August  2021
NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) newsletter
News from across the ARCs
Handing over instead of ending pain management programmes: How peer-led meetings build on positive gains
For people who experience long term pain, continuing peer-led meetings when a pain management course finishes can be an effective low-cost, social intervention, a 
new article published by NIHR ARC West and North Bristol NHS Trust has highlighted.
‘The Lost Voices’ releases its final report and resources for early career researchers
'The Lost Voices' is a national campaign aiming to highlight and tackle inequalities faced by the early-career researcher (ECR) community, led by NIHR ARC North Thames researcher Dr Sarah Jasim. The final report from the campaign is now out - summarising the stories and concerns shared, presenting discussion and proposed solutions, and suggesting future directions that will ultimately benefit researchers, research, institutions and communities. The work has also generated an
early career researcher toolkit.
New clinical trial aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of long COVID
A major new consortium led by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and UCL, and supported by NIHR ARCs East Midlands, North Thames, North West Coast, South West Peninsula and Yorkshire & Humber has recently been awarded £6.8 million by the NIHR to conduct the largest clinical study of long COVID over the next two years. The STIMULATE-ICP consortium is made up of more than 30 researchers, health professionals, patients and industry partners from over 30 organisations.
NIHR ARC National Priority for adult social care and social work publishes report on involving people with lived experience
In the same week that the NIHR published its long-awaited report on 
Public Involvement in Social Care Research, NIHR ARC West Midlands published the report, ‘Equal Access to the Knowledge Table’, which shares findings from a scoping exercise to understand more about how service users, carers and public contributors shape social care research across the NIHR ARC network. Recommendations from the report will be used to inform approaches to involvement in the National Priority for Adult Social Care and Social Work, which is led by NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey & Sussex.
New resource developed for tackling health inequalities 
A team at Lancaster University linked to the NIHR ARC North-West Coast has created an online resource for public sector professionals and community activists working locally to reduce health inequalities.  The resource translates lessons from the Neighbourhood Resilience Programme. Case studies of nine neighbourhoods offer insight into the opportunities and challenges encountered and the impacts that can be achieved.
NIHR ARC OxTV supported PRINCIPLE trial 'highly commended' for innovative use of health data
The PRINCIPLE trial, which the NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley was a fundamental part of setting up in the early days of the pandemic, has been highly commended at the Health Data Research UK Awards for the way in which patient data is utilised so participants are contacted about the trial soon after receiving a positive test result.
New Improvement Science Snapshot - Video reflexive ethnography for healthcare improvement
The NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber’s Improvement Science theme have been producing short videos which introduce practitioners, researchers and anyone else with an interest in improvement science to key methods and approaches in an accessible way. Video reflexive ethnography is a quality improvement method gaining traction in the health services. In this month's Improvement Science snapshot, Dr Siobhan McHugh tells us what it is, drawing on her own experience of using the approach with maternity care teams.
Kailo project to improve adolescent mental health receives £5.3 million funding
A project led by NIHR ARC North Thames, NIHR ARC South West Peninsula, University College London, Exeter University and Dartington Service Design Lab and Shift, has been awarded a UK Prevention Research Partnership Consortium award of £5.3 million to improve adolescent mental health in disadvantaged communities. The Kailo project brings together a multidisciplinary team of leading researchers and practitioners to work alongside communities to develop locally tailored strategies to combat the underlying causes of adolescent mental ill health.
Researcher's Week 2021 
This summer, the NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academy hosted a week of free, online events to support the learning and development needs of applied health and social care researchers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The week, which included a range of workshops and presentations attracted more than 800 registrations. NIHR ARC KSS colleagues and external speakers focussed on capacity building, co-production, public & community involvement and implementation.
Research Internship Programme
NIHR ARC Greater Manchester are currently recruiting interns for 2021/22. The internship programme is aimed specifically at health and care professionals who have an interest in exploring the possibilities of a research career combined with their current professional role and who may benefit from undertaking postgraduate research study.
Could balance training help to reduce falls in people with COPD?
New research led by Dr Samantha Harrison from Teesside University, linked to NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria, will explore the relationship between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and an increased risk of falling. Dr Harrison has secured an NIHR Advanced Fellowship for her work, and £1.1 million in funding.
Virtual conference brings together international delegates to explore the role of implementation science in the COVID-19 response
Around 130 international delegates attended the fourth Implementation Science Research Conference held by NIHR ARC South London on 15 and 16 July, which for the second-year running was held as a virtual event.

Help to co-design exercise programme for Parkinson's
NIHR ARC East of England researcher and PhD student at the University of Cambridge
Ledia Alushi is investigating what information people with Parkinson's receive about exercise and physical activity, when they are newly diagnosed and as the condition progresses. Health care professionals and people with Parkinson's are invited to take part in surveys to understand exercise needs and preferences, resources currently available, and co-design a programme to support exercise and physical activity.
Heart failure and hospital readmissions
Research by authors from NIHR ARC East Midlands and NIHR ARC West Midlands recently won the Nurse Investigator Award at the ‘Heart Failure 2021’ congress, hosted by the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. The paper by Dr Claire Lawson and colleagues looked at trends in 30-day hospital readmissions following initial hospitalisation for heart failure and found an increase in readmission rates over the last 16 years, with a greater impact on those who are less affluent and those who belong to an ethnic minority group.
Promoting diversity in health research ‘must be made a priority’
“Matters of inclusion” and “robust translation methods” should be adopted to improve ethnic minority participation within vital health research, according a study involving NIHR ARC East Midlands.
New NIHR ARC Wessex projects – Meet the teams behind them
Following a year long competition, NIHR ARC Wessex announce that eight new research projects have joined their portfolio. In September and October, they have two live webinars from the researchers working on those projects. For more information and to book your place see the events listings below.
Blogs and opinion

The H@H Research Project for acute care in private homes
Researchers from the Acute Care Interfaces theme of NIHR ARC West Midlands have recently begun a rapid, COVID-related research project on ‘Hospitals at Home’ (H@H). The project aims to understand how the current provision of H@H can support the delivery of certain hospital-level care processes in community settings.

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Evaluating ‘we can move’: The benefits of having an embedded researcher in the team
Alan Inman-Ward is the Head of Insight and Intelligence at Active Gloucestershire and joined the organisation a few months into the two-year evaluation of 'we can move' being carried out by NIHR ARC West. Alan worked closely with Dr James Nobles, Senior Research Associate at NIHR ARC West, throughout the project. Here he talks about his experience of working with an embedded researcher.

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Learning from a pandemic: The role of research evidence for policy in uncertain times
NIHR ARC North Thames PhD researcher Sarah Lester is interested in the role that evidence and research plays in public health decision-making. In this recent blog, Sarah explores how research evidence was used to inform the short-term COVID-19 policy response. She is based at the EPPI-Centre at University College London.

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Community ageing research study up and running again after a 16-month gap. But what has changed?
The NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber’s Older People with Frailty theme share news of a remote model of CARE75+ which is being rolled out in response to social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this new approach, named CARE75+ REMOTE, in this blog.

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NIHR ARC North-West Coast Seldom Heard Voices Forum: Youth at risk
Young people can be at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation. The underlying causes of children’s vulnerability to exploitation, such as poverty and inequality and, lack of support services for children in need and their families need to be addressed says Selina Wallis, NIHR ARC NWC Public Involvement Manager.
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What happens next? A PhD research perspective
NIHR ARC South West Peninsula have launched a new series of blogs, reaching out to past PhD students to discuss why they got into research, what an ARC PhD meant to them, and what happened next in their research careers. Here we meet Dr Abi Hall, whose PhD explored the rehabilitation of people with dementia following hip fracture.

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Using Implementation Science to support adoption and spread
In this new blog Paul Wilson, NIHR ARC Greater Manchester Implementation Science Theme Lead, shares his insights on implementation science and states: "Implementation science is the scientific study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of evidence-based products, practices and polices into routine practice..."

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Reciprocity between researchers and communities – What does positive, mutual exchange look like?
Mary Newburn, patient and public involvement and engagement lead, NIHR ARC South London's maternity and perinatal mental health theme, highlights learning from a training event that brought together researchers and community members to explore public involvement in research.

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Learning to deliver palliative care during COVID-19
Chloe Bennett, Research Assistant in the NIHR ARC East of England Ageing and Multi-morbidity theme shares the key learnings from the joint webinar in May with NIHR ARC South London exploring
What have we learnt about delivering high-quality palliative care in care homes during COVID-19?’.

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Shaping health and social care in Kent, Surrey and Sussex
In this blog Nadia Brookes, NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex Co-production Theme Lead, reflects on what co-production means to her.

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Events and opportunities
PhD Opportunity: Improving health in type 2 diabetes patients from low socio-economic backgrounds

Application closing date:
Monday 16 August

Funded by NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria, and hosted by Newcastle University, this three-year, full-time studentship will involve working closely with communities in the North East, via the Newcastle United Foundation, to explore health behaviours and attitudes to activity and dietary change.
PhD Opportunity: Improving support for people with severe mental illness to quit smoking: comparing a bottom up with a top-down quality improvement approach

Application closing date:
Monday 30 August

This PhD studentship will apply the positive deviance approach, which is a bottom up approach to quality improvement, to identify recommendations for how better to support people with severe mental illness to reduce or stop smoking. The PhD will also compare these recommendations with those developed using a more traditional 'top down' approach of an evidence review. As such the PhD will compare a bottom up with a top down approach to developing improvement recommendations.
NIHR ARC North Thames 'Introduction to Evaluation' online course

Monday 6 September – Friday 29 October (course can be completed flexibly within this period, 12 hours over 8 weeks is the expected duration)
Location: Online
The NIHR ARC North Thames Academy ‘Introduction to Evaluation’ online course offers health and care professionals leading expertise and support to build the skills and knowledge they need to conduct evaluations of services or interventions. This free course covers key guidance from the planning stages through to sharing your findings. It is specifically aimed at staff in frontline services in the NHS, local government and social care organisations. *Apply for your place by 8 August 2021.
Implementation Seminar: Promoting action on research implementation in health services (PARIHS)

Thursday 9 September, 12.30 - 1.30pm
Location: Online
The next NIHR ARC East of England online Implementation Seminar explaining the PARIHS framework and how it can help implement research in health services will be presented by Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Lancaster.

Catch up with all the NIHR ARC EoE
seminar recordings for 2020/21 to learn more about implementation science and how to put research into practice, with expert speakers.
The role of palliative care in the public health response to COVID-19

15 September 2021, 2-4pm
Location: Online
This NIHR ARC South London seminar will highlight the role of palliative care in the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic by drawing on the work of the CovPall study.
New NIHR ARC Wessex research projects (Part 1)

Monday 18 October, 12.30–1.30pm

Location: Online
Learn about:
  • MODIFY - The development and iMplementation Of a multidisciplinary medication review and Deprescribing Intervention among Frail older people in primarY care (Dr KindaIbrahim)
  • IDA. Implementing a Digital physical Activity intervention for older adults (Dr Kat Bradbury)
  • PROCED – PROactive, Collaborative and Efficient complex Discharge (Dr Carlos Lamas Fernandez)
  • Implementation of a digital health coaching intervention for older people with frailty in Wessex (DONOR: Digital cOachiNg fOr fRailty) (Professor Jane Murphy)
New NIHR ARC Wessex research projects (Part 2)

Monday 18 October, 12.30–1.30pm

Location: Online
Learn about:
  • PARTNERS Project. Development and implementation of a digital tool for multisectoral support and management of long term conditions (Professor Mari Carmen Portillo)
  • Wessex DIET. Determining the Impact of food insEcurity in young families and Testing interventions (Dr Dianna Smith & Dr Nisreen Alwan)
  • Non-digital support for maintaining physical activity in people with long-term (Moth 5) – within Maintenance Of physical acTivity beHaviour (MOTH) programme (Professor Maria Stokes and Dr Paul Clarkson)
  • My Medical Record Neuro. Identifying strategies to support widespread uptake, use and usefulness of digital care in long-term conditions (Professor Chris Kipps)
Helping older people to stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown

Catch up
Location: Online

As part of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre Seminar Series, NIHR ARC Greater Manchester Healthy Ageing Lead, Chris Todd and Dr Annemarie Money, delivered the “Helping older people to stay active during the COVID-19 lockdown” seminar. 

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