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Rating NIHR Signals - You decide what we share

We need your help to decide which research is worth sharing as an NIHR Signal. As a rater, you can tell us which findings you believe decision makers in the NHS, public health and social care need to know about.

Sign up as a rater

Why do we have raters?

Raters give us important feedback on research abstracts. This feeback is then used in our editorial meetings to decide which studies to summarise and publish as NIHR Signals.

Learn more about how we produce Signals.

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Why become a rater?

Have your say

Being a rater gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge and experience to shape what we produce.

Whether you are a patient who has experience of a condition or a clinician who specialises in treating it, we will send you research abstracts to rate that are relevant to your area of interest.

Improve NHS decision making

As a rater you can help us put research evidence at the heart of decision making in health and social care.

You will be helping clinicians, commissioners, managers, patients and service users to see evidence about which treatments and practices are most effective and provide the best use of resources.

Public raters are also eligible for a small payment for each rating they undertake.

Who can become a rater?

There is a rating role for everyone. Healthcare practitioners, other NHS staff, public health staff and researchers can all join in a professional capacity. Patients and carers can join to bring their personal experience of health and social care.

Patients discussing research

What does being a rater involve?

As a rater, you would be asked to read selected research abstracts and assess their likely importance to health and social care audiences.

We want to know if you think research findings seem interesting enough to recommend to a colleague or discuss with others. You do not need to have a complete knowledge of a clinical or research area.

About rating:

  • It is not a regular monthly commitment. We would only send you research abstracts that relate to your areas of interest.
  • If approached, you would be asked to briefly assess usually no more than three abstracts per month, sending us your comments on a short online form.
  • It usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes to read and comment on an abstract.

For further details on the rating process read our guidance for raters.

What does a research abstract look like?

A research abstract is a brief summary of research findings, usually no more than a page. It provides the key points from each of the different sections of a research study or a systematic review of a number of studies. You will not be expected to read the full study.

How do I become a rater?

Complete a short online form to register as a rater.

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