March 2022
News from across the ARCs
#ARCimpacts / NIHR ARCs showcase stories of research impact to mark the halfway milestone
On 1 April 2022, NIHR ARCs will be two and a half years old, marking the halfway point in our £135 million five-year funding. In the run-up to this milestone, we are sharing stories of research impact from across the ARCs on Twitter. These will illustrate how our research improves the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services, improving outcomes for patients and the public locally and nationally.

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Improving maternity care / ARC West Midlands involves women to better understand issues at the heart of induction of labour
The Maternity theme at NIHR ARC West Midlands recently brought together staff from the local NHS trust and public contributors to better understand issues in the induction of labour. The findings from the research are being used to improve the experiences of women being induced in the future.
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“The ultimate gift of life” / Kidney transplant survivor backs living donation project by sharing his ‘life-saving’ journey
A Leicester man who was given a “new lease of life” after his wife donated her kidney to him is encouraging people to join the organ donor register. Bharat Patel says he was born again after his wife Avril Patel bravely underwent surgery to give him “the ultimate gift of life”. Patel's story is part of an online display from NIHR ARC East Midlands which portrays people’s personal stories and experiences of living kidney donation through art.
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Evidence-based treatments / New project aims to bring trauma-focused mental health care to children in care
A new NIHR ARC West project aims to bring NICE recommended trauma-focused mental health care to young people in care. These young people have much higher rates of mental health difficulties than their peers. This new project is a collaboration across five Applied Research Collaborations, spanning the West, South West, East, North and London.
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Supporting high quality mental health research / Funding boost for mental health research in under-served areas
The NIHR has awarded funding to eleven ARCs 
to boost mental health research in their regions. This is part of the NIHR's Mental Health Research Initiative - the biggest-ever coordinated investment in UK mental health research. The initiative has a focus on areas where mental health research is most needed, including for children and young people, ethnic minorities and people with pre-existing physical health conditions. Read more >

Find out more from four of the ARCs that have received this funding below.

NIHR ARC North Thames / Mental Health Research for All
NIHR ARC North Thames has been awarded £750,000 from the NIHR to lead ‘Mental Health Research for All’. This three-year, co-produced programme, in partnership with University College London (UCL), UCLPartners and City, University of London, aims to understand and overcome barriers to participating in mental health and care research for local under-served
staff and communities.
NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber / Maximising opportunities for young people
NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber will receive £750,000 to establish the Yorkshire Adolescent Mental Health Collaboratory. The programme aims to maximise opportunities for the young people of 'Born in Bradford' to take part in mental health research, improving the lives of future generations by enabling evidence-informed policy and practice.
NIHR ARC Northwest London / Tackling inequalities
NIHR ARC Northwest London has been awarded £750,000 to uplift the capacity and capability for mental health research in their region. Researchers will co-develop the children and young people’s mental health dashboard and work with schools to assess the need for targeted interventions for children and young people, with the aim of tackling inequalities in outcomes, experience and access.
NIHR ARC Wessex / A Mental Health Research Hub
NIHR ARC Wessex is to build a new Mental Health Research Hub at the centre of its research programme following the award from the NIHR. The Hub will increase the amount of high-quality mental health research carried out in areas where mental health needs are greatest. It will work with the public and organisations involved in care to ensure new research is at the heart of mental health care in Wessex.
"An underrated blessing" / Clinicians, service users, researchers and policymakers join event on midwifery continuity of carer
ARC South London's maternity and perinatal mental health research team held a seminar in February exploring the latest evidence on midwifery continuity of carer, attended by over 250 service users, researchers, clinicians and policymakers from across England. The event was an opportunity to share experiences of midwifery continuity of care from many perspectives, exploring what researchers already know and where more research is needed.
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Informing future research / Report maps services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
In February, NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex, in collaboration with Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN and Kent County Council, published a report which maps current support services available for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, as well as documenting their 
emotional wellbeing. The aim is to inform implementation and future research. It was launched at an event attended by local authorities, NHS trusts, universities, commissioners and voluntary and community sector organisations.
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New study / Can a pioneering online programme help parents reduce anxiety in young children?
Oxford Population Health researchers, supported by NIHR ARC Oxford and Thames Valley, are leading a cost-effectiveness analysis of a new online, parent-led intervention for young children at risk of anxiety disorders.
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The REVERSE study / How can self-monitoring blood pressure reduce hypertension and cardiovascular risk?
A new feasibility study called REVERSE, being run at the University of Central Lancashire and supported by NIHR ARC North West Coast, will explore how feasible self-monitoring is for people managing pre-hypertension and healthcare professionals.
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Research collaboration / Could a remote consultation video help to reduce opioid prescribing in primary care? 
NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria are collaborating with their local AHSN to evaluate the potential benefits of a new digital intervention to reduce opioid prescribing in primary care. The project will evaluate the benefits, risks and costs of an evidence informed, digitally deployed, GP remote consultation video intervention which will be embedded into existing opiate reduction measures across the local care system.
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Research findings / Study investigates the use of video consultation technology in care homes during the pandemic
NIHR ARC East of England research findings show that contrary to previous evidence, health and social care practitioners working with care homes were able to learn and rapidly adopt video consultation technology in response to the pandemic. However, a fragile infrastructure with unreliable access to equipment, software and internet is an enduring barrier to uptake and use. The research has been published in the Oxford Academic Age and Ageing journal.
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Preventing falls / Event launches the Greater Manchester Falls Collaborative
On 21 January, partners from across Greater Manchester held an event to launch the Greater Manchester Falls Collaborative and outline their falls prevention priorities. The well attended event also launched a comprehensive report that focuses on the prevention of falls and enabling reconditioning for Greater Manchester residents affected by the pandemic.
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When two become one / Flagship data science programmes combine to create positive change for health, social care and policing services
Following the successful extension of NIHR ARC South West Peninsula's Health Services Modelling Associates (HSMA) programme to policing staff in the Police Services Modelling Associates (PSMA) Programme, the two will integrate to encourage collaborative projects between health, social care and policing services.
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Blogs and opinion
Challenges? "Understanding all the acronyms" / Making the jump ... into research
In this bog, meet NIHR ARC South West Peninsula researcher Chloë Place and hear how her family have helped inspire her research. 
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"An ardent advocate of the ARC model" / Reflections of an ARC Director
Director of ARC West Midlands, Professor Richard Lilford, reflects on 13 years of the CLAHRC/ARC model, and the importance of co-funding.
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“If we’re not counted, we don’t count” / Exploring routinely collected mental health service data for under-served groups
In this blog, Hayley Lowther from NIHR ARC North West Coast writes about her research into access to mental health services. Her PhD aims to explore routinely collected mental health service data and access to mental health services for under-served population groups, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, during the pandemic. 
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“I’ve seen how much the public voice is valued” / Adele’s journey as a public contributor in research
Adele is a public contributor who, since 2014, has advised researchers and healthcare professionals on a range of topics. She has worked with a number of organisations, including People in Health West of England, the West of England AHSN and NIHR ARC West. Here Adele reflects on her journey and provides valuable suggestions for anyone considering public involvement.
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Perspective on public involvement / Involving parents and carers in research about children’s healthcare experiences during COVID-19
NIHR ARC Northwest London's Dr Kimberley Foley discusses her work investigating whether parents and carers tried to contact their GPs during COVID-19 lockdowns and if so, how easy, or difficult it was to get an appointment.

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'It’s like a torch to show you the path ahead’ / Co-designing the LISTEN intervention with people with long COVID
Dr Fiona Leggat, a research associate from the Centre for Applied Health and Social Care Research provides reflections on an NIHR funded long COVID intervention project on behalf of the research team.
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Complex collaboration / Tackling evaluation of a digital device involving 23 projects across 10 organisations and six care settings 
In this blog, NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber's Improvement Science theme walks through an ongoing evaluation of a digital device being rolled out across the region for piloting. 
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Events and opportunities
Short course / Systematic Review

Workshop 1: 16 March, 10am - 12pm
Workshop 2: 4 May, 10am - 12pm

Location: Online
Workshop 1: Discussion of the resources required to conduct a systematic review, development of a systematic review protocol, search strategies and comprehensive literature searching.

Workshop 2: Discussion on data extraction tools, understanding the role of critical appraisal and risk of bias, synthesising the evidence and communicating findings.
Find out more
Abstract submissions now open / National PROMs Annual Research Conference

Deadline for abstracts: 16 March
Conference: 14 and 15 June

Location: Online
Colleagues at the Welsh Value in Health Centre are hosting this year’s UK PROMs Annual Research Conference on  14 and 15 June. The conference will include plenary sessions, expert panels, oral presentations and posters from PROMs researchers across the UK and beyond.
Read more and submit abstracts
Job opportunity / Director of ARC East of England

Application deadline: 20 March
After leading two CLAHRCs and ARC East of England for a combined 14 years, Professor Peter Jones has decided to step down as Director at the end of September 2022. NIHR ARC East of England are therefore welcoming expressions of interest for the Director role. Personal specification and application details can be found here.
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Applications open / Economic Evaluation Online introductory course

Application deadline: 20 March
Course runs: 25 April - 24 June

Location: Online
Apply now for the NIHR ARC North Thames Academy’s ‘Economic Evaluation Online’ introductory course, developed for frontline staff in health, social care and local government organisations to gain economic evaluation skills. Free places are available to staff working in partner organisations of ARCs for North Thames, Yorkshire and Humber, and South West Peninsula.
Apply now
ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex Spring Symposium / Spotlight on Research

22 March, 10am - 12pm

Location: Online
Join NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex for the launch of the Public and Community Involvement and Engagement 'How- to' Guide, as well as talks on how COVID-19 research is being implemented in practice.
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Webinar / Creative methods in research with children and young people

22 March, 3pm - 4pm

Location: Online
Aimed at anyone working with children and young people as part of their work, this webinar will offer an introduction to creative and collaborative approaches to communicating and researching with children and young people. There will be presentations on two real-world examples of great practice.
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Shared learning event / Ageing, Dementia & Frailty National Priority Programme

23 March, 1pm - 3:30pm

Location: Online
Join this event to explore how applied research can make the most impact at policy and commissioning levels. This event is open to all NIHR infrastructure staff and academic and research staff working in the applied health research field.
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Seminar / New models of research for new models of integrated care

25 March, 11am - 12pm

Location: Online
Join NIHR ARC South West Peninsula Deputy Director, Professor in Primary Care Research and GP, Richard Byng, as he gives an overview of Integrated Care Systems and approaches to collaborating with them on applied health and care research.
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Conference / Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre 22nd Anniversary Conference

28 March

Location: Durham and online
This conference is a celebration of more than 20 years of work at Durham Infancy and Sleep Centre. Several international speakers will be sharing how they've implemented aspects of recent research in practice, aiming to inspire delegates to use research to make change.
Register now
Seminar / Content analysis of interviews and surveys: Methodology and application

29 March, 1pm - 2pm

Location: Online
Dr Sarah Fearn and Mrs Veena Agarwal will be sharing their experience using content analysis in their research in neurodegenerative research.
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Webinar / Innovation and implementation in social care 

31 March, 12pm - 2pm

Location: Online
Join NIHR ARC North Thames to explore insights into the barriers of implementing evidence and how innovation in social care can be supported by research and collaboration. This free event will feature presentations from leading researchers and practitioners in social care, followed by a panel discussion. 
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Evaluation Learning Network Workshop / Planning an evaluation

7 April, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Online (MS Teams)
The Evaluation Learning Network is a platform where participants can improve their evaluation expertise and receive support with their current evaluation projects. This workshop covers how to plan for, conduct and effectively report and communicate the results of evaluations.
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Learning event / Workforce development for ageing populations – what does good training look like?

26 April, 2:15pm - 4pm

Location: Online
As part of the National Ageing, Dementia and Frailty National Priority Programme NIHR ARC Wessex is holding a shared learning seminar online with Professor Jackie Bridges. 
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Conference / 5th UK Implementation Science Research Conference

Deadline for abstracts: 3 May
Conference: 14 and 15 July

Location: Online
Now in its fifth year, this ARC South London conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, clinicians, practitioners and service users from around the world. The 2022 conference theme is: 'Beyond trials: the rise of pragmatic approaches to implementation science in health and social care research.' 
Read more and submit abstracts
Collaborative Learning Event / Road to recovery: working differently for a better future

11 May, 12:45pm - 4:30pm

Location: St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9PJ
Join this interactive event to hear about NIHR ARC Northwest London's work around building back better after the pandemic. This event is open to those who have an interest in translating evidence into practice and achieving improvements in health behaviours and population health
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Online survey / Understanding self-management, mental health, stress and outness in young people who identify as LGBTQ+

Closing date: 31 May
Rosa Town, an ARC North Thames PhD student based at University College London, is recruiting LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 to complete an anonymous online survey. This survey is investigating self-management, mental health, outness, and stress amongst LGBTQ+ young people. There is also an opportunity to get involved in focus groups, where participants will receive a £10 One4all voucher.
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