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.