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15 Oct 2021

News and opportunities – Friday 15 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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Update from Friday 15 October

SKIM theme meeting

Tuesday 9 November, 1pm – 3pm

The event will include updates, presentations and space for discussion on theme relevant topics.

Find out more and book

PICE advice and support: drop-in session

Tuesday 30 November, 1pm – 2pm

(Please note this is an internal event for registered ARC NENC members)

It offers an informal opportunity to meet and chat with our ARC NENC PICE Manager and PICE Research Fellow, together with members of the ARC Public Advisory Network, and ask any questions about involving the public, service users and local communities when shaping or conducting your research work.

Find out more and book

New: Guide to writing policy briefs

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Behavioural Science, in collaboration with UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change, have produced a practical guide to writing policy briefs – for anyone working in research and policy.

The guide is easy to follow and highly recommended. Follow the link below to download and save a copy of the guide.

Download – Research Engagement with Policy Makers: a practical guide to writing policy briefs

Creating Connections – Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

Wednesday 20 October, 12pm – 1pm

The next Creating Connections training session on how to identify, approach and involve patients and members of the community, is coming up next week.

Find out more and book

Research Associate opportunity: Evaluating a Mental Health Navigator Scheme to support young people

This post is based at York University and is linked to the NIHR’s National Priority Research Programme in Health and Care Inequalities (which is led by the ARC NENC), and will involve working with colleagues from the ARC NENC.

Find out more

PhD opportunity: Enhancing access to green space for older people to improve quality of life

This PhD is hosted by the Advanced Care Research Unit (ACRC) at Edinburgh University and is linked to the work of our ARC NENC Multi-morbidity, Ageing and Frailty theme.

Find out more

EVENT: Fuse Research Programme Meeting – The Covid-19 pandemic and healthy ageing in the UK

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 10 am – 12 pm

Academics from across North East England will showcase findings from four research studies focussing on factors related to ageing and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more and book

Save the date: NENC Integrated Care System (ICS) Health Inequalities Summit

Monday 6 December, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Please download the flyer below for more information and a link to register your interest.

Grant development and writing workshop (online)

Tuesday 23rd/Wednesday 24th November

This workshop is aimed at health and social care researchers who would like to learn more about writing a successful research funding application. It will be delivered by the NIHR Research Design Service NENC.

To register your interest, follow the link below.

Register your interest

Reminder: NIHR Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration Pilot Scheme (LA SPARC)

The new LA SPARC scheme supports individuals working in local authority settings and NIHR Academy Members (based in NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools) to design and apply for funds (up to £15,000 per individual)  to undertake short placements allowing them to move between NIHR and Local Authority settings in either direction.

The SPARC scheme will allow individuals to develop skills and capabilities to co-create research that is meaningful and is better able to inform practice and policy.

More information about the scheme, including eligibility requirements, potential placement ideas and how to apply, is available here

Applications close on Thursday 25 November at 1pm.

Reminder: NIHR CRN North East and North Cumbria – Targeting Health Needs Awards

This is a new award to support research that can address unmet health needs – funded through the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

Its aim is to bring clinical and applied research to underserved communities with major health needs, and build capacity and capability in preventative, public health and social care research (Public health, Non-NHS and Social Care).

The scheme will be launched at an event on 20 October, 1pm – 2.15 pm

Register here

KNOWvember 2021 virtual event

This event is organised by the Health Education England’s Knowledge and Library Services team. The month-long online program of events has a strong emphasis on knowledge mobilisation.

NENC ARC PhD student Ruth Muscat will be presenting her project entitled ‘Enhancing knowledge mobilisation skills and training for health librarians: comparative case study analysis in the North East and North Cumbria’ during the Knowledge Exchange event taking place on Wednesday 24 November 2021, 1pm – 2.30pm

Find out more and book

Reminder: NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Greenshoots Scheme

This scheme is for professionals working in Public Health and Social Care, medical staff, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, clinical research practitioners, registered professionals (e.g. pharmacists and clinical psychologists). Awards start in April and come with £4,500 per year to buy out the recipient’s time.

Find out more and apply or contact Lesley Haley at AskFuse:

Closing date is 22 October.

NIHR Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships

The NIHR Academy is launching the 7th round of Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships as part of the NIHR Fellowship Programme.

The programme supports individuals with the potential and on a trajectory to become future leaders in NIHR research. Applications are invited from individuals who can demonstrate a role in, or contribution to, improving health and wellbeing, health and social care or services.

Find out more

Reminder: New roles in Public Health lecturing

A number of new roles in Public Health lecturing have been advertised this week at Newcastle and Sunderland Universities. Please see the links below for details.

Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Qualitative) (

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Public Health (Quantitative) (

0451-21 Senior Lecturer Public Health – Jobs at the University of Sunderland

0436-21 Lecturer in Public Health (2 posts available) – Jobs at the University of Sunderland

NENC Integrated Care System (ICS) Health Inequalities Summit