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NHS R&D North West Newsletter - July 2016
Welcome to our summer newsletter; bringing you up to date with
research events and activities happening in the North West.

We've had a fruitful spring with the launch of our webinar series, social media and animation workshops, twitter chats and the completion of the current HEE Internship programme! Going forward, we are excited to launch a range of inspirational podcasts and not to forget the 'Let's Talk Research' annual conference in Bolton on 17/18 September, 2015.  

Click on the links below to find out more;
Research & Development Programmes
News in Brief
Twitter Chats
NHS R&D have been 'socially active' over the past months.  Follow us on Twitter for relevant information or join us on one of our Twitter Chats.
'Let’s Talk Research' Annual Conference 2015
Over 150 delegates will attend the North West’s dedicated conference for NHS Research and Development at the Macron (Reebok) Stadium in Bolton on 17th & 18th September 2015. The 2 day conference will feature over 20 unique workshops, presentations, Keynote Speakers including Helen Bevan and Prof. Nicki Latham, impressive displays and a host of opportunities to talk research!
For more information view the Conference Programme, visit our website or register here.
In 2014, Health Education England launched and funded the integrated clinical academic programme internships programme. Supporting the first step onto a clinical academic career pathway, the 30 day internship was open to registered Health Professionals across the Northern region covering the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber. Interviews were conducted in December 2014 and 15 internships were awarded. The programme was carried over the following 6 months from January to July 2015.
Kate Whitehead, a nurse from the Foundation Trust, performed a rap at the end of the final residential for the internships!  A brilliant way to end the programme with an inspirational group of NHS clinicians who, over a period of 6 months, were exploring their roles in undertaking and promoting clinical research.
The 2016 programme will be launched at the end of July 2015. Click here to request an information pack. The application process will close at the end of September 2015.

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WEBINAR SERIESThemed around 'Being successful as an NHS based researcher', the programme is structured so that you can follow the ‘series’ or join calls on a one-off basis. Generic in nature so of relevance to people at different stages of their research career, each webinar is one hour long and is supported by a worksheet. Click to read the full webinar programme or visit website.
What's Possible?' webinar to be held Monday 13th July between 4-5pm will explore your goals – whether that’s long term aspirations, or even how to be realistic for the next month. Contact Leanne to register.
SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS - will give you power in you pocket! Helping you to support and facilitate the research process and research networks, these 2 workshops will be held at the University of Manchester and delivered by our social media expert, Kev Wyke.
  • Workshop 1 – Social Media the Basics (17th July)
  • Workshop 2 – Curation, Evernote and Workflows (9th September)
The courses run from 1pm - 5pm and costs only £30 +VAT for both! To find out more about the workshops, click here or you can register using this booking form.
PODCAST SERIES - a series of short 8-minute Podcasts to help inspire people to move into the research arena. Featuring key leaders and champions of health research in the North West, these inspirational and informative podcasts creates a snapshot of the individual, their roles, challenges and reasons for doing what they do! In collaboration with the University of Salford, the podcast series will be launched over the next 10 weeks on our Youtube channel and will shortly be available on iTunes in both video and audio formats.
CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMME featured 2 workstreams with the aim of bringing research to life; Comic Strip & Animation Workshop (23rd May) and Film Making using iPads/iPhones (18 June). The workshops were hugely effective - and fun! Some feedback from the event stated "Impressed with how effective animation was" and "Enjoyed teamwork on storyboards and animations". Read more on our Creative Learning Programme.
RESEARCH MASTERCLASS - provide the opportunity to focus on an aspect of researcher development in more depth. These sessions are interactive workshops delivered face to face.
'Getting started in Research' workshop, 26th October, will provide the opportunity to increase your understanding of the opportunities to develop research skills and expertise; provide an opportunity to develop a clear course of action and develop an understanding of sources of funding and resources available to support career progression. There will be presentations from the NIHR trainee co-ordinating centre and healthcare professionals at differing stages of their research career. Contact Leanne for more details.
NHS R&D North West News in Brief

The NHS R&D team and Faculty Associates continue to learn new approaches and techniques that can be transferred across the R&D North West network. In the past months;
  • Social learning and social leadership - Julian Stodd, Learning Consultant and writer.
  • Building and sustaining communities - Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, American Writer and Management Consultant.
  • Business Canvas and Value Proposition - Kev Wyke, Director of Leap Further.
A film covering the session with Meg Wheatley will soon be available on our website. 
NHS R&D North West have a moved to a modern, managed office suite at 82, Kings Street, Manchester. M2 4WQ. Telephone: 0161 935 8434.

TEAM UPDATE - We have 3 valuable additions to the NHS R&D team.
  • Rob Young (Associate) - Playwright, artist and photographer
  • Sarah Carr (Associate) - English-language specialist
  • Amanda Byrne - Communications support & consultancy
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