Our new book club – Reading for inspiration!

Written by Amanda Craig, Associate Director: This year because of the extraordinary circumstances of lockdown and quarantine – the team at NHS R&D North West decided that we would create a less formal CPD event for ourselves in the form of an online book club to read and discuss together. Choosing books that have inspired us…

In pursuit of ‘winefulness’ by Jo Simpson

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” What is mindfulness….. Mindfulness is about knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. It is easy to stop noticing what is around us, lose touch with our feelings and end up…

Don’t judge a book by its cover #GillianHope2017

I have spent my last day here in Coimbra Portugal walking around the old town, soaking up the sunshine, buying small souvenirs I can squeeze into my suitcase and reflecting on my time here in Portugal on the Hope Exchange Programme. When I very first arrived I remember thinking that everything looked a bit shabby…

A different paradigm #GillianHope2017

  Over the last few weeks I have explored the health care system in and around Coimbra in Portugal and often visited departments that have been outside my general field of knowledge and expertise. This has not been a negative experience and in most cases has been doubly interesting because I learned so much more.…