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70@70 nurse and midwife research leader programme kicks off in London


The inaugural meeting of the 70@70 senior nurse and midwife research leader programme takes place today at Prospero House, London.

The launch event marks the beginning of the brand new 70@70 programme aimed at strengthening the research voice and driving improvements in future care.

The seventy successful applicants who make up cohort one are all senior nurses or midwife clinical leaders and will champion the promotion of an embedded research active culture, encourage and support innovation, and inform research priorities in their organisations.

Clare Meachin, 70@70 Programme Director, said: “Today is the start of something very exciting. 70@70 is a fantastic opportunity for senior nurse and midwife research leaders to be actively involved in advising and influencing policy makers in the NHS and NIHR and ensuring key findings and evidence are accelerated into practice. These are important leadership roles that will help more patients throughout health and social care settings gain access to research focused on their needs.”

70@70 research leader, Tootie Buser, Cardiac Genetic Nurse and HEE / NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, King’s College London, said: “Clinical research is the backbone of improving health services. I believe there is a huge potential for nurses and midwives to increase research capacity within the NHS and look forward to getting the support from the 70@70 programme to help me and others in the cohort make a difference to the research culture within our organisations.”

Director of Science, Research & Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care and key note speaker at the event, Louise Wood said: “I am delighted to join participants at the inaugural meeting of the 70@70 NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leadership Programme. Nurses and midwives are by far the largest group of health care professionals and it’s vital that patients, the health and care system and NIHR benefit from their knowledge, skills and insights.”

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