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NIHR Training Advocate Recruitment



The NIHR Training Advocates promote research training opportunities to non-medical clinical professions in order to support the NIHR Academy in developing research capacity.  Advocates provide support and advice to both aspiring researchers and those already on a clinical academic pathway, and provide expert advice to NIHR in relation to their specific profession and area of interest. 

The NIHR Training Advocates are organised by professional group, and each professional group has a number of Advocates led by a Lead Advocate.  The number of advocates is determined by the size and geographical representation of the professional group.

Advocates groups currently represent physiotherapy, nursing, podiatry, dietetics, nutrition, psychology, occupational therapy, midwifery and healthcare science.  The professional groups represented by the Advocates is being expanded to include Advocates for the following professions:

  • Speech and Language Therapy: 3 Advocates and 1 lead Advocate
  • Radiography (Diagnostic and therapeutic): 3 Advocates and 1 lead Advocate
  • Pharmacy: 3 Advocates and 1 lead Advocate

Additional Advocates are also being recruited for the following professions:

  • Healthcare Science: 4 Advocates
  • Audiology: 2 Advocates

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about supporting non-medical clinical professionals to develop clinical academic careers.  Applicants should be clinical academics working in the profession for which they are applying to be an Advocate who have knowledge and experience of clinical academic career development and the support available through the NIHR Training awards. Further details about can be found about both Lead Advocate and Advocate roles in the role description.

Informal enquiries regarding the roles can be directed to Professor Steve Wootton (Advocate Chair: or Professor Anne-Maree Keenan (Advocate Deputy Chair:  General queries regarding the submission of Expressions of Interest should be directed to or 0113 532 8444.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted using the NIHR Training Advocate Expression of Interest Form and accompanied by an up to date CV.  Please submit your Expression of Interest and CV to, with the subject “NIHR Training Advocate Expression of Interest”.  Please also indicate which role you are applying for (Professional Group and Lead Advocate or Advocate Role).

The closing date for application submissions is 12pm, Monday 9th September 2019.

Successful applications will be invited to attend the annual Advocates meeting on Thursday 10th October 2019 in London.