You might be considering your own research, or be interested in doing a post graduate research degree. There are lots of ways to get started. Many universities offer Masters in Research (MRes) programmes that will help you become confident in finding and critiquing evidence and literature, refine a research question so that it can be answered, and learn how to begin designing a research project. And there are often informal groups in your local area that will provide information, support and encouragement if you’re not sure where to begin. If you can’t find a local contact, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to help.
Even if you have never thought of yourself as someone interested in research, something in these pages might create a spark in your mind and inspire you to explore.
Lead Nurse for Research and Practice Development
Practitioners can get help with identifying research priorities; writing grants and fellowship applications; developing clinical academic career plans; constructing strong evaluation plans for projects and writing for publication.
The Board are keen to start offering a range of other research development opportunities beyond the current suite of doctoral training such as clinical research nurse undergraduate placements; chief/ lead nurse scholarships that use research to explore or resolve a practice issue; pre-doctoral scholarships that help people develop competitive PhD applications; and post-doctoral fellowships.
Anyone interested in getting in touch about developing a research idea or accessing research training then please email Debbie.
Chief Nurse Research and Development
NHS Lothian has a long history of research capacity building since 2010 and there are currently 26 nurses and midwives undertaking doctoral studies alongside their clinical roles, many of them from community and primary care settings. One example is Kath Williamson, Manual Handling Advisor and recent District Nurse.
NHS Lothian has created the Lothian Clinical Academic Research Gateway Awards, providing 5 different types of funded awards, including ‘First Steps into Research’ for clinical staff seeking early career experience of working with established clinical and academic research teams. Other collaborative initiatives that aim to create a culture of collaborative partnership between the NHS and higher education includes the Lothian Clinical and Academic Homes Framework, which was launched in October 2021.
Any community nurses and midwives working in NHS Lothian who are interested in research are very welcome to contact Juliet