Nurse-led innovation and research can improve the care and services provided to patients as well as saving money at a time of great financial pressures on the NHS. Thanks to funding secured after several years of collaboration, the next generation of world class healthcare researchers will receive mentoring to help accelerate their success and improve patient care in the coming years.
Professor Sally Kendall and Dr Geraldine Byrne, from the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, worked alongside the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research (UK), Imperial College and the Allied Health Professions Research Network to secure £189,719 from the Department of Health’s Chief Nursing Officer Directorate to cover three years of funding for the programme. One of the key goals of the programme is to develop nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals as clinical academic leaders.
This 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. It will include: one to one mentorship support for Senior Clinical Lecturers and Clinical Lecturers; face-to-face and online mentorship training; and activities such as an annual event, regional hubs and professional networks.
Highly qualified and experienced in their healthcare fields and with backgrounds as nurses, midwives and health visitors, the researchers are often at the bedside, looking at aspects of care to make a real difference to patients’ lives.