'This was conducted by Marie Gascoigne, from Better Communication CIC. Marie has worked with services in over 20 local authority/NHS areas over the past five years, both with commissioners supporting needs assessment and specification design, and with providers supporting service redesign.
Marie was the lead author for three of the five commissioning tools for SLCN produced as part of the Better Communication Action Plan following the Bercow Review in 2008. Currently, Marie is focusing on identification of the key elements of a whole systems approach which really impact on outcomes for children and young people.
'Supporting Research in Practice Settings' was our next event, covering national, regional and local initiatives to promote research capacity building for AHPs. Professor Maria Stokes presented the role of AHPRN, including exemplars of good practice.
An introduction to the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) was presented by Dr Lynne Goodacre. AHP Workforce Lead for NW, Sue Louth, presented plans for regional events in 2013 specifically targeted at managers/team leaders. Sue also emphasised how the three NW AHPRN Hubs all work closely together to share news updates and to plan for future events.
Lancashire Care NHS Trust representatives presented their strategic R&D agenda, as well as the activities of a well-established research interest club.
The University of Cumbria held an interactive research skills session in April 2013 incorporating:
- Research ideas generator
- Practical Workshop on research interview techniques
- Regional round-up of AHP research news
It was made very clear that this was a 'blue-skies' thinking activity, so that it was not perceived as differentiating people by the level of research experience they've had. The activity was very well-received and it has been requested we should regularly incorporate this type of networking activity into our meetings.
The practical skills session in research interview design and conduct was planned to build on themes which had been generated by the group during the first activity. This worked very well in groups of three, with designated 'observer' roles and structured feedback.
Candidates for the Research Mentorship Bursary each gave a brief introduction to their topic/project at the event. They each made a short presentation at the October workshop to show how they have used the award.
We held further research workshops during 2014, while 'Using Social Media in Research' was the theme of our 2015 events where we offered support and advice on how to get involved on different social media platforms.