2014/15 Research Office annual report available

posted 1 Sep 2015, 07:02 by Clara Yates   [ updated 1 Sep 2015, 07:05 ]
The Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office annual report for 2104-15 is now available to download at the end of this page and the executive summary is reproduced here:

In 2014/15 the Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office undertook research design, management and delivery services for primary and community care in Norfolk and Suffolk via a Memorandum of understanding or a Service Level Agreement with all seven CCGs, Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust and East Coast Community Healthcare CIC.

Key Achievements for 2014/15 include:

  • Awarded a NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR) (£2 million) in July 2014 for "Care Homes Independent Pharmacist Prescribing Service (CHIPPS): Development and delivery of a cluster randomised controlled trial to determine both its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness", which started May 2015.
  • Recruitment of 8168 participants to 154 portfolio research studies across primary and community care in Norfolk & Suffolk which, at 55% of the total recruitment across the Norfolk and Suffolk area, is proportionally higher than 2013/14 (47%). Achieving excellent practice participation rates across Norfolk and Suffolk of 85%.
  • Four CCGS in Norfolk and Suffolk received £20,000 each from the Department of Health for recruiting more than 500 patients via their GP practices, to participate in research. From these funds Norwich, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCGs are in the process of commissioning the development of research proposals by UEA, to be submitted to the National Institute of Health Research.
  • An increase in the amount of commercial research undertaken in Norfolk and Suffolk with 14 new studies (6 where sites recruit and 8 where sites act as patient identification centres) assured for primary care and one commercial study commencing at NCH&C.
  • In collaboration, with the Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Steering Group partners, we have developed a 5 year research strategy that is has been adopted by Norfolk and Waveney CCGs.
  • Managed the grant funding and Sponsorship for 2 Department of Health funded studies, grant income totalling £178k for the year.
  • The PPIRes team supported a panel of circa 70 members from Norfolk and Suffolk, and supported the researchers and PPIRes members on 51 studies. This included reviewing grant proposals, ethics applications and being part of steering/management groups.

Clara Yates,
1 Sep 2015, 07:02