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Research for Patient Benefit Programme - South East & Central- Competition 46 Stage 2 and Competition 47 Stage 1 Minutes


27 July 2022


1.0 July 2022


Minutes for the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme South East & Central Regional Advisory Committee meeting to discuss Stage 2 applications to competition 46 and Stage 1 applications to competition 47.

Date and Location

Wednesday 18 May 2022 Virtual Meeting

In attendance

Committee members

Professor Carrie Llewellyn (Chair)
Mrs Wendy Blunden
Professor Stephen Bremner
Dr Nadia Brookes
Professor Michael Calnan
Professor Simon Coulton
Dr Margaret Glogowska
Ms Rosemary Greenwood
Dr Christina Jones
Miss Alison Provins
Professor Najib M Rahman
Dr James Sheppard
Mrs Ketta Shimmin
Dr David Stephensen
Mr David Turner
Associate Professor Malcolm West
Dr Peter Worsley
Professor Ian Swaine


Dr Elisabeth Kugelberg  (NIHR CCF)
Dr Jennie Hejdenberg (NIHR CCF)
Ms Katie Prangle (NIHR CCF)
Ms Gemma Paine (NIHR CCF)
Ms Rozie Newman (NIHR CCF)


Dr Sarah Chew (RDS East Midlands)
Dr Veronica Nanton (RDS West Midlands)
Dr Jill Powell (School for Policy Studies)
Dr Janet Messer (HRA)


Apologies were received from Professor Daniel Freeman and Dr Mark Hayward

Competition 46 Stage 2 applications considered

NIHR204037: Co-developing Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services to improve long-term benefits for patients with depression and anxiety
Conflicts: None
Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR204051: Pre-operative intentional weight loss to support post-operative recovery in patients with obesity and colorectal cancer: the CARE pilot randomised controlled trial
Conflicts: Dr James Sheppard, Mr David Turner, Dr Peter Worsley
Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR204080: Suicidal behaviours in people of South Asian ethnicity: help-seeking and unmet needs in primary, secondary and acute care
Conflicts: None
Final outcome: Reject

NIHR204094: POPMAS: Post-operative Outcomes for Patients having Major Abdominal Surgery. A retrospective cohort study
Conflicts: Associate Professor Malcolm West
Final outcome: Reject

NIHR204055: Provision for service users with serious mental illness who are also parents: A national survey of adult mental health services
Conflicts: None
Final outcome: Reject

NIHR204022: Co-production of a Caregivers intervention around Responsive Infant feeding Behaviours to prevent childhood obesity (CRIB)
Conflicts: None
Final outcome: Conditional support

Competition 47 Stage 1 applications considered

NIHR204302: What outcomes are important to patients with osteoarthritis? Development of a core outcome set
Conflicts: Professor Najib Rahman, Mrs Rosemary Greenwood, Dr Joanna Thorn
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204314: Developing an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specific Frailty Assessment Tool
Conflicts: Dr James Sheppard, Dr Margaret Glogowska
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204324: Addressing under-diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in South Asians: A Cross-sectional study to improve identification of diagnostic features of language impairment
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204329: Nobody Left behind: Optimising adherence support for people with cystic fibrosis who are underserved by the health system
Conflicts: Dr Margaret Glogowska, Professor Najib Rahman, Dr James Sheppard
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204343: Co-production of a web-based application to reduce malnutrition in people diagnosed with colorectal cancer by providing tailored support for nutrition self-management
Conflicts: Associate Professor Malcolm West
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204349: Fan Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) for people living with COPD and high SABA intake (Fan FIRST)
Conflicts: Professor Simon Coulton
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204350: Impact of GP direct access to brain imaging on timeliness of brain tumour diagnoses and incidental findings among adults
Conflicts: Dr Margaret Glogowska, Dr James Sheppard
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204376: Symptom duration in primary care: A suite of systematic reviews for evidence-based safety-netting
Conflicts: Dr James Sheppard, Dr Margaret Glogowska
Outcome: Reject

Outcomes table

The tables below display the mean score for each application that was assessed in the regional assessment committee meeting, and excludes applications which were rejected during the scrutiny and triage processes. The number of applications receiving each mean score are listed. The RfPB fundable range is 6-10, although a score of 6-10 does not guarantee funding or an invitation to Stage 2. In exceptional circumstances and with approval from the Programme Director, applications may be invited/funded which fall below the fundable range.

In exceptional circumstances, applications which fall below the fundable range may be invited to Stage 2 or recommended for funding by the Committee. The Programme Director reviews in detail any applications recommended for funding with a score below 7.

Stage 1 

ScoreRangeNumber of applications
9.0 - 10.0 Invited 0
8.0 - 8.9 Invited 1
7.0 - 7.9 Invited 3
6.0 - 6.9 Invited 1
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 2
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 1
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 0
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0

Stage 2

ScoreRangeNumber of applications
9.0 - 10.0 Fundable 0
8.0 - 8.9 Fundable 1
7.0 - 7.9 Fundable 0
6.0 - 6.9 Fundable 2
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 1
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 2
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 0
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0