The Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic programme provides research training awards for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional
(NMAHP) staff to allow the development of careers that combine research with continued clinical practice and professional development.
The programme gives nurses, midwives and allied health professionals the opportunity to apply for bridging fellowships to build on their previous academic training and to develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral award.
Donna explains, “I submitted my application at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when I was redeployed to Caroline House, continuing with existing research studies and the research team was reviewing urgent public health COVID-19 studies to potentially deliver at the trust.
“There were four places available regionally and I am so pleased to have been awarded one of those.
“My project proposal is to work with the community nurses here at NCH&C to explore self-compassion and how that effects the health care they deliver. A vital and unique component to my proposal is to also work with patients to understand the effect of self-compassion on the health care they receive. As a critical workforce needing to grow due to increasing workload it is vital that we understand the changes to patient care and the well-being of community nurses. The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the pressures on Community Nurses and the health care they deliver. I am grateful for the support from the trust which will allow me to integrate this with my current clinical research role which I feel demonstrates the trust’s dedication to health and social care research.
We wish Donna all the very best as she embarks on her 12-month fellowship, starting in November.