Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Health Foundation Newsletter

Speaking with one voice on the big issues in health and care – On the major issues affecting health care, working collaboratively and speaking with one voice helps the Health Foundation to make an even bigger difference than if we were working alone. This year, we have partnered with the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund on several joint projects. Candace Imison from the Nuffield Trust and Richard Murray from The King’s Fund reflect on the challenges and benefits of our organisations working together.  Click here for the full article

Two creative partnerships that got people thinking differently about health – Stories are powerful. Through some inspiring partnerships, the Health Foundation has been using storytelling to encourage people to empathise and engage in conversations about health. We look back at two projects we’re proud to have been involved in.  Click here for full article Continue reading The Health Foundation Newsletter

NIHR News and Research

UK hits milestone of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes in the NHS – The 100,000 Genomes Project, led by Genomics England and supported by the NIHR, has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. The NIHR has supported the project by providing funding, helping to recruit participants and storing biological samples.  Read more

£8.2 million NIHR partnership on global health research and training on antimicrobial resistance – Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer has announced £8.2 million in funding to the AMR Structured Operational Research and Training Initiative, supporting professionals in how to use local and national AMR data to respond to drug-resistant infections. The initiative will be delivered through a partnership between the NIHR and the UNICEF/UNDP/ World Bank/ WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). Read more

2018 summary of NIHR Researchfish data published – The NIHR uses Researchfish to monitor the impact of funded research. Find out how NIHR research has made a difference in this brief overview of the latest NIHR Researchfish update. Read more


NESTA – Highlights of 2018

Innovation methods to make sense of reality and create change – Get your head around the vast innovation landscape with this mapping of methods and approaches that help develop solutions to better society.  For full article click here

Measuring the demand and supply of skills – In the UK there are major issues with skill shortages. Nesta has built an interactive skills taxonomy to help make sense of how skills are changing and how we should react to these changes.  For full article click here

Change-makers creating a different, better society – Meet 2018’s New Radicals! Nesta and The Observer pull together a list of inspiring individuals and organisations who use radical thinking to tackle society’s biggest challenges. For full article click here

Funding Innovation: Making money work harder – 17 January: We’re inviting anyone with an interest in funding innovation to join us to discuss the range of financial tools and approaches we use to support innovation, and perhaps share some of your own experience.  Register your interest here

Research Professional Updates

Researchers look to Skidmore amid turmoil – Researchers have a new minister to champion their interests, but Chris Skidmore takes over the science and universities brief as politics and academia face their greatest upheaval in recent history. – To read the full article click here

Cautious welcome for Wellcome review – The director of the Wellcome Trust has launched a full-scale review of science funding by the charity, saying that “while the way we support science has varied little over several decades, science and the way it is done have changed”.  – To read the full article click here

Research groups hope to gain from NHS boost – The NHS should make it easier for clinicians to conduct research, medical research organisations and charities have said, as the government prepares to outline its plans for the health service to spend billions extra every year.  To read the full article click here

Battle lines drawn for Horizon Europe tussle – Research ministers in the Council of the EU and MEPs in the European Parliament’s research committee have reached conflicting positions on the bloc’s next R&D programme, Horizon Europe, setting up a clash over its purpose.  To read the full article click here