Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife Academics – Fellowship Scheme_CLAHRC North Thames

HENCEL/ NIHR CLAHRC North Thames – 2015 Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife Academics – Fellowship Scheme

Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) is delighted to be able to launch a fellowship scheme for pre- and post-doctoral nurses and midwives pursuing a clinical academic career path, in partnership with the North Thames CLAHRC. This scheme is one of a range of opportunities HENCEL is creating to fulfil the commitment to clinical academic development that it set out in its nursing and midwifery strategy. Clinical academic research and the development of clinical leaders is an essential aspect of healthcare innovation. This scheme aims to develop a cadre of nursing and midwifery clinical researchers who have clinical influence locally and more widely to ensure that nursing and midwifery practice is compassionate, of the highest possible quality and supported by a robust evidence base.

Chris Caldwell Dean of Healthcare Professions                                Kay Riley Chief Nurse

HENCEL                                                                                             Barts Health

Are you a nurse or midwife looking to develop your career as a clinical academic? Would you like time and support to develop an application for external research funding to take your academic career to the next level?

If the answer is yes, then the inaugural Developing Clinical Nurse/ Midwife Academics – Fellowship Scheme, sponsored by Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and hosted by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames, will help you achieve both these things.

Why apply? Fellows appointed to this exciting new scheme will be seconded to the CLAHRC, four days a week for one year from early 2015. They will work either on a project linked to an existing project within one of our five CLAHRC research themes (see a list of CLAHRC projects) or on an applied health research project of their choosing which relates to one of the five themes. Fellows will receive support from a senior academic to develop an application for external research funding (for example to the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme) by the end of the fellowship. Applied health research studies the effectiveness of health care and public health services, placing emphasis on delivering findings that can be applied directly for the benefit of patients, the public and the NHS. HENCEL will contribute to the costs of the secondment, providing 3 days a week salary backfill for the duration of the fellowship. This would be paid to the employing organisation, which will be required to release the fellow for the fourth day. Fellows will be provided with a desk and computer at one of the CLAHRC partner higher education institutions. They will also have access to monthly action learning sets to facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring and networking during and after the fellowship.

Who should apply? The fellowship scheme is aimed at nurses and midwives who already have some research experience, and would benefit from support to build on this and take their academic career to the next level. In 2015, four fellowships are available. Eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:

  • Be a first level registered nurse, normally  operating at band 6 or 7 employed within NHS organisations  or in public health  within NCEL (see here for more information)
  • Hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing (or equivalent). This should outline the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship scheme. It should also confirm that their employing organisation will a) release them to undertake a secondment, four days a week for one year, and b) contribute one day a week’s salary. The applicant will work one day a week in their employing organisation.
  • Have a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in nursing or higher level award
  • Pre-doctoral students must have completed an MRes or relevant MSc (or equivalent); those applying for a post-doctoral fellowship must have submitted their PhD thesis by the time of taking up the fellowship.
  • Not be enrolled or engaged in another course or programme of study during the fellowship

During the fellowship, fellows will be required to:

  • Develop an application for submission to an external funding body to support either doctoral or postdoctoral studies
  • Undertake activities to raise levels of research awareness in their base NHS Trust, for example establishing a journal club.

How to apply Applications must be received by 5pm, Monday 15 December 2014. Applications received after this time will not be accepted. If you apply, you must be free to attend a selection event in central London on the afternoons of either Tuesday 6 or Wednesday 7 January 2015. Applicants should submit:

  • A completed application form (download here)
  • A letter of nomination from their local Director of Nursing, outlining a) the applicant’s suitability for the fellowship scheme and b) the organisation’s support for the secondment, including agreement to cover the cost of the fourth day of each week, which is not covered by the fellowship.
  • An up-to-date CV (maximum four pages), highlighting your current experience and knowledge, as well as any specialist interests or advanced practice

Applications should be submitted by email to Rita Maiolo (

What happens then?

  • Applications will be shortlisted by HENCEL and NIHR CLAHRC North Thames
  • Candidates will be informed of the outcome from the shortlisting process by Monday 22 December (at the latest)
  • Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in central London on the afternoon of either Tuesday 6 or Wednesday 7 January 2015
  • Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the interview by Friday 16 January 2015
  • The first cohort of fellows will begin their secondment to the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames on 1 March 2015.

Further information For further information about the fellowship scheme or the application process, please email Chris Caldwell (

Steven Towndrow

Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement and Communications Officer

NIHR CLAHRC North Thames

University College London | Department of Applied Health Research | 1-19 Torrington Place | London | WC1E 7HB |Tel: +44 (0)203 108 3241 | Email:

Queen Mary University of London | Centre for Primary Care and Public Health|Yvonne Carter Building 58 Turner Street London E1 2AB | Tel: +44 (0)207 882 2493 | Email:

Twitter: @CLAHRC_N_Thames

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