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The NIHR ARC West newsletter. In this edition: Testing for coeliac disease; Rapid sexual health service welcomed; School discipline and pupil mental health; Impact of remote consultations on clinicians; Data sharing project to protect vulnerable children; "It takes a village to raise a researcher"
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New research identifies who should be offered testing for coeliac disease


Targeted testing of individuals with a range of signs and symptoms could improve diagnosis of coeliac disease, an NIHR ARC West study published in PLOS ONE has found. Signs and symptoms include family history of coeliac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, anaemia, type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis and chronic liver disease.

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Rapid sexual health testing, diagnosis and treatment service welcomed by staff and patients

A rapid sexual health service designed to improve access and delivery of care is welcomed by staff and patients, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded researchers at the University of Bristol have found.

New project explores impact of school discipline on pupil wellbeing

A new NIHR ARC West project has kicked off, working with young people to understand the mental health and wellbeing impacts of school discipline on pupils, using creative methods.

New study seeks to evaluate the impacts of remote consultations on NHS clinicians

A new NIHR ARC West research project aims to understand the positive and negative impacts of digital health tools and alternatives to face-to-face consultations may have on clinicians.

Data sharing project to protect vulnerable children set to benefit from nearly £1m investment

A Bristol City Council project using data to understand risk and vulnerability of children and families is to be expanded across Avon and Somerset, with evaluation support from NIHR ARC West.

“It takes a village to raise a researcher”

Elaine Willmore is Head of Research and Development for Therapy at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This month, she starts her PhD with the University of Gloucestershire, looking at social prescribing. Here she blogs about her journey so far.

Advising on an international childhood obesity project: a conversation between two young public contributors

Elizabeth (15) and Maddie (16) are public contributors on an international study of childhood obesity.

The latest adult social care research in Bristol

The NIHR continues to increase its support for adult social care research, and the NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) Bristol team has been contributing to an array of projects.

A case for and against COVID-19 vaccine boosters

In a recent Lancet Viewpoint opinion piece, a group of authors including NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre’s (BRC) Jonathan Sterne and ARC West’s Julian Higgins emphasize that decisions around COVID-19 vaccine boosters should be evidence-based. 

Building capacity among healthcare librarians to teach evidence-based practice – an evaluation

An innovative funding scheme launched by NIHR ARC West in 2016 to build capacity among healthcare librarians to teach evidence-based practice has been successful in boosting confidence, providing valuable skills and positively impacting the careers of the librarians, an evaluation by ARC West has found.

NIHR launches Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration

The NIHR is supporting individuals working in local authority settings to undertake short placements within the NIHR. They are also providing opportunities for NIHR Academy Members to undertake short placements in a local authority.

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Training courses


Introduction to qualitative evaluation
25 November

Events


Research Design Service South West: NIHR grant applications seminar
9 November

Hard Evidence: a performance piece about survivors of domestic abuse and public involvement in research
9 November

#CovidUnknowns webinar: Population and herd immunity
11 November

Hard Evidence: a performance piece about survivors of domestic abuse and public involvement in research
12 November

The infection and immunity annual symposium 2021: Emerging zoonoses
17 November

New and updated projects on the website


Evaluating Unity Sexual Health rapid results service

What impact are remote consultations having on NHS clinicians?

How does school discipline affect pupil mental health and wellbeing?

Improving the diagnosis of coeliac disease

Common Ambition Bristol: Addressing HIV stigma and testing in partnership with African/Caribbean communities

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