Tuesday, 22 December 2015

MMU offers fully-funded EBP places

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has confirmed the availability of five fully-funded places on the forthcoming Simulation in Healthcare Practical Application Unit.

If you are involved in developing healthcare-related case-based scenarios (role play to full immersive simulation) within your teaching or assessment, this unit is applicable to you.

You will join peers from NHS Trusts and other HEIs to develop Evidenced Based Practice (EBP) and enhance the quality of learning and teaching featuring simulation and technology enhanced learning.

The unit starts on Monday, 18th January, 2016.

For more information and application forms please click here.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

EVENT - Research: Experiences and Opportunities

The British Dietetic Association (North West England and North Wales Branch) is hosting a research event at the University of Central Lancashire in March 2016.

'Research: Experiences and Opportunities' will feature a variety of guest speakers including UCLan's Dr Hazel Roddam and Gillian Southgate from NHS Research & Development North West.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 30th March, 2016. For further information please click here.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

SEMINAR - Developing proposals for the renewed NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme

The NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is hosting a seminar to highlight national funding opportunities for applied health and social care research.

The aim is to give researchers a better understanding of funding priorities, application processes and future plans and an opportunity for dialogue with panel members and successful grant holders.

The seminar will highlight Public Involvement and how the RDS NW can support you through the application process.

The event takes place on Thursday, 11th February 2016, at the Liner Hotel, Liverpool.

For further information please click here.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

NHS R&D offers new research skills programme



NHS Research and Development is offering a unique opportunity to work with skilled creative artists to enhance your research skills.

The programme aims to build confidence and expertise in using the creative arts to convey research messages in a more powerful and meaningful way.

The Academy of Creative Minds is a revolutionary six-month programme combining the arts and science in health research.

The programme is heavily subsidised and costs £199 for all seven days, plus a bonus day at the NHS R&D conference. There is a 15% discount for team applications of four or more people.

For more information please click here.

Friday, 11 December 2015

AHP contribution to public health

The recent King's Fund event on the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) and new models of care featured the official release of two significant documents that look at the role of AHPs in public health.

'The role of allied health professionals in public health - examples of interventions delivered by allied health professionals that improve the public's health' gives examples of where there is evidence of AHP impact on public health.

'A strategy to develop the capacity, impact and profile of allied health professionals in public health' sets out a vision for the role of AHPs in public health and plans for implementation, as well as goals and measuring success.

It is designed to help AHPs, professional bodies and partner organisations to further develop leadership in public health, share best practice and embed preventative healthcare across their work.

Linda Hindle (above), Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health in England, published an excellent blog post which provides further information on the work that led up to these publications.

Friday, 4 December 2015

CWP to host annual research event

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has released details of its annual research event which will take place on Wednesday, 27th January, 2016.

Hosted in conjuction with NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the event will celebrate ongoing and completed research and highlight achievements by staff and research partners.

Demand for places has previously been high, so priority may be given to delegates who attend the whole event.

To book a place or for more information, please email Phil Elliott.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

PhD studentship opportunity

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship for three years to investigate patient and public involvement (PPI) in selecting what outcomes to measure in clinical trials.

Based at the University of Liverpool, the studentship will be led by Bridget Young (Professor of Psychology), Paula Williamson (Professor of Biostatistics) and Kerry Woolfall (Research Fellow).

This project will compare the ways patients have been involved in outcome selection across several clinical areas and whether the current methods of PPI are fit for purpose.

The findings will inform guidance and interventions to enhance the quality of PPI in outcome selection in future studies.

For more information please click here. Closing date for applications is Friday, 4th December.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Research & scholarship awards

The Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation is inviting applications for its research and scholarship awards.

There are a range of schemes available for different types of physiotherapy projects, attending conferences or undertaking research visits in a foreign country.

Applicants must be members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health Professions Council.

For further information, please click here.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Workshop: Using Social Media in Research

CAHPR Cumbria & Lancashire Regional Hub wishes to thank everyone who took part in our 'Using Social Media in Research' workshop.

The interactive event featured a 'Getting started on Twitter' tutorial, an update on our Social Media project and an overview of Hub activities nationally.

Catherine Ebenezer, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield, also joined the event via Skype to deliver a presentation looking at the use of social media applications within the NHS.

To view Catherine's presentation slides please click here. To submit any feedback please email us.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Public Health in Practice for AHPs


Following on from our successful introductory workshops on public health for AHPs, we are running further free events focusing on children, young people and families, older people and emotional health and wellbeing.

The workshops are scheduled over six dates during November and December in Preston, Salford and Warrington. For further information please call Nicola Gaskins on 01772 895568 or email us.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Event: Editor’s ‘Top Ten Tips’ for Publishing Success

CAHPR Greater Manchester Regional Hub is hosting an event designed to help researchers get their work published.

Dr Julie Nightingale, Editor-in-Chief of Radiography and Director in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford, will guide you through some of the pitfalls of article preparation, submission, peer review and production, and will offer her 'Top Ten Tips' for maximising the chances of successful publication.

The event takes place at Manchester Metropolitan University on Tuesday, 3rd November, 5.30pm.

For more information please click here.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Research internship places (2015/16) funded by Health Education England

Health Education England has released details of its Northern Region Clinical Academic Programme Internships for 2015/16.

This highly prestigious scheme is seen as the first step for healthcare professionals interested in developing a clinical academic career.

The fully-funded internships offer the opportunity for healthcare professionals to spend 30 days in a research environment, learning more about what is involved in health research and a further eight days taking part in an educational programme.

The internships are open to registered Health Professionals working in the NHS in England and aim to:
  • Increase understanding of what it means to be involved in clinical academic research
  • Develop research skills and expertise
  • Enhance ability to become a research champion within a clinical setting
  • Inform decisions about progressing further in a clinical academic career
For a pack containing further information, guidance and application forms please email Leanne Gregory. Please click here to find out more about the experiences of the current cohort of interns.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, 28th September 2015.

Friday, 17 July 2015

New Masters course in Clinical Research

Are you interested in developing a career in clinical research without leaving practice?

Would you like to develop the skills needed to design and lead high quality clinical research relevant to patients/clients and the priorities of the NHS?

Please check out this new Masters in Clinical Research which is now recruiting students for September 2015 intake.

The course is the only MClinRes available in Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria and Merseyside and the only campus-based programme in the North West of England.

Course highlights include:
  • Teaching by internationally renowned researchers and clinical academics
  • Learning through sharing and critically reflecting on examples from ongoing 'real world' research in the UCLan School of Health
  • Integral clinical research experience
  • Developing networks through national and international negotiated learning contracts
  • Supported development and implementation of a strategy for developing an application for an NIHR Doctoral Training Fellowship
  • Joining a vibrant community of clinicians at different stages on the NIHR funded clinical academic pathway - interns, doctoral and postdoctoral students and career development fellows
There are a limited number of bursaries available (50%) for applicants from CLAHRC partner organisations. Funding may also be available through the NHS CPD contract (Service Level Agreement). The closing date for applications is Friday, 21st August.

To check your eligibility for this course please click here. For further information click here and for the application form click here.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

UCLan welcomes German researchers to Preston



Cumbria and Lancashire CAHPR Hub Chair Dr Hazel Roddam welcomed a research team from Germany to UCLan to launch of a new collaborative partnership.

Speech and Language Therapists Professor Kerstin Bilda and Dr Juliane Mühlhaus, from University of Applied Sciences Bochum, are in Preston to discuss a research and teaching link up between the two institutions. Dr Roddam will share her expertise in promoting evidence-based practice with Allied Health clinicians with the duo.

Professor Bilda (2nd left) is pictured above with Dr Adrian Ibbetson, Head of School at UCLan's School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors. Dr Mühlhaus and Dr Roddam complete the line-up.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Free conference places for Cumbria & Lancs AHPs

The Cumbria and Lancs CAHPR Hub is funding two FREE places for AHPs to attend the North West Research & Development Conference 'Let's Talk Research'.

The event takes place at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, 17th & 18th September 2015.

For application details please click here (deadline 30th July).

Monday, 29 June 2015

Getting 'animated' about a clinical academic career



Healthcare professionals are being encouraged to develop a clinical academic career through a new animation developed by Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Training workshop in searching for research evidence

UCLan is hosting an interactive research workshop for beginners entitled: 'Finding Evidence: Informing Practice'.

If you work within health, social care or public health and need help with resolving practical issues or advice on whether there is a better way of doing things, this workshop is for you.

The session will be hands-on and practical, offering support to define your question and design and implement an evidence search.

The workshop takes place on Thursday, 16th July. Places are limited so early booking is essential.

Please click here for more information or here to book.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Research and Innovation Showcase 2015



Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have announced details of the Research and Innovation Showcase 2015.

Hosted by the Centre for Health Research and Innovation, the event takes place at Royal Preston Hospital on Friday, 27th November.

There will be opportunities to celebrate and showcase collaborative research, network with research active colleagues both clinical, non-clinical and academic, share good practice and attend a variety of workshops.

To register please click here.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

North West universities host showpiece research event

UCLan is teaming up with the University of Manchester during September to host a major Physiotherapy research event.

The International Patellofemoral Pain (PFP) Research Retreat and Clinical Symposium will see leading experts from around the world gather in the North West to discuss their latest research findings and review the science around the condition.

PFP is the number one injury in runners and one of the most common orthopaedic problems seen by clinicians. It is hoped the event inspires new collaborations, ensuring future research remains at the cutting edge in informing clinical practice.

UCLan's Professor James Selfe has organised the four-day conference in conjunction with Dr Michael Callaghan from the University of Manchester.

He commented: "I've worked in the field of Patellofemoral Pain for many years and I'm really pleased to be co-hosting this event. I'm particularly excited that the world leaders in the field will be coming to Preston to share their knowledge.

"This is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK based Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists and Podiatrists, so I hope we will get a good turn out and give our distinguished international visitors a warm Lancashire welcome."

The Research Retreat takes place at the University of Manchester, September 2nd – 4th, whilst the Clinical Symposium will held be at UCLan on September 5th.

For more information please click here.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Opportunity for free training in Public Health for AHPs

The training has been commissioned by Health Education North West to enable AHPs develop knowledge and skills to address local public health challenges and inequalities.

This is not just for AHPs working in public health roles, but applies to all parts of the AHP workforce.

The health of people in the NW is amongst the poorest in the UK, but AHPs are well placed to lead health improvement work – are you up for the challenge?

Join the growing number of AHPs leading and delivering public health in their own workplace. Want to find out about:
  • How you and your team can address public health challenges and inequalities?
  • How to really make a difference – making small changes to daily interaction with service users?
  • What other AHPs are doing?
  • What support is available to develop your health improvement role?
The theme of the workshop will focus on Making Every Contact Count, Early Years, Older Adults and Emotional Wellbeing – part of a national strategy to mobilise the AHP workforce.

We look forward to supporting this exciting workforce development opportunity – places are limited so please book early.

Several dates are available throughout September at various North West locations – please click here for further details.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Career opportunities: PhD studentships

The NIHR CLAHRC NWC is inviting applications for full-time (3 years) PhD studentships to start in the forthcoming academic year (2015/2016).

They are looking for exceptional individuals to fill a new cohort of PhD studentships which are targeted at reducing health inequalities.

Suitable candidates should have at least an upper-second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant health, social care, or pertinent methodological subject. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate the following skills: communication, presentation/writing, IT, time-management and the ability to be self-motivated/work alone.

Students may choose to study at either the University of Central Lancashire (5 studentships available), Lancaster University (5) or the University of Liverpool (6).

For more details please click here.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Dr Roddam attends Manchester launch event

Dr Hazel Roddam (3rd from left) recently travelled to Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to attend the launch event of the CAHPR Greater Manchester Hub.

Held at the new Birley Campus at MMU, members discussed a variety of topics including the progress of our new Social Media project which will raise visibility of Allied Health research and highlight the support available to practice-based clinicians.

Friday, 22 May 2015

CAHPR Public Health Research Awards

Applications are now open for the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) Public Health Research Awards.

These have been developed in association with Public Health England (PHE) to recognise AHPs' contribution to public health.

Winning applicants receive £500 and the opportunity to display a poster at the PHE Conference in September.

The application deadline is 26 June, 2015. For further information please click here.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Open lecture by EBP world expert

UCLan will welcome the world's leading expert in Implementation Science to Preston in May.

Professor Jeremy Grimshaw from the University of Ottawa, Canada, has made a major contribution to the evidence base on the effectiveness of different strategies for implementing evidence into practice during his long career.

He has been involved in over 30 cluster randomised trials and two quasi-experimental studies of knowledge transfer interventions, working across diverse clinical problems in primary and secondary care settings across the world.

These trials have been published in a variety of journals including the BMJ, Lancet and JAMA. He has over 450 publications in peer-reviewed journals - with over 200 in the last five years.

During his visit, Professor Grimshaw will conduct Masterclasses in implementation science and knowledge transfer as well as meeting more informally with staff at UCLan and in our partner Trusts.

He will stimulate learning and debate about the best ways to introduce interventions as part of research studies, as well as considering the most effective ways of encouraging implementation of research findings.

The event takes place on Tuesday, 5 May. For more information please email Dr Lois Thomas.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Career opportunity: Research Assistant in Public Health in Allied Health Professions

UCLan's School of Medicine & Dentistry is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to support a group of public health and allied health professionals in the design, delivery and evaluation of an innovative training programme to enhance the public health skills of Allied Health Professionals in the North West.

The successful postholder should hold a first degree (or equivalent including relevant work experience) in a health or social care related subject and have some experience in organising events and research or evaluation.

For informal enquiries please email Professor Paola Dey or Tel: 01772 892782. For application details please click here (Job reference: REQ001575).

Thursday, 9 April 2015

PhD studentship for a qualitative study on the topic of Multiple Sclerosis

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship for a project entitled 'Disease modifying treatments for Multiple Sclerosis: exploration of the influences of perceived risks on case management decision-making.'

This studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates plus an annual maintenance stipend of £14,000 per year.

Full-time enrolment is preferred, but part-time may be considered for the successful candidate. International applicants may apply but will be expected to pay the difference between the UK/EU and International fee rate. The closing date for applications is 20 April 2015, with a starting date of 1 July.

As a minimum requirement, applicants should have or expect to receive a 2:1 Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline such as Healthcare, Allied Health or Psychology.

This will be a qualitative research design to access the experience of patients and healthcare practitioners. The protocol for the research design will be developed by the student after enrolment, under the direction of the research supervisory team. Patient data collection will be undertaken at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information about the studentship please click here. Informal project-related enquiries may be directed to Dr Hazel Roddam.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Event: Using Social Media in Research

Cumbria & Lancashire CAHPR Research Hub held its first event of 2015 at Westleigh Conference Centre, Preston.

Entitled 'Using Social Media in Research', the workshop presented the Hub's new project and included a presentation from UCLan PhD Physiotherapy student, Maria Moffatt.

Dr Anne Milston from UCLan's School of Medicine and Dentistry discussed different types of social media platforms and their possible uses within research. To view Dr Milston's presentation slides please click here.

The Hub also shared details of a number of useful research guides. To view please click the following links:
Thank you to everyone who attended the event. Please email Dr Hazel Roddam with any feedback.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Let’s Talk Research 2015

The NHS Research & Development North West team have released details of this year's Let's Talk Research Conference.

The event, to be held during September, attracted over 170 members of the North West research community last year and organisers are looking to top that in 2015.

Abstracts for a poster or a 20 minute oral presentation are invited which:
  • Present findings from completed primary research studies
  • Explore approaches to developing cultures of research and innovation in clinical teams
  • Explore innovation and novel approaches to communicating research
For the first time submissions are sought for abstracts to run a one hour workshop as part of the conference, providing the opportunity to cover a topic in greater detail. The themes for workshops are the same as above.

The workshop proposal should be of relevance to the NHS research community and contain an element of interactivity. The closing date for submission is Monday, 23rd March, 5pm. To download abstract submission forms and guidance please click here.

Let's Talk Research 2015 takes place at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September. If you require further information please email Leanne Gregory.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Participants needed for PhD research project

Are you an Occupational Therapist working in the field of anxiety and stress in palliative care? Would you like to express your opinions on patient anxiety and stress in palliative care?

Samantha Pywell is a PhD student looking to recruit 10 qualified Occupational Therapists who work in clinical practice, research or academia to participate in a telephone interview (maximum 60 minutes). The interview data will be anonymised and analysed to inform recommendations for professional practice.

The purpose of this research is to explore the opinions of qualified Occupational Therapists in the UK on anxiety and stress for patients in palliative care in the community. Ethical approval has been approved by UCLan to proceed with this study.

Please click here and here for further information. To email Samantha please click here.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Early Career Networking - What can the AHP Network do for you?

The North West Allied Health Professions Network is hosting a free event designed to showcase the benefits of membership of the group.

The purposes of the network are:
  • To provide a forum to contribute to the professional development of AHPs, through CPD events, sharing of good practice, peer support and networking
  • To be the 'professional voice' for AHPs across the NW, providing professional opinion, intelligence and advice to influence strategic developments relating to service delivery and education and training
The network provides some funding and often supports free events.

'Early Career Networking - What can the AHP Network do for you?' takes place at Bolton Whites Hotel on Wednesday, 11th March 2015, 12-4pm.

For further information please email us.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Dr Roddam takes part in prestigious NHS event



CAHPR Cumbria & Lancashire Regional Hub Chair Dr Hazel Roddam recently represented the UK Council for Allied Health Professions Research at a prestigious NHS webinar event.

Dr Roddam was one of three invited panellists at the 'Unlocking the evidence of best practice webinar', which was organised by the NHS Clinical Soft Intelligence Service, with a focus on rehabilitation services for long-term conditions.

A Principal Lecturer in Research at the University of Central Lancashire, Dr Roddam was asked to represent the allied health professionals sector, including speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Speech and language therapist Dr Roddam has extensive experience as a clinician and manager, working within NHS and local authorities, prior to taking up her current post.

She said: "The focus of this event was on effective support for front-line practitioners and teams, to build research capacity in the workforce and to develop capability in individuals, some of whom will be the clinical-academic leaders of the next generation."

The audience included over 100 practitioners from around the United Kingdom who are involved in delivery and commissioning of rehabilitation services, (including NHS, social care, voluntary and charitable sectors).

The event, which was in partnership with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and supported by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, was held on 19 January in London.