NMAHP Research Framework
The Lothian NMAHP Research Framework aims to increase research within a Lothian NMAHP research community.
Lothian launched its NMAHP Research Framework in January 2011 for a five year period and this is currently being reviewed with a view to developing the Framework further for the coming period. The Framework exists to establish and sustain a Lothian NMAHP research community. It represents collaboration between NHS Lothian and its three principal academic partners for NMAHP research:
- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University
- School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
- School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Supporting information documents:
The aims of the Framework are to:
- Increase the volume and quality of applied research that leads to improvements in patient/client health and well-being and service delivery, particularly in areas of strategic priority.
- Further enhance the profile and status of NMAHP research in Lothian, creating a culture of inquiry and evidence-informed decision making.
- Enhance the NMAHP research infrastructure in order to support the development of high quality research studies and offer a range of career opportunities.
It is built around the following guiding principles:
- a focus on applied research
- having a comprehensive approach – focusing on research leaders, research users, research enablers as well as those who are research active
- being based on collaboration and mutual benefit
- strengthening integration to achieve alignment between research priorities
- building on areas of success as well as developing new areas of strength
- a focus on outcomes and knowledge exchange
The Framework has 12 vision statements and a five-year action plan that centres on:
- research and evidence based practice being explicit in all roles
- developing clinical academic careers at all levels, including through the Lothian Clinical Academic Research (CARC) Scheme
- establishing clinical and academic ‘homes’
- creating research clusters to develop local research programmes (for example cancer and palliative care, learning disability, critical care, falls)
- increasing and evidencing collaborative research activity, including a focus on impact
- establishing Lothian as a centre for NMAHP research.
For more information about the NMAHP Research Framework, please direct your enquiry to the relevant contact:
External link: Nursing Midwifery & Allied Health Professions Research Unit