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NHS R&D North West Newsletter - October 2015
The dark nights are drawing in and autumn is well and truly here. A new season brings new challenges and also new opportunities. NHS R&D North West will continue to provide all of you involved or interested in research with opportunities to develop your career as well as your personal development. The aim make your research journey engaging, fruitful and as fun as possible! 

So let's talk research......Here is a round-up of the R&D activities that we have provided in the past few months and a snapshot of those activities that will be coming up. Any questions, please email Leanne or call 0161 935 8434.
Click on the links to find out more.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 'Creative Communications Academy' enabling health researchers to have more impact, more creativity and more confidence. The programme will involve up to 5 workshops and a 2-day weekend residential and will be run by 6 creative mentors including TV performance coach and actress Kate Marlow. Read more.

TED Talk - The power of Vulnerability. Brene Brown

Research Champions 
Inspirational Podcast series featuring key NHS leaders 

Call for Abstracts & workshop Proposals
Open Monday 11th Jan 2016 for Let's Talk Research Conference 2016. Deadline for submissions Friday 25th March 2016. 

North West People In Research Forum - 
Supporting patient and public involvement in research. 

Follow @NHSNWRD  for daily updates
We have 2 open space catalyst events planned in the coming months. The events are invitation only however if you can/want to contribute, please contact
  • Health and Wellbeing in partnership with North West Coast AHSN.
    2nd December 2015 at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

  • Health Education Research
    20th January 2016 at Macron Stadium, Bolton

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We are really excited about our next creative communication programme! Bringing together leading creative, musical, arts and performance coaches, we are giving 50 people a fantastic opportunity to transform themselves both personally and professionally in a fun, engaging and empowering way. 
The programme which is due to be launched in March 2016 will consist of a two day residential and up to 5 one day workshops. Mindful of the research and development arena, the programme will explore areas, challenge misconceptions and drive confidence and clarity using various creative techniques. The fortunate candidates will build an invaluable set of skills and leave with a 'toolbox' that can be used in all areas of life.

The programme mentors include the following creative artists;
  • Jana Kennedy, Comedian
  • Owen Gaynor, Circus performer
  • Kate Marlow, Actress and Performance Coach
  • Alex Douglas, Singer
  • Richard Taylor,  Manchester Camerata
  • Rob Young, Playwright
Please click here if you would be interested in a place on this course or would like to know more.
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ANIMATION WORKSHOP - a full day stop motion animations course will be held on Tuesday 17th November at the Reading Room, The Storey Institute in Lancaster.
The course aims to improve the way you communicate key messages to your audience and is therefore suitable for a whole range of disciplines 
including researchers, academics, clinicians and marketing/communication departments. Places are limited so contact Leanne to book a place on this worthwhile course. 
Read more on our Creative Learning Programme.
WEBINAR SERIESThemed around 'Being successful as an NHS based researcher', the webinar series has been a huge success to a whole range of people, irrespective of the stage in their research journey. Click on the image of Dr. Will Medd to hear more about the webinar series or register now for any of the upcoming webinars shown below.
November 23rd
Getting out of your own way
There are lots of things that get in the way of research without your own self-doubting and pressure raising voices.  This session is an invitation to learn to spot the many guises of ‘the Gremlin’ or ‘inner critic’ and start to manage them in more helpful ways.
December 14th
Celebrating the knock -backs
Knock-backs come in all shapes and forms in research and from different people.  In this session we explore the ways to reframe and learn to celebrate those difficult situations.
January 11th
As if you were confident
Confidence has nothing to do with how good you are at something. Confidence is an experience. In this call we explore how to conjure up your confidence and apply it when you need it to give your research a boost.
February 8th
The art of procrastination
If you need to come to this call, most likely you’ll find reasons not to come to this call!  We’ll be exploring just what is it that makes us do everything except the thing that matters to us, and identify strategies to get things done.
March 7th
Getting unstuck
While research ought to be a creative space, the habits of evaluating and critique can often become a trap. This call is about untapping your creative potential in ways that will enable you to open up different perspectives and be more creative in how you approach your research.

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26th November 2015, NHSR&D Office, Manchester
We will be rerunning our popular annual workshop to support healthcare professionals considering applying for a Doctoral Fellowship as part of the Integrated Clinical Academic programme. The workshop will provide an overview of the application process and explore the different elements of the application process. Contact for more information.
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PODCAST SERIES - 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 'The Edgewalkers' will feature individuals who challenge current thinking and processes with the aim of making major breakthroughs and change. The first video features Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer. Click to view Helen's interview
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The Health Education England internship programme for 2015/16 was launched in the summer time. Following the success of the 2014/15 programme, the number of available places for 2015/16 was increased to 25! Applications closed at the end of September and the shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at the end of October 2015. 
Word cloud created by 2014/15 interns.
Final residential - 2014/2015 programme
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The Let's Talk Research Conference 2015 was held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton in September. It provided researchers in the North West with a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight, advice, focus and direction for their careers and research pathway whilst collaborating with the wider NHS research community.
Delegates found the conference not only informative, engaging and fun but powerful enough to have made a difference to the way they think, approach and manage research opportunities.
"A great two-day event, very informative, especially enjoyed the coaching sessions alongside networking opportunities, looking forward to next year!"
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The North West People in Research Forum is devoted to supporting patient and public involvement (PPI) and public engagement (PE) in health and social care research in the North West. Keeping the team dynamic, there have been some recent appointment changes.
Working Group:
Public Co-Chair Member Irene McGill has been replaced by Benedict Wills-Eve

Executive Committee:
Professional Co-Chair Brenda Roe has been replaced by Tracey Williamson.

Forum Facilitator:
Mel Chapman has been replaced by Carolyn Gamble. 
We send our best wishes to Mel  Irene, and Brenda and welcome Carolyn, Tracey and Ben to the team.
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SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS - we have run 2 workshops over the past few months held at the University of Manchester and delivered by our social media expert, Kev Wyke. If you would like to have more communication power online then please contact Leanne to find out when the next course will run or visit our website
'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 to book onto this masterclass.

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.
Training & Development Workshops
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;
  • Building Communities of Practice (COPs) - Etienne Wenger Trayner Educational Theorist and Practitioner.
  • Film Making with Tom Barrance, Learn About Film Director
  • Aston Organisational Development - Taravandana OD Consultant and Faculty Associate
Faculty Changes
Lynne Goodacre, Assistant Director of NHS R&D North West will shortly be leaving the team as she moves onto pastures new. We thank Lynne for all of her hard work and commitment and wish her all the very best of luck in all that she pursues. 

We would like to introduce Professor Bill Campbell who will be joining us two days a week to helps us to develop and deliver some of our work programmes. Bill has over 30 years' teaching and research experience within higher education - particularly with the education and training of health and social care professionals. Welcome to the team Bill!

Welcome to our new Faculty Associates;
  • Jane Martindale
  • Helen Hurst 
  • Chanje Kunda
  • Karen Zaman 
  • Marie Marshall
  • Janet Suckley
  • Deborah Antcliffe
  • Vajradumita Armstrong
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