Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals

NMAHP Clinical Leadership Roles

Date: 10 December 2018

Early in 2018 the Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) Executive agreed funding to support the pilot of a small number of Clinical Research Leadership posts in the region as part of the joint CRN NENC and Health Education England North East (HEENE) Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) strategy. Click here to read the strategy document.

As a result of collaborative partnerships between a number of our partner organisations and universities we are very pleased to announce that three posts have been created with equal funding contributions from Higher Education Institution, NHS and CRN NENC for a two year period.

Our congratulations go to Vikki Smith, Fania Pagnamenta (both Northumbria University and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Yitka Graham (University of Sunderland and South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts) who have all been successfully appointed into these new and exciting roles.

Sharon Dorgan Senior Strategic Manager for CRN NENC said: "I'd like to congratulate the three candidates on their successful appointments, this is an exciting time for NMAHPs, both regionally and nationally. In funding these posts it shows the CRN NENC is committed to the development of NMAHPs and that we value all research professionals."

Over the next two years they will focus on:

  • Developing the clinical academic leadership capacity of nurses and allied health professionals across the region.
  • Planning and leading high quality research bids in subject areas of strategic importance to their University and NHS organisation.
  • Acting as the strategic lead and expert for nursing and AHP related aspects of research within the region.
  • Leading change in clinical practice through the development and implementation of multi-professional care initiatives using research findings to inform, develop and improve care pathways.
  • Making a significant contribution to the development and coordination of NMAHP research and development activities and policies.

 

Meet Fania Pagnamenta...

"I am Nurse Consultant working in the field of Tissue Viability with 28 years clinical experience, 15 at a senior level. My ambition is to become a Clinical Academic, leading wound care research that can be transferred to my day-to-day clinical practice and that of others (nationally and internationally). This new role will allow me to develop my research capabilities, leadership and clinical skills to a new level of expertise.

"My research journey started with the undertaking of a Professional Doctorate, thesis ‘Understanding Dressing Evaluation: a pragmatist perspective’, a study that explored the challenges to generate evidence using traditionally designed studies and how the process could be improved with a new pragmatic methodology. The next stage in my career is to develop my ability to undertake large scale clinical research.

"In the UK, the burden of wound care is significant: there are an estimated 2.2 million patients with a wound, equivalent to 4.5% of the adult population. My research interest pertains to wounds to the lower limb in the frail elderly, who have significant multi-comorbidities. These wounds are often misdiagnosed, under assessed, sub-optimally treated and thus, often fail to heal."

 

Meet Vikki Smith...

"I am a postdoctoral midwife sonographer and Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. Throughout my career I have actively sought opportunities to lead innovative, clinically relevant research with the aim of improving maternity services whilst continuing to develop expertise in my clinical role.

"I am committed to the continued development of research career opportunities for NMAHPs. The Clinical Research Leadership role gives me the unique opportunity to combine clinical midwifery care, high quality research and leadership to support NMAHPs across the region.

"My goal is to lead high quality research within maternity services with the aim of improving outcomes for women and families. I aim to inspire and support NMAHPs to become the future research leaders. The role will ensure that I can contribute to progression of the clinical academic career pathway by building on the excellent work that is already underway across the region."

 

Meet Yitka Graham...

"I'm a Senior Lecturer in Health Services and NHS Engagement at the University of Sunderland, and hold an embedded research post in the bariatric surgical unit at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. My PhD explored patients’ experiences of adjusting to life after bariatric surgery. I continue patient-focused research in this area, working collaboratively with patients to carry out studies which illuminate the important role each healthcare professional plays in the MDT approach in patient care. I support Nurses and Allied Health Professionals within bariatric surgery nationally to develop their research activity and careers.

"I was motivated to apply for the Clinical Research Lead post to be able to develop NMAHP research capacity and capability across a wider range of clinical disciplines.

"The CRN NENC/HEENE NMAHP Research Strategy is a trail-blazing initiative which has potential to make a positive difference to the NMAHP workforce. Through my post, I aim to increase the number of NMAHPs as Investigators, successful funding applications, support the development of NMAHPs as clinical academics, ensuring that the opportunities afforded by the strategy are maximised and delivered."

  • Summary:
    Early in 2018 the Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) Executive agreed funding to support the pilot of a small number of Clinical Research Leadership posts in the region as part of the joint CRN NENC and Health Education England North East (HEENE) Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) strategy.
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