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Interns shine at showcase event

Eight ARC NWC Interns from member organisations provided updates about their research progress in a showcase event at University of Central Lancashire on 19th January.

Research internships provide an opportunity for individuals employed by ARC NWC member organisations, who are interested in learning more about research or taking the next step in their research career, being released from the workplace for up to a day a week, for up to a year to carry out a research project.

Internships can focus on any topic but must adhere to the following key principles:

• align with an ARC NWC Research Theme
• address a regional or national priority,
• involve co-production with patients/ service users, and
• consider health inequalities. Applicants should refer to the Focus On Research and Equity (FOR EQUITY) web-based platform when considering the health inequality aspects of their applications.

The eight presentations featured:

Michelle Thirlwell
East Lancashire Hospitals

“Falling into Exercise”: Engaging people over 60 at risk of falls

Alison McCracken
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay

Exploring the Discharge to Assess Model: Patient, Family & Staff Perspectives

Annette O’Donoghue
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay

An exploration of the Discharge to Access (D2A) pathway 1 service from a patient perspective

Fran Riley
Blackburn with Darwen Council

Measuring and Understanding Wellbeing in Blackburn with Darwen (BwD)

Heba Abdelaal
Blackpool Hospitals

The use of NIRS (non invasive respiratory support) in COVID -19 patients

Lewis Navarro
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Evaluating recovery following periprosthetic fracture

Michelle Waddington
North West Ambulance Service

Service evaluation on End-of-life patients’ inequalities receiving paramedic care within the North West.

Nav Rajulpati
Mersey Care

Does Dynamic Support Database identify early risk of placement breakdown in adults with learning disability? Perceptions of service users, carers and professionals

A total of twelve internships make up this cohort.

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of ARC NWC, said: “This is where research meets the real world and the examples of research projects demonstrated today prove how we are building research capacity in our partner organisations. This is frontline staff, supported by ARC NWC, working in collaboration to improve people’s health while reducing health inequalities. Once completed, dissemination of findings and their implementation will be the next critical steps for our interns.”

For all types of internships, salary back-fill (a payment of up to £6000) may be provided to the intern’s employing organisation to assist with time release. During their internship, interns will receive supervisory and other support at the appropriate Higher Education Institution. Interns also have the benefit of working alongside other interns and researchers throughout the programme in a multidisciplinary environment.

Alison McLoughlin, Research Fellow of the ARC NWC Implementation and Capacity Building Team (IMPaCT), said: “This has been an excellent opportunity to showcase the work of our interns, provide them with an opportunity to collaborate and demonstrate how our investment in capacity building is benefitting our members and their service users.”

21 applications have been received for the next phase of internship recruitment, which includes internships preparing for an NIHR Fellowship Application.

Contact for more information on internships.