/service development/excellence in the provision of dementia care and support across a range of health and social care settings.

Further information available at:

Funding opportunities

RCBC PhD Fellowships

RCBC (Research Building Capacity Collaboration) Wales is pleased to announce funding for a number of PhD Fellowships in Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions to commence in October 2016. Applications are invited from eligible registered health professionals for up to four RCBCWales funded fellowships. Fellowship will be awarded to the collaborating Universities (institutions are listed below).

RCBC Wales will fund the PhD Fellowships full-time for three years. The Fellowship includes a bursary, contributions towards university fees and research costs, and attendance at the Community of Scholars study days. RCBC Funding cannot be extended beyond March 2020. Applications for part-time study (no less than 3 days per week) may be considered at the discretion of the host university.

Applications should have a commitment to the themes and priorities of Health and Care Research Wales and the Institution to which they apply in supporting and developing excellent research which has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales.

Deadline: 14 July 2016
Further information:


H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships Scheme

MSCA Individual Fellowships fund researchers looking to enhance their career development and prospects by working abroad and are a great way to add capacity to your RI.

The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

Deadline: 14 September 2016
Further information:

PRIME Centre Wales website features listings of regularly updated funding opportunities of interest:

Collaboration enquiries are welcomed at:

Recent publications

Discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative evaluation of randomised controlled trial results: achieving clarity through mixed methods triangulation. Tonkin-Crine S, Anthierens S, Hood K, Yardley 4, Cals JW, Francis NA, Coenen S, van der Velden AW, Godycki-Cwirko M, Llor C, Butler CC, Verheij T, Goossens H, Little P; GRACE INTRO/CHAMP consortium. Implement Sci. 2016 May 12;11(1):66. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0436-0.

Mixed-methods study to develop a patient complexity assessment instrument for district nurses. Thomas S, Wallace C, Jarvis P, Davis R. Nurse Res. 2016 Mar;23(4):9-13. doi: 10.7748/nr.23.4.9.s3.

Profiling for primary care presentation, investigation and referral for liver cancers – evidence from a national audit. Hughes DL, Neal RD, Lyratzopoulos G, Rubin GP. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2016 28(4):428-32.

The symptoms of adult chronic and acute Leukaemia before diagnosis: large primary care case-control studies using electronic records. Shephard E, Neal RD, Rose PW, Walter FM, Hamilton W. BJGP. 2016; 66(64):e182-8. doi: 10.3399/bjgp16X683989

Occupational health for humanitarian aid workers in an Ebola outbreak. Haggman H, Kenkre J, Wallace C. Journal of Research in Nursing February 2016 vol. 21 no. 1 22-36

Costs, effects and implementation of emergency admission risk prediction models in primary care for patients with, or at risk of, chronic conditions: a systematic review protocol.  Kingston M, Evans BA, Nelson K, Hutchings H, Russell I, Snooks H. BMJ Open 2016;6:e009653 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009653

Development and delivery of a physical activity intervention for people with Huntington Disease: facilitating translation to clinical practice. Quinn L, Truby R, Gobat N, Dawes H, Tudor Edwards R, Jones C, Townson J, Drew C, Kelson M, Poile V, Rosser A, Busse M. J Neurol Phys Ther 2016; 40: 71–80

Understanding flucloxacillin prescribing trends and treatment non-response in UK primary care: a Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) study. Francis NA, Hood K, Lyons R & Butler CC. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. (2016) doi: 10.1093/jac/dkw084

Evaluating a computer aid for assessing stomach symptoms (ECASS): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Moore HJ, Nixon C, Tariq A, Emery J, Hamilton W, Hoare Z, Kershenbaum A, Neal RD, Ukoumunne OC, Usher-Smith J, Walter FM, Whyte S, Rubin G. Trials, 17:184. 2016. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1307-3

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