Nurse/AHP 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, and occupational therapists.

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NW London Research Symposium

20 September 2017 (1 - 5 pm), Imperial College London, South Kensington campus

‌This FREE symposium is a must for clinicians (Band 5 and above), those thinking of taking a research postgraduate course, those wondering about pursuing a research career, or those doing research of any sort. The event is aimed at Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professions, Pharmacists and Healthcare Scientists. Find out more.

Doctoral Seminars

Seminars for PhD students and post-docs to present their research and get feedback from more senior colleagues. It is an informal space to allow conversation around research topics. 

Future dates

  • 11 September 2017
  • 12 December 2017

Please contact Professor Wiseman’s PA on x8514 for more information.

Research Matters Seminars

Lunchtime seminars for research interested and research active staff. The 2017 programme includes sessions on literature searching, writing study proposals/grant applications, research methods and highlighting current and recently completed studies within nursing and AHP clinical research. Where appropriate presenters will illustrate the methods they employed, challenges they might have experienced, findings and recommendations for practice. Sessions will be video-linked between Sutton and Chelsea from 12.30pm-2pm on the following dates:

  • 28 March 2017 - What makes a good grant application? (Chelsea Seminar Room/Cripps Lecture Theatre)
  • 25 April 2017 - Applied Health Research Showcase (Chelsea Seminar Room/Cripps Lecture Theatre)
    • "A pilot study investigating the presence and impact of swallowing difficulties in patients with advanced lung cancer" (Grainne Brady)
    • "Holistic needs assessment and care plans for women with gynaecological cancer – do they improve cancer specific health related quality of life? A mixed-methods study" (Cathy Sandsund) 
  • 25 May 2017 - Systematic Reviews: How to do one? (Chelsea Seminar Room/Committee Room)
  • 20 June 2017 - Statistics for Beginners I (Chelsea Seminar Room/Committee Room)
  • 20 July 2017 - Statistics for Beginners II (Chelsea Seminar Room/Committee Room)
  • 11 September 2017 - Using the MRC Complex Interventions Framework in Palliative Care Clinical Research (Cameron Room / Cripps Lecture Theatre)
  • 19 October 2017 - How to conduct and compile an effective journal paper review (Board Room / Committee Room)
  • 23 November 2017 - TBC
  • 18 December 2017 - TBC

The sessions offer an informal forum for discussion, networking and support for those interested in research and evidence based practice. This is a rolling programme, so if there is a particular aspect you are interested in, please contact Isabel White or Professor Wiseman’s PA on x8514 with a suggestion.

Mentorship Programme

Provides support for trainees at each stage – tasters, internships, coaching for grant applications for higher degrees, navigating the higher degree and establishing a post-doctoral research career.

NIHR Academic Training Advocates

This cohort of passionate and proactive researchers act as ambassadors for health research careers, supporting and advocating for non-medical professions and for individuals who wish to begin or continue a research career. Three of our researchers are NIHR advocates – Dr Ellen Donovan for healthcare science, Professor Theresa Wiseman for nursing and Dr Linda Wedlake for dietetics.

For more, go to the NIHR Academic Training Advocates page.

Developing a clinical academic career – Nursing Times article

Travel bursaries

The Patricia McGregor Travel Fellowships Fund provides travel fellowships for RM-based junior researchers, nursing staff and allied health professionals to attend and present at oncology-related medical conferences in the UK and overseas. To apply, download the application form/

Other resources

AUKUH has published a guide 'Transforming healthcare' for healthcare provider organisations with practical advice to develop and sustain clinical academic roles.

The NIHR has designed a guide for aspiring clinical academics and their managers to make the most of the opportunities that exist through Health Education England (HEE) and the NIHR to support healthcare professionals to combine clinical activity with patient-focused research. The guide advises on how to apply for NIHR personal awards and also provides useful information how to get involved in research.

The NIHR provides a variety of funding opportunities for nurse and AHP researchers. If you are thinking about applying, please contact the BRC Office for advice and support.

Imperial Academic Heath Science Centre

We are part of the Imperial College Academic Heath Science Centre (AHSC). The 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 (RM) 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.