Allied Health Professionals Advanced Practitioner Transformation Project

London South Bank University are conducting a project on behalf of HEE to establish the extend and impact of AHP advanced practice across London.

An online survey will be used to identify the different roles, training and experiences of advanced practitioners.

The results will be used to guide workforce transformation decisions, including access to funding.

Please click here to access the survey.

Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme

HEE and NIHR have announced a new pre-doctoral level training scheme to support aspiring non-medical clinical academics.

This aims to provide the pre-doctoral level support that clinicians need to develop into the clinical academic leaders of the future, building on the excellent work of those involved in the earlier MRes scheme.

The PCAF will support award holders to split their time equally between clinical service and academic training over a two-year period.

During this time, Fellows will undertake formal and informal clinical research training, designed around their unique training needs.

One of its many benefits is that it will allow protected time for participants to develop an application for PhD funding, with support from a named supervisor and mentor.

As part of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) programme, the PCAF scheme will contribute towards developing the future clinical academic research leaders, who demonstrate the potential to become independent researchers and lead their own research projects.

It is anticipated that the PCAF scheme will open for applications in February 2018 and will replace the current ICA Masters in Clinical Research Studentship scheme.

For more information please click here.

Your chance to win £1,000 in research funding

Siemens Healthineers and the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) have teamed up to offer a bursary for budding researchers.

The BIR Siemens Research Award will provide support to researchers in the fields of radiology, radiotherapy, oncology, radiography or medical physics.

Initial financial support of £1,000 is available to enable researchers to develop proposals with the aim of attracting further funding from external sources.

To apply, participants must provide a 750 word outline of the intended research project. The closing date for applications is 31st December, 2017.

Please click here for more details.

Support for NHS managers webinar

Health Education England (HEE) is currently working on ways to help NHS managers release their staff to participate in research, offering them guidance from teams who have made it work for them.

HEE will be filming a number of managers over the coming weeks to develop some case studies, and will also be holding a webinar on 12th December (11.00am - 12.00noon) with Professor Jo Cooper, Assistant Director of Nursing (Research, Innovation and Professional Regulation) at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

HEE will share the log in details as soon as they are available.

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2018 is a collaborative celebration event hosted by the Innovation Agency, Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast (CRN NWC), and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

The purpose of the event is to celebrate successes of the excellent work being undertaken across the North West region in relation to clinical research, reducing health inequalities and innovation.

At the event’s core is the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast.

The awards are aimed at a variety of stakeholders including NHS organisations, industry partners, academic partners, third sector organisations, local authorities and/or other collaborations working in health innovation.

To find out more about the 2018 awards please click here.

The Advancing Healthcare Awards 2018

Allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles are invited to enter the Advancing Healthcare Awards

This is a unique programme which crosses boundaries and fosters partnership working.

There are four awards: The Chroma award for realising potential through creativity; the Viapath award for innovation in healthcare science; the IBMS award for inspiring the biomedical workforce of the future; and the Biomedical Scientist of the Year award, sponsored by Health Services Laboratories.

The closing date for entries is 23rd January, 2018 (5.00pm), with the awards scheduled to be presented on 20th April at a central London venue.

To find out more information please click here.

New guides provide routes to clinical academic careers

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) have launched two guides to support healthcare professionals to develop clinical academic careers.

The guides provide information on the various awards available through the two organisations, how to apply for awards and how the awards work in practice should applicants be successful.

They also include case studies from award holders who talk about their experiences and the impact holding an NIHR or HEE award has had on their career.

Professor Dave Jones, Dean for NIHR Trainees, said: "These guides represent a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to find out more information about clinical academic training opportunities with NIHR and HEE.

The guides should be essential reading not only for applicants to the programmes and those already in receipt of funding, but also for those responsible for managing and coordinating clinical academic training in their organisation."

Professor Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE, added: "I am delighted that we are launching the two guides together, signalling our commitment to supporting clinical academic careers for all healthcare professionals, and the benefits research can bring to our patients.

"These guides will make the pathways easier to navigate by bringing together a wealth of information and will hopefully help answer those questions that potential researchers may be afraid to ask."

To view the guides please click the links below:

The NIHR Integrated Academic Training programme for doctors and dentists
The HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) programme for non-medical healthcare professionals, including nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists

Free research seminar at MMU

Manchester Metropolitan University's Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care is hosting its monthly qualitative group meeting on Monday, 25th September (5.15pm).

Krystina Crolla-Barker will be sharing work from her PhD thesis focusing on anonymity and participant's choice.

Krystina will provide context for problem solving based discussions about issues relating specifically to protecting the rights of the people that are named within the interview and more generally about ethical decision making, confidentiality and qualitative research.

The event takes place at MMU Brooks Building, Bonsall Street, Manchester, M15 6GX.

To sign up please click here.

Network tenders for programme to prepare AHPs for primary care work

England's North West AHP Network is planning a £110,000 programme to support the development of allied health professionals (AHPs) in first point of contact roles in primary care.

It has advertised for education providers to design and deliver a post-graduate level module on primary care readiness for AHPs, which will be funded by Health Education England.

The money is expected to create 75 places in two or three groups, which will be available from January 2018.

Leading the development of the plan is Naomi McVey, the North West AHP workforce lead. She is being supported by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and members from across England, including consultant physiotherapist Neil Langridge.

She said: "This will build on learning from primary care physiotherapy taking place in the south of England as part of the Hampshire vanguard.

"We are expecting universities and other organisations accredited to provide post-graduation education for AHPs to bid for the contract."

Predicting and promoting motor recovery after stroke

Internationally renowned stroke expert Cathy Stinear will visit UCLan during July to deliver a public lecture.

The current Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at The University of Auckland will discuss 'Predicting and Promoting Motor Recovery after Stroke'.

Her research specialisation is in stroke neuro-rehabilitation, and she is particularly well-known for developing the PREP algorithm for Predicting Recovery Potential of the hand and arm after stroke. She has recently developed similar for time to return to walking.

As an applied clinical neuroscientist, she is focused on translating neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice. Her current work is using neurophysiology and neuroimaging tools to accurately predict the potential for motor recovery after stroke for individual patients.

She is also testing a range of neuromodulation techniques for promoting neural plasticity and enhancing the effects of neuro-rehabilitation.

Her laboratory is located within Auckland City Hospital, which provides unique opportunities for conducting clinical research.

UCLan recruiting for MSc in clinical research

UCLan's Masters in Clinical Research course is now recruiting students for the September 2017 intake.

A limited number of bursaries (part-fees) for academic year 2017/18 are available to applicants from NIHR CLAHRC NWC partner organisations.

Funding is also available through the new Student Finance England Postgraduate Loans Scheme and may also be available through the NHS CPD contract (Service Level Agreement).

The course is the only MClinRes available in the UK North West Coast and the only campus-based programme in the North West of England and is open to nurses, midwives, AHPs and social care professionals.

Please email course leader Dr Lois Thomas for further details.

Course: Psychologically-informed practice for practitioners treating people with pain

The British School of Osteopathy, London, and the Royal Holloway, University of London, are hosting two-day courses aimed to introduce into practice evidence-based techniques and skills that can improve quality of life in people with pain.

The sessions comprise a series of mini-lectures introducing each topic, describing the evidence to support awareness and incorporation into practice, and a chance to experiment with using new skills in experiential sessions.

The courses will be delivered by UK leaders in the field, comprising a multi-disciplinary team, including physiotherapy, osteopathy and psychology.

Please click the links below for further information.

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th June: British School of Osteopathy
Friday/Saturday 1st/2nd September: Royal Holloway, University of London

Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Awards 2017

Nominations for the annual Chief Allied Health Professions Officer awards are now open.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

CAHPO Student of the year 2017
CAHPO Associate of the year 2017
CAHPO Digital Innovator 2017
CAHPO Practice Innovator 2017
CAHPO Workforce Transformation Leader 2017
Nominations can be made by anyone – please download the nomination form here.

The closing date is Friday, 26th May (12.00pm).

CAHPR Public Health Research Awards 2017

Applications to the CAHPR Public Health Research Awards 2017 are now open.

Applicants must be HCPC registered AHPs who work in England.

Application is by submission of abstracts of high quality research/service evaluation that supports one or more of the Public Health England priorities.

The awards are aimed at novice or early career researchers. Each winner receives an expenses paid trip to the PHE conference in September and the chance to display their poster. This includes conference booking and travel costs.

The application deadline is Wednesday, 31st May.

Please click here for full guidance and application forms.

OTnews seeks magazine submissions

OTnews is looking for Occupational Therapists involved in hub activities to write no more than 50 words for a future edition of the magazine.

These will give an inspirational snippet of your hub activity or experience.

You will need to include confirmation that you are happy for your name to be included and the name of your hub.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 10th March. Please email these to Mandy Sainty.

The Researcher Magazine: Maintaining momentum

The third issue of The Researcher Magazine has been released - please click here to view.

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 first two issues in 2016 which have received over 10,000 views so far, this issue explores helping researchers 'maintain momentum'.

NIHR MRes clinical and health research studentships

The University of Southampton is currently accepting applications for this year's round of NIHR MRes clinical and health research studentships.

They are holding a clinical research careers event for students and clinicians who are interested in the studentships or clinical doctoral research fellowships on Tuesday, 28th February.

The closing date for applications for the studentships is Thursday, 7th April. For further information please click here or email Francesca Lambert.

If you are interested in finding out more about clinical academic careers, please email us to let us know if you would like to attend a more local event in the year ahead.

NWAHP offers funded leadership development places

The North West AHP Network (NWAHP) is offering 40 funded leadership development places on a forthcoming leadership programme for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in the North West.

The scheme is part of NWAHP's commitment to supporting the new national #AHPsintoAction strategy.

Delivered over three days, the programme will be provided in Salford Quays (March - June) and Wigan (May - June).

For further information please click here.

Dr Roddam to lead HEE workshops

CAHPR Cumbria and Lancashire Hub Leader Dr Hazel Roddam will lead a series of workshops on behalf of Health Education England (HEE) about the Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme.

In addition to providing information about the scheme, Dr Roddam will be collecting feedback, experiences and opinions about the scheme, to assist HEE to consider any other factors that could better support this agenda.

Dr Roddam said: "Many of the case studies we're currently preparing will feature AHPs, which is excellent news.

"We'd like to hear suggestions from people who'd like to share their own experiences, or feed in their comments to us, especially any clinical managers who would be prepared to discuss this scheme.

"Please feel free to share the flyer above or this one with your colleagues - places are free and all the specified non-medical professions are welcome – AHPs, nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare scientists."

NHS England launches AHPs into Action

NHS England has officially launched 'AHPs into Action'.

The new resource is aimed at leaders and decision makers to help them understand the transformative potential and role of AHPs within the health, social and wider care system.

It is a vision of how, with collective action, our nation would be different if all AHPs were used effectively.'

'AHPs into Action' describes how AHPs can support the delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and the triple aims set out in the Five Year Forward View.

It is a resource to inform and inspire AHPs, leaders and decision makers across the health and care system.

It offers a clear view of the transformative potential of AHPs, 53 examples of innovative AHP practice, including a number from the North West, and a framework to help develop local delivery plans.

You can download and share 'AHPs into Action', and find information on how it was co-produced with patients, carers, the public, and health and care staff including AHPs, on the NHS England website.

You can also join in the conversation on Twitter at #AHPsintoAction.

AHP research bursary (Cheshire & Merseyside)

The Cheshire & Merseyside Research Hub is offering bursaries of up to £1,000 to facilitate small scale research studies conducted and led by AHPs.

These applications are only open to AHPs (registered with HCPC) who work in the Cheshire & Merseyside region.

The applicant is expected to complete a small research project and provide a written report of results.

Examples of suitable studies may include pilot work (small scale preliminary studies) and proof of concept (feasibility studies collecting and analysing data to obtain evidence to support or refute ideas or plans).

Preference will be given to projects that incorporate patient and public involvement.

Funding may be used in a number of ways, for example:
  • To back fill staff time – release researcher from clinical duties to undertake the research
  • For training – for help with statistics, surveys, interviews, etc
  • For transcription costs
  • For payment of patient and public expenses
Only direct costs can be covered by the bursary.

The applicant is expected to forge a link with their NHS Trust Research office and establish a mentor within the Trust, who will be able to provide support.

Applicants should email their application form via email by Monday, 27th February, 5.00pm to Fiona Rowe.