AHSC Researcher Development Programme

A programme to support nurses, allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare scientists (HCS) to learn more about all aspects of research.

This course has been designed by AHPs and Nurses from across three Trusts with Imperial College to provide the best introduction possible to getting started in research. 

On completion of the programme you will be able to:

  • evaluate the role of research in clinical practice
  • discuss different types of research
  • have begun to develop the skills needed to evaluate research papers
  • understand the processes associated with carrying out a research project
  • gained experience in developing a research proposal. 

Participants will work in groups of 4-6 with a research coach. 

Structure and content

Participants will be grouped into ‘teams’ of 4 to 6 at the start of the course and each team will have a dedicated Research Coach’. The coaches will be research active staff Nurses, AHPs and HCS from across the AHSC. The coach will provide on-going advice and guidance during the programme and act as a point of contact during practical exercises, enabling discussion and feedback tailored to meet the needs of the participants.

Speakers and tutors from across the AHSC will provide education on topics including:

  • Research methods and developing hypotheses
  • Data analysis and statistics
  • Writing and abstract and critiquing a scientific paper
  • Understand the importance of patient and public involvement in research.

Throughout the Programme the Faculty will focus on building confidence in research skills and provide information about further participation in research and academic careers.

To find out more please contact Professor Mary Morrell [email protected] 

Programme duration

The course will run from September 2017 – January 2018 over two half days and one full day session.

Course dates: 18 October 2017 (1/2 day); 9 November 2017 (full day); 6 December 2017 (1/2 day)

There will also be ‘catch-up’ sessions repeated across each Trust site. Delivering the sessions close to the participant’s work place is key to the success of the programme – making it accessible, and relevant.

Feedback from past participants

  • Previous participants rated the programme 4.7 out of 5
  • Saying ‘Fantastic course for anyone wanting to get involved in research, from the beginner to the more advanced’
  • ‘Enjoyable and inspiring course. I’d like to go on to study an MSc’
  • ‘Good opportunity to network and get support with research’

Three staff (two participants and one coach) went on to submit applications to the NIHR for research funding; two MRes candidates were successful.


To apply please email [email protected], applications will close on Friday 14 July 2017.