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1 Jul 2022

News and opportunities – 1 July 2022

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Integrated Care Board (ICB) for the North East and North Cumbria becomes a new statutory NHS organisation.

On Friday 1 July, the Integrated Care Board (ICB) for the North East and North Cumbria became a new statutory NHS organisation.

The ICB is part of what’s called an Integrated Care System (ICS) – a way of working that will see all organisations combining their collective resources and expertise locally and regionally to plan, deliver and join-up health and care so our communities can live happier and healthier lives.

You can read more about the ICB here. There are also a range of videos on the ICB’s YouTube channel, including an animation introducing the ICB, and a message from the ICB’s Chief Executive Samantha Allen.

The ICB replaces and has taken on the responsibilities of the eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the region. It is responsible for ensuring that high quality and safe health services are accessible to all communities and for promoting joined up health and care, improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.

Our ARC Director, Professor Eileen Kaner has joined the ICB as a new, non-executive director. Read more here.

ARC team members become ‘Connected Voice Haref Allies’

Dr Felicity Shenton, our Public Involvement and Community Engagement Manager and Dr Angela Wearn, our Public Involvement and Community Engagement Research Fellow, have been registered as Haref Allies on behalf of the ARC North East and North Cumbria.

As part of their commitment, they will work to improve the way the ARC North East and North Cumbria engages with and works to represent ethnically minoritised communities.

They will also working directly with our local communities through the Haref Network –  listening and responding to the health issues raised, and working together to create solutions.

Read more

Dads needed for research into mental health following the birth of a baby

We’re looking for dads from the region to help with a piece of research that will explore fathers’ mental health and wellbeing following the birth of a new baby.

Dads who get involved will attend up to four, one-hour sessions, where they’ll be asked to share their experiences and insights around the challenges of becoming a father.

Find out more

Next steps for integrating primary care: Fuller Stocktake report

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the recently published ‘Fuller Stocktake report’.

This is the final report of the stocktake on integrated primary care, looking at what is working well, why it’s working well and how we can accelerate the implementation of integrated primary care (incorporating the current for pillars of general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry) across systems.

Follow this link to read the report, alongside a letter from the 42 Integrated Care System CEOs

New NIHR guidance for easier payment of public contributors to research

New guidance has been launched to help organisations, researchers and involvement staff pay members of the public who participate in research.

The guidance is released as ‘consultation in use’ for a period of six months to gather feedback from organisations

Please take a look and share any feedback you have with NIHR.

Read the new guidance and find out more

Save the date:  National ARC Symposium for Inequalities and Prevention

Wednesday 16 November (afternoon) and Thursday 17 November (morning) 2022, York

The ARC North East and North Cumbria will be leading a National Inequalities and Prevention Symposium later this year, in York.

The event is linked to the national priority programmes of work which we lead in these two areas, as well as our national leadership in these research themes.

More information about the event, including how to book, will follow soon.

The event will be free, but places will be limited. If you think you would be interested in attending, please let us know by emailing by the end of Friday 15 July. We will then email you directly when registration opens.

Find out more

Save the date: The Cost of Dying – Learning to Change (conference)

Friday 14 October 2022, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

The Durham Centre, Durham, DH1 1TN

Exploring the challenges of daily life, at the end of life

This one-day conference focusses on the challenges of daily life when living with a limited prognosis.

Social welfare problems, particularly around finances, employment and housing, are prevalent towards end of life and have significant impact. Routes to support are difficult to find. Inequalities are obvious.

The conference will: identify the relevance and impact of social welfare issues in life-limiting illness and the potential to capitalise on legal rights; ask what do you call ‘end of life’ and consider the inequalities embedded in this term; discuss system-wide learning as a route to change; and invite you to be part of the solution.

Speakers include Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Director of the Centre for Access to Justice at UCL, and Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research, Marie Curie.

Find out more and pre-register your interest

NIHR Fellowships Information Event – delivered by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) North East and North Cumbria.

6 July, 1pm – 3.30pm

This online event will provide a range of information to support an NIHR Fellowship application, including: an overview of the current fellowships offered by the NIHR Academy, tips from earlier successful applicants and optional one to one session with an RDS advisor.

Email to book a place.

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) online seminar:  How to apply Public Involvement Effectively to your Research Application

6 July 2022, 1.30pm to 2.45pm (online)

Aimed at researchers applying for NIHR Fellowship Awards and staff accountable for public involvement.

Discover how to incorporate your public involvement programme successfully into your research, and gain insights from fellow researcher and public involvement representatives that you can apply to your programme of work.

Find out more and register

Online event: Understanding the evidence on suicide and homicide in family carers: A practical guide for researchers, clinicians and policy makers

Thursday 7 July, 12pm to 1pm

Led by Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer, a Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Family Care. Her research focuses on the wellbeing of older adults and unpaid carers, with a particular emphasis on suicide, homicide, and self-harm. Dr O’Dwyer will present findings from the first review of the evidence on suicidal thoughts and behaviours in unpaid carers.

Find out more and book

Dialogue and Change Award – learning event

Wednesday 5 October 2022

11 am – 2.30 pm

This is an in-person learning event around the ARC’s innovative ‘Dialogue and Change’ approach to evaluating the impact of public involvement and community engagement (PICE) in applied health and social care research.

The event will feature three case studies of research projects that have recently achieved the Dialogue and Change Award.

Find out more and book

Visit the Virtual College for training and development opportunities

Our Virtual College Training Hub brings together hand-picked training and development opportunities for ARC NENC researchers, members and partners.

Take a look and browse the latest courses and resources

Healthcare professionals and members of the public needed for research on healthcare complaints

Colleagues in the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science are recruiting participants for a study on healthcare complaints.

They are recruiting healthcare professionals who have experience dealing with a complaint, and members of the public who have made a complaint about healthcare within the last five years. Please note participants must not have an active complaint. Interviews will be online for one hour.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Beckie Gibson ( or Dr Vivi Antonopoulou (

Funding call:  Exploring experiences and outcomes of the family justice system – including an online seminar on 18 July

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has launched a new call to better our understanding of children and families’ experiences and outcomes of the family justice system.

This is a collaboration with Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK) and the Ministry of Justice, analysing the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Data First family court data.

Closing date is 20 October 2022

Find out more

Dunhill Medical Trust – funded PhDs at Newcastle University

Newcastle University is inviting applications to a doctoral training programme on multiple long-term conditions and social inequalities funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust.

The majority of the studentships align with NIHR Infrastructure in our region including the Biomedical Research Centre, Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty, NIHR Innovation Observatory, Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria, and the NIHR School for Public Health Research. Studentships are expected to start in October 2022.

Find out more and apply by 7 July.

New Mental Health Research Fellowships launched

The NIHR ‘Three Research Schools’ have launched a new Fellowship scheme for mental health and care professionals. The initiative aims to improve mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research.

Applications are invited from health and care professionals working in mental health but without a strong record of mental health research. Part-time Fellowships will be considered.

Find out more and apply by 28 July 2022

Are you applying for research funding? Get free and confidential advice and support from the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) North East and North Cumbria

The Research Design Service in our region works to support teams to develop and submit high quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national programmes.

They run Virtual Clinics each month which offer the chance to speak to a research design adviser about any aspect of a grant/funding application.

You can also get advice on designing a study, research methods, identifying funding, involving the public, identifying collaborators and more.

July’s Virtual Clinics will run on 12th, 20th and 27th July between 10 am and 4 pm.

To book a place, email

Find out more about the NIHR Research Design Service North East and North Cumbria

Funding available for partnerships to improve health and care in the community.

Are you a community group, charity or social enterprise? Or are you a researcher looking for community groups to partner with on a research project?

The NIHR is inviting community to work with health and social care researchers to find better solutions for health and care problems which affect a community and develop new ways for researchers and communities to work together

You can partner with an NHS trust, NHS Body or another provider of NHS services in England to submit joint proposals for funding of between £50k and £150k over 6-18 months. This opportunity is open to charities or community groups of all sizes.

Follow this link to find out more, register your interest, or find a partner to work with.

The funding call will open in July and closes in September 2022

Funding opportunity: NIHR Programme Development Grant (PDG) Scheme – Developing Innovative, Inclusive and Diverse Public Partnerships. 

This Programme Development Grant call is in response to feedback that more time and space is needed to plan and develop relationships and ways of working together for more relevant and impactful research.

The PDG scheme invites applications to conduct and evaluate novel partnership-based development activities that break new ground in research involvement and engagement, including with groups who have been under-served by research.

It is expected that these awards will provide a springboard for long lasting research collaborations and relationships.

The call opens on 27 July

Find out more.

Join an information online seminar on 12 June