National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Online Event: Health Research in Schools Stakeholder Event

Invitation for schools to join the NIHR Clinical Research Network virtual Health Research in Schools Stakeholder Event on Thursday 28th April 2022, between 3.30 – 5.30pm. The event will provide an opportunity to find out more about the benefits of health research in schools, have a say on shaping health research for children and young people in the future and get involved in health research projects.

The aim of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) is to deliver high quality clinical research trials across the East of England. Health research takes place in many different settings, including NHS Trusts, GP practices, care homes and schools.

The CRN team would like to start a conversation with schools in Suffolk about how we increase opportunities for children and young people to take part in health research in Suffolk.

We would like to invite head teachers, deputies, SEN leads and others with an interest in health and health research to take part in a virtual Health Research in Schools Stakeholder Event.  The event will take place on Thursday 28th April 2022, between 3.30 – 5.30pm online.

The event will be chaired by Anna Crispe, Consultant in Public Health and Assistant Director, Knowledge, Intelligence & Evidence, Suffolk County Council. There will be presentations from clinical researchers, to give you a flavour of the type of health research already being delivered in school settings. We will also be joined by Suffolk Health Watch who will tell us about the work they do with schools.

The event will provide you with the opportunity to discover more about health research in schools, the benefits of being involved and will provide an opportunity to help shape the type of health research offered to schools.

The programme for the event will include the following presentations:

  • Introduction to the event – Anna Crispe, Consultant in Public Health and Assistant Director, Knowledge, Intelligence & Evidence, Suffolk County Council
  • Why do we do research in school settings? – Dr Esther van Sluijs, MRC Programme Leader, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Introduction to the READY Trial: research study of physical activity for depression in young people – Claire Rourke, Clinical Trial Manager, University of Hertfordshire and Solange Wyatt, Head of the Clinical Trial Support Network, Senior Fellow University of Hertfordshire
  • Introduction to the E-PLAYS Project: Enhancing Pragmatic Language Skills for Children with Social Communication Impairments – Dr Suzanne Murphy 
  • Principal Research Fellow, NIHR Research Design Service (East of England), University of Bedfordshire
  • Breakout session to answer these questions:
    • How do we make research available to schools? (How do we communicate about studies and to whom?)
    • What are the barriers to running research in your school? (approval/sign off, staff training, support, funding, time etc) 
    • What are the priorities for your school around health and research?

If you would like to sign up for this event please complete this online form: https://forms.gle/u3wjqw2meJK5X2qX9 (you can either click on the link or copy the address into your browser).

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to be kept up to date on health research opportunities for schools, please complete the form.

If you are unable to complete the online form, please email holly.westgarth@nihr.ac.uk to book your space at the event or join the mailing list.