Campaign promoting research careers launched

Continuing the health sector’s wider drive to promote research, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has launched its new Your Path in Research campaign that aims to lure more public health and social care professionals into the world of research.

As part of the campaign, NIHR has rolled out a matchmaking service call Link and Learn that will connect experienced public health and social care practitioners with promising young researchers so the later can acquire invaluable and unique insight into their new profession.

Also a part of the plans to entice more into research, the NIHR are launching a new interactive game on the 7th of November – the game will help take researchers’ careers “to the next level” by signposting the various different routes into the field and the opportunities available to develop new skills and qualifications.

Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Executive of the NIHR, said: “We know that having research as part of practice leads to better outcomes for service users, carers, and patients. This year’s Your Path in Research campaign will open up research to even more people, including social care and public health professionals.

“We really encourage everyone working in these important fields to consider getting on their own research pathway. Adding research into a career is really fulfilling. I have seen first-hand how it can help attract a person into a job, and often helps keep them inspired in their role, whilst making a difference to patients and the public.

“Taking this one step today can lead to many paths opening up tomorrow.”

Phase two of the project – which will focus on health research careers – will commence on the 14th of November.

More information is available by visiting the campaign’s website or by searching #YourPathInResearch on social media.

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