On 1 November, the NIHR launched a brand new senior nurse and midwife research leadership programme to strengthen the research voice and drive improvements in future care.
The 70@70 NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme is aimed at senior nurse and midwife clinical leaders across the country with experience of building a research-led care environment for patients, and a record of developing existing practice, working within and contributing to a research rich environment.
The 70 successful applicants will form a new community of senior clinical nurses and midwives who will champion the promotion of an embedded research active culture, encourage and support innovation, and inform research priorities in their organisations.
Through protected time they will be able to dedicate two days a week (over a period of three years) to fostering a culture of innovation, with the ultimate goal delivering high quality, evidenced based nursing, midwifery and healthcare practice.
Gail Byrne, Director of Nursing/OD at University Hospital Southampton, said: "As the largest group of healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives have the ability to use their frontline experience to support the identification of research priorities and integrate a research delivery culture in their care setting.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced senior nurses or midwives in Wessex to become national research leaders, championing nurse and midwife led research and influencing the NIHR's research agenda."
Applications to join cohort one are now open. The closing date is 30 November 2018. To apply go to: bit.ly/NIHR70at70