Creating a Research and Innovation Culture

NHS Research & Development North West and the Centre for Professional Workforce Development have released feedback on their recent event 'Creating a Research and Innovation Culture.'

The workshop, attended by people with team leadership responsibility from psychology, pharmacy, healthcare scientists and allied health professionals, sought to initiate a meaningful discussion on the development of a culture of research and innovation within the North West NHS workforce and the support required to deliver on this agenda.

Please click here to view the full report.

Parkinson's research grants

Parkinson's UK are welcoming applications for their international innovation grants.

They are designed to fund research that tests new and original ideas in the field of Parkinson's.

For more details please click here. Details of other Parkinson's research grants can be found here.

Research Training Fellowships

The Dunhill Medical Trust have announced up to four Research Training Fellowships to be awarded in Spring 2014.

Applications are invited from talented clinicians and health or social care professionals (including more senior staff) working in the NHS, social services or UK higher education institutions who would like a career in research aimed at improving care for older people, but lack the necessary training and academic grounding.

Whilst successful candidates will be expected to undertake a practical research project, the main focus of the Fellowships will be on the completion of a robust training programme to equip them with a detailed understanding of applied research principles and practice. Applicants will also be expected to undertake a higher degree (eg. MPhil, MRes, PhD) during the course of the Fellowship.

A specific focus for this round of Research Training Fellowships is on the new health and social care system and how innovation can provide better person-focused, integrated care for older people. Successful candidates will be enabled to bring fresh thinking and new ideas to this important and wide-ranging topic by being provided with the appropriate research training and support as a DMT Fellow.

DMT Research Training Fellowships are intended to be flexible and may be undertaken on either a three year full-time or four year part-time basis.Financial support may be either in the form of a PhD stipend or an individual's salary at the appropriate grade (including on-costs), plus up to £10k p.a. to cover research expenses, tuition and other fees.

Host institutions for the Fellowships should be a relevant university department, teaching hospital or other recognised research centre within the UK. Supervisors should be experienced researchers based in a host department appropriate to the research proposed and be prepared to commit sufficient time to ensure that the Fellow receives a through theoretical and practical grounding in research methods.

Potential applicants should visit DMT's website where detailed guidelines for the Research Training Fellowship scheme and application forms can be downloaded. The closing date for applications is Friday 10 January 2014.

Research Survey for Occupational Therapists

Would you like to express your opinions on the language used by Occupational Therapists for anxiety and stress in palliative care?

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, as it has been identified as a key influence on professional practice in this field.

Sam Pywell is a post-graduate PhD student looking to recruit 100 qualified Occupational Therapists who work in clinical practice, research or academia to participate in an e-questionnaire (maximum 30 minutes).

The results will be anonymised and go towards her PhD thesis and publications. Sam would really like to hear your views, so if you are interested, please click here for the questionnaire.

Please contact Sam for more information.

RCSLT North West Hub event

Do you want to:
  • See how you can complete research as an everyday part of your work?
  • Find out what range of support for research into practice is available across the region?
  • See how RCLST is supporting these activities?
If you've answered 'Yes' to the above questions, please click here for details of a forthcoming event.

Peer-2-Peer Coaching Skills Programme

NHS Research & Development North West have released details of their Peer-2-Peer Coaching Skills Programme.

Peer-2-Peer is aimed at healthcare professionals working in the NHS who are undertaking their a part-time PhD or are within two years of completing their PhD and seeking to integrate their research skills into their clinical work.

The scheme provides a process to support - and be supported by your peers who are also in the early stages of developing research careers.

By learning powerful coaching skills, techniques and imagination you will build confidence, creativity, motivation, relationships and ability to achieve your goals.

Further information on Peer-2-Peer can be found here and the application form is here.

Research Skills Workshop feedback

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Research Skills Workshop at Westleigh Conference Centre on 8th October 2013.

Click here for the collated feedback from the group activity.

Research Clinics

The next round of research skills mentorship for Cumbria and Lancashire AHPRN Hub will be delivered as a round of bookable "Research Clinics".

These sessions are explicitly targeted at practitioners who have little/no research experience and will provide the opportunity for Hub members to ask for initial advice and personal guidance on a range of questions.

For full details on how to apply for an appointment please click here.

Clinical Academic Internship

If you work for one of the following six local NHS Trusts you are eligible to apply for an exciting research internship opportunity.
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Please contact your own R&D Manager as soon as you can to find out more about how these internships will work in your Trust, and how you can apply.

Closing date is 15 November 2013 - Good luck!

The NIHR/CNO Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme (C-DRF)

Details of the application process for the next round of NIHR/CNO fellowships have been released.

The C-DRF is aimed at post-degree nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who meet a number of criteria.

Further details of the scheme and how to apply can be found here.

Forthcoming events for NHS based Early Career Researchers

NHS Research & Development North West have released details of a series of events to support early career researchers working within the NHS in the North West.

Full details can be found here.

Development Group members required

The National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) is recruiting for members of the Guideline Development Group for the update of the NICE clinical guideline for lower back pain.

If you would like to find more information on the positions available and how to apply, please visit the NICE website.

Please note, the deadline for applications is 5.00 pm Monday 18 November 2013.

Job opportunity: Chair in Exercise and Health/Rehabilitation Sciences

The University of Birmingham are looking to appoint a Chair to lead new developments and add to their existing strengths in research in the sciences of exercise and health/rehabilitation.

There is the possibility of two further posts at Senior Lecturer level to form part of this strategic development. Full details of the position and how to apply can be found here.

Spinal Dysfunction CPD events

UCLan's School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors is hosting two CPD events covering the Assessment and Management of Spinal Dysfunction in Primary care.

The events will look at practical assessment and also critically discuss and evaluate investigations (including radiology) and management strategies for lumbar and cervical management. These will explore the role of both surgical and conservative interventions including physiotherapy, rehabilitation and pain management.

Case discussions will form a large part of both courses.The events form part of a masters degree module so will be aimed at critically reviewing and evaluating contemporary practice. This is a valuable opportunity for experienced practitioners to reflect on, develop and consolidate skills supported by a team of experts.

The Lumbar Spine event takes place on November 21/22, while the Cervical Spine event is December 12/13. Full details of both events can be viewed here and here. There are limited places avaliable. For bookings or more information please email us.

Vacancy for CIDP study

UCLan's School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors has a vacancy for a Research Assistant to support the work of the Allied Health research cluster.

This is a limited term 18 month contract for an externally funded project to further build on the neurological research theme within the cluster.

More specifically the Research Assistant will support a study designed to investigate the effect of an exercise treatment in patients with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.

Please click here for full details.

Research Skills Workshop

Professor James Selfe and Charlotte Smith
Our recent Research Skills Workshop held at Westleigh Conference Centre, Preston was a huge success.

The workshop was led by Chair Hazel Roddam, along with steering group members Kath Ward and Professor James Selfe and there were a large number of Cumbria and Lancs AHPRN members in attendance.

There was great feedback regarding the introduction of our new website and Social Media feeds. We are looking forward to welcoming members to the Cumbria and Lancs AHPRN Facebook group and we will be setting up a Twitter account - watch this space!

The networking activity worked very well and it was good to see so many people talking to each other, sharing their thoughts and ideas. Notes from the networking activities will be uploaded soon.

Many thanks to Charlotte Smith, Rachel Starkey and David Barton for presenting to the group with updates on their Research Projects. It was great to see how the Research Mentorship Bursary scheme has supported their work - hopefully they will inspire others to pursue their research ideas. We will have more news on the Research Bursary Scheme for 2013/14 soon.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this workshop - we hope to see you all (and more) at our next event.

If anyone has any queries please email us.

Budgeting for Research

INVOLVE and the Mental Health Research Network teamed up to produce a new resource to help with budgeting for the costs of public involvement in research. It can be used for everything from putting together an involvement budget for an entire study to working out how much it will cost to run a one-off consultation event.

The first part of the resource is a guide which:
  • Provides practical advice on what costs are associated with involvement in research
  • Includes a step-by-step process for identifying the associated costs and planning the budget
  • Presents examples of research projects with well-developed budgets for involvement work
  • Contains tips, links to useful websites, and references
The second part is an online 'involvement cost calculator' to work out the costs for your research study.

If you have any questions or queries about Budgeting for involvement please email: Thomas Kabir or Tel: 0207 848 0609. 

Early Career Researchers Development Workshop

Over the last three years approximately 90 people have completed the NIHR funded Master's in Clinical Research in the North West.

This represents a significant personal investment for the individuals involved and for NIHR and employers.

NHS Research & Development North West are keen to bring together as many people as possible from this group to explore how we can support further their research career development.

Please take a look at the final programme for October's workshop for people funded by NIHR to undertake a Master's in Clinical Research at either Liverpool or Manchester.

If you are intending to attend but haven't yet registered, it's not too late. For further information about this event please contact email Marie Hollis or Tel: 0161 242 1336.

AHPRN event - October 2013

The Cumbria and Lancashire Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) are holding their next event at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on Tuesday 8th October 2013, 1 - 4.30 pm.

The free-of-charge event features:
  • Workshops and practical sessions
  • National and Regional news about opportunities for research training & funding
  • Research 'clinic' & discussion forum
  • Update presentations from our past and current mentorship bursary winners
For further information please email us. Please ensure you put 'Cumbria & Lancs AHPRN' in the subject line of all emails.

Secondment opportunity

The North West People in Research Forum have an exciting secondment opportunity available.

The Forum has quickly developed since its launch as a membership organisation in February 2011 and, with new appointments to the Executive Committee and a growing number of organisational members, this momentum is set to continue.

The current Forum Facilitator, Marisha Palm, has relocated to London and will be taking up a national role with INVOLVE. The Facilitator position is a key one within the Forum, and they are keen to recruit someone to move forward the great work they are doing in involvement and engagement.

If you have staff members who currently have a remit for involvement and/or engagement and may be interested in developing their skills and working across the North West two days per week, please make them aware of this opportunity and ask them to contact Joanne Simpson or Marisha Palm with any questions.

New research project

The James Lind Alliance and Oxford Biomedical Research Centre have started a project to identify and prioritise the most important research questions in hip and knee replacement for osteoarthritis.

Please can you share the link below with anyone working in this area, asking them to submit any research questions and uncertainties. This is a great opportunity to influence future research and funding.

For further information please click here.

Workshop event - October 2013

Research is embedded within the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the NHS constitution is explicit in its commitment to 'innovation and the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population'.

However, managers are facing significant challenges in meeting this agenda, especially in a clinical environment where they have to deliver more for less. A half-day workshop has been developed through collaboration between NHS Research and Development North West and the Centre for Professional Workforce Development for members of the professional workforce networks of Pharmacy, AHPs, HCS and Psychological Professions with team leadership responsibilities.

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, 9th October, De Vere Whites Hotel, Reebok Stadium, Bolton, and marks the start of an on-going conversation about how research and innovation that is embedded within clinical service can to contribute to the delivery of the highest quality patient care.

Speakers include Melanie Ogden (Head of Innovation Delivery NHS England), Dr Jim Gardner (Medical Director Lancashire Local Area Team NHS) and Dr Liz Mear (CEO, the Walton Centre; Managing Director, North West Coast Academic Health Science Network).

Registration for this event is via the North West Healthcare Science website. You will first need to register at the top right hand side of the home page. Once registered select 'news and events' and 'upcoming events'. You may need to search for the event via the calendar.

Can you please ensure that you complete all the fields on the registration form especially the profession field by confirming whether you are from the Pharmacy, Allied Health Professions, Healthcare Science or Psychological profession.

The closing date is 20th September. Places are limited and your place will be confirmed after that date. The event programme can be viewed here.

Hips and knees osteoarthritis research

The James Lind Alliance and Oxford Biomedical Research Centre have started a project to identify and prioritise the most important research questions in hip and knee replacement for osteoarthritis. This is a great opportunity to influence future research and funding. You can find more details here.

Starting out in Research

Imperial College London in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust are running Starting out in Research – an introductory course to research which may be of interest to APHRN members.

The course takes place 7/8 October 2013 and 3/4 March 2014 and will provide an excellent grounding in the critical underpinning skills required for performing high quality research.AHPRN members will receive a 10% discount.

For further details please contact Eva Moreno or call 0207 594 6885.

Considering postgraduate study?

Have you ever thought about postgraduate study? UCLan have places available on their PGCert/PGDip/MSc Allied Health Practice and MSc Physiotherapy Professional Practice courses beginning September 2013.

The modules are as follows:
  • Developing Practice through Enquiry
  • Developing Practice through CPD
  • Leadership and Business Planning for Allied Health Professionals
  • Developing a Service Improvement
  • Demonstrating Practice Outcomes
  • Neirological Physiotherapy
All module assessments are embedded in your clinical practive, whatever your field may be.

For further information please email Sara Fisher or call 01772 895101.

MSc in Clinical Research

Lancaster University Medical School has launched the MSc in Clinical Research.

The part-time course is designed to meet the needs of NHS practitioners keen to pursue a career in clinical research. The course supports the development and application of key knowledge and skills within the student’s own professional context.

Successful completion of the programme will enable professionals to lead research initiatives to advance local and national evidence-based clinical research practice.

Engaging and interactive sessions are delivered by a supportive tutor team both face-to-face (year 1) and by distance learning (years 2 & 3), and the full course can be completed in 3 years.

For further information please email Dr Sally Spencer or call 01524 593734.

Discounts for Physio UK conference

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy are taking bookings for Physiotherapy UK 2013.

We have a limited number of discount codes for use within AHPRN. The code entitles the recipient to a 10% discount. You can book here. The code is AHPR9260.

These will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Discounts will be applied until the maximum number has been surpassed, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

Please share with all of your AHPRN contacts. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

WCPT signs up for transparency in trials

The World Confederation for Physiotherapy (WCPT) has joined an international campaign calling for all trials to be registered and published so that both positive and negative results are published.

It has signed up to the All Trials campaign, an initiative from organisations including Sense About Science, the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration and publications including the British Medical Journal. For more details click here.