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Research for Patient Benefit programme-South West Competition 47 stage 1 competition 46 stage 2 Minutes


28 July 2022


1.0 July 2022


Minutes for the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme South West Regional Advisory Committee meeting to discuss Stage 2 applications to competition 45 and Stage 1 applications to competition 46.

Date and Location

Friday 27 May 2022 Virtual Meeting

In attendance

Committee members

Professor Robert Hinchliffe (Chair)
Dr Rebecca Abbott
Dr Matthew Booker
Ms Ailsa Cameron
Associate Professor Edward Carlton
Dr Ashwin Dhanda
Dr Sean Ewings
Professor Jenny Freeman
Dr Elsa Marques
Dr Antonieta Medina-Lara
Carol-Anne Partridge
Dr Susie Pearce
Mr Philip Ruthen
Dr Jenny Scott
Mrs Hilary Shergold


Mr Simon Goodwin (NIHR CCF)
Mr Ben Morgan (NIHR CCF)
Dr Laura Tornatore (NIHR CCF)
Ms Gemma Paine (NIHR CCF)


Dr Paul Hewitson- RDS - SE
Dr Annalisa Casarin- RDS - EE
Dr Mio Hu- RDS- SC
Dr Rebecca McPhillips - Schools
Dr Mio Hu- RDS - SC

Competition 46 stage 2 applications considered

NIHR204085: Investigating the experiences and management of individuals with failing kidney transplants: preparation for a randomised controlled trial
Conflicts: Dr Elsa Marques, Dr Matthew Booker
Final outcome: Conditional support

NIHR204132: Uncontrolled Donation after Circulatory Death - a Tier 3 Development Study
Conflicts: None
Final outcome: Reject

NIHR204122: Development of a Patient-Centred Core Outcome Set for the Treatment of Hand Flexor Tendon Injuries (HaFTI-COS)
Conflicts: None
Final outcome: Conditional support

Competition 47 stage 1 applications considered

NIHR204368: OPTimising IMmunosuppression for older Adult kidney transpLant recipients (the OPTIMAL Trial): a feasibility study
Conflicts: Dr Matthew Booker, Dr Elsa Marques, Ms Ailsa Cameron
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204384: A feasibility randomised control cluster trial of a relationships and sex education programme for children with special needs: Keep Safe 4 All.
Conflicts: Dr Sean Ewings
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204393: The development and evaluation of the first fertility preservation patient decision aid to support young males with cancer.
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Invite to Stage 2

NIHR204331: Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing Sexual Health Care For People With Severe Mental Illness in England
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204307: INcreasing ACcess to digital health Technologies for people from under-served communities at risk or diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (INACT-T2D)
Conflicts: Dr Matthew Booker, Ms Ailsa Cameron, Dr Elsa Marques
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204346: The development, evaluation and implementation of a vocational ‘workbook’ for childhood brain tumour survivors
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204363: ImaginatorE: a feasibility RCT of a brief blended digital intervention for young people with binge/purging eating disorders.
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204391: Treatment of PeriOdOntitis and HyperTension (TOOT). A co-produced randomized  controlled clinical feasibility trial
Conflicts: None
Outcome: Reject

NIHR204380: Validation of Frailty Assessment Methods in Haemodialysis Patients
Conflicts: None
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 0
7.0 - 7.9 Invited 1
6.0 - 6.9 Invited 2
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 4
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 2
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 1
5.0 - 5.9 Rejected 1
4.0 - 4.9 Rejected 0
3.0 - 3.9 Rejected 0
2.0 - 2.9 Rejected 0
1.0 - 1.9 Rejected 0