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BHIVA/ViiV Implementation Science Scholarships

The BHIVA/ViiV Implementation Science Scholarships 2020 are supported by ViiV Healthcare and administered by BHIVA. Five scholarships were available up to a maximum of £5000 per award.

Five successful UK-based BHIVA members from any discipline will be supported to deliver an Implementation Science project and to be trained in Implementation Science methodology. Applicants must be BHIVA members in order to apply.

Implementation research is the scientific study of barriers to and methods of promoting the systematic application of research findings in practice, including in public policy. Implementation science may be thought of as a way of putting scientific principles behind projects that enhance the quality of patient care and these scholarships are aimed at funding projects that do just that. Outcomes often relate to how barriers that were previously encountered were overcome in order to put something in place and may be translatable to other geographical settings and clinical environments. Examples include supporting patient testing in acute medical settings by educating staff, texting patients to reduce DNA rates or improve adherence, implementing patient held note systems, or using cards or other prompts to reduce drug-drug interactions. The HIV Outcomes statement (https://hivoutcomes.eu/) might be used to generate ideas for suitable projects. Projects looking at changes in service delivery or testing following the SARS CoV-2 pandemic are also encouraged.

BHIVA/ViiV Implementation Science Scholarships

Applicants should propose an intervention to be delivered and evaluated according to implementation science principles. A suitable project should be based on experience in your local environment. Funds may be used to support the successful applicants to undertake a training course in implementation science (usually 1 or 2 days) if required. This is strongly suggested if this is the first implementation science project the applicant has undertaken and costs and intention to do so must be stated in the application form.

If suitable, final results of projects should be submitted to a future BHIVA conference for presentation as well as considered for publication in a peer reviewed journal. Successful projects that may have utility in another country setting may be put forward to be developed further.

Applicants need not be experts in implementation science.

Applications will be judged on criteria including:

  • Novelty

  • Importance and potential impact on patients

  • Likelihood of success

  • Value for money

  • Sustainability of the implementation after the project ends

Success will be defined as completion of the proposed Implementation Science project within Implementation Science frameworks with an abstract submitted for presentation at the BHIVA meeting as well as published in a peer reviewed journal.

Projects will be funded to a maximum of £5000 per scholar to cover project costs as well as attendance at the two-day implementation science course, if required. Applicants will be expected to detail how their project can be delivered within this amount.

If you require further information or wish to discuss a potential application please contact Dr Maryam Shahmanesh or Chair of the BHIVA Education and Scientific Subcommittee, Dr Tristan Barber.



2020 winners

Name and Institution

Project title

Dr Sonia Raffe
Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10-things I wish you knew: Co-production and implementation of a teaching tool to challenge HIV-related stigma in the healthcare setting.



2019 winners

Name and Institution

Project title

Dr Sara Madge
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

What works best? Comparing alternative approaches to implementing a specialist dietetic service within an established HIV outpatient clinic.

Dr Ramona Malek
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Lifestyle intervention in HIV clinics.

Dr Kiersten Simmons
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Implementation and evaluation of a case finding pathway for frailty in older people living with HIV.