What our researchers want to know

What our researchers want to know

We need your help

Our researchers need your help

Before we start any new research, we want to make sure that it is relevant to local people; will help people with a particular disease or condition; and will help to increase knowledge and evidence about effective treatments.

Below you’ll find information about opportunities for you to help research teams in Nottingham to develop their ideas and projects.

You don’t need to be an expert in clinical research, or be involved in a research trial. In most cases you will be asked for general feedback which will help us to understand how our research could help people just like you.

If you’ve got a few minutes and would like to help, please take a look at our current opportunities. Thank you!


The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiotherapy

Online involvement workshop to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiotherapy. We intend to develop a survey for patients whom have received radiotherapy for cancer treatment, to establish views and perceptions of the use of AI for planning treatment. You will have the opportunity to hear about our work so far in this area and to contribute your ideas about the next phase of the research.

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Date:

Tuesday 30th August 5 – 6:30pm

Location:

Online platform Zoom

Organisation:

Hosted by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Topic:

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in radiotherapy

Involvement type:

Involvement Workshop

Lived experience:

We are eager to involve people with the following lived experience:

People who have received radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment

People who are interested in the use of data and artificial intelligence to improve patient care and would like to share their views to help share this research

You do not need any prior experience of research.

Number of attendees:

Up to 10 attendees

What support is offered?

Payment:

Voluntary opportunity

Expenses:

Out of pocket expenses will be in line with the NUH Volunteer policy

To join conversations/Contact Details:

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Team, Research and Innovation NUH:

[email protected]


Early warning score to detect patient deterioration in hospital.

Online involvement workshop introducing a research project about using artificial intelligence to predict patient deterioration in hospital. We have developed a new early warning score for detecting events such as sepsis. We now wish to test this in a real-life setting to see if it will lead to benefits for patients and the healthcare system.

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You will have the opportunity to hear about our results so far and to contribute your ideas about the next phase of the research.

Date:

Wednesday 31st August 5.00 – 6.30pm

Location:

Online platform Zoom

Organisation:

Hosted by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

In collaboration with the University of Nottingham

Topic:

Early warning score to detect patient deterioration in hospital.

Involvement type:

Involvement Workshop

Lived experience:

We are eager to involve people with the following lived experience:

People who have received care in hospital for any medical condition

People who are interested in the use of data and artificial intelligence to improve patient care and would like to share their views to help shape this research

You do not need any prior experience of research.

Number of attendees:

Up to 15 attendees

What support is offered?

Payment:

Individual payment to recognise valued contributions will be detailed once attendance is confirmed.

Expenses:

As above

To join conversations/Contact Details:

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Team, Research and Innovation NUH:

[email protected]


Augmented Reality to improve patient education, pre-operative surgical planning and clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery

Online involvement workshop introducing a research project about use of Augmented Reality (AR) in patients undergoing Cardiac surgery.

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Online involvement workshop introducing a research project about use of Augmented Reality (AR) in patients undergoing Cardiac surgery. We will be asking questions such as:

· Where you satisfied with your understanding of your condition based on your pre-operative scans before undergoing cardiac surgery?

· Where you able to understand the complexities of surgery based on the above investigations?

· AR provides a tool in surgeons hand to plan your operation with better accuracy; do you think this could improve your confidence in your surgeon’s ability to provide better surgical care?

 You will have the opportunity to contribute and give feedback on the relevance and usefulness of the project.

 There will also be an opportunity to express interest in becoming a public co-investigator – an equal member of the research group.

Date:

Friday 2nd September

4.30 – 6pm

Location:

Online platform Zoom

Organisation:

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Topic:

Augmented Reality to improve patient education, pre-operative surgical planning and clinical outcomes in cardiac surgery

Involvement type:

Involvement Workshop 

Lived experience:

We are eager to involve people with the following lived experience;

Patients who have undergone Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Aortic valve, Mitral valve, Tricuspid valve surgery or patients that have undergone Aortic surgery for aneurysms or Aortic Dissection)

Patients that have been diagnosed and currently awaiting there procedures.

People with experience of caring for someone with above conditions/ procedures.

People with an interest in accessible communication about benefits and harms re above procedures.

We are especially interested to hear the views of those from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage

 

You do not need any prior experience of research.

Number of attendees:

Up to 15 attendees

What support is offered?

Payment:

Voluntary Opportunity

Expenses:

Data allowance expenses

To join conversations/Contact Details:

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Team, Research and Innovation NUH:

[email protected]


Breakaway Chest Drain Valve

Online involvement workshop seeking perspectives regarding a research project which aims to develop a new design of chest drain for clinician and patient benefit. We will be asking questions such as: Do you believe the project is worthwhile and/or will result in patient benefit? Is the project design ethical and feasible?

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You will have the opportunity to contribute and give feedback on the relevance and usefulness of the project.

You do not need any prior experience of research to take part in the workshop.

There will also be an opportunity to express interest in becoming a member of the projects ‘Lived Experience Group’ for the projects duration.

Date:

Thursday 8th September

5.30 – 6.30pm

Location:

Online platform Zoom

Organisation:

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottingham Trent University

Topic:

Breakaway Chest Drain Valve

Involvement type:

Involvement Workshop

Lived experience:

We are eager to involve people with the following lived experience;

People with experience of having a chest drain

People with experience of caring for someone with a chest drain

People with an interest in healthcare device development

We are especially interested to hear the views of those from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage

You do not need any prior experience of research.

Number of attendees:

Up to 10 attendees

What support is offered?

Payment:

Voluntary Opportunity

Expenses:

Data allowance expenses

To join conversations/Contact Details:

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Team, Research and Innovation NUH:

[email protected]


Healthcare Professionals Recognition and Response to Hospital Acquired Deconditioning

Hospital-Acquired Deconditioning (HAD) is defined as a new loss of one or more basic activities of daily living (BADL) (Gordon et al 2019). This definition subsequently excludes independent adults or children who are no longer able to access their lifestyles due to HAD. They are often ineligible for support to remedy the loss of physical fitness, confidence and, cognitive capacity reported from previous patient and public involvement (PPIE) and echoed by Chen et al 2022. This group remains independent but may experience a sense of abandonment from health and social care services as they are deemed “too good” for rehabilitation or community support.

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Transitioning from hospital care to one’s own environment brings its own challenges. In particular, if the stay has been complex or long or the individual has limited social support or a poorly suited environment. A diagnosis of HAD in the hospital has previously been used anecdotally to access social care or rehabilitation for this group of patients in the knowledge that support is often only needed superficially or short-term. This project aims to understand healthcare professional recognition and responses to HAD in adults (18 years +) with an overall purpose to develop a conceptual framework. This framework may be utilised to design future assessment tools or treatments to address the impact of HAD.

Date:

Proposed start in October 2022. On-going opportunity, estimated to take 18 months with some out of hours working involved (e.g. evening or a weekend day)

Location:

Queens Medical Centre and nearby community locations

Organisation:

National Rehabilitation Centre, affiliated with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Nottingham

Topic:

Healthcare Professionals Recognition and Response to Hospital Acquired Deconditioning

Involvement type:

Co-researcher/Key partnet

Lived experience:

One or more hospital admissions which resulted in loss of ability beyond expected limitations from illness or injury causing admission OR experience as a caregiver or close friend or family member of a person who has experienced the above. 

Number of attendees:

1 co-researcher, however, PPIE groups will be consulted during the project

What support is offered?

Training and mentorship is available through an experienced supervisory team for research skill development

Payment:

Individual payment to recognise valued contributions will be detailed once attendance is confirmed

Expenses:

Out of pocket expenses will be detailed once attendance is confirmed

To join conversations/Contact Details:

The Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Team, Research and Innovation NUH:

[email protected]


Translational Research for Long-Term Musculoskeletal Health

As part of the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis (CSEOA) 2022 Conference we have asked our Early Careers Researchers to produce posters about their research in lay language.  We would like up to four PPI reps to come and look at these posters during the lunch time session and pick the “best” poster.

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Date:

Thursday 3rd November 2022 13:00 – 14:00

Location:

Crowne Plaza Nottingham, Wollaton St, Nottingham NG1 5RH

Organisation:

Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis

Topic:

Translational Research for Long-Term Musculoskeletal Health

Involvement type:

This would involve looking at posters prepared by our Early Careers Researchers and talking with them between 13.00-14.00 during the lunch break.  We would then ask that a “best poster” is chosen for which a prize will be awarded. We are looking for up to four PPI reps to assess these posters and pick the best one.

Lived experience:

No prior knowledge or advanced preparation is required.

Number of attendees:

4

What support is offered?

A scoring template will be offered to help facilitate.

Payment:

£150 per meeting

Expenses:

A fee of £25 per person. In addition, attendance at the conference would be covered including refreshments and lunch.

Draft Programme: https://www.sportsarthritisresearchuk.org/conference-2022/conference-2022.aspx

Reimbursement of reasonable travel costs

To join conversations/Contact Details:

If you are interested, please email:  [email protected] by 23rd September.  Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.


Rehabilitation following rotator cuff surgery

Become an independent member of the Trial Steering Committee (TSC) for a new study comparing rehabilitation methods following rotator cuff surgery.

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We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to be a public member on the TSC and take part in annual virtual meetings. Ideally, they will have experience of, or a keen interest around rotator cuff/shoulder surgery or have previous experience as a public member of a trial management group, TSC or similar oversight group.

The TSC will have a supervisory and advisory role. It has overall oversight of the trial or research study and provides advice to the study/trial management group, funder, and sponsor of the research.

More info: Good practice guidelines on the recruitment and involvement of public members on Trial Steering Committees (TSCs) / Study Steering Committees (SSCs) | NIHR

Date:

Annually, commencing in December 2022

Location:

Online platform – Microsoft Teams (accessible via browser, no app needed)

Organisation:

Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit and Edge Hill University

Topic:

Rehabilitation following rotator cuff surgery

Involvement type:

Independent Member of the Trial Steering Committee – attendance at an annual meeting to provide guidance and oversight for a large physiotherapy trial.

Lived experience:

People with experience of rotator cuff or shoulder surgery (with or without previous experience of research)

OR

Some with experience of being involved in a research study or being a member of a research management group.

We are particularly keen to hear from those in underserved groups.

Number of attendees:

1

What support is offered?

We will work with you to establish any training that may be necessary for you to undertake this role and support you to do this.

Payment:

£150 per meeting

Expenses:

None expected

To join conversations/Contact Details:

Please contact [email protected] or send us a message on Twitter @RACER_2_UK