RDS NW e bulletin February 2020

To view the February 2020 e-bulletin from the NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW), please see the RDS NW information page.

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RDS NW event: Developing funding proposals in applied health & social care - first grants

The NIHR Research Design Service North West is holding an event on 11 March 2020 for NHS and social care staff, and people working with them, to provide advice and support in the development of their first grant.

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Latest NIHR funding opportunities

For the latest NIHR funding opportunities, please see the NIHR information page.


PPN Report - Attending the National Health and Wellbeing Conference 2019

Read PPN's Polly James' report here, where she gives an overview of her attendance at the National Health and Wellbeing Conference 2019.

New Blog: Welcoming PPN South West by Gita Bhutani

Read the latest PPN Blog by Gita Bhutani, where she discusses the launch of the PPN South West and the journey of the PPN.

Welcoming PPN South West

This week I've been to Bristol for the launch of PPN in the South West.   This is the result of the hard work by Catherine Gallup, Ken Laidlaw and Phil Self who have secured funding to develop the South West Psychological Professions Network. 

There were around 70 people in a room in Bristol from a wide range of psychological professions and people with a psychological focus such as Arts Therapists and Peer Support Workers. 

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Job Opportunity with St Ann's Hospice: Counsellor (Band 5)

Apply now for the Staff Nurse (Heald Green) position with St Ann's Hospice or find out more about the band 5 role and gudiance here.

Launch of The Chief Allied Health Professions Officers Awards 2020

I am pleased to announce that this year’s awards are ready to open. Nominations for the awards go live at 9am on the 29th January via our online awards page at and will close on 17th April 2020 with reviewing taking place between the 18th and 30th April 2020. Please accept our sincere apologies for the slight delay in launching, this was due to a site technical issue which is now fully resolved.

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A once in a generation opportunity for healthcare to become more psychological

Dear colleague

I would like to introduce and encourage you to join a once in a generation national online conversation with Psychological Professions, students, related health and care workers and service users, carers and families to collectively explore how we can enable the psychological professions to make a stronger impact, radically improve citizens lives, and understand the support needed to make this happen. 

It’s called #PPsIntoAction and you can friend #PPsIntoAction on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 PPs into action

What difference will #PPsIntoAction make and who’s behind it?

For the first time, we will be joining up the 12 psychological professions across England, together with key stakeholders involved in NHS commissioned psychological healthcare, so we can shape how we can maximise the impact of these professions for the benefit of the public. 

Why get involved?

We need to do this now even if we are tired, stressed or sceptical about what it can lead to. This is our opportunity to have a voice like never before - to shape the unprecedented expansion of the psychological professions required by the NHS Long Term Plan, to ensure that psychological professionals have the right opportunity to develop, and to lead.

How will #PPsIntoAction actually work?

It’s an online conversation, like an online workshop, where you can review, rate and contribute to the conversation, it’s open 24/7 and unlike a physical workshop you can return to it as many times as you like, it's anonymised so you can contribute in a safe space. This way everyone has a voice that is heard. 

How do I get involved?

Just go to and sign up, it’s easy, and will shape our collective futures. This online conversation will run until 12 February 2020.

Then what happens?

The ideas from the online workshops and other physical meetings and workshops will be fed into the process of finalising the England Psychological Professions Vision which sets the direction for the psychological professions in NHS funded healthcare until 2024. This vision has been drafted and is out to more traditional consultation at the moment here. We will use the consultation feedback, and the data from Psychological Professions Into Action to create the final plan for action. 

Now is the moment to speak up about what's important to you. Please seize it while you can.

Please share this email with your colleagues, service users, carers and family members as we want this conversation to be as large and diverse as possible.