Non-medical opportunities

Clinical Academic Training Opportunities for Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Midwives and Pharmacists

A key priority for the Imperial College AHSC is to increase the number of Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists and Healthcare Scientists engaging in clinical academic research through enhancing and highlighting the support already available, and introducing additional opportunities and programmes. The AHSC is keen to attract and cultivate the brightest and most promising clinical academic researchers in all healthcare professions. 

As part of the AHSC, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust strongly supports the Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme. This programme provides personal research training awards for healthcare professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development. Applicants must belong to one of the eligible professions. 

Five levels of award are available, each requiring the support of clinical and academic host organisations, which together form a career pathway for aspiring and developing non-medical clinical academics.

Current activities to support the expansion of research engagement and skills among non-medical clinical healthcare professionals at the Imperial AHSC are described on the support and resources tab. Expand each category to find out more.

Why research should be everybody's business

Increasingly colleagues across Imperial AHSC are looking to develop and expand initiatives to encourage and support more Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Midwives, Pharmacists and Healthcare scientists into research endeavours and help improve understanding of how research can be applied in clinical practice. This activity is strategically guided by the Clinical Academic Research Committee (non-medical) which comprises membership from all major non-medical professions, further details about membership of this group can be found on the non-medical research contacts page. Schemes and support available at Imperial include research fellowships, conferences and courses, research information/resources and networking opportunities.

This drive within Imperial corresponds with national initiatives led by the NIHR and HEE to increase research engagement amongst non-medical professionals and allow them opportunities to bring their expertise and questioning minds to the research table and contribute to enhanced patient care and outcomes. To learn more about why NIHR believes research should be everyone’s business, download the NIHR supplement (Nov 2015).  HEE/NIHR ICA Programme highlighted in HSJ Supplement