Dr Catherine Evans

Career development for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals that will boost health research activity in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Date: 13 February 2018

Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex (CRN KSS) is committed to the continued professional development of research skills for all clinical staff across our region. This is part of our endeavour to increase year on year the opportunity for patients and carers to participate in research studies that contribute to treatment, care and services.

To support this work we are piloting a lead for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (NMAHPs) in research. The role is currently being scoped by Dr Catherine Evans HEE/NIHR Senior Clinical Lecturer who holds a joint post between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.  Catherine’s clinical role is as an Honorary Nurse Consultant and R&I Director.

The pilot will focus on exploring the feasibility of a speciality lead for NMAHPS in research to support the growth of integrated clinical academics (ICA) in the region, as well as encourage this group to develop their careers and to increase research activity. ICAs are healthcare professionals (NMAHPS) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development.

Catherine will work with Kate Jones, CRN KSS Chief Operating Officer and Hazel Crawford, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, to realise this ambition.

Catherine Evans says: “I am looking forward to exploring the academic pathway with our nurses, midwives and allied health professionals which will lead to a growth in capacity to support and lead research in the area.

The first step is the ‘green-shoots’ initiative to support clinical staff with pursuing research grant funding, and to bring together those in the region with expertise in the development of NMAHPs as integrated clinical academics in their respective NHS trust.”

Kate Jones says: “Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals play an important role in the delivery of high quality clinical research across Kent, Surrey and Sussex which meet the needs of our patient population and we look forward to working with Catherine as she develops this role.”

The NIHR has recently published NIHR CRN Allied Health Professionals Strategy 2018-2020 to support Allied Health Professionals, such as paramedics, radiographers and speech and language therapists, working with, and for, the NIHR Clinical Research Network.  The strategy reflects the NIHR mission to ‘provide a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public’.

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