Developing clinical academic careers for nurses and allied health professionals

Over 30 nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) attended a training weekend hosted by GOSH’s Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health Illness and Disability (ORCHID) earlier this month.

The weekend provided academic nurses and AHPs from across 10 different organisations the chance to develop their research careers. There were a range of inspiring talks, practical advice sessions as well as workshops on social media for researchers and how to write quality papers.

Attending the two-day event were nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, pharmacists, radiographers, dietitians and occupational therapists. The event was also a chance to launch a cross-London network for nursing and AHP clinical academic careers.

Dr Kate Oulton, ORCHID Senior Research Fellow, Clinical Academic Programme Lead and event organiser said, “The weekend was a great success due to the enthusiasm and positive energy of everyone involved. There was plenty of time for networking and lots of chances to learn from others sharing best practice and potential pitfalls."

This event, was part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) GOSH Biomedical Research Centre's Experimental Medicine Academy programme, which aims to support the education and training of nurses, allied health professionals, PhD students and fellows as they develop into future academic and clinical leaders.