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August 2021
Welcome to the August NIHR Academy Member newsletter. This month the newsletter has a new look. We hope you like it but if you have any feedback please email

Also this month, we asked personal award holders to provide feedback in relation to the management of awards. We're really grateful for all the feedback we received, which will improve the experience of NIHR Academy Members.
News and case studies
Study points to greater patient choice in broken ankle treatment
Research from NIHR Career Development Fellow Prof Rebecca Kearney shows little difference in the clinical effectiveness of two treatments for ankle fractures, the traditional cast and the removable brace. Prof Kearney and her team concluded that the choice of treatment method should come down to cost and patient preference.
Feeling Safe therapy offers new hope for patients with psychosis
The NIHR-funded clinical trial 'Feeling Safe' has life-changing therapeutic potential for patients with psychosis, by supporting their return to everyday activities. The research was led by NIHR Research Professor Daniel Freeman and shows Feeling Safe is the most effective psychological treatment for persecutory delusions, significantly benefitting 50% of participants.
Public health practitioner's research informs child obesity policy in local government
This case study outlines the career journey of Ravita Taheem, practitioner academic and member of Southampton City Council's public health team, who is undertaking a PhD with NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. Find out more about training opportunities with NIHR for professionals employed in local authorities and supporting services.
Online learning and events
Communicating with confidence
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21 September 2021 | 13:30 - 16:30
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This virtual workshop will assist leaders to further enhance  communications skills and provide support for facing challenging conversations. Part of the NIHR's Leaders Support and Development Programme.
Courageous and compelling conversations
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28 September 2021 | 09:30 - 12:30
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This virtual workshop is for you to learn insights and practise techniques that will help you approach challenging conversations with confidence. Part of the NIHR's Leaders Support and Development Programme.
NIHR Virtual Leadership Programme 
Event date/time.
From 1 September 2021 
Event location.
Join the NIHR Academy's new leadership programme offering interactive, collaborative virtual learning for career development as leaders within the NIHR. The seven-hour programme is delivered in three sessions over a five-week period.
Leading hybrid teams
Hybrid teams present new leadership challenges including how we communicate and collaborate while delivering the organisation's goals. Watch our latest webinar to discover practical guidance, ideas and best practice on how to successfully lead a hybrid team.
NIHR Leadership Lab - ten online learning modules
The NIHR Academy has added a tenth module to the Leadership Lab, a suite of online resources for self-directed leadership and management training. 'Building strength in my team' will help you to maximise your team's performance through mutual trust and working to individuals' strengths. 
NIHR Academy Members' Conference
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23 - 24 November 2021 
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Join us on 23 and 24 November 2021 for two days packed with exciting speakers, skills sessions and networking opportunities. The focus of the conference will be health and care research as it relates to people with multiple long term conditions.
Introduction to randomised controlled trials
Discover the importance of trials in evidence-based medicine, from trial conception to publication, with NIHR-funded online learning. This three-week course is delivered by experts from the University of Birmingham and is free to access on FutureLearn until 29 August.
eLearning programme to support advanced therapy training
This series of eLearning sessions, from The Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (ATTC) network, is designed to give a core understanding of advanced therapies, how they function in the body, and the steps involved in delivering these medicines. 
NIHR Academy awards
There has been a tremendous effort in responding to the challenges of COVID-19 and we understand that the pandemic may be continuing to impact NIHR Academy Members in a number of ways. The COVID-19 message for all NIHR Academy Members continues to provide you with key information in relation to your NIHR award including any guidance published for NIHR Academy Members in relation to the impact of COVID-19.
Open pre-doctoral awards
NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in Medicine 2021
Event date/time.
Closes 31 March 2022
The programme offers doctors clinical specialty training that incorporates Masters-level academic training.
NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in Dentistry 2021
Event date/time.
Closes 31 March 2022
The programme offers dentists clinical specialty training that incorporates Masters-level academic training.
Open post-doctoral awards
Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice
Event date/time.
Closes 1 November 2021
The Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowships fund mid-career research professionals to spend a year in the United States conducting internationally comparative health policy research with mentorship from leading experts. 
NIHR Clinical Lectureships in Medicine 2021
Event date/time.
Closes 30 June 2022
This award provides opportunities for post-doctoral research and facilitates applications for further research funding for fully qualified GPs and doctors in specialty training.

NIHR Clinical Lectureships in Dentistry 2021
Event date/time.
Closes 31 March 2022
This is a post-doctoral award that provides a clinical and academic training environment for dentists to establish themselves as independent researchers and leaders.

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