This course is open to allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in clinical practice. They should hold current registration with an appropriate regulatory body and meet NHS Trust workforce requirements. Normally have a first or upper second class degree in their area of professional practice and have a least one year of clinical practice experience (or part time equivalent). Candidates should normally be working in an NHS Trust which is prepared to maintain a relationship with the student during the course, in particular to provide an environment for the student to undertake their clinical research project.
There is increasing demand for high quality clinical research to underpin practice, and exciting new career pathways are available for suitably qualified practitioners to lead and develop this research provision.
This course is based in the vibrant research environment of the Clinical Research Centre and provides broad clinical research training for allied health professionals, midwives, nurses and other professionals working in a clinical environment. The course is suitable for clinicians wishing to pursue a clinical academic career and conforms with the NIHR framework for this level of study. Clinicians will be prepared for a leadership role in research and may be able to progress to doctoral-level studies.
As a research degree, the research component is greater than the taught part of the course. The course is made up of four taught modules in the early part of the course, and a supervised clinical research project.
The taught component involves a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, and the research component is supported by a series of workshops and individual tutorials.
Areas of study:
A wide-ranging introduction to qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis in healthcare is covered. In addition to this, students choose to study specific research methodologies in depth, allowing them to focus on those of most relevance to their clinical practice and research interests.
In order to undertake and lead research in the modern NHS one of the core modules focuses on areas such as public and patient involvement in research, the production of evidence to support decision-making by policy makers, the legislative requirements of undertaking clinical trials and the ethical and economic issues influencing clinical research.
The supervised research project gives students the opportunity to undertake a piece of clinical research within their own clinical area. This allows the research undertaken to directly contribute to the student's current clinical practice and feeds directly into the service provision.
Core modules Research Methods for Health Professionals Leading Research in the Modern NHS Clinical Research project
One from: Essential Statistics in Health and Medical Research Qualitative Research Epidemiology Analysis of Function
One module from the large portfolio of health-related modules offered in the Faculty of Health and Social Science graduate programme.
Career and progression opportunities:
The course gives clinicians the opportunity to develop their clinical research careers, and forms part of the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Academic Training Pathway, acting as a platform for progression to doctoral level research for some individuals.