Who We Are

The Healthcare Professional Academic Group (HPAG) is the academic hub in the Faculty of Medicine for clinical academics in the healthcare professions. Its mission is to grow the number of clinical academic leaders from across the Imperial College AHSC in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, healthcare science and the allied health professions.

Healthcare professionals make up a very significant part of the NHS workforce and most are involved in the day-to-day delivery of front line services. Research led by healthcare professionals has huge potential to improve patient care and clinical services. The HPAG supports this patient-centred research by bringing together a critical mass of healthcare professional academic leaders at Imperial. HPAG supports growth in the numbers of healthcare professionals leading research programmes across the AHSC by supporting and expanding inter-professional and multidisciplinary working, providing peer-to-peer and research services support, mentoring and networking opportunities.

An early priority of HPAG is to increase the number of healthcare professionals on a clinical academic training pathway. The Group works closely with the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) in providing guidance and careers advice.

If you are a healthcare professional (outside of medicine) who is leading research or aspiring to be a clinical academic and are interested in the work of the group, please sign up to become a member of HPAG.

Activities and Events

HPAG Activities

HPAG Seminars

These events are an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects or research challenges. All HPAG members are welcome to attend.



To be announced.




Wednesday 4th September, 1.00-3.00 pm

Location: Hammersmith Hospital, Wolfson Centre, Seminar Room 4

 Please register on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seminar-and-networking-for-healthcare-professionals-tickets-65910731773

Networking with refreshments and light lunch for those who like


1.30PM - "Exploiting routinely collected data to improve nurse-sensitive outcomes: delayed discharges and adverse events" Enrique Castro Sanchez, Lead Academic Research Nurse

2PM - "A day in the life of a Female genital mutilation (FGM) specialist service" Juliet Albert, Specialist FGM Midwife

2.30PM - Q&A

Further networking with refreshments

Tuesday 11th June, 1-2.30pm

HPAG Seminar 2

1.30pm 'Keeping amputees on their feet' by Professor Alison McGregor

2.00pm An exploration of the relationships between staff perceptions of safety in adult intensive care (ICU) and patient and staff characteristics by Clare-Leon Villapalos

2.30pm Refreshments and Networking

Friday 10th May 2019,  2-5pm

Writing for Publication Workshop – facilitated by Felicia Cox FRCN MSc RN

Session 1

14.00 – 15.30 open to all healthcare professionals outside of medicine

This workshop will give you an insight into all steps of the process of getting an article published.

Session 2

16.00 - 17.00 additional ‘hands on’ workshop for 10 people* who are currently writing for publication (NB those who sign up for session 2 are expected to attend session 1 also)

Offering staff who are already writing for publication an opportunity to explore the development of a framework for a publication – involving identifying a topic, audience, platform, and undertaking a basic lit search.

Thursday 6th December, 1-2 PM


Research seminar: From a clinical observation to a randomised clinical trial and change of clinical practice – an example

Speaker: Professor Pernilla Lagergren

Emerging research idea: A feasibility study on intervention for swallowing dysfunction after laryngectomy
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Coffey


CATO Events

The Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) at Imperial is the Imperial College AHSC centralised pan-professional academic training hub for advice and information on academic careers, recruitment, training and funding.

Click here to access forthcoming CATO events relevant to health professional clinical academic trainees

Key HPAG Researchers