Monday 13 November 2017

NMAHP Event- Building our research capacity and capability across the North East and North Cumbria.

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) recently hosted an event with the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) which brought together front-line clinicians, service managers and clinical researchers to showcase examples of ongoing research in the region.

Promoting the different funding and training opportunities our speakers highlighted the different ways for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) to get involved in applied and clinical research. The event, which took place in Boldon on 7 November, was a fantastic opportunity for two parts of the northern NIHR infrastructure to come together to support NMAHPs in their research careers.

The event attracted over 120 delegates and was opened by Nadine Bleasby, Chief Operating Officer, CRN North East and North Cumbria and Professor Andrew Fisher – Dean of Clinical Medicine, Newcastle University, who also leads training at the Newcastle BRC.

Throughout the day the different training routes available to NMAHPs were outlined, including the newly developed ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professions. Ranging from “taster” research internships to senior clinical lectureship opportunities, the pathway is open to a wide range of professionals. Many of our speakers also highlighted the different funding opportunities and tips for applicants. Anyone who is interested in staying up-to-date with NIHR Newcastle BRC funding calls and events are encouraged to sign-up to our mailing list.

Showcasing NMAHP clinical and applied research activity in the North East and North Cumbria, Staff Nurse Becky Sarjeant, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow Michael Sykes, and Nurse Consultant Valentina Short shared their honest “warts and all” stories about their own research journeys. All three highlighting the importance of feedback and networking to their research as well as the support of family and friends during the challenging but extremely rewarding process.

Some fantastic posters, showcasing the diverse research taking place in the region were displayed. The deserving winners of the poster prizes were:

  • 1st Prize: Graham McClelland- When is a stroke not a stroke? Development of the STEAM tool to identify prehospital stroke mimics.
  • 2nd Prize: Emma Heslop- DMD HUB: Expanding clinical trial capacity for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in the UK
  • 3rd Prize: Robert Robinson- Investigating the Needs of Dementia Caregivers

Sharon Dorgan, Anthea Mould and Dawn Biram covered the NMAHP Strategies and Research Training options available. The event was also used as a platform to launch the new NIHR CRN NENC/HEENE ‘Building Research Capacity & Capability in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHPs) strategy’. This strategy aims to:

  • Develop a coherent regional approach to research training for NMAHPs.
  • Further develop regional excellence and innovation within research by harnessing all available talent.
  • Develop those professionals who wish to attain research competency through a clinical research delivery route, thereby delivering and supporting research led by others.

Professor Anne-Maree Keenan, Deputy Chair of the NIHR Infrastructure Training Forum, visiting from the Leeds BRC, then discussed the different way to make the most of these opportunities to engage in research from the NIHR.

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