Friday, 28 November 2014

Career opportunity

Keele University has a vacancy for someone with a PhD who is looking for a research post in musculoskeletal pain, arthritis and long-term conditions.

They require someone with a PhD or equivalent in epidemiology, public health or quantitative research methods. This is a great opportunity for a keen post-doc who wants to secure a five year post in musculoskeletal research.

The closing date for applications is 7 December. For full details please click here.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Research Seminar: Involving People With Disabilities In Research Teams

Manchester Metropolitan University is hosting a presentation on Participatory Action Research as a platform for increasing genuine involvement of people with a disability in research.

This will include successful UK based examples that highlight the coordinated efforts of state-funded research and partnerships with non-government for-profit and non-profit disability organisations.

Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend, particularly disability service providers, people with a disability, clinicians, researchers, family members, and those engaged in disability service policy or setting priorities for research or funding.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 25 February, 2015 from 4.30 to 5.30pm. To book your place please click here.

Monday, 24 November 2014

What is accessible? Pragmatic choices in developing an accessible professional history

Professor Jois Stansfield will deliver a presentation at Manchester Metropolitan University which will describe a study to develop an accessible history of the speech and language therapy profession.

Using a range of methods to access material back to the 1800s, Professor Stansfield will look at the processes of data access and selection, documentary analysis and the organisation of findings into a timeline, with searchable links and annotated bibliography, to be hosted on the Royal Collage of Speech and Language Therapists' website.

She will also discuss how history is only ever an interpretation and thus subjective, sometimes inaccurate and definitely incomplete, depending on the interests of the people doing the work.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 11 February, 2015, 4.30pm. For booking details please click here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Research Skills Workshop

CAHPR Cumbria & Lancashire Regional Hub is hosting a coaching skills workshop designed to help people become/stay research active.

The event takes place at Westleigh Conference Centre, UCLan, Preston, on Thursday, 6th November 2014, 1 - 4.30pm. For more information please click here.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Invitation to Tender

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are seeking tender submissions for two key projects:
  • To develop an approach to formulating safe and effective staffing levels for UK Physiotherapy based on the best available evidence.
  • To develop an approach to workforce data modelling for UK Physiotherapy. The CSP is collaborating with HEE and the Council of Deans for Health on this project.
For more information about the staffing levels project please click here and for the modelling project click here.

Please note you do not need to be a Physiotherapist to apply. The closing date for submission of tenders is midnight on 4th August.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Funding opportunities with the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

Proposals are invited on 17 new commissioned topics for both evidence synthesis and primary research.

For full details including guidance for applicants please click here.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Editor vacancies with the NIHR Journals Library

The NIHR Journals Library is recruiting Editors for two journals: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment.

The role entails editing individual monographs for clinical and methodological content, taking account of peer-review comments, proof-reading and approving manuscripts for publication.

Please click here for more details.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Career opportunity

An experienced and highly motivated Research Occupational Therapist is required (part-time 50%) to join a research team headed by Dr Eneida Mioshi (Clinical Research Associate) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.

For further details please click here.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Call for Papers - Manual Therapy announces special issue on therapeutic exercise

Manual Therapy will be publishing a Special Issue focusing on therapeutic exercise and is currently seeking papers, guest edited by Professors Karen S√łgaard (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark) and Gwendolen Jull (the University of Queensland, Australia) Musculoskeletal pain and impaired function present the most common chronic health disorders.

They are a huge burden on society affecting the economy as well as having serious consequences for quality of life at the individual level. Musculoskeletal pain and impaired function are, in the main, non-specific and fluctuating but, if left untreated, may develop into chronic conditions. Therapeutic exercise should be a safe first choice of early prevention of recurrence and treatment.

In the past few decades, physical exercise, from a public health perspective, has been shown to be beneficial for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of a number of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. In contrast, the role of therapeutic exercise as an efficient way to prevent and treat musculoskeletal disorders has, until recently, attracted much less attention.

Because of the recognised importance of therapeutic exercise a forthcoming special edition of Manual Therapy journal is planned. Its aim is to present current research on all levels of the evidence hierarchy, that contribute to increased knowledge on how fundamental exercise is to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

Submissions are invited by 1st September 2014. Please submit here under the heading – 'Special Issue – therapeutic exercise' on the online form.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Going beyond bibliometric and altmetric counts to understand impact

Kristi Holmes, Director, Galter Health Sciences Library and Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine-Health and Biomedical Informatics at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University has written an interesting article about the impact of research.

To view please click here.

Friday, 13 June 2014

New article: An approach to building research capacity for health practitioners in a public health environment: an organisational perspective

Please click here to view an article detailing how Queensland got their Allied Health Research Fellows through the industrial enterprise bargaining system.

The Abstract to the paper is as follows:

A unique opportunity to engage in research capacity-building strategies for health practitioners arose within public sector health services during the negotiations for an industrial agreement. A research capacity-building initiative for health practitioners that is allied health, oral health and scientist practitioners was funded and the components of this initiative are described.

The initiative was implemented using a research capacity-building framework developed from a review of the literature and stakeholder consultations. The framework included leadership and governance, support to researchers and translation of evidence into practice and was contextualised to public health environments. There were several phases of implementation.

An evaluation of the preliminary phase of establishing research positions and research activity was conducted and several successes of the capacity-building strategies were identified. These successes (e.g. solid partnerships with universities) are discussed, as are future concerns, such as sustainability of the initiative in a tighter fiscal context.

What is known about the topic? The literature identifies strategies to increase research capacity, including grant funds and bursaries, training in research methods, regular forums and networks for support, positions for research fellows and linkages and partnerships. There is minimal clarity or discourse around the organisational strategies or proposed evaluation of such strategies to enable or support research capacity building.

What does this paper add? This paper describes implementation of a research capacity-building framework developed from a unique opportunity to provide funding for research positions and grants embedded in an industrial agreement. It describes the organisational and cultural perspectives and framework to build a research culture based on this funding, in a predominantly clinical workforce.

What are the implications for practitioners? Research positions for allied health, oral health and scientist practitioners funded and supported jointly by a health organisation and a university are able to influence the number and quality of research proposals developed. These disciplines in other jurisdictions may use this model of research capacity building within their particular context.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Video volunteers required

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is looking for contributors to a promotional video clip.

They require three AHPs who are part of the Hub who'd be happy to provide sounds bites which would be edited into a short video clip.

The working title of the video clip is 'Getting involved in research.' Those being filmed would be asked to talk about three broad areas:

  • What job do they do, how did they get started in research?
  • Why do they think research is important, what are the benefits to them, their employer and service users?
  • What are their tips for getting started in research and how can or has the CAHPR network helped them?

This video could then be circulated through the hubs to help promote the network to others, as well as give Clinicians pointers on how they can get involved in research.

If you are interested in getting involved please email Fran Fitch or Tel: 0207 306 6613.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Starting out in Research

Imperial College London in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be running an introductory course entitled 'Starting out in Research.'

This short course provides an excellent grounding of the critical underpinning skills required for performing high quality research.

AHPRN members will receive a 10% discount. For more information and booking details please click here.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

ADP team host CPD event

UCLan was the venue as the Advancing Dysphagia Practice (ADP) team hosted its latest CPD event - 'Is patient experience paramount? Managing complexity in dysphagia – inter-professional perspectives.'

Around 120 delegates were in attendance as speakers from a variety of related areas of interest delivered presentations and took part in Question & Answer sessions.

ADP Co-Directors Dr Hazel Roddam & Hannah Crawford opened the event by introducing UCLan Distinguished Visitor Dr Paula Leslie from the University of Pittsburgh.The morning line-up was completed by Dr Heulwen Sheldrick of Bridgewater Community Trust and Dr Claude Regnard from St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle.

Dr Kate Reid, Head of Speech and Language Therapy at University Hospital, Birmingham, got the afternoon session underway, with Lindsey Collins (University of Bradford), Christian DeGoede (Royal Preston Hospital) and Helen Baxter (Tessellates Innovation Ltd) completing proceedings.

The ADP team would like to thank everyone who attended this excellent event. To view a selection of images from the day please click here.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Innovative Approaches to Postgraduate Clinical Education

As part of UCLan's Distinguished Visitor Programme, the University of Pittsburgh's Professor Paula Leslie will deliver her lecture 'Innovative Approaches to Postgraduate Clinical Education' at our Preston campus.

Professor Leslie has a highly acclaimed reputation for innovative practice in post-qualification clinical education.

She has a deep commitment to promoting research-informed clinical practice, and in mentoring experienced practitioners to gain new skills in applied clinical research, to enhance the quality of clinical decision-making and best practice dissemination in healthcare.

Paula led the development of a new Clinical MSc route at University of Newcastle, prior to being invited to launch a Clinical Science Doctorate at University of Pittsburgh.

The lecture will illustrate her dynamic approach to Research Informed Teaching, and her success in building skills and confidence through her clinical education model. This will draw together a wide range of UCLan academics with shared interests in postgraduate education and pedagogic research.

The lecture is open to staff across UCLan Schools, as well as to postgraduate students and all UCLan's local clinical education partners, thus enhancing the research environment.

This free event takes place on Tuesday 6th May, 4.30 - 5.30 pm, Foster Lecture Theatre 2, Preston, PR1 2HE. For registration details please click here.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

AHP Service Re-design CPD Event

This exciting event is aimed at AHPs who are considering re-design of their current service or planning to implement and evaluate innovative new service developments.

It will take place on Thursday, 15 May, 1 - 4.30pm, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE.

For more information please click here or to book a place please email us.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

NHS NW Post-Doctoral Research Network event

Over the last year the team at NHS Research & Development North West have developed a programme of work focussed on supporting NHS based early career researchers, specifically in the non-medical workforce.

They have run a number of workshops focussing on people undertaking a Master's in Clinical Research and the growing number of people working full-time in clinical practice whilst studying for a PhD on a part-time basis.

There is a small, but growing, community of people who have now completed their PhDs and have either returned to clinical practice or taken up a joint clinical/academic appointment which enables them to combine research with clinical practice.

The team are very keen to bring this group together to explore ways in which they can support this community and provide an opportunity for people to network with colleagues at a similar stage in their research career.

To further this programme the team are holding a networking event in Manchester on Wednesday 7th May from 2.30 – 5.00pm

Alongside exploring how to develop a community of post-doctoral researchers, there will also be really exciting plans about work they are proposing to undertake which they would like to share with you and gain your input into.

If you are able to attend this meeting please can email Leanne Gregory.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

AHPRN event - March 2014

The recent Research skills workshop event held by The Cumbria and Lancashire Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) at the University of Cumbria proved to be a great success.

Guest speaker Helen Baxter, Director of Tessellates Innovation Ltd, has kindly provided her presentation slides to share. Please click here to view.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Physiotherapy UK Conference 2014 - early bird rates

Hub leaders and AHPRN members can get a 10% discounted price for the upcoming Physiotherapy UK Conference 2014 by using code: AHPR4952.

This is in addition to the early bird offer of two days for the price of one for bookings made on or before May 16.

Please click here for full conference and booking details.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Scientific Panel recruitment

The CSP Charitable Trust Scientific Panel is currently looking for new members.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to become experienced in funding panel work.

If you are interested please click here and see whether you meet the requirements. Any queries please contact Jade Donovan

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Let's Talk Research

Registration is now open for the NHS R&D Conference 'Let's Talk Research' on 24th & 25th September 2014 at Reebok Stadium, Bolton.

This major regional conference will provide health and social care professionals with an opportunity to increase their understanding of the research landscape within the North West, hear from some of our leading researchers and share best practice in cultivating cultures of research and innovation in clinical teams.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
  • Clare Matterson - Director of Medical Humanities and Public Engagement at the Wellcome Trust
  • Prof. Margaret Whitehead W.H. Duncan Chair of Public Health at Liverpool and Head of WHO Collaboration Centre for Policy Research on the Social Determinants of Health
  • Dr Nicki Latham Chief Operating Officer Health Education England & Executive Lead for Research
Confirmed workshops:
  • North West Coast & Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network
  • North West Coast & Greater Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care
  • NIHR Trainee Co-ordinating Centre
  • North West Research Design Service
  • North West People in Research Forum
Please can we remind you that abstract submission is now open with a closing deadline of 5pm on Monday 31st March. Abstracts are invited that:
  • Present findings of completed clinically focused research projects which may have been undertaken as part of a Master's or PhD or as part of clinical practice
  • Present work undertaken within organisations or teams within the NHS to promote a culture of research and innovation.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of a major regional conference. For full details please click here.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Funded PhD opportunity for physio/biomechanics in Cerebral Palsy

Please click here for more details on this funded PhD opportunity supported by Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Liverpool John Moores University.

Monday, 24 February 2014

AHPRN event - March 2014

The Cumbria and Lancashire Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) is holding its next event at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster on Tuesday 18th March 2014, 1 - 4.30 pm.

This will be an interactive session including:
  • Structured networking session
  • Experience Based Co-Design – presented by Helen Baxter
  • Introduction to Realist Research Paradigm
  • National and Local updates
For further information please email us. Please ensure you put 'Cumbria & Lancs AHPRN' in the subject line of all emails.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Physiotherapy UK Conference 2014

The Physiotherapy UK Conference 2014 will take place in Birmingham on 10-11 October, and the CSP is now recruiting potential reviewers of platform and poster abstracts.

If you would like to volunteer as an expert reviewer, please complete our online questionnaire. The deadline for responses to the questionnaire is Friday 14 February and successful volunteers should be notified by 24 February.

The review process will begin on 18 March, and reviews must be completed and returned to the CSP by 1 April. All volunteer reviewers must commit to meet this deadline.

The overarching theme of PTUK 2014 is 'Older people - Living longer, living well'. The four main strands will be Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Community rehabilitation, and Learning and development.

The number of abstracts sent to reviewers will depend on their area of expertise and the number of submissions received; however, it is anticipated that no reviewer will receive more than 20 abstracts.

For further information about the conference, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Imogen Scott Plummer.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Let's Talk Research

Are you a nurse, midwife, pharmacist or allied health professional? Do you work in research & development or lead a clinical team? Are you based in the North West of England?

NHS Research & Development North West's Annual Conference entitled 'Let's Talk Research' will enable you to:
  • Share clinically focused research and best practice in supporting cultures of research and innovation
  • Develop your research skills and expertise
  • Increase your understanding of issues central to the NHS research and innovation agendas
  • Learn about innovative ways to get involved in and support research
The event takes place at Reebok Stadium, Bolton, on 24 & 25 September.

Abstracts are invited that:
  • Present findings of completed clinically focused research projects which may have been undertaken as part of a Master's or PhD or as part of clinical practice
  • Present work undertaken within organisations or teams within the NHS to promote a culture of research and innovation.
Abstract submission is now open. The final deadline for submitting is Monday, 31 March, 5pm.

For further details and downloadable forms please click here.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Clinical Academic Training and Healthcare Science Fellowships

The latest round of NIHR /HEE Clinical Academic Training and NIHR/HEE Healthcare Science Fellowships are set to be launched.

The CAT schemes offer doctoral and post-doctoral level funding for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs (with Pharmacists eligible for Doctoral funding) whilst the HCS schemes offer doctoral and post-doctoral level funding for clinicians within the area of Biology, Physiology and Physics and Engineering.

Further information can be found on the NIHR TCC website - please click here and here.

Applications for all the schemes will be hosted here and prospective applicants can register on the site ahead of the launch.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Being a Clinical Health Researcher: Career Advice from the Front Line

Are you a nurse, midwife, pharmacist or allied health professional curious about a career in clinical health research or in the early stages of your research career?

Yes? Then please click here for details of an upcoming free event in London. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

For the full programme please click here.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Paediatric Research Funding

A new opportunity has arisen for physiotherapists working with a paediatric population. The CSP Charitable Trust (CSPCT) is to support research into paediatric non-acquired brain injury and paediatric cerebral palsy.

For experienced researchers the CSPCT has teamed up with children's charity Action Medical Research (Action) and together are providing an award to successful applicants of up to £250,000. Action will continue to run its response mode project grants round and applications will be considered through the Action Medical Research peer review system.

Where the Principle Investigator is a member of the Chartered of Physiotherapy and the research is in the area of paediatric non-acquired brain injury and paediatric cerebral palsy joint funding up to £250,000 will be available. For more details please visit the CSP website.

For novice researchers the CSPCT is also ring-fencing funds in the area of paediatric non-acquired brain injury and paediatric cerebral palsy. Members can apply for funding (up to £20,000) within Scheme B of its Physiotherapy Research Foundation.

This is a great opportunity for any novice researchers with a burning question they want to address. For further details of how to apply for this fund please click here

Monday, 20 January 2014

Attaining your Research Goals

NHS Research & Development North West have released details of their next event.

Entitled 'Attaining your Research Goals' it takes place on Wednesday 5 March, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm in Manchester.

For further details please click here.

Friday, 17 January 2014

RCSLT North West Hub event - 21 January 2014

Please click here for our presentation: 'The Allied Health Professions Network Hubs: delivering support for practice-based research'.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Dysphagia CPD event

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hosting an exciting CPD opportunity.

Entitled 'Advancing Dysphagia Practice', the event features a number of excellent speakers including the University of Pittsburgh's Dr Paula Leslie and Dr Kate Reid from the University Hospital, Birmingham.

The event takes place on Thursday 8 May, 10.00 am - 4.15 pm.

For further information and booking details please click here.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Abbeyfield Society Innovation and Research grant 2014

In order to further explore and improve the delivery and development of care and support for older people, The Abbeyfield Society is proud to announce the creation of a ground-breaking innovation and research initiative.

This exciting project will fund an annual research grant programme of PhD studentships, pump-priming grants and small project grants, rooted in and around the provision of care, that will ultimately lead to improving Abbeyfield's and the wider sector's aims of enhancing the quality of life for many people at different stages of their later life.

For further details please click here.