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Open Funding Competition 2020 – approved projects

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31 projects
£1.6 million in funding
31 multi-disciplinary teams

The following 31 projects are being supported through our Open Funding Competition for 2020.

The projects will be delivered by collaborative teams from across the North East and North Cumbria, with the lead organisation named below.

The projects have been listed below according to the research theme that they are primarily linked to – although many of the projects are cross-theme.

Enabling methodologies

Developing and demonstrating the value of routine data by using a linked dataset of non-elective admissions to estimate the effectiveness of a community fall prevention programme – led by Northumbria University.

An evaluation of the 5Ps+Plan (Formulation) in Northumberland – led by Northumbria University.

Inequalities and marginalised communities

Tackling the health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability who are homeless – led by Northumbria University.

Health Inequalities in the age of COVID-19: Towards fairer health for disadvantaged communities (including those of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds) – led by Connected Voice.

An Exploration of Therapeutic Horticulture and Agriculture as Supports for Vulnerable Young People’s Wellbeing – led by the University of Cumbria.

Equal access for equal need? ‘Poverty-proofing’ education and healthcare settings – led by Newcastle University.

Clinical Digital Resource Collaborative (CDRC) – Tackling Health Inequalities by addressing cardiovascular risk; a digital resource – led by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

An evaluability assessment of BoroManCan: working with local communities to improve men’s health and wellbeing in Middlesbrough – led by Newcastle University.

Evaluating the impact of Supplementary Planning Documents on Health Inequalities in the North East of England – led by Newcastle University.

Integrating physical, mental health and social care

An evaluation of the implementation of a Nutrition and Body Mass Index Clinical Link Pathway in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services; the impact on data recording, intervention planning and staff experiences – led by Teesside University.

An exploration of social deprivation and public attitudes in North East England and North Cumbria towards bystander cardio pulmonary resuscitation (BCPR) – led by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

Integrating care to meet social welfare legal needs in life-limiting illness. Qualitative investigation of a multi-agency, complexity-informed intervention – led by Northumbria University.

Making Every Contact Count for the Health of Disabled People: Training the Social Workers of Today and Tomorrow in Physical Activity Promotion – led by Durham University.

Knowledge mobilisation and implementation science (SKIM)

How can we better use data to improve care and recovery following hip/knee surgery? An exploratory co-design implementation study – led by Newcastle University.

Mapping ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC) implementation across the North East and Cumbria: A comparative analysis of delivery models, service reach and system-level relationships – led by Northumbria University.

Multi-morbidity, ageing and frailty

Improving the accessibility of medicines review services in primary care for older people from BAME communities; a co-design process – led by Newcastle University.

Researching the impact of a new, innovative workforce development strategy for Enhanced Care for Older People with Complex Needs (EnCOP) – led by Northumbria University.

Development of a standard evaluation method for evaluating the impact of frailty pathways/models of care and outcomes – led by Northumbria University.

REAL general practice toolkit for Shared Decision Making (REAL SDM): Developing a skills development programme to prepare patients with multi-morbidity to engage in person-centred discussions with clinicians to identify their priorities and options for living well – led by Teesside University.

Prevention, early intervention and behaviour change

Heroin Assisted Treatment Intervention (HATI): A qualitative exploration – led by Teesside University.

Opportunities for Optimal Referral Timing in Differential Diagnosis of Suspected Head and Neck Cancer Signs and Symptomology: a qualitative study of attitudes and perceptions of community pharmacists, and head and neck cancer patients in the North East of England – led by the University of Sunderland.

Co-production of an evidence-based framework and related guidance for practitioners on personalised risk management and safety planning for adults experiencing suicidality – led by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Modelling financial incentives to motivate pregnant smokers to quit using Evolutionary Game Theory – led by Teesside University.

Understanding prescribing practices and the factors that influence decision making by health care professionals when prescribing opioids for patients with acute pain – led by Newcastle University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of virtual group consultations (vGCs) for tertiary prevention in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); a mixed-methods pilot study – led by Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust.

Supporting children and families

Working with Children and Families at the Edge of Care – A realist evaluation of North Tyneside Council’s Keeping Families Connected (KFC) Provision – led by Newcastle University.

Developing policy and practice guidelines for working with young people aged 18 and under in relation to self-harm, suicide attempts and deaths by suicide – led by Teesside and Sunderland Universities.

Commissioning early intervention parent-infant services to increase access, improve outcomes and decrease inequalities: co-development of a commissioning support tool – led by Newcastle University.

Experts by Experience: Youth Perspectives on Social Determinants of Wellbeing – led by the University of Cumbria.

Evaluating the implementation of whole school approaches (WSAs) to improve mental health and wellbeing in the Trailblazer schools – led by Northumbria University.

The impact of an interactive film-based intervention on resilience, mental wellbeing and help-seeking attitudes in young people (14-18) at school settings in Cumbria and the North East of England: A mixed-methods cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial – University of Sunderland.