NHS staff graduate from Starting Out in Research programme


Healthcare staff from three NHS hospital trusts have completed an Imperial programme that aims to support them into research.

The Starting Out in Research programmem supported by the NIHR Imperial BRC, is aimed at NHS allied health professionals (AHPs), nurses, midwives, pharmacists and healthcare scientists. The aim of the course is for participants to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence required for a research career, so that they can apply for clinical academic career opportunities at pre-doctoral level.

The programme was delivered by academics from the College and healthcare staff from its NHS partners at Imperial’s South Kensington campus from January to March. Participants learned about topics including identifying a research question, involving patients in studies, analysing quantitative and qualitative data, and preparing grant proposals for funding. They also heard from peers about their own experience of undertaking research and developing clinical academic careers.

Participants also had the opportunity to work in groups with a research coach to discuss the application of the knowledge and skills learned into their work environment.

Professor Mary Wells, Lead Nurse for Research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor of Practice in Cancer Nursing at Imperial College London, who co-ordinated the programme, said:

“Research is important to the delivery of patient care as it provides evidence to support innovations and developments in practice.  A key priority for us is to foster a research culture and to boost the numbers of healthcare professionals engaging in clinical academic research across all our NHS partners.  The Starting Out in Research programme is one example of Imperial’s work to identify and develop the next generation of healthcare professional research leaders. I hope our participants finished the programme feeling confident, further engaged and inspired to pursue their own research careers within their organisations.”

You can read about experiences of some of the participants here.

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