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Grampian AHP Research Networking Day "Making Connections Count" - Friday 22nd June 2018

This FREE event for Grampian AHPs interested in research with keynote speakers, workshops and excellent networking opportunities is scheduled for Friday 22nd June 2018 at Robert Gordon University.

Click here to view the Flyer

For further information or to register email


Vale of Leven Scholarship Scheme - In commemoration of those who died as a result of the C. difficile outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital

An opportunity has arisen for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in Scotland to apply for support for research activity that aims to make improvement(s) to patient care in line with the recommendations of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report 2014.

The report consists of 75 recommendations covering the following broad areas:

  • * National Structures and systems
  • * Changes in services/service reorganisation
  • * Communication and record keeping
  • * Experiences of patients and relatives
  • * Antibiotic prescribing
  • * Infection prevention and control
  • * Experiences of C. difficile infection
  • * National policies and guidance
  • * Leadership and management
  • * Clinical governance
  • * Nursing care
  • * Medical care
  • * Death certification

The Scholarship Scheme consists of three types of award:

Part-time Research Fellowship to undertake a small scale research study. Funding is available up to the equivalent of NHS Band 6 0.5 WTE for 4 months.
Education and Travel Scholarship to fund travel out-with Scotland where there are opportunities to learn from others in areas raised within the VOLH Inquiry Report.
Implementation Science Scholarship to fund evidence-based implementation/improvement studies in areas of patient care identified in the VOLH Inquiry Report. Funding is available up to the equivalent of NHS Band 6 0.5 WTE for 4 months.

Successful applicants will be expected to share their findings, learning and best practice with their peers and across Scotland, this will be seen as an integral part of the award process.

Applicants must
• have previous research experience (Masters in Research, PhD, Clinical Doctorate, OR similar substantial research experience)
• be currently employed by the NHS or a HEI in Scotland
• have a supporting NHS or HEI prepared to administer and account for the funding received
• be able to demonstrate current availability of time for research.
Registered NMAHPs living in Scotland but not currently employed by the NHS or a HEI may be considered if the necessary HEI/NHS supporting framework is in place prior to application.

The closing date for applications is 31st May, 2018.

View further details

Download application form


Research and Clinical Practice: A two way street - PRS Annual Conference at Northumbria University, 19th April 2018 (37th Scientific Meeting of the Physiotherapy Research Society)

Northumbria University are hosting the Physiotherapy Research Society (PRS) conference on 19th April 2018 at Coach Lane Campus. The PRS annual scientific meetings have been run annually (and occasionally biannually) for over 20 years. It is a UK based conference aimed at new and early career researchers to present their findings due to its friendly and constructive ethos. The aim is to bring together top researchers in the field and early career researchers in order to inform and inspire the latter. The conference theme is ‘Research and Clinical Practice – A Two Way Street’, this aims to capture the importance of strong links between research and clinical practice, with each informing the other. A flyer with further details can be downloaded here.

If you would like to attend visit


Healthcare Improvement Scotland - 6th Annual Research Symposium

What can research tell us about health and social care integration and its role in improving outcomes?

The 6th Annual Research Symposium will take place on Tuesday 24th April 2018 from 10am to 4pm at COSLA conference centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH.

Abstracts are invited by Monday 22nd January 2018. Full details can be found here.

Download the Flyer here.


Funded MRes & Phd Opportunity - Closing Date 31st May 2017

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University are working in partnership with NHS Grampian to offer a number of research studentship opportunities. We are currently offering a PhD studentship and three MRes (masters by research) studentships. Details for each studentship can be found in the attached flyer.

These studentships are open to Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. If you would like further details before making an application, please contact Dr Kay Cooper on 01224 262677.


Scottish Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Awards 2017 - nominations invited by Monday 3rd July 2017

Nominations are invited for these awards. Highlight your research by nomination yourself, your team or your colleagues.

Further details and application forms can be found at, or email Suzannah Hunter

Download the event flyer.


Call for Abstracts - Faculty of Public Health Annual Scottish Conference "Public Health in Scotland - Transcending Boundaries" - 2 & 3 November 2017, Macdonald Aviemore Hotel, Aviemore

Abstract submissions are now open for this conference being hosted by the Faculty of Public Health, with a closing date of Friday 9th June 2017.

For further information visit the website.

Registrations for the Conference will open in early August 2017. Details will appear here when available.



Starting Out in Research - An Introductory Course 24-25 July and 1-2 November 2017, Imperial College London

Registrations are now open for this course being hosted by Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. A 10% discount is being offered to CAHPR members.

For further information visit the website or contact Eva Moreno at the Centre for Continuing Professional Development at

Download the flyer.



Edition 3 of "The Researcher" is available to read online here.









14th Congress of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation (EFRR) - 24th - 27th May 2017 at Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University are hosting the 14th Congress of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation (EFRR) on 24th - 27th May 2017.

Further details can be downloaded here, or download the flyer.




    Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) 'Applied Biosciences for Health' PhD studentship opportunity - University of the West of England - apply by 22nd May 2017

    The University of the West of England is inviting applications for two full-time PhD studentships in the area of Biomedical Sciences. These studentships will be a part of the Doctoral Training Alliance in 'Applied Biosciences for Health'. The studentships will start on 1 October 2017, and the closing date for applications is Monday 22nd May 2017.

    For further details please visit the website


      MOOC - 22nd May 2017

      How are treatments and cures discovered? What is the impact of clinical research? How do we undertake clinical research? Why do we do clinical research?

      You can discover the answer to these questions and many more by registering to join the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

      The NIHR CRN has teamed up with the University of Leeds and FutureLearn to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available free of charge to anyone wanting to understand more about clinical research.

      Watch the latest MOOC trailer.

      The MOOC is entitled “Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’ and was first launched across the NIHR CRN in November 2015, and has since been run again. The course has attracted over 18,000 people, signing up to undertake the course to learn more about the importance of research from across the world.

      Building on the success of the last three MOOCs, the Network is launching the MOOC again. The “Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’ course will run from 22 May 2017 and people can sign up now to register.

      Over four weeks the course includes;
      • Learning about the roles of different members of a research team
      • Hearing from people who have taken part in clinical research studies
      • The ethical and scientific principles that underpin the research process
      • Getting a better understanding of the challenges of conducting clinical research and the benefits to modern healthcare

      Hear what other people learnt from the MOOC. You can watch the patient highlights video here.

      MOOC learning doesn’t stop when the course ends. Registered learners have access to the MOOC materials for two weeks after the course has finished. The online learning discussion with moderators and learners is a live experience and better accessed over the 4 weeks while the course is running.

      You can sign up now to register for the MOOC

      Please share widely (poster attached)


        Joanna Briggs Collaboration European Symposium - Robert Gordon University, Friday 19th May 2017

        The Scottish Centre for Evidence-based Multi-professional Practice is hosting the Joanna Briggs Collaboration European Symposium.

        The symposium will bring together clinicians and academics to discuss the latest advances in evidence synthesis, transfer and implementation to promote evidence-based practice in a range of healthcare settings.

        The theme of the symposium is linking evidence, policy & practice – “better connections for better healthcare”

        For further details, or to register to attend visit the website. The Programme is available here.


        National Association of Educators in Practice Annual Conference - Friday 21st April 2017 Call for Papers

        Date: Friday 21st April 2017
        Venue: The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP

        IThe NAEP conference 2017 abstract submission system is now live. You can find information about submitting an abstract at the following address:
        You can download an abstract submission form from the Conference web page at: Information on booking your place at the 2017 conference will be available shortly.

        In the current changing landscape, as demands on health and social care education increase and priorities change, new challenges and opportunities present themselves. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to ensure that practice education remains high on the agenda, evidencing innovation and quality as well as responsiveness to changes in practice and future needs. Against this backdrop partnerships and innovations in practice based learning offer a means to maintain capacity and quality and provide a focus for the 2017 conference. Therefore we are seeking poster and presentation abstracts for the following themes:
        • Working in partnership to build placement capacity
        • Assessment for learning in practice in a shifting landscape
        • Research in practice education

        We look forward to seeing you in April 2017

        For further information download the flyer (PDF format) .



        Complex Patients, Complex Research, Complex Careers - PRS Annual Conference at the Milton Keynes College, 27th April 2017 (36th Scientific Meeting of the Physiotherapy Research Society)

        Registration is open now for this event, priced at £75.00 for Standard Registration and £30.00 for Student Registration. This includes conference attendance, certificate, lunch and refreshments. Further details are available on the website at, or on this downloadable flyer.



                Hermeneutic Phenomenology Methodology Course - University of Central Lancashire, Monday 3rd-6th April 2017

                Date: Monday 3 - Thursday 6 April 2017
                Venue: University of Central Lancashire, Preston
                Cost: £450 including refreshments (tea and coffee), a parking permit to park on the University car parks, a delegate pack and lunch on the day of the symposium (6th April 2017).
                We are delighted to invite you to this joint venture between the University of Central Lancashire and Robert Gordon University. We hope that you can join us. The course is aimed at postgraduate research students, researchers and academics working within health and social care areas who are new/novices in this theoretical and methodological approach.

                For further information download the flyer (PDF format) .


                NIHR Patients and the public Newsletter - Winter 2017

                The NIHR new patients and the public newsletter is available to view here.




                CSP Charitable Trust Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) awards - Call for Applications

                The CSP’s Charitable Trust has just opened a call for applications to its Physiotherapy Research Foundation (PRF) awards and we would be grateful if you could promote this to your hub contacts as appropriate.

                The awards include a category specifically for novice researchers which it may be particularly appropriate for you to promote / support application to. Applications need to be led by a physiotherapist as the principle investigator and must be relevant to physiotherapy but are otherwise absolutely open to multi-professional involvement and for the novice research awards, it is quite acceptable for a non-physiotherapist to act as project supervisor.

                Full details, including how to apply can be found at

                If you have any further queries the award administrators are very happy to be contacted direct on

                Deadline for outline applications is noon Monday 13th March 2017


        24th Intensive Course in Applied Epidemiology

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        Date: 6th - 10th March 2017
        Venue: University of Aberdeen
        Cost: £950 including all course materials, and transport from the course venue to/from the hotel
        Who should attend: Rhematologists, pain physicians, general practitioners, physiotherapists and other practitioners/researchers in musculoskeletal disease.

        For further information download the flyer (PDF format) or visit the website.




        PhD GTA Funded Studentship in "Real Time Feedback to Enhance Performance"

        The successful candidate should devise an interdisciplinary research study within the remit of “Investigating applications of biomechanical and physiological real-time feedback to enhance exercise or sports performance”.

        Tuition Fees (capped at UK/EU fee level) covered though the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), which requires the student to conduct up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week

        Closing date: 31st January 2017
        Interviews: w/b 20 February 2017
        Stipend/Living allowance: £14,529 per annum
        Start date 2nd October 2017
        Duration: 36 months

        More details can be found at:


        MS Society Grant Round 2017

        The MS Society's 2017 Grant Round is now open. The deadline for applications will be 12:00pm on Monday 6th February 2017.

        For details please visit the website at or contact




        CAHPR South Yorkshire Hub event - Free Webinar Wednesday 30th November 2016

        CAHPR South Yorkshire Hub is hosting an online webinar, An Introduction to Mixed Methods Research on Wednesday 30th November 2016

        Further details can be downloaded here.



        Lymphoma Association Stirling Regional Introduction to Lymphoma Study Day - Wednesday 23rd November 2016

        Introduction to Lymphoma:
        The River House, Castle Business Park from 9.30am - 4.25pm for an overview of the treatment and management of both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

        Talks include:

        • Hodgkin lymphoma
        • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
        • Patient experience
        • Clinical trials and Lymphoma TrialsLink.
        • New models of follow up in lymphoma
        • Managing the support needs of people with indolent lymphoma

        Registration for this event is £25 and a buffet lunch will be provided.


        NRS Career Researcher Fellowships – Open to AHPs

        The NRS Career Researcher scheme was launched in 2011 to support NHS-funded clinical staff in developing a research career within their NHS post. The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. This will lead to strengthening the research culture in the NHS and to increasing capacity in areas that are either aligned to research excellence either locally or nationally or areas where the potential exists to develop research excellence.

        The CSO allocates £12.7m per annum to Boards through its NRS Researcher Support budget to meet the time of staff conducting research. If you are currently doing research but you don’t have support for these sessions you should be applying directly to your R&D office for funding under the Researcher Support strand.

        If NRS Career Researcher Fellows are successful in their research they should be in a position at the end of their Fellowship to apply to their R&D board for continued support.

        The deadline for submissions is Noon, on Thursday 10th November

        For further information follow the link:


        European Physiotherapy Congress: 11 - 12 November 2016, Liverpool, UK

        The ER-WCPT Scientific Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for the European Physiotherapy Congress which will be held from 11 - 12 November 2016 in Liverpool. All submissions must be made electronically to

        Call for abstracts closes 29th February 2016

        Submitters will be informed of the outcome: 22 April 2016

        The aims for the 2016 Congress are as follows:

        • To provide an inclusive, collaborative learning opportunity focused on developing physiotherapy to meet changing population and patient care needs
        • To create opportunities to share expertise and perspectives on advancing physiotherapy education practice and research, including in ways that foster learning before and after the event through the use of digital learning technologies
        • To showcase advances in physiotherapy (within practice, education and research) that demonstrate the profession’s value and impact

          Congress themes
          The five themes for the Congress are:
          • Policy, strategy and influencing
          • Research, education and practice
          • Practice in a digital age
          • Responding to changing population needs
          • Public health, prevention and social care

        Read more about the five themes chosen for the conference.
        Early bird rate closes 27 June 2016

        AHP Research – Yes we can! 2nd North of Scotland AHP Research Symposium - Thursday 1st September 2016, Perth Royal Infirmary

        Date: Thursday 1st September
        Venue: Perth Royal Infirmary
        Cost: Free!
        Who should attend: Anyone interested in hearing about AHP research, evaluation and evidence implementation
        Download the Finalised Programme (PDF Format)




        National Association of Educators in Practice Conference - 15th April 2016 Coventry University Technocentre

        Identity and practice: Responses to future needs

        Becoming a health or social care professional is much more than simply developing the knowledgebase and the skills required. Increasingly there is recognition of the necessity of an ontological shift; becoming professional is transformative, life-changing. The 2016 conference will provide opportunity for discussion of the interrelationship between the concepts of 'identity' and 'practice' in the context of a constantly changing health and social care landscape.

        Conference sub-themes:

        Impact and outcomes of learning in practice and the changing shape of practice.

        Becoming and being a compassionate professional.

        Confirmed speakers include:

        Gloria Dall'Alba, University of Queensland, Australia and Linda Hindle, Public Health England

        Call for papers and posters can be found at:


        Virtual Day of Allied Health & Rehabilitation - 3rd December 2015

        This is a Call to Action for the Virtual Day of Allied Health & Rehabilitation planned for 3rd December 2015.

        This is the first ever on-line conference to focus on the work of AHPs and will run for 24-hours from 8am GMT on Thursday 3rd December through to 8am GMT on Friday 4th December. The theme for our event very much mirrors that of the International day for Persons with Disabilities “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities” and as well as highlighting the contribution that AHPs can make to all types of rehab, we would also very much like to include the perceptions and thoughts of those who are using the services. For more information, including the provisional programme, and also to register - please CLICK HERE

        This FOC conference is open to all with an interest in allied health - feel free to pass this information onto your personal and professional contacts.

        NRS Career Researcher Fellowships

        The NRS Career Researcher scheme was launched in 2011 to support NHS-funded clinical staff in developing a research career within their NHS post. The award provides funding for protected time to contribute to, conduct and lead clinical research. This will lead to strengthening the research culture in the NHS and to increasing capacity in areas that are either aligned to research excellence either locally or nationally or areas where the potential exists to develop research excellence.
        This year we are refocusing the scheme to target individuals who are not currently research active but would wish to develop research in their post. We are keen to encourage more applications from nurses and allied health professionals.
        CSO allocates £12.7m per annum to Boards through its NRS Researcher Support budget to meet the time of staff conducting research. If you are currently doing research but you don’t have support for these sessions you should be applying directly to your R&D office for funding under the Researcher Support strand.
        If NRS Career Researcher Fellows are successful in their research they should be in a position at the end of their Fellowship to apply to their R&D board for continued support.

        Applications should be emailed to Karen Ford by midday on Friday 13th November.

        For more details please see:


        Strathclyde Capita PhD Studentship - Smart Games that Diagnose: Toward Early Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

        The University of Strathclyde Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Education) and Faculty of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) are offering a funded PhD Studentship for the period October 2015 – September 2018

        Full details can be found below:

        Strathclyde Capita PhD Studentship - Smart Games that Diagnose: Toward Early Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

        The closing date for applications is 30th June 2015.


        Physiotherapy Research Society Conference - 24th April 2015

        The Physiotherapy Research Society Conference will take place in Leicester on 24th April 2015.

        It has an impressive list of keynote speakers and it is always an excellent conference

        •Professor Sally Singh
        (Head and Professor of the Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Visiting Professor of Loughborough University)
        'How has respiratory research impacted on pulmonary rehabilitation?'
        •Professor Sallie Lamb
        (Co-director of the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU), Kadoorie Professor of Trauma Rehabilitation,
        Professor of Rehabilitation (University of Warwick))
        Title TBC
        •Professor Eric Altschuler
        (Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA)
        'Mirror Therapy for Neurologic and Orthopaedic Conditions: Past, Present and Future'

        The Deadline for abstracts is the 14th of January 2015.


        Call for Abstracts - Physiotherapy UK Conference & Trade Exhibition 2015

        Physiotherapy UK are running their 2015 Conference & Trade Exhibition on 16th & 17th October 2015 in Liverpool, and have posted a call for abstracts.

        Further details on the event and how to submit an abstract for consideration can be found here

        The Closing date for submissions is 19th January 2015 at 12 noon.



        Launch of the AHP Research Network North Website

        The North of Scotland hub of the Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) will launch its new website on 19th October 2011. The website has been developed by Dr Sue Barnard, Dr Kay Cooper and Mrs Laura Binnie, all from the School of Health Sciences, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, with funding from the predecessor of the AHPRN, the National Physiotherapy Research Network. The website will provide information on Allied Health Professions research and the North of Scotland hub in particular, and it is hoped that in time a virtual community will develop, in order for the hub to better serve its members across the whole of the North of Scotland Top

        The Importance of Involving Patients and the Public in Research

        Brian Power, a Registered dietician and PhD student at Aberdeen University writes: I am part of a cohort of PhD students who are organising an event ''The importance of involving patients and the public in research'' next April at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Along with 8 other PhD students, we are currently enrolled on a flagship studentship scheme which provides high-quality training to PhD students to enable us to become the research leaders of the future.

        Please visit for more information about the scheme.

        This event is an exciting opportunity for us to invite expert speakers who will all have a different perspective on this topic, namely research funders, researchers, clinicians, and members of the public. As such, I have been tasked with identifying and inviting the following to the this event; a clinician in this area and member (s) of the public who have been involved in research.

        If any of you know anyone who may be suitable to contact I would be very grateful if you could forward them my contact details or alternatively, forwarding their contact details to me. I can also provide more information such as the proposed seminar programme if required.

        Thanks very much,




        Community Based Rehabilitation Opportunity in Belize

        Hillside Health Care International are currently recruiting for a physiotherapist with rural health and/or development experience who is willing and able to replace Monica this fall.

        Click here to find out more or visit their website at Top


        Quality Improvement Fellowships

        Wanted: champions for healthcare improvement

        The Health Foundation is seeking committed and talented clinically-qualified leaders to join its Quality Improvement Fellowship programme.

        We want to give up to five senior leaders the opportunity to spend a fully-funded year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the US, where they will combine academic learning with the development of practical skills and techniques for quality improvement.

        Fellows return to the UK ready to spread their learning within their organisation and beyond.

        The Quality Improvement Fellowships are now open for application.

        For more information and how to apply, go to or email Applications close at 12 noon, Tuesday 9 October 2012. Top

        Summary from the BDA and AHPRN London Hub workshop on applying for the NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

        Click here to read more about the BDA and AHPRN London Hub workshop on applying for the NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.


        The Musculoskeletal Elf

        Recently launched is the Musculoskeletal Elfwebsite which will publish regular blogs that select high quality research and summarise it for healthcare professionals in a simple, clear and engaging way. Chief bloggers on the site will be Tracey Howe, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University and Heather Gray, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Glasgow Caledonian University.

        There will be loads of different ways to keep up to date with the new MSK Elf as it will also appear on Twitter @msk_elf, Facebook and in a free weekly email newsletter.

        The site will be managed by Minervation who have already launched a number of other health evidence blogs as part of the National Elf Service:

          - The Mental Elf

          - The Learning Disabilities Elf

          - The Dental Elf

          - The Diabetes Elf

          - The Lifestyle Elf


        PhD Studentship Opportunity in the Highlands

        PhD Studentship Opportunity in the Highlands: Befriending in heart failure patients University of Stirling, NHS Highland and Chest, Heart and Stroke, Scotland The outstanding research project has been developed jointly with Chest, Heart and Stroke, Scotland to fully assess the impact of third sector support and befriending on a range of clinical, social and service outcomes through high quality research.

        Further information available online:



Last Updated 06 October 2017