Date: 14 February 2019
Four nurses working within Wessex have been successful in gaining a place on the NIHR’s 70@70 Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leaders Programme.
Joining with colleagues across the country, 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 of delivering high quality, evidenced based nursing, midwifery and healthcare practice.
Rebecca McKay, chief operating officer of CRN Wessex said: “Huge congratulations to the successful applicants. The leadership programme presents a fantastic opportunity for senior nurses and midwives to become national research leaders, championing nurse and midwife led research and influencing the NIHR's research agenda. It is great to have strong representation from across Wessex."
Over the coming months, the successful applicants will begin the programme, aimed at strengthening the research voice and driving improvements in future care. The successful applicants from Wessex are:
Abigail Barkham, consultant nurse frailty, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Cindy Whitbread, lead research nurse, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Kay Mitchell, senior research manager, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Jacqui Prieto, associate professor and clinical nurse specialist, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
For more information about the 70@70 programme, please visit https://sites.google.com/nihr.ac.uk/70at70/home
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