Successful CLAHRC NWC Celebration Event Marks the beginning of a new era

The Discovery and Direction event, which took place at Haydock Racecourse on 19th September, featured break out rooms informing attendees about the work done under each of the CLAHRC themes over the past five years. With a host of posters, videos and presentations, theme leads were able to showcase the important research that they had led, and the impact that this has had so far.

CLAHRC NWC Public Advisers had a stall at the event, and were featured as a ‘Golden Thread’ through the event, giving attendees the chance to speak with them throughout the day. The stall also had interactive quizzes and resources, Public Adviser Sandra Smith said: “We’ve had a great day so far at the dissemination and discovery event. There are lots of people and we’ve had lots of discussions. We’ve been talking about health inequalities and how we, as Public Advisers, are involved in research for the future.”

Other stalls at the event included the Innovation Agency, who had a range of objects which attendees were welcome to interact with. One item that caught the attention of many was the 3D print out of a section of the brain of a young boy who’d had an accident and an item was lodged in his brain. The 3D printout gave doctors a chance to practice the surgery before performing it on the boy at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital – the operation was a success and the boy is now back in school. Watch our video here to hear an adviser from the Innovation Agency talk about the print out and how it was used.

There was also an Alumni Event, which gave CLAHRC NWC alumni a chance to network, discuss the CLAHRC NWC Compendium and ways in which they could disseminate this into their current areas of work. The alumni event also gave attendees the chance to share the research that they had done through CLARC NWC, and, vitally, discuss the support that they may need in their work moving forward into ARC NWC.

The second half of the day was dedicated to discussing the new ARC – what this meant going forward, how the partner organisation ideas will feed into ARC, and what their ideas are within the themes outlined. After which, was a Q&A session at the end of the event. The discussion panel, consisting of Professor Mark Gabbay (Director of CLAHRC NWC), Dr Jane Cloke (Programme Manager, CLAHRC NWC), Professor Dame Caroline Watkins (Director of Capacity Building and Implementation), fielded questions from the partner organisations and members of the public regarding the future of ARC, and how the work which was established under CLAHRC, would continue.

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of CLAHRC NWC, said “This event is the result of many years of hard work from teams across our partners, universities and within communities. We are delighted to showcase our achievements and thank everyone who has contributed towards the success of CLAHRC NWC and visited today to learn, share and take back findings to their organisations.”   

Overall, attendees of the Celebration Day left the event with a sense of the key benefits that the NHS has had from CLAHRC NWC research, and excited to see what the future with ARC NWC holds. And, vitally, they also left with stomachs full of ice cream.


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