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Mar 2012 - New funding to mentor healthcare researchers

The Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research (UK), alongside the University of Hertfordshire, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Allied Health Professions Research Network today (1 March) announced new funding to mentor the next generation of world class healthcare researchers.

The Academy – a collaborative enterprise between the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives and the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) – has received £189,719 for three years of funding, with the partner organisations.

It means that an elite group of around 30 researchers, who have been awarded national research fellowships under the Department of Health Chief Nursing Officer’s  ‘Clinical Academic Training’ (CAT) and CSO Healthcare Scientist programmes, will be eligible for regular mentoring from experts at the top of the healthcare professions. 

The nurses, midwives and health visitors who will be mentored, may be working in any field where NHS care is provided and will be developing their expertise within an established research team.  One of the key goals of the programme is to develop nurses, midwives and other health professionals as clinical academic leaders.

The programme is funded by the Department of Health’s Chief Nursing Officer directorate and led on behalf of the Academy by Professor Annie Topping based at the University of Huddersfield. It will also include:

  • One to one mentorship support for Senior Clinical Lecturers (SCLs) and Clinical Lecturers (CLs)
  • Face to face and online mentorship training
  • Activities including an annual event, and other activities via regional hubs and professional networks

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, Dr Peter Carter, sald:  “This is an extremely valuable project. Nurse-led innovation and research will not only improve the care and services provided to patients, but also save money at a time of great financial pressures within the NHS. We look forward to seeing both the development of these nurses as academic leaders and also the fruits of their work through improved patient care in the coming years.”

Professor Annie Topping said: “The researchers to be mentored are themselves highly qualified and experienced in their healthcare fields and regular meetings with their mentors will provide another ingredient to accelerate their success and help them achieve their goals.  And their research will benefit patients. Their background as nurses, midwives, health visitors, allied healthcare professions and healthcare scientists means their research is often very much at the bedside, or leading edge looking at aspects of care that will make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.”

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is good news indeed. It is so important that research is encouraged, funded and taken seriously. Without it midwifery practice would stand still, it would not be driven by evidence and the services we offer to women and their families would be worse as a result.  This initiative means that we can help to develop the next generation of researchers and the people who use the services can reap the rewards of their work through informed practice and better care.”

Unite/CPHVA's lead professional officer, Obi Amadi said: “This funding is to be greatly welcomed and is the culmination of years of collaborating and working towards this goal which has now become a reality. Nursing can't move forward and lead the way in clinical innovation without good and high quality research which, in turn, will have long-term benefits for patients and clients.”

Christine Norton, professor of clinical nursing innovation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Bucks New University said: “Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London are delighted to be part of this team. We bring a wealth of experience in developing nursing midwifery and AHP researchers in clinical practice and mentoring them in balancing the demands of a clinical and academic career.”

 

Oct 2011 - New Chair appointed

Congratulations to Roswyn Hakesley-Brown CBE, who has just been appointed as the new chair of the Academy Board. 

Many thanks to Professor Tony Butterworth, our outgoing chair, for all his hard work and many achievements during his time as the Academy's first chair.