Support for nurse, AHP & pharmacy researchers

Multi-professional mixed methods research forms an important part of our aim to translate advances in biomedical research into patient benefits. We provide a variety of activities to support our early career researchers across multiple disciplines including nursing staff, biomedical scientists, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists.

Support for Nurses and AHP researchers

The NIHR Nursing and Midwifery Incubator

The Nursing and Midwifery Incubator aims to accelerate and support the development of nurses and midwives looking to develop a career leading research.

The Incubator will provide a collaborative, supportive and high profile structure for nurse and midwife-led research within the NIHR and beyond.

Find out more about the Incubator and register on the NIHR website

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICA)  

The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides personal research training awards for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development.

Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria

Five levels of award are available, each requiring the support of clinical and academic host organisations, which together form a career pathway for aspiring and developing non-medical clinical academics:

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral award holders are also eligible for ICA Programme-funded mentorship support through the ICA Mentorship scheme.

The ICA Programme also funds ICA Bridging Schemes to support  members of the ICA eligible professions who wish to build on their previous academic training and to develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral awards, and take the next step on their clinical academic pathway.

The ICA Personal research training awards are managed by the NIHR Academy ([email protected]).  The ICA Internships and Bridging awards which are managed by HEE's Local Teams 

Further information can be found on the NIHR website

Read the NIHR guide to the ICA programme here.

NIHR Academic Training Advocates

NIHR Academic Training Advocates are ambassadors for non-medical clinical academic careers. They promote NIHR training and career opportunities, advocate for non-medical clinicians and support individuals beginning or continuing a research career.

This cohort of passionate and proactive researchers act as ambassadors for health research careers, supporting and advocating for non-medical professions and for individuals  Two of our BRC researchers are NIHR advocates: Professor Theresa Wiseman for nursing and Dr Linda Wedlake for dietetics.  

Professor Wiseman explains the role of the Training Advocate in the video below.

Travel bursaries

The Patricia McGregor Travel Fellowships Fund, set up in memory of Patricia McGregor, provides travel and attendance costs for staff from The Royal Marsden to attend and present their research at national and international oncology-related medical conferences.

Applications are only open to The Royal Marsden employees and are specifically for junior researchers including junior medical staff (below consultant level), nursing staff and allied health professionals.

To apply, please download the Travel Fellowship application form and application guidance notes. Completed applications should be submitted to [email protected] at least 30 days before the conference start date.

Other resources

NIHR clinical research nurses and AHP Research Champions
Clinical research nurses and midwives and allied health professionals play an important role in the delivery of high quality research care. The NIHR supports their development and raises awareness of their roles through a number of campaigns and initiatives in addition to offering career support and advice.

Find out more about the support available through the NIHR

HEE Clinical Academic Careers Framework

A framework for optimising clinical academic careers across healthcare professions (Feb 2018).

Download the HEE Clinical Academic Careers framework

Imperial College AHSC Mentoring

An academic research mentoring programme for Nurses, Midwives, AHPs, Clinical Scientists and Pharmacists.

Find out more abut the Imperial College mentoring programme

Pharmacy Research UK

Pharmacy Research UK is an NIHR non-commercial partner which provides additional benefits to research projects.

Applicants who require further help and support in completing the research application also benefit from the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)The RDS provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers across England and are a useful resource in developing a robust application for research funding.

Imperial Academic Heath Science Centre

The Imperial College Academic Heath Science Centre (AHSC) is a partnership between Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBHT) and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and aims to utilise excellence in research and education to transform health outcomes. To see resources and events for clinical researchers visit the Imperial CATO website or RBHT website.

An interactive chart on the CATO website summarises the support and activities available across the AHSC partners.