Progress and Achievements
The NMAHP Research Community launched in January 2011. Since then, it has established a strategic framework, and developed a number of schemes to support new and existing health services researchers.
Achievements to date include:
- Establishment of a framework for the creation of clinical and academic homes
- Appointment of four academics into clinical homes in mental health and critical care
- To date, ten NMAHPs employed by NHS Lothian have received Research Futures awards to support their postgraduate research training at doctoral, masters or research apprenticeship level.
- Establishment of a Mental Health Research Planning Group comprising the strategic lead, service managers, NMAHP Consultants, academics and Early Clinical Career Fellows
- *Establishment of the Lothian Clinical Academic Research (CARC) Scheme
- Introduction of the Midwifery Research Champions Scheme involving the appointment of six midwives to support promotion of existing clinical trials and the development of midwifery research capacity.
- Two of these Research Champions have recently been successful in securing PhD Studentships from Edinburgh Napier University
- Contribution to the development of a number of new research Masters programmes including:
- Masters of Nursing in Clinical Research (University of Edinburgh)
- Masters in Clinical Research (Queen Margaret University)
- MSc Clinical Trials by Online Learning (Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility and University of Edinburgh)
- Ongoing Collaborative NMAHP Research Seminar Series.