Nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals encouraged into research

31 August 2015

Nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals encouraged into research

NMAHP RU at GCU is supporting nursing research capacity

The Scottish government, through the office of the Chief Nurse and in partnership with higher educational institutions and NHS Scotland, is looking into ways to encourage more nurses, midwives and allied professionals to carry out research in a bid to improve patient care. 

The Clinical Academic Research Careers Scheme (CARC) has been produced to support the development of research in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and is being developed by the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit (NMAHP RU) based at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Stirling University. 

The move follows calls by the Royal College of Nursing and the UK Clinical Research Collaboration for greater nursing research capacity and capability.

Professor Brian Williams, Director of the NMAHP RU, said: “There is growing consensus and evidence to indicate that NMAHP research is essential to the continued development of effective, safe and person-centred healthcare.

“With appropriate leadership and support for the development of high quality clinical academic NMAHP researchers, Scotland has the capability to become an international centre of excellence in applied NMAHP research. Such research could make a significant and demonstrable difference to the lives of the people of Scotland.”

Dr Gaylor Hoskins, Capacity and Capability Manager for the scheme, has stressed the importance of finding improved ways to help NMAHPs undertake research and apply it in a clinical setting. 

She said: “With Scotland’s aging population and growing numbers of people with complex health problems NMAHPs are ideally placed to develop new interventions and models of care that can prolong and add to quality of life”.  

The CARC scheme aims to support NMAHPs currently involved in high quality research as well as finding the clinical-academic leaders of tomorrow.

It also seeks to improve the quality and clinical relevance of the research to a level of international excellence, and for clinical academic research careers to be valued at ward level.

The current initiative has supported students on the Master of Nursing in Clinical Research programme at Edinburgh University and the award of three re-engagement retention fellowships. It is also striving to establish a research and clinical academic forum between universities and the NHS. 

2015 has seen the introduction of a new NMAHP Research Award scheme showcasing the quality and range of NMAHP research being undertaken in Scotland. A ceremony to present the awards will take place in Edinburgh on October 28. 


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