Supporting student mental health – free activities!

In support of University Mental Health Day on 1 March, Northumbria Sport and Student Support and Wellbeing are offering a number of free activities to all students.

Northumbria Sport are offering the following sessions (to book visit their website):

Stan Calvert Memorial Fun Run ​Saturday 24 February 2018
​Coaches/Staff Workshop Tuesday 27 February 2018
Mental Health Workshops ​Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 February 2018
Bring a Friend – Free Sessions ​Between 26 February – 4 March 2018

Student Support and Wellbeing, are running the following workshops (all are taking place from 14.00-15.30). To  book send an email to

Social Confidence​ ​Wednesday 28 February 2018
​Getting Things Done ​Wednesday 7 March 2018
​Stress and Worry ​Wednesday 14 March 2018
​Relaxation ​Wednesday 21 March 2018

Latest Events from NHS and NIHR

Latest Events from NHS and NIHR

NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards reopen
Following a successful 2017 competition, the NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Awards will re-launch on 1 Feb at the 2018 MQ Mental Health Science Meeting. Find out more about the event and the Challenge.

NHS Digital Innovation Workshop
As part of the Research Advisory Group, NHS Digital is hosting an Innovation Workshop on Thursday 25 January 2018. Read more


NIHR Latest Opportunities

NIHR Latest Opportunities

The following funding opportunities are available:

Department of Health

Antimicrobial Resistance in a Global Context

Health Services & Delivery Research Programme

17/51 Gender identity health services
17/52 Research on interventions to support service guideline implementation and the adoption of new models of care at scale
17/45 – Researcher-led evidence synthesis
17/49 – Researcher-led standard

Health Technology Assessment Programme

16/74 – Optimal treatment strategies for fistulising perianal Crohn’s disease
16/96 – Standardised diagnostic assessment tool as an adjunct to clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health services
16/97 – Antipsychotics for anorexia nervosa

Programme Development Grants

Competition 19

Programme Grants for Applied Research

Competition 24

Public Health Research Programme

17/53 – Changing drinking behaviours
17/54 – Digital interventions for sexual health promotion
17/55 – Promoting independence in older people

Policy Research Programme
Round 19:

1 – Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing by Dietitians and Independent Prescribing by Therapeutic Radiographers
2 – Evaluation of the Transforming Care Programme

For more information and a list of all current funding opportunities, please visit the NIHR website.


NIHR – Global Health Research

In line with the UK aid strategy, HM Treasury has allocated Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to the Department of Health to commission internationally outstanding applied global health research. Aiming to deliver measurable benefits for patients and the public in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). To find out more and to apply, visit the NIHR global health funding page.

UK-based universities are invited to submit applications to either expand or develop their ambitions to deliver world-class applied global health research. Applications are invited for two schemes:

1.    NIHR Global Health Research Units: Universities and research institutes with an existing track-record of delivering internationally recognised research who wish to consolidate and expand this work

2.    NIHR Global Health Research Groups: Existing specialist academic groups who wish to expand into the field of global health, especially in shortage areas of research. Our signature blend, this delicious e cig liquid hits the spot with hints of lime, raspberry, and pineapple. You won’t be disappointed.

For both schemes, research in any field of applied global health for the primary benefit of LMICs will be considered. We particularly encourage applications addressing under-funded or under-researched areas including, but not limited to, non-communicable diseases including mental health, surgery, tobacco control,  and road safety, as well as health and applied social science and economic research, as part of a broader scheme of work or as standalone specialisms.


ESRC-NSPCC call on children’s mental health

The NSPCC and ESRC are commissioning research that contributes to their joint interests in mental health and the NSPCC’s new research programme: Helping Children Get Back on Track. Projects are expected to start before the end of March 2017 and run for up to five years. There is a budget of £1.7 million, with an anticipated 3-5 funded projects.

The aim of this research programme is to increase the evidence base about what kinds of therapeutic or social intervention work for which children with experience of abuse and when; how to identify children whose mental health is vulnerable; and how to identify the things that make others more resilient.

Research should result in one or more of the following outcomes:

  • A better understanding of when support should be offered to children in order that poor outcomes including poor mental health can be prevented
  • A better understanding of what sort of help is effective in preventing poor outcomes for children with experience of abuse including poor mental health
  • A better understanding of how to identify the factors that make some children more resilient and adaptive and others more vulnerable to the mental health consequences of maltreatment.

The closing date for proposals is 30 September 2016.

For further details see the ESRC website.


Innovative Engineering for Health – Wellcome Trust/EPSRC call

The Wellcome Trust and EPSRC this week announced a £30M call for research and development on innovative engineering solutions to healthcare problems:

Innovative Engineering for Health

The Wellcome Trust and the EPSRC are looking to support a limited number of innovative, multidisciplinary projects designed to address a defined need in healthcare for which current solutions are inadequate or lacking. Priority will be given to projects with the potential to impact on particularly intractable problems in medicine or public health using exciting engineering concepts. Projects must address the full translation pathway from high-quality basic research through to adoption into practice, together with full analysis of routes to market. Up to £10M over 7 years is available for the projects.

What are they looking for?

Three potential healthcare challenges are highlighted in the call and press release, but these are indicative only:

  • engineering approaches to mental health, with particular emphasis on psychiatric conditions and mood disorders;
  • solutions to facilitate neonatal and paediatric care that accommodate the challenges posed by growth and development;
  • technologies with the potential to mitigate rare diseases

What’s the process?

Applicants must contact the Wellcome Trust first for feedback on their proposed concept – following which a preliminary application form will be sent. The deadline for the preliminary application is 10th December 2012. Proposals will be shortlisted in January and full applications will be due by April 2013. Given the scale of the call (both in terms of funding and scope), competition is likely to be intense, with only the very highest quality applications receiving funding. Potential applicants from Northumbria are therefore strongly advised to discuss their ideas with RBS at an early stage.


ESRC NIHR Dementia Call Timetable Released

Further to our post earlier this week, ESRC has just release more information about the Dementia initiative it is running in collaboration with NIHR:

ESRC-NIHR Dementia Initiative

The call will address the following areas:

  • Prevention, including public awareness and early presentation
  • Public health of behaviour change, including the role of social interventions in slowing cognitive decline
  • Delivery of interventions in hospitals care homes and carers, including the interface between professionals, lay people and patients, sometimes The Medical Negligence Experts recommend to report any bad treatments there might be regarding hospitals.

If you’re interested in applying you can register to attend a meeting for all potential applicants to be held in mid-late June: Register here.