Rachel King attended @NIHR_trainees Doctoral Research Training Camp #CLAHRCYHTK2A

On 6th – 8th July 2016 I attended an NIHR Infrastructure Doctoral Research Training Camp at Ashridge Business School. I have just completed my first year of PhD so it was a good time to consolidate my learning. The only way I can describe the experience is like taking part in an episode of ‘The Apprentice’ based at ‘Hogwarts School’.

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It was a fantastic 3 day course that included seminars followed by a team challenge which involved preparing a fictitious funding bid. We had 24 hours to develop a study design and complete a funding application including costings to win a £500,000 grant.

During the challenge we could make 10 minute appointments with the Director of the funding body, the Director of Finance, qualitative and quantitative advisors, and a PPI advisor. We were also interrupted at regular intervals to add an element of chaos to the exercise!

Our group discussed the proposed study all day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, not even stopping for a drink (although the food was amazing!). However we were allocated a mentor (Professor), who was not able to give us advice, but did keep us hydrated! My contributions to the application included the qualitative methods, PPI, and lay summary sections, as well as shaping the initial study design.

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On the final day we presented the study proposal to a funding panel, and audience of about 70, then answered questions from the panel (on stage).

It was a great experience, especially as my team won the challenge out of 9 teams! I’m so grateful to Jo Cooke at NIHR CLAHRC YH for putting my name forward for this brilliant training opportunity. I discovered that there’s no better way to learn how to write a bid than being thrown in at the deep end!!

Rachel King
PhD student at ScHARR, funded by NIHR CLAHRC YH
Translating Knowledge into Action Theme
An ethnographic study of the knowledge mobilisation (KM) activities of advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) in discharging patients with exacerbations of long term conditions (LTCs) from the emergency department (ED)

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