Facilitated collaboration, discussion and networking
In the last 4 years, the NHS NW R&D office has delivered over 10 catalyst events in the North West of England. These one day or series of events have brought together people from a wide range of healthcare and academic disciplines who have a shared interest.
What is a Catalyst Event?
The Catalyst philosophy was born out of complexity theory – a theory based on the simple observation that chaos can breed brilliance.
In recognition of the vast clinical and academic expertise in health research in the North West but a lack of effective networking among those with that expertise the Catalyst Programme was established. Click here to see a short animation on the Catalyst Process.
The aims of the NHS R&D Catalyst programme are:-
- To Identify research questions of importance to policy makers, commissioners, service providers, clinicians, patients and the public
- Create new, exciting and innovative collaborations to develop research funding
- Improve links between the NHS and other organisations across the EU and with Universities to facilitate research and support changes in practice
- Contribute to economic agendas of the North of England and EU regional partners, through the attraction of additional research and development funding .
- Give colleagues in the North of England and the EU an idea of strengths and potential gaps in research in the region
- The event will provide an ideal opportunity to connect with international work to enable participants to draw on fresh learning from outside their own region.
Outputs of Catalyst Events
Significant outputs have included closer working relationships between academic institutions in Manchester and Liverpool, proposals for studies looking at early warning systems for heavy users of hospital care and developing, evaluating and implementing new paradigms in activity programmes for obese adults. There has also been development of a network to discuss creating an emotionally intelligent safe practice framework for individuals and teams in safety-critical clinical and social care contexts. In 2013/2014 Catalysts events will address research topics for primary dental care, dementia and family and work life reconciliation.
The Catalyst process supports the health policies of both NW England and partner EU regions by contributing to :
- Improved health outcomes
- Facilitation of research to discover how to deliver the safest healthcare
- The delivery of increased activity and output from invention and research
- The creation of a climate for retention, development and growth of both the health and research industries
Interactive partnerships with other EU regions and formal agreements can facilitate the alignment of research strengths and areas for future development. Catalyst events have been run in partnership with the North West Health Brussels Office allowing wider collaboration with European health partners such as Catalonia in Spain and Veneto in Italy.