Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife/ Allied Health Professional/ Healthcare Scientist Academics –

 Fellowship Scheme

Health Education England, working across North Central and East London (NCEL) is delighted to announce that it has commissioned NIHR CLAHRC North Thames to run a research fellowship scheme for a fourth cohort of one to two fellows. This one-year fellowship is available for pre- and post-doctoral nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (AHP), and healthcare scientists, who want to pursue a clinical academic career path. A full list of eligible professions is available here.

This scheme is one of a range of opportunities the HEE local office is creating to fulfil its commitment to clinical academic development. Clinical academic research and the development of clinical leaders is an essential aspect of healthcare innovation. This scheme aims to develop a cadre of nursing, midwifery, AHP, and healthcare scientist clinical researchers who have influence locally and more widely to ensure that practice is of the highest possible quality and supported by a robust evidence base.

Louise Morton
Dean of Healthcare Professions, HEE, working across North Central and East London

Are you a nurse, midwife, allied health professional or healthcare scientist looking to develop your career as a clinical academic?

Would you like time and support to develop an application for external research funding to take your academic career to the next level?

If the answer is yes, then the Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife/ AHP / Healthcare Scientist Academics- Fellowship Scheme, sponsored by Health Education England North Central and East London and hosted by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames, will help you achieve both these things.

Why apply?

Applied health research studies the effectiveness of health care and public health services, placing emphasis on delivering findings that can be applied directly for the benefit of patients, the public and the NHS.

Fellows appointed to this exciting scheme will be seconded to the CLAHRC, four days a week for one year from December 2017. During the secondment, Fellows will receive supervision from a senior academic to develop an application for external research funding (for example to the ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme).

Fellows have the choice to work on either:

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss whether a proposed project would fall under the CLAHRC’s research remit.

HEE North Central and East London local office will contribute to the costs of the secondment, providing 3 days a week salary contribution for the duration of the fellowship. This would be paid to the employing organisation, which will be required to release the fellow for the fourth day. The fellow will work one day a week in their employing organisation.

Fellows will be provided with a desk and computer at one of the CLAHRC partner higher education institutions. They will also have access to monthly action learning sets to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and networking during and after the fellowship.

Who should apply?

The fellowship scheme is aimed at nurses, midwives, AHPs, and healthcare scientists who already have some research experience, and would benefit from support to build on this and take their academic career to the next level. More information, for you and your line manager, on building a research career as a clinical academic can be found in this NIHR guide.

Up to two one-year fellowships are available for 2017/8. Eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • The scheme is open to open to non-medical/dental healthcare professionals requiring statutory registration. A full list of eligible professions is available from the NIHR website.
  • Employed to at least Band 5 and normally up to and including Band 8a, within an NHS or public health organisation in north central and east London (see here for more information)
  • Hold a current registration with the relevant body.
  • Provide written evidence of director-level support for their application from their employing organisation (e.g. Director of Nursing, or equivalent). This should outline the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship scheme. It should also confirm that their employing organisation will a) release them to undertake a secondment, four days a week for one year, and b) contribute two days a week salary (40%) to the secondment. This is to cover one day of the fellowship and the one day that the applicant will continue to work in their employing organisation.
  • Have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or higher level award.
  • Pre-doctoral students must have completed an MRes or relevant MSc (or equivalent); those applying for a post-doctoral fellowship must have submitted their PhD thesis by the time of taking up the fellowship.
  • Not be enrolled or engaged in another course or programme of study during the fellowship.

During the fellowship, fellows will be required to:

  • Develop an application for submission to an external funding body to support either doctoral or postdoctoral studies.
  • Undertake activities to raise levels of research awareness in their base NHS Trust, for example establishing a journal club.
  • Develop a plan to implement their learning, in conjunction with their base NHS Trust, their supervisor, and the fellowship scheme.

How to apply?

Applications must be received by 5pm, Thursday 27th July 2017. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held in central London on 9th August 2017.

Applicants should submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A letter demonstrating that there is director-level support for their application, from within their employing organisation (e.g. from the Director of Nursing or equivalent). This should outline a) the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship scheme and b) the organisation’s support for the secondment, including agreement to contribute two days a week salary (40%) to the secondment. This is to cover one day of the fellowship and the one day that the applicant will continue to work in their employing organisation.
  • An up-to-date CV (maximum four pages), highlighting your current experience and knowledge, as well as any specialist interests or advanced practice

Applications should be submitted by email to Anna Head (clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk)

What happens then?

  • Applications will be shortlisted by HEE NCEL and NIHR CLAHRC North Thames
  • Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in central London on 9th August 2017.
  • Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview by Friday 18th August 2017.
  • Successful fellows will begin their secondment to the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames from December 2017.

For any further information about the fellowship scheme or the application process, please email Anna Head (clahrc.academy@ucl.ac.uk).

Success for CLAHRC Fellow Emma Dunphy

Physiotherapist and CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow Emma Dunphy has been successful in her application for a prestigious Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Emma’s proposed research will develop an E-Health intervention to improve rehabilitation for anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

After spending a year with the CLAHRC on our fellowship scheme honing her research skills Emma successfully applied to the NIHR scheme against stiff competition.

The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme is aimed at registered non-medical healthcare professionals sited in England with at least 1 year’s experience of clinical practice, sufficient research experience or training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst continuing to develop their clinical skills.

The full title for Emma’s research under the scheme will be Development of a model of service delivery to standardise anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation in the NHS and testing the feasibility of an E-Health intervention to support delivery of this model.

See a poster outlining Emma’s work below or download a PDF here.


Diarmuid Denneny

Diarmuid Denneny  is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. His fellowship will allow him to explore allied health professional training to deliver brief psychological interventions for patients with long term conditions, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Optimising Behaviour and engagement with care theme.

 Diarmuid is  at the pain management centre at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He has over 20 years clinical experience. He is particularly interested in neuropathic pain, persistent pain and CCBT techniques in pain management, and leads the neuropathic pain pathway including CRPS at the UCLH pain management centre. Diarmuid is a qualified independent prescriber. He is interested in the clinical application of research, and is involved in education and research at UCLH.

Dr Rachel Muir

Rachel Muir is a CLAHRC HEE NCEL post-doctoral Fellow and the Senior Matron for the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at UCLH. Her clinical background is in Critical Care, Accident and Emergency and Clinical Research, and she has a PhD in Social Sciences. Rachel is interested in knowledge mobilisation, arts based participatory methodologies, and patient experience in clinical trials. Rachel was awarded an international travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2013/2014 to visit Harvard, Toronto, and McGill in Canada to learn from innovative participatory projects to improve patient experience, and she is currently developing applications for post-doctoral funding as part of her CLAHRC HEE NCEL fellowship.

Emma Dunphy

Emma Dunphy is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a particular interest in rehabilitation of sports injuries. Emma’s current role is at Homerton University Hospital Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine Clinic. During her year with us Emma developed content for an existing website and tested this web-based intervention to support patients in rehabilitation who wanted more independence and better information.

Read Emma’s reflections on her year with us and how her time with the CLAHRC influenced her practise.

Imogen Skene

Imogen Skene is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. Her research will focus on informed consent & recruitment to clinical studies in the Emergency Department setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Methodological Innovation theme. Imogen is currently a Senior Clinical Research Nurse in the Emergency Department at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Imogen obtained her BSc Adult Nursing at the University of Southampton and her MRes Clinical Research at City University London. Her MRes focused on trauma patients experience of care in the Emergency Department. She has also worked as an emergency nurse in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Pinkie Chambers

Pinkie Chambers is a senior pharmacist with over 10 years experience within both UCLH and The London Cancer network. Her ultimate vision is to improve patient experience and outcomes for those receiving chemotherapy, through applied health research. Pinkie has used her patient facing role to guide and prioritise research projects, collaborating with universities and industry. The resultant effect of the research has been changes in guidelines and pathways both locally and internationally.

Her project is to re- design the current chemotherapy pathway to reduce the overall side effects of chemotherapy treatment. The year will be spent developing a PhD project to explore one element of the novel pathway.

Pinkie is Joint Chair of the London Cancer Chemotherapy Expert Reference Group which aims to develop chemotherapy services and re-shape the chemotherapy pathway.

Read Pinkie’s reflections on her year with us and the challenge of juggling clinical and research commitments

Paul McLaughlin

Paul McLaughlin is a mental health matron who spent a year with the CLAHRC to increase his research skills and pursue a clinical academic career. Paul qualified as a mental health nurse in 1999 and completed a Masters in Interprofessional Practice in 2007, both at City University in London. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, completing a PG Dip in Academic Practice in 2009, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At the commencement of the clinical academic fellowship in 2015, Paul was working as a ward matron in East London NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked since he was a student.

His research focus was developing alternatives to forced treatment on acute psychiatric wards.