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24 Sep 2021

News and opportunities – 24 September

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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 24 September 2021

Event: Critical appraisal training for social care practitioners

Wednesday 27 October, 11 am – 12pm

This training introduces social care professionals to the skills needed to read and understand academic papers.

The session will help individuals to evaluate the trustworthiness and reliability of papers and consider the applicability of an article in informing practice within a social care context.

Follow the link below to find out more and book

Critical appraisal training session for social care practitioners – ARC (

NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) – virtual research clinics

 The RDS NENC are hosting a number of virtual clinics on the 7th, 13th, 18th and 28th of October.

More information is available by downloading the flyer at the bottom of this page.

The clinics are open to researchers at all stages of their research careers.

If you have any questions email

Last chance to register; Public Involvement and Community Engagement drop-in session

Thursday 30 September, 12pm – 1pm

This is an informal opportunity to meet and chat with our 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 research.

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

CRN Targeting Health Needs Funding call and launch event – Wed 20 October, 1pm -2.15pm

The NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) is inviting people working in healthcare, social care and public health  – who deliver and design research locally – to attend a virtual event to launch its annual Targeting Health Needs funding awards. The aim of the awards is to support the development of research that addresses the unmet health needs of local populations based on two categories:

Category A) Bringing clinical & applied research to underserved communities with major health needs (Specialties especially; Cancer including Surgical Oncology, Diabetes, Respiratory, Heart Disease, Stroke, Mental Health and Dementia)

Category B) Building capacity & capability in preventative, public health & social care research (Public health, Non-NHS and Social Care)

Find out more and book your place at the launch event

Reminder: Consultation on health inequalities in Cumbria

Academics from the University of Cumbria are keen to understand what the most pressing health inequalities in Cumbria are and what factors are driving them so that they can target their research agenda on the most important needs.

If you would like to share your views, please follow the link below and complete the short survey.

Survey – health inequalities in Cumbria

Please email with any questions

Event: Fuse Translational Research Programme meeting – Friday 1 October, 10 am – 12 pm

 Developing Local Authority Research Systems in the North East and North Cumbria: learning from three successful NIHR projects and working across research infrastructures

This event is co-hosted with NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Research Design Service (RDS) for the North East and North Cumbria. It will share learning from three NIHR funded research projects in the North East to develop research systems with local authorities.

Find out more and book

NIHR Academy event: How to incorporate Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

Wednesday 1 December, 2pm

This webinar will focus on why EDI is crucial in PPI, the barriers to applying EDI in PPI and how to overcome them. The webinar will also offer practical guidance, tips and resources on how to adapt a PPI programme to incorporate EDI successfully.

Find out more and book

Event: Guide to writing policy briefs – launch

Tuesday 12 October, 1-3pm

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science, in collaboration with UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change, has produced a practical guide to writing policy briefs.  The guide brings together evidence sources and provides guidance for anyone working in research and policy.

This event will discuss the importance of accessible, evidence based information in policy making, drawing on a range of perspectives.  It will involve some short talks and an open discussion.

Find out more and book

Developing funding proposals in applied mental health and social care: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme – Thursday 21 October 2021, 10 am  12.30 pm

The NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is offering this online event for health and social care professionals and researchers who want to develop and submit an application related to mental health to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit funding programme (RfPB).

The event is aimed at researchers in the NHS, public health and social care, as well as academics from universities across England.

Find out more and book

NIHR Research Design Service NENC - October clinics