Friday, 9 December 2016

Free conference event for AHPs leading teams and services in the North West

The North West Centre for Professional Workforce Development is holding a one-day event on the role of the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) in transforming health and care in Greater Manchester.

Plans for integrated health and social care in the region are moving at speed, and AHPs have an important role to play.

But what do services need to offer? What is the art of the possible in terms of re-imaging roles and services to improve health and outcomes for the people of Greater Manchester?

How can we use the new national AHP strategy 'AHPs into Action' (publishing January 2017) to guide and help us?

The session will include keynote presentations, examples from local services, and interactive workshops.

Confirmed speakers include Suzanne Rastrick (Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England - pictured above), Linda Hindle (Lead Allied Health Professional and National Engagement Lead for Police and Fire Services Public Health England) and Naomi McVey (North West AHP Workforce Lead, Health Education England).

The event takes place on Wednesday, 15th February, 2017. For further information please click here.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

CWP confirms details of annual research event

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed details of its annual research event on Wednesday, 25th January, 2017.

The Trust, and NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, have active and diverse research portfolios and the aim of this event is to celebrate ongoing and completed research and to highlight achievements by staff and research partners.

The session will feature a series of brief presentations which will cover a wide range of topics.

Demand has been high in previous years, so please email Phil Elliott as soon as possible to book your place.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

European AHP MSK academic mentorship programme

The Health Professional Committee of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has launched a free academic mentoring service for health professionals working in rheumatology and MSK services.

The scheme aims to optimise the input from experienced clinical academics to help support and develop other clinicians with an interest in gaining more and improving their own academic skills.

This could range from help and support in how to write a conference abstract, write a paper or define a research question and design research.

Please complete this survey to begin your application and also email Jo Adams to register your interest.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

New guidance aims to fill gaps in health service research

The Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH) has released new guidance: Transforming healthcare through clinical academic roles in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions - A practical resource for healthcare provider organisations.

CAHPR director Professor Ann Moore has worked with the development group to produce this resource and CAHPR have contributed to the AHP case studies included.

Clinical academics serve as a crucial connection between the NHS and universities.

They work to train future generations of healthcare workers, while engaging in research which can improve outcomes for patients and help increase efficiency.

Nurses, midwives and allied health professions make the foundation of the health service and its day-to-day work, yet their research environments are not what they should be.

If this is not addressed, our health service will fall short of meeting the future health needs of the population.

The reasons for these gaps are complex, but commonly come down to the lack of tools that clinical academics in these areas have for expanding their existing programmes.

The sector has therefore been in need of a resource which collects the experience of many clinical academics and at a range of levels.

Over 18 months, the AUKUH Clinical Academic Roles Development Group has complied a guide which can meet this need. This has been made possible by working closely with organisations from across the sector.

The guide is aimed at NHS organisational leads with the responsibility to develop and embed clinical academic roles for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, and it contains practical information, case studies and templates.

With it, those who are at the beginning of their development journey will have a framework to build on, while those further on will have access to numerous tips and guidance from colleagues who have met familiar hurdles and successfully overcome them.

Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen, Co-Chair of the group which produced the guidance, said: "Creating this resource has required a significant amount of collaboration from colleagues across healthcare and we are truly grateful to them.

"The energy that has gone into it is a huge credit to the professions involved. Through this guidance they have the means to share their immense successes, learn from each other and ultimately work to the benefit of patient care.

"The guidance will be the starting point. We have established a network of organisational leads with the responsibility for its development and for using it to implement clinical academic roles across the UK.

"This gives us a fantastic opportunity to begin a nationwide dialogue and to transform health and social care in the UK."

Accompanying resources to the guidance can be found on the AUKUH website.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

NIHR Research Programmes: Obtaining NIHR funding and the application process

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is running a free event to help researchers submit applications.

The event will provide an overview of the NIHR and its research programmes, make researchers aware of the funding application process, provide hints and tips on how to make a successful application and highlight the support on offer from the NIHR.

The session will also show the importance of considering Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), submitting a financial cost breakdown and give you an opportunity to discuss individual project ideas with NIHR advisers.

The event takes place on Tuesday, 24th January 2017, at the Liner Hotel, Liverpool. For further information please click here.

Friday, 28 October 2016

International Health and Wellbeing Research with Real Impact Conference



The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hosting its third International Health and Wellbeing Research with Real Impact Conference.

The event will address the theme 'Think Globally, Act Locally - Health and Wellbeing across the Life Course'. International experts will share innovative approaches to addressing inequalities in health and wellbeing across the globe.

The conference will then showcase examples of how global innovations are becoming a reality in this region.

Please click here to view the call for papers.

The event takes place at UCLan on Monday 5th June 2017. To register your interest, please click here.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Researcher Magazine - Staying balanced

The second edition of The Researcher Magazine has been published.

This digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers, aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Created by Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development North West (NHS R&D NW) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), working with a team of 'early career' researchers and award-winning writer Rob Young, The Researcher illustrates the real-life stories of what it's really like to undertake a research career.

Following a successful launch issue in July 2016 (read by more than 4,100 readers in 45 countries) this issue explores the theme of 'staying balanced'.

To view The Researcher please click here. A third issue is scheduled for release in early 2017.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Allied Health Professionals Conference and Exhibition 2017

The Allied Health Professionals Conference 2017 will be a unique opportunity to hear presentations from key policy makers and experts in the AHP sector.

You will also be able to quiz leading decision makers as part of keynote panel discussion, learn from real life case studies, and have the opportunity to network with others in the AHP field.

Attendees will benefit from updates and insights into the latest legislation and best practice from top policy makers, academics and health experts.

Leading suppliers of innovative health technologies will be on hand to showcase their latest products.

You can take the opportunity to see new technology in action, question designers and suppliers, learn how it can solve everyday challenges, and forge lasting business partnerships.

Connect with over 200 high quality delegates who represent all the professions of Allied Health Professionals, problem solve shared challenges and learn from the experience of others.

There will also be a variety of informative seminars, engaging interactive presentations, and keynote panel discussions with key policy makers and frontline experts.

The event takes place at the University of Salford on Thursday 2nd February 2017 (9.00am - 5.00pm).

For further information please click here.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Public Health for AHPs: How to make every contact count

The University of Central Lancashire is hosting an afternoon workshop that will focus on maximising public health interventions when AHPs engage with patients.

The session, led by Gillian Rawlinson, will look at key public health issues including obesity, physical activity participation and other health behaviours and explore how AHPs can facilitate improved health behaviours.

The workshop will include exploration of your roles as public health ambassadors and will include communication skills development such as brief interventions and motivational interviewing techniques.

The session takes place on Thursday, 20th October (1.00 - 4.30pm).

For further information please click here.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers

A new magazine called The Researcher has been launched.

This digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

The first edition has the theme of 'Breaking boundaries' – a concept familiar to those who work in the field of research.

Please click here to view the magazine.

Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development North West and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) worked together with a team of early career researchers and award-winning writer Rob Young to produce the magazine, which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

For more information about the project please click here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

NWAHP event: Technology for transformation



The next North West Allied Health Professions (NWAHP) Network Event 'Technology for transformation' will take place on Thursday 17th November 2016 (12.00pm – 4.00pm) at the Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, Bolton.

This free half-day conference will focus on how AHPs can use a range of technologies to improve services, care pathways, patient experience and outcomes.

Confirmed speakers at the event include Louise Rogerson, Director of Service Development at Intelesant and neuro-physiotherapist, and Naomi McVey, Programme Manager AHP Workforce, Health Education England.

For further information please click here.

Monday, 25 July 2016

CAHPR Writing Workshop



CAHPR Cumbria and Lancashire Hub held a Writing Workshop at the University of Central Lancashire on Tuesday, 12th July.

Eleven people attended from a wide range of AHP backgrounds – SLTs, Physios, Radiographers and OTS joined us for presentations from other clinical practitioners about their experiences of writing and submitting papers and articles.

We shared top tips and held a structured session to make a start on writing on the day. The workshop was led by Dr Hazel Roddam, Dr Jessie Janssen and Dr Philippa Olive.

Emma Hooper spoke about her experiences of submitting work and getting published.

The session was interactive with active participation allowing attendees to develop and progress their own writing with support and encouragement.

We plan to continue the conversations on Twitter - check @CumbriaLancsAHP and #ResNetSLT for updates.

We also hope to launch a virtual writing club to help you keep in touch with us and with each other, so that you can have support to submit your work.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Building a research career - A guide for aspiring clinical academics

NIHR CLAHRC NWC is hosting a free event for aspiring clinical academics from nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.

Featuring researchers and speakers from the NIHR, Health Education England and NIHR Research Design Service, this event will provide you with the information on the various options and support available to pursue a research career.

Please book early as places are limited.

The event takes place on Thursday, 22nd September (12.30 - 4.00pm) at Westleigh Conference Centre, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

For more information and bookings, please email CLAHRNWC.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Neurological Rehabilitation research forum event

Manchester Metropolitan University is hosting a Neurological Rehabilitation research forum event on Tuesday, 12th July (10.00am - 2.00pm).

If you are interested in helping shape a forum that might support and develop research in this field, please email Rachel Stockley who will send you more information.

You may also have colleagues who you might feel would be interested, both in your own institution and beyond, so please feel free to pass these details on.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Dr Roddam collaborates on new speech and language programme

CAHPR Cumbria & Lancashire Hub Leader Dr Hazel Roddam has collaborated on a new programme to help children with 'hidden' speech and language problems.

The Social Communication Intervention Programme (SCIP), a joint project between Dr Roddam, Salford Royal and the University of Manchester, has been developed by one of the UK's leading experts in the field, Dr Catherine Adams, and research speech and language therapist Jacqueline Gaile.

Children with social communication disorder (SCD) struggle to understand and use language, especially in social situations.

Although they may be quite chatty – so their difficulties aren't always spotted – their problems expressing themselves and understanding others can affect how they do at school, their friendships and their emotional and mental health.

It has been tested on a small scale in schools, where teachers and parents reported it led to improvements in children’s social and learning skills.

The study, first reported in the Manchester Evening News, is also breaking new ground in the way results will be measured – because the 24 primary school children who will be involved have different needs, individualised aims will be set up and progress measured against these.

One parent whose views have helped to shape the research is Clare Cusack, whose son Tomas, 16, has SCD with elements of autism. He has worked with Jacqueline for five years.

Clare, from Saddleworth, said: "Tomas has had to learn the social rules that come naturally to others, such as being persuasive or having a reciprocal conversation.

"One size doesn't fit all with conditions like these – it's really important that the help he gets is completely sensitive to his needs.

"Learning these skills has made him more independent and given a voice to his personality, so that people can get to know the real Tomas."

Children with SCD can sometimes lack tact, have difficulty in telling a story so it can be understood and struggle to understand others. They may also have autistic traits.

The study will train NHS speech and language therapists in the new intervention, specifically designed to give children new language and social skills.

The research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme, will also look at how many children in England are affected and what sort of help they are getting, as it's a condition that hasn't always been recognised.

Dr Adams said: "We know there is an association between these communication problems and behavioural difficulties that continue into adolescence. These can have huge repercussions and affect the whole family.

"We very much hope that this intervention, which looks at individual children's needs, will help to bring about long-term improvements and we will be consulting with parents and therapists to make sure it is of value to them.

"We are trying to bring changes in practice and give speech and language therapists new skills. SCD is still something of a hidden problem and there may be different awareness and approaches to dealing with it in different areas of the country."

Salford's child Speech and Language Therapy service provides assessment, therapy and intervention for children with communication impairments, including children with autism and social communication disorder. It is also active in research.

The researchers say they will ask local therapy services to identify children on their caseload whose communication needs match the new intervention.

Research will be coordinated from Salford Royal and the University of Manchester, with the majority of participants expected to come from the North West.

If outcomes of the feasibility study are convincing enough to make a strong case for further funding then it could lead to a bigger study being carried out.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Full-time Masters by Research studentship opportunity

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC) is inviting applications for a full-time (1 year) MSc (By Research) studentship at the University of Central Lancashire starting 1st October 2016.

For full details please click here.

For further project-related information please email NIHR CLAHRC NWC.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Do you work with people who have Parkinson's?


If you work with people with Parkinson's please come along to this FREE lecture which will take place at UCLan on Monday, 13th June, 1.00 - 3.00pm.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Research into the benefits of international volunteering for healthcare professionals

Researchers from Manchester and Salford have been commissioned by Health Education England to investigate the benefits of international volunteering for healthcare professionals.

They have developed a questionnaire that captures information about the types of personal and professional development people have reported from volunteering activities.

We would be grateful if as many healthcare professionals as possible completed the questionnaire to refine it and make it into a useful tool to monitor volunteering activities.

To access the questionnaire please click here.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Do you work with people who have had a stroke?

The Stroke Association is conducting research which is comparing adjustment to stroke between patients with and without post stroke aphasia.

They are looking for people to feedback your understanding of your stroke and all aspects of your recovery from stroke.

This may include coping with communication difficulties as a result of your stroke.

Participants are required who have had a stroke and who may or may not have aphasia as a consequence of the stroke.

You must be 18 years or older and able to provide informed consent to participate in the study (independently or with the support of a trusted member of your support network).

For further information please click here.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Let's Talk Research 2016

The NHS Research & Development North West third annual Let's Talk Research conference will take place during September in Manchester.

If you're a nurse, midwife, pharmacist or allied health professional based in the North West working in research and development or leading a clinical team this event is for you.

This year's event is about doing things differently and challenging the cultures of research for increased effect and impact.

The two-day conference will give healthcare professionals, researchers and academics even more opportunities to hear and discuss research, learn new tools and techniques and strengthen the region's healthcare research community.

The conference takes place at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September.

For further details please click here or email Leanne Gregory.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Health Education Research Catalyst Event

Following the launch of the Health Education Research network in January, this event is an opportunity to discuss the impact of health education research on the educators, the workforce and patients.

Funded by Health Education North West, the event is designed to build the local community of health education researchers into a robust regional network, enabling greater collaboration across the region to build a strong evidence base for the commissioning of health education for the workforce.

Launched in January 2016, the new network identified four themes for discussion and further work - Collaboration, Leadership, Quality and Funding. See the full report for details.

There have been two network event sessions since the initial catalyst event in January. This catalyst event will bring all of the findings together and encourage further discussion and improvement.

The event takes places at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, on Thursday, 16th June, 10.00am - 4.30pm.

Please email Leanne Gregory to book your place.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

North West AHP Network summer conference



The next North West Allied Health Professions (AHP) Network Event 'Doing things differently - transforming health and care' will take place on Tuesday 12th July 2016 (9.00am – 4.30pm) at the Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, Bolton.

This free one day conference will focus on the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours that AHPs at all levels need in order to play an active part in transforming services, care pathways across the health and care system.

Confirmed speakers at the event include Shelagh Morris, Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions' Officer.

For further information please click here or email Lisa Deakin.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Research and Impact in Active Ageing symposium

The Active Ageing Research Group at the University of Cumbria along with their collaborators from University of Rome Foro Italico, would like to invite you to the 'Research and Impact in Active Ageing' symposium on Friday 24th June 2016 at the University of Cumbria (Lancaster campus).

They would be delighted if you could join them on this day, enjoy the exciting programme and the keynotes, exchange ideas and discuss the way forward in this line of research.

Please click here to book on this event.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

First national conference for Occupational Therapists working in diverse settings

The first national conference for Occupational Therapists working in diverse settings is now open for bookings.

It takes place on Wednesday, 7th September 2016, at the University of Brighton (Eastbourne campus).

There will be two workshops exploring how OTs can show they meet HCPC standards for registration when working in diverse practice and measuring impact and outcomes of your practice.

There will also be three speakers:
  • Dr Jennifer Creek talking about her doctoral research in this area
  • Professor Gaynor Sadlo who will be linking occupational science to diverse practice
  • Julia Scott from the College of Occupational Therapists talking about the future of the profession
The cost of the event is only £25.

For more information please click here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

AHPs: Take this chance to have your say

Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England's Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, has launched an online workshop to co-create a vision for AHPs in England.

This is your chance to have a voice and build a mandate for change.

By following a simple registration process via this link you can join the online workshop now and as many times as you like until Friday, 6th May 2016, to offer your insight to two key questions and to share best practice.

AHPs will be able to share views, look at the views of others and offer feedback by voting and commenting on contributions.

They will also be able to come back to the conversation at any time while the workshop is live, to check what others think of their ideas, and respond to queries or questions they may have.

There is also an option on the platform to invite your colleagues. Please do so, it is important that everyone's view is heard.

Please take a look at Suzanne's blog to find out more and register today.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

The CAHPR Public Health Research Awards

Applications for the CAHPR Public Health Research Awards 2016 are now open.

The awards, jointly developed by CAHPR and Public Health England (PHE), are for HCPC registered Allied Health Professionals who are members of their professional organisation and work within England.

This is the second year these awards have run in recognition of Allied Health Professionals' contribution to public health.

Each winner will receive £750.00, the chance to display their poster at the PHE conference in September and travel expenses of up to £250.00 to attend the PHE conference.

Application is by submission of abstracts of high quality research that supports one or more of the following PHE priorities:
  • Tackling obesity, particularly among children
  • Reducing smoking and stopping children starting
  • Reducing harmful drinking and alcohol related admissions
  • Ensuring every child has the best start in life
  • Reducing the risk of dementia
  • Tackling the growth in antimicrobial resistance
  • Promoting workplace wellbeing
  • Increasing physical activity
  • AHP interventions showing an impact on population health outcomes
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 31st May, 2016. For application details please click here.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Introducing: Dr Karen Morris

Dr Karen Morris has been a member of the CAHPR Cumbria and Lancashire Regional Hub steering group since 2013.

She is an occupational therapist by background who is passionate about de-mystifying research and developing research skills and confidence in others.

In October 2015, Karen was promoted to the role of Principal Lecturer for Rehabilitation at the University of Cumbria, having previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.

Karen (pictured far left) now coordinates the work of both the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams. She also works with doctoral researchers and leads the MScOT (pre-registration) dissertation module.

Karen currently coordinates the University of Cumbria Mental Health Research Group and is the Research and Development Officer for the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section for Mental Health.

Her own research interests include occupational science and forensic mental health. She completed her PhD in 2012 having used qualitative methods to explore the concept of occupational engagement in a forensic mental health unit.

Karen is an active researcher and is currently working on developing an app based on her findings.

Other projects include being part of a Cochrane review team and working on a project with the College of Occupational Therapists to establish views about research capacity within mental health occupational therapy as part of the Recovering Ordinary Lives (2006) strategy.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Building a research career: A guide for aspiring clinical academics and their managers



This guide has been designed to assist both aspiring clinical academics and their managers to make the most of the opportunities that exist through Health Education England (HEE) and the NIHR to support health care professionals to combine clinical activity with patient focused research.

In particular it will be of interest to non-medical health care clinicians applying for NIHR personal awards.

It also aims to help clinicians who are interested in becoming involved in research but do not know where to begin.

Please click here to view the guide.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

EVENTS: Digital Dynamo Workshops

NHS R&D North West are providing two Digital Dynamo workshops – designed to improve your digital knowledge, presence and impact.

The events, delivered in partnership with Kev Wyke, follow the success of their previous social media workshops and the positive response to their online community programmes.

Attendees will learn how effectively use Twitter, build a professional online network and engage online in research communities.

You will also learn how to have a sound digital presence and get your research message heard.

The workshops take place on 4th April, 2016, and 20th May, 2016 (9.30am – 1.00pm) at Redbank House, 4 St Chad's Street, Manchester, M8 8QA.

For more information please click here.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Foundation Fellowship for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals



The Nurse and AHP Committee are delighted to announce the third Foundation Fellowship award aimed primarily at encouraging new research workers and promoting intensive care research in nursing and the allied health professions.

The award of up to £3,000 may be put towards costs associated with post-graduate study such as a course in research methods, research modules or to support the completion of a masters/doctoral research project relevant to intensive care.

The Foundation will also consider supporting attendance at conferences/meetings to present a research project and supporting activities which promote multidisciplinary engagement in intensive care research.

For further information please click here.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

PhD studentship opportunities



Applications are invited for four full-time PhD (via MPhil) studentships.

This is an exciting opportunity for a potential PhD student to develop their own research proposal focused on Allied Health roles or services.

The studentships are tenable for up to 3 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK rates plus an annual maintenance stipend of £14,057 per year (2015/16 rate).

It is expected the successful applicants will commence 1st April. International applicants may apply, but will be required to pay the difference between the UK and international tuition fee rate.

Please note you will only be permitted a very limited number of hours additional paid employment.

The closing date is for applications is Monday, 7th February.

For further information please click here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

EVENT: 'Leadership at times of change – what does it mean for you?



The next North West AHP Network event 'Leadership at times of change – what does it mean for you?' will take place on Wednesday, 20th April, 12pm – 4.30pm, at Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows.

This half-day conference will focus on the leadership skills that AHPs at all levels need at a time of significant changes in health and care, and how these can be supported and developed.

Confirmed speakers at the event include Dr Joanne Fillingham, Clinical Fellow to the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England.

For more information, please click here. Alternatively please email Naomi McVey or Lisa Deakin.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Postgraduate study opportunities

The next round of Higher Education England/NIHR postgraduate studentships at the University of Manchester for AHPs and nurses has now been confirmed.

These studentships allow practitioners to study full or part-time towards a Masters degree whilst retaining full salary (with back fill).

The application deadline is 11th April, with interview dates on 6th, 10th and 17th May.

For more information please click here.

If anyone would like an informal chat about applications, please email Catherine Adams or Anne Hesketh.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Public Health for AHPs - make every contact count

UCLan's Gillian Rawlinson is hosting an evening workshop which will focus on maximising public health interventions as AHP's engage with their patients.

The session will look at key public health issues including obesity, physical activity participation, and other health behaviours and explore how to facilitate improving these.

This workshop will also explore AHP's roles as public health ambassadors and include communication skills development such as brief interventions and motivational interviewing techniques.

The event takes place on Thursday, 28th January, 6.00 – 9.00pm.

For further information please email us or click here to download the event flyer.