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Spring 2015 News Update 

Welcome to our Spring newsletter.  Once again we will be updating you on a very busy but productive three months.

2015 got off to a brilliant start.  By attracting further funding we have gone from strength to strength with a range of new projects and increased our engagement with the NHS R&D community by developing a more interactive relationship with our stakeholders.

This month we are launching the first of a series of podcasts focusing on research and development across the region.  Each short film will feature an individual or team who have impacted the health research landscape in the North West.  To see the first in the series focusing on the NHS R&D NW team click here.  

In this issue we will be sharing the success of our Patient and Public in Research Catalyst Event, feedback from the creative workshops and details on our next annual R&D Conference, Lets Talk Research 2105.

We also say goodbye to Sophie Wozencraft who did a wonderful job providing administration support for the North West People in Research Forum and hello to Safeena Aslam who started with the Forum in February. We also welcome Chanje Kunde, creative writer, who will be working on our new Digital Archive Project.

We will also be saying farewell to 3 Piccadillly Place at the end of May when we will be moving to new premises in King Street, Manchester.  Full details will be posted on our website after Easter.

Don’t forget you can join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter and keep up to date with our brand new Facebook page.

Finally, the NHS R&D NW team would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter!
Dr Stuart Eglin
Regional Director
Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute of Psychology,
Health and Society, University of Liverpool


Team News 


Safeena Aslam

Safeena was appointed as the new North West People in Research Project Administrator and started with the team in February this year.  Safeena works for the forum 3 days a week and she is an experienced project management professional. Working in partnership with UK Energy Research Centre, UKSHEC, ESRC and others, Safeena has coordinated health-related projects, including ICT, Digital Divide, Habitus and Self-Management of Heart Disease within the ESRC e-Society programme as well as other projects around the themes of public engagement.  Safeena has worked on a number of public and private sector projects and is interested in Project Management and Research capabilities in using Big Data, Crowd sourcing information and technologies.

Chanje Kunde
NHS R&D NW also welcomes creative writer Chanje Kunde who has been appointed to work for 15 days over 2 - 3 months, on our new archive project.  This project has been funded by the HENW Forerunner Fund via the NW Health Care Libraries Unit scheme and is a collaboration with the Health Care Libraries Unit and Cheshire and Merseyside Commissioning Support Unit.  Chanje will be spending one to two days a week with the team curating and narrating the last 10 years of R&D work to help build a new digital NHS R&D archive.  Chanje has had a very successful writing career over the last 15 years and notably was writer in residence at Central Manchester Hospitals 2009-2011.  She is a published poet and has performed her work in both the UK and Europe.  More information about this project and Chanje's work will be available on our website after Easter.

The NHS R&D North West team is also advertising for a part time freelance communications administrator to support our website and social media campaigns. We are looking for an individual with excellent ICT skills, including maintaining and updating websites, communicating using social media platforms, and producing e-newsletters and blogs. If you or someone you know is interested in this role, details are listed on our website or you can contact for further information.


Quarterly Update

Releasing the Potential of the NHS Researcher:
  • NHS R&D NW are leading on the Health Education England Internship programme for the Northern Region which is aimed at providing the opportunity for healthcare professionals who are pre-masters to spend time increasing their understanding of clinical academic research.  Each internship comes with backfill funding to release clinicians from practice for 30 days research experience and to enable them to participate in a 5 day educational programme. We ran the first two day residential for interns in Lancashire in February and are excited to be working with this group of clinicians over the coming months. It is anticipated that this scheme will be run in 2015 and updates will be provided in future newletters and on our website.
    Negotiating and collaboration skills are essential skills for researchers to develop and we ran a one day workshop on this topic in March.  The focus of the workshop was on supporting people in adopting a more strategic approach to their networking activities and in developing skills in overcoming some of the personal challenges associated with networking activities.
    We are coming to the end of our social media workshops which have enabled a community of NHS based researchers to increase their social media skills.  An NHS R&D NW twitter chat has evolved from these workshops.  The chats will take place on a monthly basis and news of the dates and topics will be tweeted shortly and available via the website.
    Don't forget to check out the new research portal that is now live on our website.  The links will take you to what you feel are some of the main organisations and networks throughout the North, Nationally and Internationally that are relevant to the health and social care research community.

  • The Catalyst event "how can we demonstrate the benefits of involving the Public in Research", took place on 14th January at the Macron Stadium, Bolton. This was a collaboration between NHS R&D NW and the North West People in Research Forum. This event brought together people from diverse backgrounds across the North West of England who have an interest in Patient and Public Involvement in research. Mr Simon Denegri, Chair of INVOLVE and National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research and Mr Derek Stewart, Associate Director for Patient & Public Involvement National Institute for Health Research, Clinical Research Network spoke at the event. Both speakers eloquently emphasized the importance of Patient and Public involvement in research and why we need to look at the evidence base. Our thanks and appreciation go to both Simon and Derek for giving their time to speak and take part in this catalyst event. The NHS R&D NW team will be working closely with the NWPiRF to take forward the key issues from the day.  The full report is available on our website………..

  • Karen Zaman' s secondment was extended from UHSM and Karen has continued to promote the benefits of the EU funding programme Horizon 2020 across NHS organisations in the region.  Karen has made considerable gains in connecting researchers and clinicians with small businesses to form project collaborations for several Horizon 2020 calls. Horizon 2020

Lets Talk Research:
  • The next NHS Research & Development North West Annual Conference – Let’s Talk Research - Will take place on 17th and 18th September 2015, Macron Stadium, Bolton (Reebok Stadium).  Abstract submission has now closed and we are booking delegate places.  Places are going fast so book your place before the end of June to benefit from our early bird rate.  Full details and the provisional programme are listed on our website.......

Creative Learning:
  • Our creative learning programme continues to be very popular and we sold out on our last training day in January that looked at using comic strip and animation to communicate key health and research messages. This interactive and practical workshop took you through the actual process of creating your own personalised comic strip and short animated film so that everyone had the confidence and skill to make them in their workplace setting.  Look out for further dates for future creative workshops on our website. 
North West People in Research Forum
  • #PublicInResearch campaign
Inspired by the #WhyWeDoResearch campaign the North West People in Research Forum has launched #PublicInResearch to raise awareness of public involvement in research and to create a twitter space where people who are actively involved in research and researchers who actively involve people in research can share:
  • Why they became involved in research
  • Why they involve people in research
  • How people are being involved in research
  • Benefits of involving people in research (So what?)                                                        
At the moment many people use #PPI as a hashtag so you have to trawl through lots of tweets about payment protection insurance to find tweets relating to public involvement in research!  This hashtag can change that.  

Researchers, research teams and research active-organisation can take part by tweeting a photo with: 
  • The reasons why they involve people in research
  • How they’ve involved people in research with #PublicInResearch
  • How their research has benefited from public involvement in research
and including #PublicInResearch in the tweet.

Members of the public who are actively involved in research can take part by tweeting a photo with:
  • The reasons they became involved in research
  • How they’ve been involved in research
  • How they’ve benefited from being involved in research
  • and including #PublicInResearch in the tweet.
Examples can be seen at #PublicInResearch and more information is available at
Please join the campaign and share your experiences of public involvement and engagement in research!

Upcoming Events

  • Using IPhones and IPads to make short films and podcasts (30/04/15 and 18/06/15):
This workshop is designed to teach the basic skills of planning, storyboarding, filming and editing short films and podcasts so that researchers and health care professionals can communicate their work more effectively and more widely. Both workshops are now full but details of future workshops will be available on our website.
  • Dementia Research: Implementation in Practice (13/05/15) Manchester.
This half day workshop is being led by The Alzheimer's Society and will focus on plans for their new implementation grant scheme which will be launched in June 2015 The workshop is open to anyone working in the field of research and/or clinical/social care in dementia. Further details are available on our website. To book a place contact
  • Comic strip & animation workshop (19/05/2015):
Due to the popularity of this workshop in January we are running a second one in May.  It is an opportunity to learn how to make comic strips and short animated films to communicate your research and development messages. Work with experienced artists and animators to develop skills and confidence to communicate your work in a new and exciting way.
  • Team Workshops with Julian Stodd and Margaret Wheatley 7/05/15 & 24/07/15: 
Julian Stodd is a learning and development professional based in the UK, specialising in e-learning, mobile learning, social media and learning theory. 
Meg Wheatley is an American writer and management consultant who studies organisational behaviour. Her approach includes systems thinking, theories of change, chaos theory, leadership and the learning organisation. 

Both workshops are designed for the NHS R&D NW Team only, to look at the development of communities of practice and social movements in R&D. Parts of the two workshops will be filmed and made available to our stakeholders. Details will be published on our website in the summer.


Photo Gallery (Jan-March 2015)

The Catalyst event "how can we demonstrate the benefits of involving the Public in Research", took place on 14th January at the Macron Stadium, Bolton.
Learning to make comic strip and animated films January 2015
Agenda wall at the Catalyst event "how can we demonstrate the benefits of involving the Public in Research"
Visual Minutes at the PPI Catalyst event in January 2015.
Making models for  animation at the creative Learning Workshop in January.
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