Research Design Service: West Midlands

RESEARCH DESIGN SERVICE (RDS)
West Midlands

Example of the Added Value of NIHR RDS INPUT

DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

Title: Supporting an Advanced Clinical Fellowship Application
Advisor: GR (Bham)

BACKGROUND, CONTEXT AND HOW RDS CONTRIBUTED

The applicant is a research-active early career ENT surgeon with an ambition to become a future research leader. They have identified an advanced clinical fellowship as the preferred route to realise their professional goals. The applicant approached the service very early on in their application pathway, when
they were still in the latter stages of their PhD dissertation, something which has allowed the service to optimise its support for their application.

OUTCOME, IMPACT, OR POTENTIAL IMPACT OF RDS INPUT

The applicant came into the service in the summer of 2020 with a broad range of research ideas, most of which appeared to be extremely well thought out and suitable to develop into deliverable projects. The applicant had also thought through an equally wide ranging set of personal and professional development goals.

The difficulty the applicant had to overcome initially, was to improve the focus of their fellowship concept by prioritisation, as they had too many aspirations to incorporate into the application. The first task of the RDS front line advisor was to encourage the applicant to narrow the scope of the application.

The applicant refined the research concept and sought assistance from a University Medical School trials unit to develop it further in January 2021 and was successful in proposing a trial suitable for adoption within the unit that will form the research concept for their application. They engaged with the local Clinical Research Network early in 2021 to develop their personal and professional development concept, although this is still in progress, the applicant has a much clearer set of objectives. They are now embarking on their first draft of their application. There have been particular challenges arising from the pandemic in delivering advice however the applicant has made good progress throughout and has engaged with the RDS, the CRN, a trials Unit, their own R&D department and a patient representative group.