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ARC NWC Newsletter January 2020

Update on ARCFEST 2


The next ARCFEST takes place at the LACE Conference Centre in Sefton Park, Liverpool on 27th February.  Over 80 people have registered to date. Papers from Themes will be sent out nearer the time in advance of the day and of course there is also an opportunity for people to pitch their ideas and be supported by ARC NWC staff. Register here if you wish to attend.

Awards shortlist announced

The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2020 take place on the evening of 28th February at The Park Royal, Warrington, and the formal shortlist has been announced.

Several Projects which benefitted from CLAHRC NWC support have been shortlisted including the Place-based Longitudinal Data Resource (PLDR), the Life Link Clinic (Partner Priority Programme), Stockbridge in Stories and research into air quality in Old Swan, both stemming from the Neighbourhoods for Learning programme.  

Several tickets have been reserved for any public advisers, not attached to the shortlisted projects, to attend if they wish and these will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. There will be no fee payable for attending the awards. Member representation was invited in the previous Newsletter. Please contact before 7th February if interested.

A full list of those organisations/individuals shortlisted is available here.


Dissemination activities continue from CLAHRC NWC research

Former CLAHRC NWC PhD student Dr Catherine Lunt (University of Liverpool, pictured left) was asked to present findings from her research on The impact of day care on older people with multiple long-term conditions at the Day Centre Research Forum, held in London on 30th January

Based on findings of a three-year exploratory mixed methods study, the talk discussed findings from research assessing health and loneliness outcomes during the first three months of attendance at nine day care centres in the North West and North-west Wales. Centres were from the statutory, independent, charitable and voluntary sector, enabling accessibility and equitable issues to be considered.

The event was managed by ARC South London and Kling’s College London Policy Research Unit on Health & Social Care in the Workforce.

To read Cath’s published research click here.

To read a case study on Cath during her time with CLAHRC NWC click here

ARC NWC Public Adviser Forum

Thank you to all of the ARC NWC public advisers who attended the latest Public Adviser Forum, held at Liverpool’s Brain Charity, on 21st January.

Presentations from several ARC NWC Themes were made to update advisers on potential plans and research projects, while sessions presented included a quiz on what ARC NWC does, training requirements and updates from sub teams.

It was agreed to refresh the membership of the Governance and Communications sub-groups and an invitation for those interested has already been circulated.
It was very interesting to see the outputs of the health Inequalities sub-group which included an A-Z of heath inequalities. Very impressive!

Katharine Abba presented the aims and a draft agenda for the forthcoming ARC NWC social prescribing knowledge exchange event (Wednesday 29th April, Gujarat Centre, Preston).

 All public advisors will be invited to attend the event, although places are limited by the size of the room, so places cannot be guaranteed for all. Further details will be sent out to all advisers nearer the event.
On a separate note, a new Public Adviser Administrator has joined the team. Ruth Ball started within the ARC NWC Core Team on Tuesday 28th January and will be based at Waterhouse Building in Liverpool. Phone number is 0151 795 1404 and email



Blogs, Radio interviews...what's next?
Dr Clarissa Giebel, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate in ARC NWC, kicked off the New Year with an outline of her 2020 plans for dementia research. Clarissa’s blogs always worth a read! A good listen too was her Radio Merseyside interview this month on her latest dementia events (pictured in studio, above).

Well done Ben!
Well done to ARC NWC Improving Population Health Theme Lead Ben Barr on becoming Professor Ben Barr!!

Cheryl gets the message out
Dr Cheryl Simmill-Binning, Senior Evaluation Fellow at Lancaster University, presented the work of the ARC NWC at the North West Research Conference on Wednesday 29th January 2020 in the Lecture Theatre at the Education Centre at Wrightington Hospital.

Big well done to the CLAHRC NWC/ARC NWC/Mersey Care team behind the publication Social prescribing for people with mental health needs living in disadvantaged communities: the Life Rooms model, which featured in BMC Health Services Research on 6th January. You can view the publication here.

Thank you to all those who are publishing  research now as a result of CLAHRC NWC support or alternatively are using the ARC NWC acknowledgement in current manuscripts. Please ensure CLAHRC NWC supported research now contains an ARC NWC acknowledgement, replacing any reference to CLAHRC NWC . Please contact Darren Charles if you have any queries in relation to this via

Celebration Booklet
In case you missed it, a celebration booklet of CLAHRC NWC's achievements was produced just before Christmas. If any of our ARC NWC members want to follow up on the initiatives featured please get in touch    

An invitation for ARC NWC Members to join the Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) for Stroke

The Stroke Association has come together with the James Lind Alliance, and a number of other organisations and people affected by stroke to form the Stroke Priority Setting Partnership.

The Stroke Association supports people to rebuild their lives after stroke.  The James Lind Alliance (JLA) brings patients, carers and clinicians together in Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) to identify and prioritise the Top 10 unanswered questions that they agree are the most important.

The Stroke Priority Setting Partnership is led by a Steering Group of people and organisations connected with stroke.
What is a PSP?
The JLA is a non-profit making initiative bringing patients, carers and clinicians together in PSPs. These partnerships identify and prioritise uncertainties, or ‘unanswered questions’, about specific medical conditions. 

The PSP for Stroke is predominantly funded by the Stroke Association.
The aim is to identify unanswered questions about stroke, to form a list of top ten questions for researchers to answer. This process will help to ensure that research addresses the questions that are of most importance to those affected by stroke, and the health and social care professionals that work with them.

What are we asking you to do?
By becoming a partner you and your members have the opportunity to help set the research agenda in this important area. You will be kept informed about the PSP, and you can show your support by:
  • completing the initial survey when it is live – we will let you know when it is due to go live, and there will be a link to the online version here;
  • adding the survey link to your website, and circulating the survey (or a link to the survey) by email or other channels to encourage people affected by stroke and relevant health and social care professionals to complete it;
  • tweeting and re-tweeting about the PSP using the hashtag that we will provide;
  • talking to people affected by stroke and relevant health and social care professionals at various meetings and events that you are involved with – we will provide powerpoint slides, flyers/posters, and paper copies of surveys;
  • keeping in touch with the project so that you can be invited to help in the next stage of prioritising the questions that are received. Whether you have taken part in the first survey or not, you can still help us by voting on which of the questions raised should be a priority.
What do I need to do now?
If you would like to be involved, please email 

If you are an organisation that would like to show your support of the PSP by including your logo on our website, please include it with your email reply.

For more information, please see the website


EVENT 1: Why air quality matters? Come and find out about the community work being done in conjunction with Better Old Swan on this important topic. 13th February 2020 at 3:30pm in Joseph Lappin Centre, Old Swan
EVENT 2: Dominic Harrison, who is for Director of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen and Visiting Professor with the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit in the School of Community Health & Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be giving a lecture on “Reaching NHS ‘Peak Treatment’: The ‘conceptual emergency’ in the NHS” – ad what we should do about it.”The NHS is now passing the point at which more disease treatment means more population health. Our idea of the ‘health care system’ is suffering a ‘conceptual emergency’. For many kinds of ill-health – obesity, Type 2 diabetes, mental illness- more ‘health services’ are not delivering improved health outcomes for the population.  To fix this, NHS transformation needs equality of investment between systems for ‘incidence management’ and ‘prevalence management’. It needs to re-conceptualise the NHS mission and establish a new ‘health system’ working alongside the current ‘health care system’. On top of that climate change will ‘change everything!’

Date: Thursday 13th February 2020
Time: 3:30 – 5pm [3pm for refreshments]
Venue: UCLan, Adelphi Building, ABLT1

To book a place, visit Eventbrite/dominicharrison<>.


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