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5 Jul 2021

News and opportunities – 2 July 2021

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Latest news and opportunities from the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria

Each week, we publish a round-up of the latest news, events and opportunities that we hope our members and partners will find useful and relevant.

The update includes opportunities from the ARC North East and North Cumbria as well as from our local and national partners and networks.

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Bulletin from Friday 2 July 2021

Last chance to book: Research Fellowship Information Event – hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) North East and North Cumbria

Tuesday 6 July, 12pm – 2.45pm

This event is aimed at anyone thinking of applying for a research fellowship, and will offer lots of really useful information, advice and tips. There is also the option to book a one-to-one session with an RDS advisor.

To book a place email

Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme

The NIHR ARC South West Peninsula is seeking applications for its Health Service Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme, starting October 2021.

For the first time ever, this Data Science training programme is open to health, social care and policy staff across England. Over a year, associates are released from their substantive roles for a day a week to undertake advanced modelling, simulation and analysis work on projects.

Find out more by following this link

Deadline to apply is Wednesday 28 July

Engagement Showcase – Engaging through theatre

Thursday 12 August, 11 am -12pm

This event is a chance to learn about a new creative project collaboration between Newcastle University, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Alphabetti Theatre.

The project is a co-created play about the experience of ageing, developed with members of our ageing population from the VOICE network. The project presents a unique way to engage people with health research.

Book here

Reminder: Opportunity with  NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) – clinical research with older people (partial scholarship)

The NIHR Newcastle BRC is offering an opportunity to complete a part-funded Newcastle University Masters level module ‘Clinical Research with Older People’ from January 2022. This module would be of benefit to any healthcare professional considering research activity with older people, and can be completed flexibly through distance learning.

This opportunity is open to all healthcare professionals with an interest in the health of older people and to those who would like to learn more about clinical research. Applications from nurses and Allied Health Professionals would be particularly welcomed.

 Follow this link for more information

A request for help with research – medically not yet explained symptoms

 Do you experience (or have a research interest in) unexplained pain, fatigue, dizziness/fainting, heart palpitations, stomach/bowel problems, problems with movement (tremors, shakes, weakness) or blackouts?

A team at York University are looking for people with experience of symptoms which do not have a medical diagnosis, their carers, relevant healthcare professionals and researchers to complete a short survey.

Follow the link below for details

Research Priorities for Medically Not Yet Explained Symptoms_Interim Survey

Telephone Interview Methods Toolkit

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) has developed a Telephone Methods Toolkit which aims to support researchers who are planning to use this method to collect qualitative data.

Find out more by following this link

NEW BOOK: The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities By Clare Bambra, Julia Lynch and Katherine E. Smith


Co-authored by Professor Claire Bambra, Newcastle University and Inequalities theme lead for the ARC North East and North Cumbria.


This accessible, yet authoritative book dispels this myth of COVID-19 as an ‘equal opportunity’ disease, by showing how the pandemic is a syndemic of disease and inequality.


Drawing on international data and accounts, it argues that the pandemic is unequal in three ways: it has killed unequally, been experienced unequally and will impoverish unequally.


It also argues that we need to learn from COVID-19 quickly to prevent growing inequality and to reduce health inequalities in the future.


Available from Bristol University Press by following this link

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