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Collaborating for Success in Research Helen Snooks 2016

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Professor Helen Snooks was among the guest speakers at Collaborate 2016 conference held 19th October at Swansea University.

Collaborate 2016 was dedicated to celebrating and promoting collaborative projects and partnerships across industry, academia, Government, health boards and other organisations in the life science community.

Bringing together representatives from across the region and beyond, the event was hosted by the Swansea University Medical School, ARCH Programme Team, ABM and Hywel Dda University Health Boards.

Prof Helen Snooks' presentation entitled: 'Collaborating for successful research that makes a difference in the real world'.

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Collaborating for Success in Research Helen Snooks 2016

  1. 1. Collaborating for success in research Professor Helen Snooks Swansea University School of Medicine
  2. 2. Collaboration in research about patient and population health and informatics • Setting the scene – success in collaborative research • Example of collaborative project • Benefits of collaboration • Challenges in collaboration • Tips for building collaboration
  3. 3. PRIME Centre – a collaboration in primary and emergency care research PRIME Centre Wales aims to improve the health and well being of people in Wales and internationally through: •Undertaking high quality research on topics of national policy priority which contributes to the evidence base in primary and emergency care •Ensuring that research findings are translated into policy and practice •£3m over three years (H&CRW)
  4. 4. PRIME Centre Wales work packages 1. Long term conditions & co-morbidity 2. Patient centred & prudent healthcare 3. Infections & antimicrobial resistance 4. Screening, prevention & diagnosis in primary care 5. Unscheduled & emergency (including pre-hospital) care 6. Patient safety 7. Oral health & primary dental care
  5. 5. Project example: TIER • Intervention: Protocol for 999 paramedics to assess and refer patients with low risk TIA direct to specialist clinic in place of immediate transfer to the ED • Study design: randomised feasibility study • Setting: Cwm Taff Health Board area within WAST • £230,000 (H&CRW RfPPB))
  6. 6. Research Team • Chief Investigator: Nigel Rees (WAST) • Co-applicants • Chris Moore (WAST) • Richard Whitfield (WAST) • Dick Dewar (Cwm Taff HB) • Shirley Whitman (PPI) • Jenna Bulger (SUMS) • Helen Snooks (SUMS) • Bridie Evans (SUMS) • Alison Porter (SUMS) • Alan Watkins (SUMS) • Bernadette Sewell (SU SHHS) • Advisors • Gary Ford (Oxford Academic Health Science Network) • Khalid Ali (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) • Tom Quinn (Kingston and St Georges)
  7. 7. Research management Research Management Group - in Cardiff or Swansea •All co-applicants •Local clinicians and managers from: • WAST – paramedics/clinical team leaders/ambulance control room • Prince Charles hospital • Stroke service • TIA clinic • A&E •H&CRW Support centre – research nurses •Trial management team – trial manager/researcher/research support officer/administrator Local implementation meetings – in Cwm Taff Core Team meetings - Swansea
  8. 8. External oversight Dr Lisa Shaw Stroke Research Group Institute of Neuroscience and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing Chair Chris Hartley-Sharpe Assistant Director of Operations at London Ambulance Service Ambulance Service Clinician Girvan Burnside Lecturer in Biostatistics University of Liverpool Statistician Jason Kendall Consultant in Emergency Medicine North Bristol NHS Trust Southmead Hospital Clinician Dr Ranjit Lall Chair & Statistician Warwick Medical School - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit Duncan Robertson North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Professor Caroline Watkins University of Central Lancashire Prof Anthony Rudd Consultant Stroke Physician Professor of Stroke Medicine, Kings College, London
  9. 9. Benefits of collaboration • Stronger proposals – increased chance of achieving funding • Right question(s) • Relevant perspectives included • Appropriate skill mix • Realistic methods • Convincing plan for implementation • Stronger projects – increased chance of delivering high quality research • Engagement with all stakeholders from outset • Commitment – ‘buy-in’ from clinicians, managers, academics, service users throughout process • Increased likelihood of impact • Dissemination • Translation into policy/practice
  10. 10. Challenges of collaboration • Bureaucracy (contracts; ethics; R&D permissions etc) • Intellectual property • Interdependency – not in own control • Delays in chain of delivery • Cost • Time • Effort • Resources • Non-delivery aaaaagh!! • Different perspectives/agendas • Conflict!!!!
  11. 11. Tips for building collaboration • Key collaborators – how to identify and approach • Aim high - don’t stay local! • Work with people that don’t let you down • Work with the best – with the track record in the topic area/method • Approach at the right time with clear, succinct, persuasive information • Working together • Be honest, trustworthy • Deliver! • Maintain high standards • Make work enjoyable • Maintain links • Value and look after your collaborators • Take collaborations through stages of research and dissemination • Build a happy team 