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NETSCC becomes the new home for the management of the JLA PSPs

8 April 2013

This month completes the transition of the work of the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) to the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC). The JLA PSPs identify and prioritise treatment uncertainties which they agree are the most important for research.

The JLA, which was established in 2004, brings patients, carers and clinicians together in these partnerships to ensure that researchers, and those who fund health research, can focus on what matters to both patients and clinicians. Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health said: "Bringing patients and clinicians together to prioritise treatment uncertainties which they agree are the most important for research is at the heart of the NIHR. The JLA Priority Setting Partnerships support the NIHR in developing research evidence to meet the needs and support decision making by professionals, policy makers and patients. The transition of JLA management to NETSCC provides real opportunities to embed and further develop the work of the JLA, working in partnership with the NIHR."

Ruairidh Milne, Head of NETSCC, comments "There is terrific enthusiasm for JLA PSPs from patient and clinician communities and within the NIHR. NETSCC is looking forward to harnessing this enthusiasm for the benefit of research and, even more importantly, for patients. NETSCC is delighted to be able to build on the foundation work of the JLA and the interest in PSPs, both within the NIHR, and patient/clinician communities."

Four new advisors will join the JLA team; Leanne Metcalf, Tessa Clarke, Adrian Grant and Sheela Upadhyaya will work alongside Katherine Cowan, who will continue to work as the JLA Senior Adviser. The team is available to support new PSPs and will bring a great mix of past PSP experience and ongoing research interests as well as new ideas and enthusiasm. In particular, their early work will focus on supporting recently formed partnerships such as those in acne, hidradenitis supperativa and hip and knee replacement for osteoarthritis. Further information on PSPs and the work of the JLA in promoting the importance of patient, carer and clinician involvement in research priority setting, can be found at www.jla.nihr.ac.uk.

You can contact us at jla@southampton.ac.uk 023 8059 5489 or 023 8059 4187. Address details can be found at www.netscc.ac.uk/contact.

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The NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC), based at the University of Southampton, manages evaluation research programmes and activities for the NIHR.

 

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