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New Evidence Centre aims to improve health and social care in Wales

A new Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre, funded by Welsh Government, is being set up to provide Ministers and other decision-makers with vital research evidence to tackle health and social care challenges facing Wales.

With a focus on addressing a wide range of health and social care needs, the new Centre, due to open in April 2023, will help to ensure that policies and services in Wales draw on findings from the most up to date and rigorous research.

Register now to join the launch of this new Centre on 28 March.

PIRIT Public Involvement toolkit available

A new toolkit, co-developed by public contributors and staff members at the Marie Curie Research Centre and the Wales Cancer Research Centre, aims to support researchers working with the public and is available for anyone to use.

The Public Involvement in Research Impact Toolkit (PIRIT) is a set of pragmatic tools which aim to support researchers working with public contributors. These tools can be used separately or together, and in conjunction with other published public involvement assessment frameworks and reporting tools.

Cancer research support survey

The Wales Cancer Biobank is seeking survey participants to understand the infrastructure requirements of cancer researchers and ensure needs are supported within evolving and challenging landscapes.

The Wales Cancer Biobank would specifically like to ensure that biosample and data provisions and capabilities are optimised to be most useful to researchers.

Deadline: 10 March


An introduction to literature reviews

Date: 14 MarchTime: 13:00 – 14:00Location: online

The Council for Allied Health Professionals Research is hosting this event which includes presentations on:

  • Introduction to literature reviews – Dr Judit Csontos, Research Associate: Wales Centre For Evidence-Based Care, Cardiff University
  • Health and Care Research Wales Faculty and Personal Awards Schemes – Professor Monica Busse, Director of Health and Care Research Wales Faculty and Centre for Trials Research (CTR), Cardiff University

Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Scoping Review workshop

Date: 14 MarchTime: 09:30 – 17:30Location: online

This one-day workshop from the Wales Centre for Evidence-Based Care enables participants to explore the theories and concepts relating to scoping reviews and other types of evidence synthesis, and equip participants with the knowledge and tools required to successfully plan for and undertake and report a scoping review following the JBI approach.

Deadline for registration: 28 February


NIHR funding opportunities

You can find all the links to the funding opportunities below on our website.

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme

  • Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST)

NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme

  • 23/15 Precision medicine platform studies to efficiently evaluate the efficacy of interventions


You can find the links to all Health and Care Research Wales and funded community job vacancies

Research Nurse – Velindre University NHS Trust

Contract type: Fixed term for 12 monthsHours: Full timeSalary: Band 5 – £27,055 to 32,934 per annumLocation: Clinical Trials Unit, VelindreJob reference: 120-NMR001-0123-AClosing date: 19 February

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced nurse to join an established clinical trials unit team. This is a 12-month fixed term/secondment working Monday to Friday primarily administering systemic anti-cancer therapy, but with an opportunity to gain clinical experience and coordinate patients into clinical trials.

Senior Public Health Researcher – Public Health Wales

Contract type: 26 months (Fixed term until 31 March 2025)Hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per weekSalary: Band 6 – £33,706 to £40,588 per annumLocation: CardiffJob reference: 028-AC004-0123-AClosing date: 19 February

The post holder will develop and deliver a research programme focused on children’s mental health and wellbeing, realising the potential of linked data in Wales and generating outputs to inform policy, practice and future research and evaluation bids.

Advanced Endoscopy Clinical Research Fellow – Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Contract type: Fixed termHours: Full timeSalary: £35,408 – 55,674 per annumLocation: Llandough Hospital, CardiffJob reference: 001-MP022.23Closing date: 20 February

This is a new post to support the growing demands for endoscopy in the Health Board whilst providing dedicated training in specialist advanced procedures and opportunities for involvement in world leading endoscopy based research as a Research Fellow with the CONSCOP2 and FORE-AI trials.

Operations and Communications Manager – Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre

Contract type: Fixed term from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2028Hours: Full time – 35 hours per weekSalary: Grade 6 – £35,333 to 42,155 per annumLocation: CardiffJob reference: 15890BRClosing date: 23 February

This is an exciting post that will support the development of the new Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre. The Operations and Communications Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operational management and communications of the Centre, working in close liaison with the Centre Manager.

Head of Public Involvement – Health Research Authority

Contract type: PermanentHours: Full timeSalary: Band 8b – £56,164 to £65,262 per annumLocation: Home / Remote working; LondonJob reference: 980-HRA578Closing date: 5 March

.The Health Research Authority (HRA) is looking for a new Head of Public Involvement to lead their work to embed public involvement in health and social care research. The HRA’s new strategy places an emphasis on ensuring that health and social care research is done with and for everyone. The Head of Public Involvement will be central to helping the organisation achieve this.



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