NIHR Cambridge BRC / NIHR Cambridge CRF Joint EDI Action Plan

The table below refers in more detail to the actions needed in three key areas to achieve our vision of an inclusive, people centred research culture. These are:

  • Inclusive leadership, governance and processes (objectives 1.1 and 1.2)
  • Inclusive Training and Research Career Opportunities (objectives 2.1 and 2.2)
  • Inclusive Research Participation and Involvement (objectives 3.1 and 3.2)

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Specific Actions Measure/reporting Responsible Timescale
1.1 1) Assess, summarise and share available data on demographics of relevant staff groups and post holders  Summary report annually to Exec and hospital board, shared with steering committee BRC & CRF Execs, EDI lead  Short term (1 – 2 years) 
2) Development of recruitment policies for leadership roles at BRC level   Qualitative feedback after recruitment BRC & CRF Executive   Medium term (3 – 5 years)  
3) CRF will continue to comply with CUH EDI recruitment policy for posts above Band 8a Mandatory reporting CRF Manager Ongoing
1.2 1) Initiate or maintain EDI as a standing agenda item across BRC/CRF committees, record and share findings Initial audit of meetings, repeated annually BRC Exec, CRF Management Committee, co-opted members, theme leads  Short term (1 – 2 years) 
2) Investigate opportunities within BRC, CRF and R&D research structures (eg. research support, funding applications, training, governance materials) to highlight EDI obligations and promote best practice (such as use of Equality Impact Assessments) Summary report of opportunities and changes, audit of outcomes, feedback from staff BRC manager, CRF operations lead, R&D governance, capacity building lead  Medium term (3 – 5 years) 
2.1 1) Develop and evaluate mechanisms to collect demographic information about applicants and awardees Staff and trainee feedback survey, annual review of data BRC Capacity building lead Medium-term (2 – 3 years)
2) Collect information about fellowship application and completion experiences to understand barriers to application, acceptance, and completion Qualitative feedback from applicants, trainees, annual report to BRC director BRC Capacity building lead Medium term (2 – 3 years)
3) Track progression of funding recipients in their careers Annual summary, shared with Exec, case studies shared BRC Capacity building lead Long term (3 – 5 years)
4) Implementation of the CRF workforce development plan will be monitored and reported to identify and address barriers to development opportunities and career progression Staff feedback survey CRF Education Lead Medium term (2 – 3 years)
2.2 1) Survey of EDI training needs and awareness and perception of currently available resources
Survey of researchers, participants and public contributors, review of feedback BRC Inclusive research lead, BRC EDI lead Short term (1 – 2 years)
2) Collate, highlight and/or commission appropriate and relevant EDI and cultural competence training for researchers and affiliated staff Create resource of available training BRC Inclusive research lead, BRC capacity building lead Medium term (2 – 3 years)
3) Track training compliance and share findings Annual reports of compliance to BRC director, findings shared at BRC steering committee Capacity building lead, BRC manager, CRF manager Long term (3-5 years)
3.1 1) Work to improve the demographic data we collect on research participants and public contributors Surveys and workshops with stakeholders, response to NIHR and other national findings Research governance team, PPI lead, PPI champions Long term (3 – 5 years)
2) The CRF will continue to collect CRF participant data (gender, age, ethnicity and postcode) and will expanding data collection of other protected characteristics when national systems wide guidance is agreed Summary report of findings CRF PPI Lead Long term (3 – 5 years)
3) The CRF Participant Experience Survey (service evaluation) will be refreshed to include optional disclosure of anonymised expanded protected characteristics Summary report of findings CRF PPI Lead Short term (1-2 years)
4) The CRF will continue to collect study EDI recruitment plans at study approval  Summary report of findings CRF PPI Lead Short term (1-2 years)
5) Identify and share barriers to and enablers of participation and involvement in local and regional research Workshops to identify workable collection plan, annual report and sharing of findings BRC Inclusive research lead, BRC PPI lead, CRF PPI Lead Long term (3 – 5 years)
3.2 1) All BRC themes and CRF to lead on a regionally-delivered REACH Roadshow of a relevant health issue for a relevant population Qualitative feedback from attendees, case study written up and findings shared with PPI champions Theme leads, BRC and CRF PPI champions, BRC & CRF PPI Leads, BRC Inclusive Research Lead Medium term (2 – 3 years)
2) All BRC themes to have at least one patient- or community-led or identified research project Annual report, qualitative feedback from participants BRC Theme leads, BRC PPI champions, BRC PPI Lead, Inclusive Research Lead Long term (3 – 5 years)
3) The CRF will expand existing collaborations with Traveller communities to understand and act on barriers to research involvement and participation  Collation of findings CRF PPI Lead Short – long term
4) Annual community research inclusion ‘event’ to highlight and champion best practices in inclusive participation and involvement in research Qualitative feedback post event, summary report of findings and recommendations, number and diversity of attendees BRC PPI Lead, BRC Inclusive research lead Short term, ongoing
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