Funding available for healthcare professionals
The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Centre plans to fund a small number of partial scholarships for the Clinical Research with Older People Masters module starting in January 2021. This funding is to encourage healthcare professionals with an interest in the health of older people and in clinical research to consider further academic opportunities.
For those who are not at the stage of being able to make a commitment to a full-time Masters Programme or PhD, this scholarship will allow an introduction to clinical research with older people.
This Masters module is part of Newcastle University’s MSc in Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing and awards 20-credits at postgraduate Masters level.
The award offers £600 towards the cost of tuition fees and is open to all UK healthcare professionals. We would particularly welcome applications from nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
The aims of the module are:
- To provide insight into the challenges and benefits of involving older people in clinical research, including hard to reach groups such as people with dementia and black and minority ethnic elders
- To increase awareness of appropriate strategies to improve recruitment of older people to clinical research studies in range of settings including hospital, care homes and clinical trial units
- To facilitate consideration of potential topics for future clinical research involving older people
“The module gave me an opportunity to develop my academic skills and I have grown in confidence and feel well placed to continue with further study”
Physiotherapist, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust
“The most interesting aspect of the module has been interacting with research articles – beginning to learn the skills required to read, understand and interpret findings, consider the results in the context of additional research and understand how cumulative results evidence thinking re future projects”
Research Nurse, Gateshead NHS Trust
“I feel I will be able to take the learning from this module and work with our clinical research lead to help improve research processes within my team. The module has increased my awareness of research study design and in particular recruitment strategies for under-represented groups”
Dietitian, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust