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Health Education East Midlands

Clinical Scholar Bronze & Silver

Applications for 2015/16 are now closed.


Helping you on your journey to become a Clinical Scholar

Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Health Visiting and Pharmacy Professions.


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Clinical Scholar Awards Pathways

Graduate Nurses
Midwives
Allied health professionals
Health Visitors
Pharmacists
Wider Dental Team Members
Operating Department
Practitioners
Clinical Psychologists
Exposure to research in clinical practices

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  • Suitable for registered NHS staff without postgraduate qualifications or formal training in research
  • Supports clinicians to go on to apply for a research Master’s programme


Masters Level
Award scheme 1

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  • Suitable for registered NHS staff who already have an MRes or equivalent qualification
  • Supports clinicians to go on to apply for a PhD

Doctoral Level
Award scheme 2

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Coming soon


Post Doctoral Level
Award scheme 3

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Coming soon


Senior clinical academic
Award scheme 4

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Overview

Health Education East Midlands (HEEM) are excited to offer up to 19 places for NHS Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Health Visitors, Pharmacists, Wider Dental Team Members, Operating Department Practitioners and Clinical Psychologists ,registered in the East Midlands, to join the Clinical Scholar Bronze and Silver Awards 2015/16

Applications are invited from clinicians with no formal training or qualifications in research, and from those who have completed a Master’s in Research (MRes) who are looking to develop their clinical academic career further.

There will be two award programmes running alongside each other:

Clinical Scholar Award Bronze: For those without a formal Master’s qualification, this programme will provide an opportunity to explore an area of research and provide valuable experience in the progression towards a Master’s. Applications from those who have already completed a Master’s may also be considered for this Award however the Silver Award may be more appropriate for those at this stage in their Clinical Academic Career (see below).

Clinical Scholar Bronze Award will:

  • Enhance the Clinical Scholar’s ability to compete successfully for the next stage of the Clinical Academic Pathway, such as the Masters in Research (MRes)
  • Include a structured 6 day educational programme
  • Be for 48 days duration; start date 30th November 2015. Besides mandatory education days and Action Learning Sets, these days can be taken flexibly over the course of 6 months in agreement with the Clinical Scholar’s organisation and academic mentor
  • Complete by June 2016
  • Include participation in 5 facilitated Action Learning Sets

Clinical Scholar Award Silver: For those already with a Master’s or equivalent postgraduate qualification, this programme will provide the opportunity to prepare a PhD proposal in order to take the next step on the individuals’ clinical academic career journey

Clinical Scholar Silver Award will:

  • Be undertaken through an individualised, structured development plan based on a training needs assessment
  • Enhance the Clinical Scholar’s ability to compete successfully for the next stage of the Clinical Academic Pathway, such as a PhD
  • Include a bespoke educational programme based on the identified training needs of the individual
  • Be for 48 days duration; start date 30th September 2015. Besides education days these days can be taken flexibly over the course of 7 months in agreement with the Clinical Scholar’s organisation and academic mentor
  • Complete by April 2016

Background

Clinical Scholar Bronze and Silver Awards form the first two stages on the Department of Health’s Clinical Academic Training Pathway (CATP) within the East Midlands. This is designed to enable the delivery of the Government’s strategy, ‘Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions’2 through developing the best research professionals to improve peoples’ health outcomes and the experiences they have of their care.

The CATP provides opportunities to grow talented clinical researchers who will lead and further invigorate Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Health Visiting, Pharmacy, Wider Dental Team, Operating Department Practice and Clinical Psychology Professionals’ capacity to meet the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda.

Mentorship

Each Clinical Scholar will have a research Mentor who will:

  • Be a formally qualified researcher, minimum Master’s qualification for the Bronze Award and minimum PhD qualification for the Silver Award
  • Commit to mentoring and line management for the duration of the project
  • Facilitate high quality learning opportunities for the Clinical Scholar
  • Facilitate access to research professionals as determined by the development needs of the Clinical Scholar
  • Sign off the final academic report/ PhD proposal by the Clinical Scholar.

We invite potential Mentors from across all disciplines to apply for the scheme. All Mentors assigned to Clinical Scholars should have the skills to provide hands on support, mentorship and be able to act as a role model to the Clinical Scholars. Mentors can apply using the downloadable form on the ‘Application Forms’ page.

Clinical Scholar applicants can nominate a Mentor provided they meet the criteria above and complete a Mentor application form. Alternatively Clinical Scholars will be appropriately assigned a mentor from a pool of qualified and experienced academics.

Funding

A single payment grant of £7500 can be offered to the Clinical Scholar’s organisation to facilitate release from their duties. This grant will include:

  • Salary support and incidental costs for the Clinical Scholar
  • Travel expenses
  • Costs reasonably incurred by the employing  organisation in covering their duties
  • Any external training or development opportunities for the Clinical Scholar.

We are aware that in some circumstances this funding will not be enough to cover expenses and additional costs incurred as well as salary support. In these circumstances it is the responsibility of the employer to manage the amount that can be spent to mitigate any financial risk incurred.

Deadlines

Clinical Scholar Awards Bronze and Silver Awards Application Deadline: 17th August 2015

Informal Interviews: 7th September 2015

Formal Confirmation of Release: 7th September 2015

Mentor Registration Deadline: 17th August 2015

HEEM Clinical Scholar Bronze Award Start Date: 30th November 2015

HEEM Clinical Scholar Silver Award Start Date: 30th September 2015

References
1Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board, (2012), Compassion in Practice: Nursing, Midwifery and Care Staff, Our Vision and Strategy, Department of Health, NHS Commissioning Board
2 Department of Health, (2012), Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, Department of Health

Guidance Notes

Please see below to download Guidance Notes for the scheme:


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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is the HEEM Clinical Scholar Awards Bronze and Silver Awards?

The Award programmes are structured opportunities designed to enable a practitioner considering a clinical research career to gain mentored learning experience of working within a research environment and develop their ability to compete for formal research training.

2. What do the Awards cover?

A single payment of up to £7,500 can be offered per Clinical Scholar to their NHS organisation, which could cover; contribution to salary and incidental costs; education, training and support costs, travel expenses and other costs reasonably incurred by the Clinical Scholar. We are aware that in some circumstances this funding will not be enough to cover expenses and additional costs incurred as well as salary support. In these circumstances it is the responsibility of the employer to manage the amount that can be spent to mitigate any financial risk incurred.

3. Who is eligible to apply for the Awards programmes?

Bronze Award:

Graduates of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Health Visiting, Pharmacy, Wider Dental Team Professions, Operating Department Practice and Clinical Psychology who are currently registered and have a strong interest in, and suitability for, a research focused clinical career. There is no requirement to have a Masters or equivalent postgraduate qualification. Applications for the Bronze Award from practitioners with a Masters may also be considered however:

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not undertaken a Master’s degree
  • The candidate should not have undertaken any clinical research accredited programmes (including during this project)
  • Candidates may have undertaken a Master’s level degree some years previously and have a compelling case to re-energise their interest in research as well as developing research in their workplace
  • The Silver Award may be more appropriate for those at this stage in their Clinical Academic Career.

Silver Award:

Graduates of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Health Visiting, Pharmacy, Wider Dental Team Professions, Operating Department Practice and Clinical Psychology who are currently registered and have a strong interest in, and suitability for, a research focused clinical career and have a research focused Master’s.

4. Do applicants need to be employed by the NHS or can they come from organisations that provide NHS services such as social enterprises, or the independent sector?

Funding for the Clinical Scholar programme will only cover those engaged in the delivery of NHS funded services.

5. Can HEI employees apply if they can demonstrate engagement in clinical practice?

An employee of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) would be eligible to apply if they:

  • are a frontline clinician from the Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health, Health Visiting, Pharmacy, Wider Dental Team, Operating Department Practice or Clinical Psychology profession
  • Also have a contract with an NHS employer, or a provider engaged in the delivery of NHS funded services
  • are a graduate, and are currently registered as a Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Health Visitor, Pharmacist, Wider Dental Team Member, Operating Department Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist with a strong interest in, and suitability for a research focused clinical career
  • have a strong interest in, and suitability for a research focused clinical career
  • have the support of their service provider organisation

6. What is the timetable for applications to the Clinical Scholar Awards Bronze and Silver?

The Bronze Award will commence on 30th November 2015. The Silver Award will commence 30th September 2015. The Bronze Award needs to be completed by June 2016 and the Silver Award needs to be completed by April 2016.

7.How long is an Award programme?

Bronze Award

The Bronze Award programme will take place over a period of 48 days, starting on 30th November 2015 – June 2016. The 48 days will include up to 6 mandatory educational days and up to 5 Action Learning Sets but other than this is flexible to the needs of the Clinical Scholar and their organisation. These days are to be negotiated with the employer organisation and academic mentor.

Silver Award

The Silver Award programme will take place over a period of 48 days, starting on the 30th September 2015 – April 2016. The 48 days will include 10 mandatory educational days but otherwise is flexible to the needs of the Clinical Scholar and their organisation. These days are to be negotiated with the employer organisation and academic mentor.

8. Would an AHP with a Master’s in Physiotherapy who wants to apply for an NIHR Doctoral in Clinical Research award be eligible to apply for an Award?

The Silver Award programme will be open to graduates who have a higher level formal training in research (see also 3). Practitioners who have achieved a professional Master’s, such as MSc in Physiotherapy or MA Art Therapy, which did not include higher level formal training in research, are also likely to be eligible for the Silver Award.

9. Can projects that require ethical approval be undertaken as part of the Award Programmes?

The timeframe for the Bronze and Silver Awards Programmes (6/7 months) often does not allow enough time for application and acquisition of ethical approval. Therefore is it recommended that Scholars do not undertake projects that require ethical approval. If a Scholar wishes to undertake such a project they should discuss this with their mentor as soon as possible upon commencing the programme. It is also recommended that they contact their Trust Research and Development Lead. Please note that the output expectations will remain the same for those undertaking a project requiring ethical approval (see 10.)

10. What are the expectations for the Award Programmes?

Clinical Scholars undertaking the Bronze Award are expected to:

  • Attend and participate in 6 mandatory structured educational days:

    EDUCATION DAY 1 – Award Induction and Literature Searching/Analysis

    Monday 30th November 2015

    EDUCATION DAY 2 – Research Methods

    Thursday 17th December 2015

    EDUCATION DAY 3 – Quality Improvement in the NHS

    Thursday 7th January 2016

    EDUCATION DAY 4 – Nvivo Training

    Thursday 21st January 2016

    EDUCATION DAY 5 – Presentation Skills & Report Writing

    Thursday 4th February 2016 (TBC)

    EDUCATION DAY 6 – Presentation Day

    TBC

  • Attend and participate in 5 Action Learning Sets. Each Bronze Scholar will be allocated to one of two sets: Dr Andrew Soundy (Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. University of Birmingham). The dates are as follows:
    • Tuesday 8th December 2015
    • Tuesday 12th January 2016
    • Tuesday 9th February 2016
    • Tuesday 8th March 2016
    • Tuesday 12th April 2016
  • Professor Liz Anderson (Professor of Interprofessional Education. University of Leicester). The first date is as follows and the further four dates will be confirmed in due course:
  • Friday 11th December 2015
  • Commit 48 days to the programme over the course of 6 months
  • Produce the following outputs:
  • An academic report of 5,000 – 7,000 words
  • A reflective piece of up to 3,000 words
  • A presentation on the research project to be delivered to an invited audience, which will include the Clinical Scholar’s line manager, peers from the programme and mentors
Clinical Scholars undertaking the Silver Award are expected to:
  • Attend and participate in a bespoke educational programme.
  • The dates of which are as follows:
    • Wednesday 30th September 2015
    • Wednesday 14th October 2015
    • Wednesday 28th October 2015
    • Wednesday 11th November 2015
    • Wednesday 25th November 2015
    • Wednesday 13th January 2016
    • Wednesday 20th January 2016
    • Wednesday 27th January 2016
    • Wednesday 3rd February 2016
    • Wednesday 10th February 2016
  • Commit 48 days to the programme over the course of 7 months
  • Produce the following outputs:
    • A literature review of 5000 – 8000 words
    • A PhD proposal including ethics

Mentors

1. How many Clinical Scholars will I supervise as a Mentor?

Each mentor will support one Clinical Scholar however, if required they could support more.

2. What funding is available to Mentors as part of this Programme?

Mentors will receive £1,000 per Clinical Scholar towards their research fund or towards their organisation.

3. Are there any requirements for Mentorship as part of the Programme?

Yes, the Mentor must:

  • Be a formally qualified researcher
  • Commit to mentoring and line management for the duration of the project
  • Develop and submit a bespoke structured developmental plan for the Clinical Scholar
  • Facilitate high quality learning opportunities for the Clinical Scholar
  • Facilitate access to research professionals as determined by the developmental needs of the Clinical Scholar
  • Provide a written report to the sponsor on the completion of the Award
  • Sign off the Clinical Scholar’s final report, and provide feedback.

4. What benefits does this programme provide Mentors?

The Benefits to Mentors include:

  • Provides additional research capacity
  • Utilises NICE resources and develops plans for further improvement (where relevant)
  • Experience of managing research staff
  • Experience of mentoring
  • May help with CPD/revalidation process
  • £1000 funding per Clinical Scholar towards research

Mentors

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  1. How many Clinical Scholars will I supervise as a Mentor?
Each mentor will support one Clinical Scholar however, if required they could support more.
  1. What funding is available to Mentors as part of this Programme?
Mentors will receive £1,000 per Clinical Scholar towards their research fund or towards their organisation.
  1. Are there any requirements for Mentorship as part of the Programme?
Yes, the Mentor must:
  • be a formally qualified researcher, minimum Master’s qualification for the Bronze Award and minimum PhD qualification for the Silver Award
  • commit to mentoring and line management for the duration of the project
  • facilitate high quality learning opportunities for the Clinical Scholar
  • facilitate access to research professionals as determined by the development needs of the Clinical Scholar
  • sign off the final academic report/ PhD proposal by the Clinical Scholar
  • advise on ethics
  1. What benefits does this programme provide Mentors?
The Benefits to Mentors include:
  • Provides additional research capacity
  • Utilises NICE resources and develops plans for further improvement (where relevant)
  • Experience of managing research staff
  • Experience of mentoring
  • May help with CPD/revalidation process
  • £1000 funding per Clinical Scholar towards research
  1. What is the deadline for Mentor applications?
17th August 2015

Application Forms

Clinical Scholar Bronze Award Application Form

If you wish to apply to be a Clinical Scholar please click below to download the form.


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Clinical Scholar Silver Award Application Form

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Mentor Application Form

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Further Instructions

Please note that the forms you have downloaded are fillable pdfs. Once you have filled in your information, please save a copy of your completed form. The completed forms can be sent either as an Email Attachment or By Post to:

Nichola Smith
Department of Medical and Social Care Education
Maurice Shock Building
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 9HN
Email: ns55@le.ac.uk

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Nichola Smith
Department of Medical and Social Care Education
Maurice Shock Building
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 9HN
Email: ns55@le.ac.uk

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