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Fully-funded Research Masters programmes for healthcare, social work, and public health students

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) INSIGHT (North East and North Cumbria) are very pleased to be able to offer 30 fully-funded Research Masters studentships starting in September 2024. Applications are invited from final year students and newly registered healthcare, social work, and public health professionals in the North East and North Cumbria who are progressing towards a wide range of research careers, focusing on blending research and practice. Research Masters courses available include: Northumbria University – Healthcare Professional Practice (MRes); Teesside University – Clinical Research (MRes); Newcastle University – Clinical Research (MClinRes); Newcastle University – Public Health and Health Services research (Msc); Newcastle University – Public …

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By Amy Aitken
July 5, 2024

Looking for research evidence that’s easy to understand?

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East & North Cumbria Evidence Hub is where you can explore short and easy-to-read summaries of health and care research that has been funded or supported by the ARC North East and North Cumbria. Each summary includes recommendations and/or next steps, which it is hoped that practitioners and policy makers will find useful. Visit the Evidence Hub to explore the latest research…  

By Amy Aitken
June 28, 2024

Lunch & Learns galore!

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, our Lunch & Learns are short, informal events that take place at lunchtime. While you take a break and eat, you can listen to our invited speaker give a short talk sharing information about their work, as well as their experience of improvement. Over the past few weeks, we’ve held a number of interesting and insightful Lunch & Learn sessions on topics including equality diversity and inclusion, improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and creative health. Please take a look at the recordings of these sessions using the …

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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 2024

LUNCH & LEARN recording – Creative Health

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 24 May 2024 saw Michael Cunliffe (artist and Creative Health Strategic Manager, Northumberland County Council & North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on ‘Creative Health’. Our Lunch & Learns are short, informal events that take place at lunchtime – while you take a break and eat, you can listen to our invited speaker give a short talk sharing information about their work, as well as their experience of improvement. Increasing evidence is showing how the arts and creativity can improve people’s lives. In this session, …

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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 2024

LUNCH & LEARN recording – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Raising awareness

Brought to you by Boost in collaboration with North Cumbria Knowledge and Library Service, this Lunch & Learn session on 22 May 2024 saw Dr Helen Howlett (Senior Commissioner for Children, Young People and Maternity, North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board) deliver a presentation on ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Raising awareness’. Our Lunch & Learns are short, informal events that take place at lunchtime – while you take a break and eat, you can listen to our invited speaker give a short talk sharing information about their work, as well as their experience of improvement. This session gave an introduction to the associated harms of alcohol in pregnancy …

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By Amy Aitken
May 24, 2024

Workforce invited to upskill in preventing and managing alcohol related harm

A new online training platform has opened to all health and care staff who would like to learn more about alcohol abuse. The programme for alcohol studies offers a comprehensive range of self-led and live training opportunities covering: Alcohol awareness – what drives alcohol related harm? Identifying alcohol related harm – how can we talk to patients about it? Interventions to manage alcohol abuse – how can we support the patient journey to recovery? The programme includes modules that look at the wider picture, exploring the influence ‘big alcohol’ has on all our lives, and the relationship between alcohol and broader health inequalities. It also includes very practical guidance for …

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By Amy Aitken
April 23, 2024

Join an evening of suicide awareness, reflection, and remembrance at Newcastle Cathedral

The North East Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt has been created in our region by those bereaved by suicide, helping to honour the lives of their loved ones, whilst also aiming to raise awareness and spark important conversations. The team behind the making of the memorial quilt invite you to a ‘Suicide Awareness & Remembrance Event’ which is taking place on Wednesday 20 March, 7:00pm – 8:45pm, at Newcastle Cathedral. Be sure to join for an evening of remembrance featuring a candle procession, music from the Ryton Singers, and speakers Samantha Allen (chief executive of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (NENC ICB)) and Andy Airey …

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By Amy Aitken
February 21, 2024

Exploring NHS Health Check Delivery in the North East and North Cumbria: Developing research priorities and partnerships

An event co-hosted by the North East North Cumbria NHS Health Check network, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), and Fuse. Wednesday 6 March 2024, 9:30am – 1:00pm, at The Penthouse, Collingwood College, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LT. This event aims to bring together stakeholders involved within the delivery of the NHS Health Check including commissioners, providers, researchers, and community voices to build collaborative relationships and explore the priorities for research in relation to the NHS Health Checks in the North East and North Cumbria. Speakers to set the scene will include Dr Louise Tanner and Dr Ryan Kenny (Newcastle University/NIHR Innovation Observatory) with updates on …

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By Amy Aitken
February 20, 2024

Submit your abstract for the Fuse International Conference

Public engagement is a critical requirement – not only for public health initiatives, but for research funding. However, public engagement can be tokenistic, ignore power dynamics, and lead to frustrations from both public partners and researchers. “How can we put the public back in Public Health?” During the 2024 Fuse Conference at Cornell University USA, the team want to explore the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of including the public – along with other essential stakeholders – in public health work. Fuse invites session proposals that share and explore: practical examples of engaging the public in public health, including successes, barriers and actions taken to overcome barriers; methodological and theoretical reflections …

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By Amy Aitken
December 22, 2023

Cumberland Council’s Colin Cox advocates shared learning through Boost

Colin Cox, Cumberland Council’s Director of Public Health and Communities, champions the Boost learning and improvement community as a foundation for shared learning in community health. He emphasised its role in unifying diverse stakeholders toward the common goal of enhancing community health and wellbeing. Colin endorsed Boost for its ability to break barriers and foster collaboration among health and care professionals and community leaders. He highlights Boost’s platform for exchanging best practices, innovative solutions, and data insights as pivotal in driving continuous improvement within the North East and North Cumbria’s health and care landscape. As an advocate for collaborative learning, Colin envisions Boost as a cornerstone in improving health and …

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By Amy Aitken
December 22, 2023

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