Lothian Clinical Academic Research Career (CARC) Scheme
The Lothian Clinical Academic Research Careers (CARC) Scheme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) is a funding scheme which operates by funding backfill for NMAHPs who wish to conduct research and develop their research skills, knowledge and qualifications.
CARC is a collaborative initiative between NHS Lothian, University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Napier University, and NHS Education for Scotland (NES), aiming to generate high quality, service-led clinical research to the benefit of patients and their families and embed research and systematic enquiry within service culture.
The Scheme has been in place since 2011 with demonstration sites at various stages of development in Critical Care, Substance Misuse, Weight Management/Telehealth and Dementia. A further site in Midwifery is currently recruiting to posts. Other potential clinical areas are being discussed.
Key features of the scheme are:
- Eleven clinical academic research appointments at specialist and advanced levels across four clinical demonstration areas
- Defined allocation of clinical and research time embedded within clinical service setting
- Team organisation of the post holders with clear operational management, supervision and support arrangements
- Funded clinical research training relevant to each career stage (i.e. MRes, PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellow).
Supporting information documents:
For further information about the scheme please contact either Andy Peters or Juliet MacArthur.