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27 Aug 2021

News and opportunities – 27 August

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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 27 August

Event: ‘PICE advice’ – 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

Please note a further session will be held in November if you can’t make this one.

New paper ‘joins the dots’ between alcohol consumption, dietary intake and body weight

This new piece of work, led by ARC NENC Research Fellows Dr Mackenzie Fong and Dr Steph Scott, examines the individual, sociocultural and environmental links between alcohol consumption, dietary intake and body weight. It was published this week in ‘Nutrients’ – a peer-reviewed, open access journal of human nutrition published monthly online by MDPI.

Read the paper

Gain research experience with an ARC Practitioner Research Fellow secondment

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

We are 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

News: ‘Reading for Wellbeing’ scheme backed by Ann Cleeves gets underway in Gateshead, ahead of its official launch in September

A new pilot scheme to support reading for wellbeing, supported by author Ann Cleeves, is now underway in the region.

It involves the appointment of nine ‘Community Reading Workers’ across six local authority pilot areas. Funding and support has been provided by Ann Cleeves, the local authorities involved, and other partners including Public Health England (North East), Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE), and the NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria – who will evaluate the project.

Ann attended a community event at Chopwell Woods, Gateshead this week as part of the scheme – and met some of the residents who will be involved.

Read more

ARC North Thames Academy: Economic Evaluation Online introductory course

1st November – 10th December 2021

NIHR ARC North Thames are offering a new online course, providing an opportunity to develop economic evaluation skills. This fully flexible and self-paced course is intended as an introduction for frontline health and care staff who need to undertake their own economic evaluation of a local intervention or service. The cost of the course is £150. Applications close on 10th October 2021.

Find out more and apply.

Only a few days left to apply for an ARC-funded Masters Degree at Newcastle or Northumbria University

To support the development of research skills in our region, the ARC North East and North Cumbria are funding a number of Masters’ degree courses at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities in a range of health, social care and other applied research topics. This is fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to start their journey in applied health or social care research.

Click here to find out more info and apply.

Involving babies, children and young people in the development and delivery of care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has just published new guidance describing what good patient experience looks like for babies, children and young people – and how it can be delivered. The guidance is relevant to any healthcare professionals, commissioners and providers of NHS or local authority healthcare services – as well as any non-clinical staff who come into contact with patients. It was developed in consultation with children, young people and their families.

Read the new guidance here