HEE NCEL/ NIHR CLAHRC North Thames –
Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife/ Allied Health Professional/ Healthcare Scientist Academics –
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.
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.
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:
- a project linked to an existing CLAHRC project
- a project of their choosing which relates to one of the CLAHRC’s five research themes
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com).