Activating Research - Webinar series for health and care professionals


Interested in developing your own research project or collaborating on research studies?

Looking for ways to involve patients and service users in research?

Want to help shape research priorities, design and deliveries?


Engaging in research is vital in addressing questions that arise in health and social care, producing new evidence and research to improve patient care.

This series of webinars presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy is inspired by our Becoming Research Active in-person workshop and intended as an introduction to engaging in research for frontline health and social care professionals with limited experience and knowledge of research.

These webinars will define key research concepts and processes and feature speakers who will discuss these ideas in the context of their own experience. The sessions are ideal for nurses, allied health professionals, public health or local government staff from NHS Trusts, NHS CCGs and Local authorities. Participants might have done a Masters level module in collecting and analysing data, or critical appraisal of research, or have helped to support research in your organisation or attended another one of our Academy courses. These webinars are not aimed at academics and/or researchers.

You can book a place for the first webinar using the link below. We are also launching the Becoming Research Active Online skills development programme, which will run in paralell to Activating Research and focus on providing practical guidance for each step of the research cycle. We use our newsletter to announce when events are available for booking, so please email us at if you would like to be added to our mailing list.


Thursday 22nd April, 9.00-10.00am  

How can I become research active?

  • An overview of what research is
  • Personal journeys into and through a research career
  • How to be a research leader
  • Opportunities for getting involved in research through your trust/organisation

Learning aims

  • Have a greater understanding of the importance of research
  • Be able to identify the pathways to developing a research project and potentially career

Recording available here.


Thursday 6th May 2021, 11.00am-12.00pm

Patient and public involvement in research and co-production – best practice and experience 

  • Define what co-production and patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI&E) is and who it involves.
  • How to go about PPI&E and coproduction meaningfully with the example of the NEON study.
  • The role of the Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Research Champions (RCs)
  • Why PPI&E and coproduction are important and the benefits of including patients and the public
  • Experiences from public contributors about their experience of being involved in research

Recording available here

Thursday 20th May 2021, 11.00am-12.00pm

Research planning with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)

  • An overview of the NIHR ARC North Thames and the role of the RPT in the collaboration in designing responsive applied research for local health and care services
  • An overview of the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) London and how they support researchers through stages of research design and funding applications
  • An overview of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North Thames and what they offer to support study delivery in the local geographic region, and workforce development opportunities that are available

Learning aims

  • Understand what process there is for planning research
  • Know who can support development of funding applications and design of research
  • Know what resources are available through the NIHR and when to contact them
  • How to approach local departments and organisations for research support 

Recording available here.


Thursday 24th June 2021, 11.00am-12.00pm

Sharing your research – disseminating findings and using these in practice  

  • Different ways to disseminate research
  • Different topics of applied research (clinical, public health, social care)
  • Showcasing pre-doctoral, doctoral, post-doctoral research and in practice work
  • How to include patients and research participants in writing up findings and sharing research 

Learning aims

  • Understand different ways to disseminate research
  • Know how to share research with different audiences
  • Identify ways of embedding research findings into practice

Recording available here.

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