Date: 03 July 2018
Nurses and midwives have the opportunity to become research champions and drive improvements in future care through a new £3 million training scheme.
A total of 70 senior nurses and midwives will be chosen to take part in the in the Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader programme who will champion the importance of research activity in clinical practice.
The project will be backed by funding from the NIHR to allow senior nurses and midwives to dedicate two days a week to fostering a culture of innovation, furthering implementation of science activities and informing research priorities within their organisations.
The selected nurses and midwives will champion research collaborations and the interdisciplinary sharing of research knowledge and skills throughout their profession.
Dr Susan Hamer, Director of Nursing, Learning and Organisational Development of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network said:
“The NIHR is hugely appreciative of the vital role of nurses and midwives in the clinical research system.
“The 70 senior nurses and midwives chosen for this new initiative will be tasked with driving changes to actively develop a dynamic evidence-based culture within the NHS’s largest workforce.”
By building research capacity, the NIHR envisions an increase in the uptake of training and research led by nurses and midwives. Generating and implementing robust research evidence related to nursing and midwifery interventions - such as avoidance of skin breakdown, infection prevention and falls - should see improvements in quality of care, outcomes and cost-effectiveness within the NHS.
Emma Munro, Head of Nursing/Professions, Research and Development at University Hospital Southampton, said:
“The knowledge and experience gathered on the frontline puts us in a unique position for intelligence gathering that can transform health and care.
“I want to encourage my nursing and midwife colleagues to be part of this programme that influences and develops research priorities so we can provide the best possible experience for our patients.”
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