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Women in Football/Sport

Do you have a research interest around women in football and/or sport?

Women’s football is a relatively under-researched area and I believe that there may be opportunities for research around the following:

Physiology: Do women pickup different types of injury’s to men? Is the recovery process/rate different? Which treatments work best? For example we know there’s a difference in knee and ankle issues as opposed to soft tissue injuries in the men’s game. Are there different techniques for kicking, landing etc?

Psychology: Mental preparation, Should/could there be differences in team talk content and delivery? There’s also evidence to suggest that Dads are not letting their girls play football

Perceptions: Looking at the challenges and perceptions of women’s football. Compare men’s and women’s football, like you can tennis. How can we change perceptions?

Fan engagement: Women’s football is a family audience – are we doing them a disservice? What are the barriers for not/attending

Method of play and tactics: How appropriate are they for the women’s game? Could we approaching Method of play/tactics from a different angle? Can female perform to the demands of the game?

If you have a research interest in these or related areas, please get in touch with Nikki Lees, or 0161 247 2151.


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Evaluation of Extra Care Housing in Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) invites proposals for the following:

This evaluation of Extra Care in Wales seeks to undertake a comprehensive, independent assessment of Extra Care to help inform future investment decisions. Key to this will be assessing cost-effectiveness of Extra Care, the experiences of Extra Care residents and also the place of Extra Care in Local Authority strategies for older people’s housing. This 9 month project will include both desk based and primary research.

Deadline for proposals: 24 February

Funding available: £60,000

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Creating Dementia Friendly Communities – A Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project to inform decisions about the future policy direction for dementia friendly communities, following the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. The key policy questions the research will need to answer concern the factors which make a community dementia friendly and the different types of benefits of dementia friendly communities. This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

Deadline for proposals: 1 March

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Supporting a Culture of Openness in the NHS – A Policy Evaluation

The Department of Health invites outline proposals for a single research project on supporting a culture of openness in the NHS, on creating a culture of prioritising care, improving openness, detecting poor care and ensuring clear accountability. We want research that can contribute to an understanding as to whether and how the culture of the NHS has become more open and transparent as a result of the Government’s response to the Francis recommendations, and whether this has affected the quality of care. This is a two-stage application process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their stage 1 application approximately nine weeks after the submission date. Researchers with applications shortlisted at stage 1 will be invited to submit a stage 2 application.

Deadline for proposals: 1 March

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Emotional Health and Wellbeing – Mixed Methods Research

Calderdale Council and Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group require an individual or organisation to undertake a mixed methods research study to understand why children and young people do not attend their emotional health and wellbeing appointments in Calderdale, and to identify potential actions that partners can take to reduce the level of appointments not attended. The evidence based research will provide valid and relevant information which will inform our five year Local Transformation Plans and future service specification design. The barriers and reasons around why service users do not attend their appointments will be Identified along with an investigation into appropriate solutions that can be used within our strategic vision over five years.

Deadline for proposals: 15 February

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Independent Review of 111/Out of Hours Pathfinder in NHS Wales

The 111 Project Board and Welsh Government wish to commission an evaluation that will help to identify whether the introduction of 111 within the Abertawe Bro-Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) (with a contingent to extend the scope to the Carmarthenshire area) is providing an effective service for patients who need to access urgent care, in line with Prudent Healthcare principles. As part of the evaluation, the Authority will also wish to review the process of 111 implementation within both pilot areas, and to consider what lessons can be applied if this service model as it is rolled out to the rest of Wales. The main objective for 111 NHS Wales will be to help people with urgent care needs get the right advice in the right place, first time. Ultimately, this free-to-use number (and the linked web-based services) will be an instantly recognised brand for the NHS (and potentially other parts of the wider health and social care system) offering support and advice to patients and carers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The evaluation will include quantitative as well as qualitative methods, with a focus (wherever possible) on outcomes, and the impact on the local health and social care services. There is an expectation that there will be regular and timely reporting to enable both local and national decision-making to support best practice and potentially the roll-out of the 111 Service across NHS Wales. The All Wales Shared Services Partnership will formally host the commissioning of the evaluation on behalf of the 111 Project Board.

Deadline for proposals: 16 February

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Knowledge for Healthcare – Independent Review

The Department of Health are seeking a review on the following issue:

Health Education England (HEE) was established as a Special Health Authority in June 2012, taking on some functions from October 2012 before assuming full operational responsibilities from April 2013. HEE provides leadership for the new education and training system. It ensures that the shape and skills of the future health and public health workforce evolve to sustain high quality outcomes for patients in the face of demographic and technological change. HEE ensures that the workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and drive improvements. HEE supports healthcare providers and clinicians to take greater responsibility for planning and commissioning education and training through the development of Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), which are statutory committees of HEE. The establishment and development of HEE was set out in ‘Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce, From Design to Delivery’, the Government’s policy for a new system for planning commissioning education and training. The driving principle for reform of the education and training system is to improve care and outcomes for patients and HEE exists for one reason alone – to help ensure delivery of the highest quality healthcare to England’s population, through the people we recruit, educate, train and develop. The key national functions of the organisation include:

• Providing national leadership for planning and developing the whole healthcare and public health workforce

• Authorising and supporting development of Local Education and Training Boards and holding them to account

• Promoting high quality education and training which is responsive to the changing needs of patients and communities and delivered to standards set by regulators

• Allocating and accounting for NHS education and training resources – ensuring transparency, fairness and efficiency in investments made across England.

• Ensuring security of supply of the professionally qualified clinical workforce

• Assisting the spread of innovation across the NHS in order to improve quality of care Delivering against the national Education Outcomes Framework to ensure the allocation of education and training resources is linked to quantifiable improvements.

Deadline for proposals: 18 February

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