York St John University
The Bridge
9 January 2009
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Bridging the gap between research and practice
Welcome to the first edition of the Research Centre for Occupation & Mental Health’s e-bulletin, The Bridge, for 2009. A very happy New Year to you all. Have you made a resolution for 2009? Perhaps 2009 is the year you finally get to grips with research? Are you going to submit that abstract, paper or research bid that you have been thinking about for a while?
Focussing on 2009: RCOMH’s mission
As the start of a new year is associated with making resolutions and for focussing on what is important to us we thought it was timely to remind you of what RCOMH is all about. Our mission is:

Developing world class research in occupation and mental health to influence best practice

It is very important that we stay focussed on conducting research because the need for research about occupation and mental health is so great.  Without research findings we will not be able to influence practice in health and social care because all guidelines are based on research-based knowledge.

Bid camp
RCOMH was extremely fortunate to secure funding to run a Bid Camp in 2009. This funding will provide an opportunity for ten researchers to go away on a retreat for the best part of a week just to work on research bids. This will allow those involved time-out from the 9-5 to really concentrate on developing research bids with support and guidance from experienced researchers who have a track record of securing research grants.  We are very lucky that Dr Laura Potts, who has held a number of Economic and Social Research Council grants and Professor Maggie Nicol, who has experience of working with a team on Health Technology Assessment bids, have agreed to facilitate the bid camp.

We hope that the bids we develop will enable us to respond proactively and quickly to funding calls. We will also monitor the success rate following the bid camp to see if this is an event that should be repeated.

National Launch of RCOMH

Preparations for the national launch are going well. It will be held on 29 January 2009 at The Royal Society of Medicine. We are really hoping that this will not only be a celebration but an opportunity for key people to show their support for the aims and ambitions of the Centre. We will let you know how it goes in the next edition of The Bridge.

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