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NIHR encourages NHS workforce to start career in research

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is encouraging healthcare professionals to start a career in research as it launches phase two of the NHS 75: Shape the Future campaign.

The recruitment drive runs until the end of November and highlights how the NHS workforce can develop their research careers without having to leave their current position.

One of the things which will be showcased is the clinical academic role – i.e., someone who balances their time between treating patients and conducting research in their chosen field.

Most clinical academics work for the NHS as well as a university, perhaps teaching the next generation of clinicians, practitioners and researchers.

Link and Learn – NIHR’s matchmaking service for healthcare professionals and established researchers – is also spotlighted.

The service, through which people can sign up as either a mentor or mentee, helps seasoned professionals connect with budding researchers, so they can provide guidance and insight into the career path ahead.

As well as promoting the diversity, flexibility and inclusion of the places on offer, NIHR wants to zero in on current researchers’ motivations and challenges in a bid to reach potential recruits.

NIHR also offers several awards and schemes to aid healthcare professionals.

They range from the Principal Investigator Pipeline Programme for research delivery nurses and midwives, all the way to the Clinician Researcher Credentials Framework developed in collaboration with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

To get involved and find out more about phase two of NHS 75: Shape the Future, click here.

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