Healthcare professionals (HCPs)
As part of our commitment to training the translational researchers of the future, we fund internships for NHS healthcare professionals (HCPs).
The funding scheme is available to:
- healthcare scientists
- pharmacy technicians
- Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)
It aims to promote a positive culture of research and allows people in these professions to develop their research awareness and critical thinking through an innovative six-month development programme.
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Since completing the internship, I feel that I have a renewed passion for work. It has given me enthusiasm to engage with colleagues more and encourage others.
I have really appreciated the time the internship has given me to expand my network by meeting others involved in research. It has given me to opportunity to dedicate some time to research and learn how I can incorporate this into my role. I have also found out numerous opportunities to move forward with in the future if I would like to continue in the research pathway.
Karen Hartley, Pharmacist in the Children’s Rheumatology Team at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NUTH
The internship has been a fantastic opportunity.
It has helped to develop research skills in writing, reviewing and thinking about projects. The time and space it gives you to engage with research is very valuable, your confidence in what you are doing improves and networking with others helps build a platform for developing your ideas into reality.
Some people might think that research is too complex to do but it’s actually really practical and is about seeing a problem and thinking how can I do something about it. And nurses are well-placed to do that, we do it every day, looking at gaps and where we can improve. So taking this opportunity has been really rewarding.
Ashley Shield, nurse specialist at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust, working in the community with frail older patients.