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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

Upcoming HPAG Seminars


Previous HPAG Seminars

Title: Medication adherence and resilience - and doing research in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Watch the recording of this webinar.

Chair: Professor Bryony Dean Franklin

Speakers and schedule

"Medication adherence and resilience: What can we learn from the Covid-19 pandemic?"

Dr Sara Garfield, research pharmacist at The Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, Pharmacy Department, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, & UCL School of Pharmacy, London.

“A facilitated discussion and sharing of experiences and suggestions around conducting research during a global pandemic”

Led by Professor Bryony Dean Franklin, Executive Lead Pharmacist Research & Director, Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality | Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Alison McGregor, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery & Cancer. Imperial College London.

Title: Use of research to positively impact patient care - Seminar and networking

Date: Tuesday 13th October 2020

Watch the recording of this webinar.

Speakers and schedule: 

"Not just dysp​noea - swallowing as a concern for adults with laryngotracheal stenosis who undergo reconstructive surgery?"
Gemma Clunie, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellow, Department of Surgery & Cancer

"Understanding the biomechanical impact of recurrent low back pain in patients with lumbar disc degeneration using state of the art technology"
Dr Janet Deane - Post doctoral research associate, Department of Surgery & Cancer

"Peer support for Healthcare Professionals outside of Medicine"
Dr Janet Deane - Post doctoral research associate, Department of Surgery & Cancer

Chair: Dr Margaret Coffey

Title: Using wearables in healthcare research

Date: Thursday 9th January 2020

Location: Charing Cross Campus

Speakers and schedule

Chair: Professor Mary Wells

"Breaking the mould of dietary assessment"

Professor Gary Frost Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction and Dr Benny Lo, Department of Surgery & Cancer

"Developing a screening tool for shoulder dysfunction in breast cancer patients’"

Marie-Clare Johnson, Physiotherapy Practitioner Upper Limb, Therapies Department, Charing Cross Hospital

Title: HPAG Seminar 3

Date: Wednesday 4th September 2019

Location: Hammersmith Hospital, Wolfson Centre, Seminar Room 4

Speakers and schedule:

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

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

Title: HPAG Seminar 2

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019


Speakers and schedule: 

"Keeping amputees on their feet" Professor Alison McGregor

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

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

Date: Friday 10th May 2019


Speakers and schedule: 

Workshops 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.

Title: HPAG Seminar 1

Date: Thursday 6th December 2018

Location: St Mary’s Hospital, Clinical Lecture Theatre (2nd Floor Cambridge Wing)

Speakers and schedule: 

"From a clinical observation to a randomised clinical trial and change of clinical practice – an example" Professor Pernilla Lagergren

"A feasibility study on intervention for swallowing dysfunction after laryngectomy" 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.

Professions in HPAG

Professions in HPAG

HPAG member affiliations

HPAG members affiliation

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