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3 Oct 2021

News and opportunities – Friday 1 October

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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 1 October

Event: How to make sense of academic research papers – training for social care professionals

A series of two sessions, starting Wednesday 27 October, 11 am – 12pm

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

The sessions will help individuals to evaluate the trustworthiness and reliability of papers and consider how research can be applied within a social care context.

Follow the link below to find out more and book

Critical appraisal training session for social care practitioners – ARC (

Reminder: Fuse Research Programme Meeting on the impact of social prescribing on health and wellbeing

 Monday 11 October, 12.30pm – 3.15pm

 This event is aimed at anyone with an interest in social prescribing and health interventions aimed at addressing health inequalities, including colleagues in academia, public health, social care, healthcare and the voluntary and community sectors.

Find out more and book

Public lectures hosted by Durham University

Durham University are offering a series of events over the coming weeks. Details are below.

Public lectures

6th October 2021

Skills for all: Primary care and community-based chronic pain self-management

Dr Paul Chazot, Director of Pain Academy, Durham University and Dr Frances Cole, GP and pain rehabilitation specialist

3rd November 2021

Changing baby sleep conversations in the UK – the role of Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre (DISC), and the Baby Sleep Info Source (Basis)

Professor Helen Ball, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the University’s Parent-Infant Sleep Lab

1st December 2021

What your headache says about you

Professor Amanda Ellison, Director of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and Professor of Psychology, Durham University

Academic seminars

20th October 2021

Bringing Meaning and Authenticity to Collaboration

Professor Nicola Wilson, WRIHW Professor in Practice in association with the Psychology Department, Durham University and Deputy Chief Executive at the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)


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 – Wednesday 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


NIHR Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme

The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) have joined together to deliver a programme of collaborative research to improve mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations.

The Mental Health Practice Evaluation Scheme aims to support the three Schools to work in partnership with professionals across a range of sectors, in order to evaluate innovative local projects, policies, strategies or initiatives that improve mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations.

More info can be found in the PDF below. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 8 October.


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

NIHR Mental Health PES guidance