Research Events

March / April 2017

Preparing for an MHRA Inspection

We have been informed that within the next 6 months to expect a Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) inspection.

The MHRA are required by European Law to inspect Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) conducted by both commercial and bnon-commercial organisation.  Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Inspectors assess complaince with all relevant legislation and guidance.  In particular, the MHRA assess whether organisations sponsoring and / or conducting CTIMPS have systems in palce to meet the requirements of the Clinical Trials Regulations.

To understand what this may mean to Principal Investigators and their teams we are holding two events to explain what this may entail and how to prepare:

  • March 29, 2017 at Redwood Education Centre between 5:00pm - 7:30pm
  • April 27, 2017 at Sandford Education Centre between 5:00pm - 7:30pm

If you are interested in attending please email


April 2017

Showcasing / Celebrating Research

How much do you know about research in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust?

The Trust are runniing over 200 research studies and over 1800 of your patients took part in trials this year.

Come and find out more in our Research Showcase Event being held on Thursday April 6, 2017 between 1:30pm - 5:00pm at Sandford Education Centre, Sandford Road, Cheltenham.

To find out more or to book a place please contact the research team by emailing 

To view the programme click here: Showcase Event Programme


June 2017

Research 4 Gloucestershire - Developing & Maintaining Partnerships

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, along with the University of Gloucestershire are holding our 6th joint research event in June.  It is hoped that this event will help continue with the success of the previous event in forging working collaborations between the NHS organisations in Gloucestershire within the area of research.


September 2017

Residential Grant Writing Retreat - Dillington House, near Illminster, Somerset

The Research Design Service (RDS) South West and South Central are delighted to offer a unique opportunity to researchers in health and social care across their regions.  The Residential Grant Writing Retreat provides an opportunity for research teams to make rapid progress over a relatively short period of time toward high quality research proposals suitable for submission to national peer reviewed funding streams.  Participating away from the distractions of their workplace, expert help and support from RDS adviser staff and the experience of working as part of a professional research team.

The retreat is open to health, public health and social care practitioners and academic partners working within the areas cover by RDS SW and RDS SC.

Applications to attend the retreat should be submitted on the standard form available via the South West RDS Website by a team of three people with varied backgrounds, which may include a service user.  Applications will be reviewed competitively and places awarded to the most promising team proposals.

Your team could win a place on the retreat, which will be held at Dillington House, near Illminster in Somerset from Monday 4 September to Friday 8 September 2017 inclusive.

At the retreat you will be supported by a range of RDS advisers while edveloping your research proposal.  Away from the workplace, you will work intensively on your proposal, while learning how to maximise its chances of successfully securing a grant.  You will learn how to develop your idea into a viable and first class research proposal and experience research project planning at a professional level.

In addition, the Retreat will help you develop the key skills needed to conduct research in a clinical setting as well as nurturing presentation skills and giving you the confidence to tackle research problems,  By the time you return from the retreat you and your colleagues will have made substantial progress in developing yout research proposal,  With continued support from the Retreats adviser team and from the RDS more generally, you will be able to complete the process to achieve the standard necessary for an effective submission to national peer reviewed funding streams.




March 2016

Mental Health: Moving Forwards - The Five Year Plan (March 10, 2016), Manchester Conference Centre

The third annual Mental Health event was held in Manchester where those leading the five year strategy offered practical guidance, advice and real examples to help transform and improve mental health care.  Attendees should gaina greater understanding of the forward direction, the likely impact on both services and service usersm and the actions that can deliver real change.

A new era for mental health care is on the horizon ... Mental Health: Moving Forwards - The Five Year Plan will explore how the new national strategy for mental health services can drive action so that people across all ages can get the right help at the right time.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • The five year plan for mental health services
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • NHS FYFV Vanguard: Southern and Health NHS FT
  • New models of care: Prevention and early intervention
  • Transforming Care: A whole person approach
  • Co-production: What needs to be better
  • The changing face of mental health

If you would like to know more about this event, please click here