New programme for aspiring clinical academics

The School of Healthcare has won a £1.6m contract to deliver a Masters in Clinical Research Methods over the next three years.

The course is designed to accelerate clinical research and is the starting point for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to pursue a career as a clinical academic combining research with clinical practice. Clinical research is a major driver of innovation and central to NHS practice for maintaining and developing high standards of patient care.

Head of the School of Healthcare Professor Andrea Nelson says: “This is a continuation of a successful collaboration between the School of Healthcare and Leeds Institute for Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, and forms part of HEE/NIHR integrated clinical academic programme for non-medical healthcare professions who work in the NHS.

“The award provides £1.6million which allows NHS organisations to backfill staff whilst they are studying and provides the programme fees. This programme, which runs for two years from September 2015, will provide an important platform towards PhD study and for developing research capacity within the NHS.”

Further information is available from programme manager Dr Janet Hirst.

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