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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.

Getting Connected

Connect with people from our region

Research is about working in teams. Let's try and connect you to people with the same research interests

1 Connect with colleagues in your area of research

2 Sign up to...

The mentor directory  

This matches people from our region who are experienced in health and care research with colleagues who are new to it. The scheme is beneficial to both mentors and mentees, as it helps develop relationships and share the best practice across organisational boundaries. Learn more about the mentor directory here.

National and regional newsletters  

The NIHR Evidence newsletter shares NIHR-supported research findings in a way that is accessible and easy to understand.

Our Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria also publishes a monthly newsletter which includes local research updates aimed at health and care professionals. Contact [email protected] to be added to the mailing list.


"I found mentors in my field, joined professional societies and created a network of people who I could learn from and share knowledge and experience with."

Professor Yitka Graham, specialty group lead for Health Services Research

3 Engaging with patients and the public

A research champion (according to National Institute for Health and Care Research terminology) is a volunteer who promotes health and care research to patients, members of the public, carers and to healthcare professionals. Research champions can also provide a patient and public perspective and give feedback on your research project.

If you are interested in working with local research champions or other local Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) groups, please contact Justine Smith on [email protected].


4 Share your research story

This website features a number of research stories from colleagues around the region with the aim of inspiring and encouraging budding researchers. You can also share your story; you may find that it helps you form new connections with those who read it. Contact us on [email protected] for guidance on how to get started.