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The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme

The Programme

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recognised the huge, and as yet untapped, potential contribution of senior nurses and midwives to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). In response to this, we are delighted to introduce 70@70: The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme.

This programme is aimed at Senior Nurse/Midwife clinical leaders with demonstrable experience of building a research-led care environment for patients, and who have a record of developing existing practice, working within and contributing to a research rich environment.

Nurses and Midwives are by far the largest group of health care professionals and have an unparalleled contribution to make in a number of key NIHR priorities. We understand the importance of increasing the visibility of the Research Nurse and Research Midwife workforce, funded by the DHSC through the NIHR, and want to capitalize on their vital contribution to research delivery.

We are proud to have developed the NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme to work towards overcoming some of these challenges and drive real change across research systems.

Programme Purpose

Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme

The aims of the Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme are to strengthen the research voice and influence of nurses and midwives in NHS provider organisations. It will also enhance the connection between the research voice and perspectives of NHS nurses and midwives with the NIHR research agendas. The developing community would comprise of selected senior clinical nurses and midwives who are committed to championing the promotion of an embedded research active culture among nursing and midwifery staff in their organisations. They will possess the skills and knowledge to encourage and support innovation and research implementation in pursuit of the delivery of high quality, evidenced based nursing, midwifery and healthcare practice.

The programme funding will support 0.4 FTE salary costs for each member of the community for a period of three years. The programme will be managed by the NIHR CRNCC.

Role Outline

Each Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader will be a recognised research leader in the health and care system and key elements of their role will be to;

    • promote the importance of a vibrant integrated research culture in health and care to improve quality of care and health outcomes
    • act as a proactive champion for developing nurse and midwife research capacity and capability supporting an integrated research delivery culture in their care setting
    • encourage research collaborations and the interdisciplinary sharing of research knowledge and skills (dissemination) throughout their care setting
    • actively link with the wider work of the NIHR, including its future development
    • support the development of future research leaders with the NIHR Academy
    • support the identification of research priorities as they relate to front line nursing and midwifery practice issues and ensure they have a “route to visibility” in the research landscape.

1. Programme period

The initial programme will be for a three year period and will support protected time for the individual to develop the research capacity and capability of the workforce particularly the nurse and midwifery workforce. They will also ensure direct care research priorities are identified and used to inform NIHR Commissioning activity.

2. Programme outcomes

    • Significant enhancement of the profile of the NIHR among nurses and midwives, including the substantial contribution of the NIHR to the nursing & midwifery workforce, clinical research nurse and midwife development
    • A cadre of leaders to input, advise and influence NIHR decision making on research that relates more closely to nursing, midwifery and care quality issues
    • Active involvement of key practice and quality focused senior leaders in health and care services in the prioritisation of the NIHR’s work
    • A vibrant community of clinical research leaders which will better link the research assets of organisations
    • An improved pipeline of nurse and midwife researchers based in environments that are more receptive to the acceleration of key findings into practice.

Key Information

    • This opportunity provides space and time to share learning across organisations and across the NHS and takes inspiration from the national and international context
    • Funding provided will support 0.4 FTE salary costs for each Nurse/Midwife selected to participate in the programme
    • Applications to join cohort one will open on 1st November 2018 and will close on 30th November 2018
    • Shortlisting for cohort one will be held during December 2018
    • Successful applicants will be informed in January 2019
    • The programme will commence April 2019

Who we are

This programme is facilitated by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre (CRNCC).

Clare Meachin - Programme Director

Clare Meachin is the Associate Director of Nursing for the NIHR CRN CC & Deputy Chief Operating Officer for CRN South London and has many years of both clinical and research experience.

Clare originally trained as a Registered Nurse. She worked in various specialties and spent 4 years in Nigeria running a Leprosy Hospital. Her interest in research began following three years working with injecting drug users on the streets of Oxford and a project looking at the incidence of mental illness in the homeless population.

Clare has worked as a research nurse and then as the Lead Research Nurse in an acute Trust managing a research team of 50 across all specialties; alongside this she studied for an MSc in Clinical Education. Before taking up this role in CRN South London Clare was an R&D Manager at an acute Trust in West Sussex. More recently Clare has been working as part of the team developing and promoting the NIHR Clinical Research Nurse Strategy.

If you have any queries, please email: 70at70@nihr.ac.uk