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NHS R&D North West Newsletter - Spring 2016
Does January seem a long time ago? Here at NHS R&D North West we have been in full swing since the New Year hosting research development programmes, creating communities of researchers and helping people to communicate in a more powerful, creative and engaging way.
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       Research News
Let's Talk Research Conference 2016 will be held on 15 & 16 Sept. 2016. More

Your chance to influence NIHR research MORE/.
Develop your research career -HEE/NIHR Masters in Clinical Research Studentship Scheme. MORE 

Presentations & workshops for LTR Conference 2016. Deadline for submissions Friday 29th April 2016. GuidelinesApplication Form. 

NEW NAME, NEW FOCUS - From 17 March North West Coast Academic Health Science Network will change their name to the Innovation Agency. New web address will be

If you would like any more information, please contact Leanne at or call 0161 935 8434
Follow @NHSNWRD  for daily updates

Exploring Novel Approaches to R&D
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

15th & 16th September 2016

This year our theme is Edge Walking which aims to explore novel approaches to Research, Development and Innovation concerning health and wellbeing. Research is an edge walking experience; being curious, questioning and looking for new ways of thinking and doing. 
This is a unique opportunity to bring together clinicians, researchers, clinical academics, early career researchers, patients involved in research and members of the public and explore ways that you can challenge research cultures, make a noticeable difference and ‘walk on the edge’.

If you are interested in submitting abstracts for workshops or presentations, please read the Abstract Guidelines 2016 and complete the Abstract Submission Form 2016. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5pm Friday 29th April. To read more on the conference click here. If you'd like to sponsor this event, please contact Amanda
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We have 2 open space catalyst events planned in the coming months. These events are invitation only however if you can/want to contribute, please contact
How do we ensure Dementia research improves lives. 
This event is held in partnership with the Alziemers Society. An opportunity to discuss live priorities and the issues around the implementation of dementia care research into policy and practice - and come up with solutions! This event will beheld at Aintree Racecourse on Thursday 5th May. 
Health Education Research Catalyst Event
The first catalyst event for this programme was a huge success! Held at The Macron Stadium, Bolton on 20th January 2016, the event brought together over 60 people from an array of disciplines who could contribute to the discussion around Health Education Research. If you would like to come to the next event on 16th June, please contact Leanne.  
A Google+ online community was set up and continues to support conversation and the ongoing development of the  health education research community. if you want to be part of this, you can join the Google+ community here.  
Health Education England and NHS R&D North West are pleased to announce an exciting new national NHS project to develop a digital online publication designed exclusively for healthcare professionals starting out on their research journey…… The Researcher
If you would like to get involved, please contact Amanda Byrne or visit the website.
This is a highly collaborative project with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) developing the content and forming the editing team. There was a national callout and NHS R&D identified 15 people from a range of relevant backgrounds who would be responsible for the collation, editing and publication of the magazine.

A Google+ hub assists this process. There is also another Google+ community for those people who would like to be part of the creative pool; submitting ideas and stories of real-life early career researchers. So get involved! First edition is to be launched in April/May.                                     Return to top
Bringing together leading creative, musical, arts and performance coaches, we have launched The Academy of Creative Minds. A 6 month programme that kicked off with a 2-day residential at Lancaster University on 3rd & 4th March.
There will now be five, 1-day mentoring workshops culminating in a performance at the regional NHS R&D North West conference LTR2016. 
The 2 day residential featured 6 workshops managed by a team of leading UK artists and performers. The activities helped candidates to improve how they perform and project, understand the power of the imagination, don't be afraid to fail, recognise the need to do things in bite-sized chunks and by practicing you will become a Master. This was supported by an academic workshop to reflect on how the arts and creative skills that people had developed in the workshop can be used in research.
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Our first  series of short videos 'The Champions' features key leaders and champions of health research in the North West. These inspirational and informative podcasts create a snapshot of the individual, their roles, challenges and reasons for doing what they do and can be found on the NHS R&D NW YouTube channel.
The 2nd series called 'The Edgewalkers' features individuals who challenge current thinking and processes with the aim of making major breakthroughs and positive change. The first video features Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer.  A series of similar podcasts will be launched onto the playlist called 'The Edge Walkers' on NHS R&D YouTube site, starting with David Fillingham, CEO of Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA).
David Fillingham, CEO Advancing Quality Alliance
Deborah Arnot, Director NHS North West Leadership Academy
Peter Kindemann, President Elect of British Psychological Society
Michael West - Head of Thought Leadership, The King’s Fund
Simon Denegri - NIHR National Director for Patients and Public And Chair INVOLVE 
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This is such a popular course for those who want to make a big difference to how they convey their message. Following a one day workshop, candidates are able to create storyboards that lead to a gripping, stop-motion piece involving plasticine, models, pictures and words.
Click on the link to the right to see a summary of the workshop held in Lancaster. Manchester workshop creations will be available on our website soon. Contact Leanne to find out about the next workshop. 
Tom Barrance from Learn About Film ran a one day workshop on iPad and iPhone film-making in Manchester in February. The  workshop covered all of the aspects that you need to consider when planning, preparing, executing and editing a short film-piece. All candidates successfully created a 1-2 minute video with visual, radio and credits. The workshop is supported with a comprehensive set of notes and Tom's 'tricks of the trade'. Further dates planned.
Read more on our Creative Learning Programme.
Following the success of our social media workshops and the positive response to our online community development, we are providing 2 Digital Dynamo workshops on
4th April 2016 and 20th May 2016, 9.30am - 1pm 
Redbank House, 4 St Chad's Street, Manchester M8 8QA.
The course will help to 
  • Effectively use Twitter as a social media platform
  • Build a professional online network
  • Engage online in research communities
  • Have a sound digital presence
  • Get your research message heard
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WEBINAR SERIES - Themed around 'Being successful as an NHS based researcher', this webinar series has been a huge success to a whole range of people, irrespective of the stage in their research journey. Dr. Will Medd led the seres. Click on his image to hear more about the webinar series. The new series is in development so keep an eye on our website.

One of our NW PIR colleagues, Carolyn Gamble, has been involved in a revolutionary project called Cloudy with a Chance of Pain that is hoping to uncover a link between weather and chronic joint pain. 
To read more click below
This highly prestigious internship programme is seen as the first step for healthcare professionals interested in developing a clinical academic career. It was run in the Northern region last year and proved a huge success.
A national evaluation has since been carried out and revealed the following;
  • 100% of the interns stated that they would recommend the internship to others. 
  • Through placement, it was seen as an excellent grounding in clinical research
  • It was seen as providing an excellent opportunity to develop research skills, widen the knowledge base and develop informal research networks.
  • 92% reported an improvement in their research skills and knowledge of the research process
  • 90% are now considering applying for further, more advanced research training.
The 2015/16 programme has a cohort of 25 students and had its first residential in Newcastle in January. The next 2 residentials will be in Leeds (April) and Lancaster (June). The 2016/17 programme will be launched in April and applications will close in September 2016.
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The Edge is a virtual hub for change activists in health and care to learn, connect and mobilise for transformational change. It is a free social platform committed to finding, sharing, curating and creating the boldest and most innovative new ideas in health & care.
NHS R&D NW were asked to provide a 'Thinking Piece' for the latest edition of The Edge. We discussed our approach which is based on four themes, which collectively help to optimise NHS Research and Development in terms of personnel, processes, communication and impact.
View The Edge article here

Register for The Edge at: 
or follow them @TheEdgeNHS

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This innovative leadership development programme is being run in partnership with Health Education North West (HENW) and sets out to equip leaders and managers to lead and develop cultures of R&I in their services. The Programme started in Preston at Brockholes Reserve and comprises of 4 linked one day workshops  (1 day per month). Click her to read more.
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Getting the right balance: resilience and self-leadership in research – 21st March 2016 
This is a day to step back, re-align and plan the next steps in your research, recognising the need to keep the balance right with work and the rest of life.  The day will build on questions around what’s at stake, choosing perspective, finding confidence, getting out of your own way and identifying habits that help and habits that hinder.  Finally, what’s next will be explored in a way that energises!  Contact Leanne to book onto this masterclass.
NHS R&D North West has a duty to bring researchers together - in both a physical and a digital way. One of the platforms that we are currently using is Google+ as this is widely used and only requires a Gmail account.

NHS R&D North West currently host the following communities with the aim of improving collaboration between a group who share a common interest. They can ask questions, find answers, share success, learn from failure. The opportunities are endless! 
Some of our communities include;
Academy of Creative Minds - creative communication community
Health Education Research - open space discussion group.
Rehearsals Day - an internal hub for sharing development day topics
Animation Academy - film and media workshops
The Researcher - Magazine Editors and contributors
We are delivering 3 half-day shared-learning workshops based on communities of practice reflecting on the work of Meg Wheatley and Etienne Wenger. The workshops are planned for 25th May, 9th June, 29th June from 1pm to 4.30pm. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Gillian Southgate.
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