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Gillian Southgate, NHS R&D NW, HOPE Exchange 2017 #GillianHope2017

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Welcome to my new live blog where I will  be talking about my experience on the HOPE Exchange Programme in Portugal.

For those of you who don’t yet know, I will be spending 4 whole weeks immersed in the Portuguese health care system at the Centro Hospitalar e Universitario de Coimbra.  I leave for Lisbon, this Sunday 14th May and if all goes to plan I should then catch a train and arrive in Coimbra sometime the same day (fingers crossed!!).

Why Portugal you might ask?? Well the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world is the anglo-portuguese alliance signed by England and Portugal back in 1373 and is still in force today…… but that’s just an interesting fact, not the reason I chose to go!  Some thought I chose Portugal for the sunshine and excellent cuisine and while this is definitely a draw it’s still  not the reason.  In fact I chose Portugal because they have their own National Health Service founded in 1979 and it faces similar challenges to our own NHS.  However, despite these challenges, Portugal has been identified as a centre of competence in health connected activities with the potential to become a cluster of excellence with international vocation.  In order to develop that potential, in 2008, several public and private organisations related with the health sector founded the Health Cluster Portugal (HCP).  It’s objective is to make Portugal a competitive player in the research, design, development, manufacture and marketing of products and associated health services.  The strategy of the HCP focuses in the development of welfare and active ageing, preventative medicine, health tourism and eHealth.

Soooo….. all in all I thought I might be able to learn something new and perhaps bring some creative ideas back to the UK.

To find out how I get on check out this blog or follow me on Twitter #GillianHope2017


The Wonky Car!

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Singing the praises of health research in a way that we can all understand. Rob Young discusses how health researchers need to communicate.

To read the current edition click Robs Newsletter March 2017

Rob Young

Rob Young – Writer in Residence


The Researcher spring edition is here

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Maintaining momentum with the latest issue of The Researcher

The Researcher - Issue 3

The Researcher – Issue 3

The third issue of The Researcher launches today. This digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers, aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Created by Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development North West (NHS R&D NW) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR),  working with a team of ‘early career’ researchers and award-winning writer Rob Young, The Researcher illustrates the real-life stories of what it’s really like to undertake a research career.

Following a successful first two issues in 2016 which have received over 10,000 views so far, this issue explores helping researchers ‘maintain momentum’.

Editorial team member Kimberley Stewart, Senior Clinical Pharmacist at City Hospitals Sunderland explains why she got involved:
“I was really excited when I heard about the magazine – as someone taking the first steps towards a clinical academic career I felt that this would be something I would be really interested in reading myself! I’m really enjoying the Internship, and wanted to encourage others who might be thinking about applying to go for it. It can be quite daunting, taking the first steps into research, but I’ve really benefitted from hearing the stories from the other Interns and from Early Career Researchers who have shared their stories with us”. 

Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE – who funded the magazine – said:
“I am so pleased to be able to support another high quality issue of The Researcher which has been developed by a team of health researchers who are so passionate about promoting research. Frontline clinicians are well placed to question how they can improve patient care and I hope that the magazine inspires readers from across the NHS to find out more about how they can pursue a research career.” 

The Researcher is available to read on the HEE website: Enjoy!


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NHS RandD most innovative NHS

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2017 were a collaboration between The Innovation Agency (AHSN for the North West Coast), the NIHR Clinical Research Network North West Coast; and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

The awards celebrated the success and rewarded achievements for the excellent work being undertaken across the region in relation to clinical research and innovation within healthcare. At the event’s core is the desire to demonstrate how clinical research and innovation efforts have had an impact on patient care across the North West Coast and to showcase ideas.

To see the winners of the 2017 North west Coast Research and Innovation awards visit NWC awards website or view the picture montage below.

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NHS R&D 2016 achievements

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NHS R&D North West created, collaborated, communicated and became very curious in 2016. Look at how we supported researchers across the region.


Let’s Talk Research Conference 2016

 With the theme of Edgewalking, this year’s conference brought healthcare professionals together to explore novel approaches to research. Click here to see a short video.


The Researcher Magazine

A new, online digital magazine created by healthcare researchers for healthcare researchers. Read Issue1 here and Issue 2 here and be part of the community. Issue 3 due in February 2017.



The Academy of Creative Minds

A 6 month programme to build confidence and expertise in using the creative arts to convey your research messages in a more powerful and meaningful way. Read more.


 Creative Communications

 Stop motion animation, iPad/iPhone film-making, photography, social media workshops, the academy of creative minds. Read more on our website.



HEE/NIHR ICA Internship Programme

 25 candidates successfully completed the 2015/16 programme and presented their posters at our annual conference in September. Read more.



Catalyst Events

NHS R&D North West has run a series of open space discussion events during 2016. To learn more about these productive events or to book one click here.

The Researcher magazine going from strength to strength

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Issue 3 of The Researcher magazine will be launched in February.

This issue will focus on momentum – and maintaining it when there can be so many obstacles and distractions in your way. Look out for it on our website and HEE website in February 2017.

Issue 2

Work life balance is a hot topic when it comes to making plans for a career in research. The second issue of The Researcher explores this topic. Click here to read it!

Front cover Issue 2

Issue 2

Breaking boundaries and making a difference. Read stories from a range of early career researchers. Click here

The Researcher Issue 1

NIHR Webinar – Getting your finances right

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‘Getting your finances right – from application to the end of your project’

Tuesday 18 October at 2pm
The next NIHR Training and Career Development webinar will be an introductory webinar on the finance aspects NIHR trainees should consider from application and throughout the lifetime of an NIHR award. This webinar is aimed at aspiring and current NIHR trainees as well as other professionals, such as those based in finance roles at Higher Educational Institutions and NHS Trusts who wish to learn more about best practice surrounding financing of NIHR training and career development awards from NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre.
This webinar will include:
  • practical advice on how to get your finances right from application and throughout an NIHR award
  • best practice around monitoring and reporting
  • a live Q&A session
The webinar will be presented by Ian Dowling,  Assistant Director – Operations at the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre and Sharon Hammond, Finance & Contracts Manager at the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre.
You can register for the webinar via the following link:
If you have any issues when registering please email

The Early Career Researcher: developing a framework for development

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We have recently launched the first stage of a project to develop an infrastructure to help ECR nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and their managers, begin to understand and develop clinical academic research capabilities and learning opportunities.  In due course, we will  identify developmental needs and means of addressing these. 

This is a complex landscape and there is much to be done!  So, if you would like to join us or find out more about the project , please get in touch with Bill Campbell the project lead.

NEW – The Researcher Magazine

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Launched today…..The Researcher magazine

The Researcher front coverClick here to read and be inspired!

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers

A new magazine called The Researcher has launched today. The digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development North West and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have worked together with a team of early career health researchers and award winning writer Rob Young to produce the magazine which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Jacqueline Gaile, a Senior Research Speech and Language Therapist, part of the University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS foundation Trust is a member of the editorial panel. She said:

“I want to be part of building a community of clinical and early career researchers who can support each other to work for patient benefit. I see this magazine as an opportunity to showcase the unique position we occupy as clinical researchers and to support each other through the various challenges this role brings. I’m an artist and a scientist; doing clinical research and editing The Researcher magazine allow me to be both at the same time.”

Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE – who funded the magazine – said:

“At HEE we have a responsibility to develop a workforce that embraces research and innovation, and to support clinical academic careers for health professionals. I am passionate about research and evidence-based decision making, and the impact it can have on the quality of patient care.

“I hope that these real-life stories of the positives and challenges of undertaking research will inspire other early career researchers to get involved and think about what they can offer to improve services and care for patients. For those in the middle of a research project, we hope that the magazine gives you the encouragement to keep going and share your experiences with others.”

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read at

Please let us know your comments on Twitter @NHSRDNW #TheResearcherMagazine.

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