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10 Sep 2021

News and opportunities – 10 September 2021

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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 information 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 10 September 2021

New report: North inequalities cost UK economy £7.3bn over the first year of the pandemic

A new report from the Northern Health Science AlliancePolicy@Manchester and northern NIHR Applied Research Collaborations – including the ARC North East & North Cumbria – has examined the impact of COVID-19 on the North of England.

It found that northerners were more likely to die from COVID-19, spent nearly a month and-a-half more in lockdowns, suffered worse mental health and were made poorer than the rest of England during the first year of the pandemic.

The report includes a series of recommendations to Government to support those living in the North of England.

Read the report

Event: Public Involvement and Community Engagement drop-in session

Thursday 30 September, 12pm – 1pm

This is an informal opportunity to meet and chat with our ARC NENC PICE Manager Felicity Shenton and PICE Research Fellow Angela Wearn, and ask any questions about involving the public and local communities when shaping or conducting your ARC NENC-related work. This event is open to all ARC NENC registered members.

Find out more and book

A further session will follow in November if you can’t make this one.

Do you work in health or social care? Are you interested in gaining research experience, or moving towards a career in research?

We’re looking to appoint a number of NIHR Practitioner Research Fellows (as secondments) who will work between the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria, and regional health and care providers, to develop and deliver high quality applied health research directly related to local health and care priorities.

This is an ideal opportunity for motivated individuals already working within health or social care settings to gain formal experience in applied research, as well as develop new skills in evaluation and project management.

To apply, you’ll need to be a professional working in health or social care including the third and voluntary sectors. This includes doctors, dentists, allied health professionals, social workers and other practitioners working for health and care providers or support organisations.

Find out more and apply

New paper: Evaluation of a Community Health Worker Social Prescribing Programme among UK patients with type 2 diabetes

A newly-published paper, co-authored by ARC NENC Research Fellow Dr Jo Wildman from Newcastle University, explores the impact of a holistic community health worker intervention on a group of patients aged 40 – 74 with type 2 diabetes.

Read the paper

Seminar: Introduction to NIHR pre-doctoral fellowship scheme, including local authority awards

23 September, 1pm – 2pm

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career as clinical academics or practitioner researchers in health and social care research. They are also for those with undergraduate methodology training who wish to enter health research.

This event will be delivered by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) for the East Midlands, and is open to all regions. It will include information on NIHR’s Local Authority pre-doctorate fellowships.

Follow this link to find out more and register

Funding available for research into harmful gambling treatment and support.

Public Health England have up to £150,000 available for a research team to calculate prevalence estimates for harmful gambling treatment and support. They are seeking to commission an external partner to deliver the work

The closing date is 1 October 2021 at 12pm and more information is available via contracts finder.

NIHR Academy Member News and Opportunities

The NIHR Academy’s monthly newsletter for August is now available and contains some excellent events and opportunities – follow the link below to read it and subscribe to future editions.

NIHR Academy newsletter

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations – national newsletter

The September edition of the NIHR ARCs national newsletter is now available. It includes news, research, events, training opportunities and more from all 15 Applied Research Collaborations.

Follow this link to view and subscribe

Fuse Quarterly Research Meeting

Thursday 14 October 2021, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (Zoom)

Supporting smokers to quit: driving future strategy by incorporating computer modelling and smokers’ participation

This event will showcase research findings from three studies on smoking cessation that present perspectives from service users and health care professionals on key drivers for supporting smokers to quit in North East England. It will bring together insights from peer support, lived experiences of heavy smokers in deprived areas, and implementing a ‘stop smoking service’ for hospital in-patients and after discharge.

An innovative approach – computer modelling – will be presented to explore financial incentives to motivate pregnant women to quit – this project has been funded by the NIHR ARC NENC’s Open Funding Competition 2020.

Attendees will be able to discuss solutions to barriers to smoking cessation, as highlighted in the studies, and share this learning to drive future strategy.

This event is aimed at anyone with an interest in smoking cessation including colleagues in public health, healthcare, and voluntary and community organisations. This may include commissioners and providers of services, as well as academics and members of the public.

Led by the Fuse Behaviour Change Research Programme

Follow this link for further details