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1 Academic Career Pathways Christine Norton PhD MA RN Nurse Consultant (Bowel Control) St Marks Hospital, Harrow Professor of Clinical Nursing Innovation & Associate Director of Nursing Bucks New University & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

2 The only certainty is change Patients (demographics, expectations) NHS (technology, community focus, organisation of care) Nursing (all graduate, support workers, new roles Research (focus, funding, governance)

3 What will your ideal job look like in: –1 year –5 years –10 years –20 years –Is it possible to plan for this?

4 The issues Much research has only a medical focus Many important questions not answered by drugs Many nurse academics are not clinical (focus on workforce) Lack of career structure and progression for research nurses Would career progress for research nurses attract and retain more + enable genuine multidisciplinary research?

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7 Recommendations (Finch 2007) Annually: 100 MRes places (35 funded 2009) 50 PhD Fellowships (5 N&M funded 2009) 20 postdoc places (6 N&M funded 2009) 10 Senior clinical academic fellowships (1 st round 2010) Lack of applicants + lack of high quality

8 Clinical Academic Careers Aim to have clinically active nurses also having a research role NIHR: huge new funding for research nurses But not many have carved out own research programmes?

9 Why education? Safeguard patient –Knowledge & competencies Credibility of nurses –Equal member of multidisciplinary team Professional and personal development –Role satisfaction –Promotion and pay?? –Enabled to develop nursing service –Become a prescriber –Enabled to conduct nursing research

10 Not all Masters are the same Accumulate credits from modules (180) Some generic (advanced practice) Some clinically focused (cancer nursing) Some multidisciplinary MSc vs. MRes Thesis may not allow you to do original research 1 year full time: typically 2-3 years part time (£2k pa) Choose carefully and ask lots of questions before you sign up

11 Clinical nurses doing research for MSc thesis - excited Ward sister: RCT gum chewing after surgery Nurse endoscopist: RCT Entonox for analgesia Ward sister: marshmallows to firm ileostomy output CNS: H Pylori gastric biopsies for IDA CNS: introduce enhanced recovery CNS: info giving improved bowel prep for colonoscopy Need to be organised to achieve

12 Should PhD be the target? 3 years full time; 4-6 years part time Original contribution to knowledge 1-2 supervisors, 1 project Register with a University Training Thesis ,000 words + viva

13 Nursing Research – PhD Students Maureen Coggrave – spinal bowel management Sue Woodward – reflexology for constipation Sarah Collings – experience of incontinence Maggie Vance – nurse led screening for bowel Ca Nikki Cotterill – questionnaire for incontinence Denise Hibberts – needs of Muslim women with a stoma Lesley Dibley – stigma in inflammatory bowel disease

14 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – Professor of Nursing 2010 Director of Nursing Janice Sigsworth: 1 st job: work out strategy for CAC in AHSC (+ for EBP) Where to start? 25% nurses have BSc – target 50% 2.3% have MSc – target 10% 3 have PhDs – target 0.5% (20+)

15 Our AHSC model: tripartite mission AHSC Education Clinical Service Research

16 Career structure – nurses in an AHSC BSc prepared students (+ MSc route) –with research enhanced preparation –opportunity for placement in CTU (10 units) New staff orientation: compulsory (online) research awareness skills (+ AHPs) PhD/Preceptorship programme Research nurses: development programme

17 Research as a career option 3 rd year student placements Research nurse posts – often the opportunity is missed – use to develop skills and ambitions – career pathway Build research into clinical job plans

18 Evidence-based practice (effectiveness)

19 Issues for Research Nurses Employer: NHS or University? Induction Line manager and nursing reporting line? Who is responsible for mandatory training & CPD (& pays)? Career pathway? Short term contracts Skills development, study leave Isolation; possibilities for undue pressure Not a career RCN competencies a start

20 Develop research from clinical questions – grants RfPB: £248k, radiation proctitis Imperial Charity: £436k, improving patient experience Crohns & Colitis UK: £109k: FI in IBD Big Lottery: £481k: fatigue in IBD Coloplast Ltd: £10k: pilot anal irrigation NIHR: £99k, development of constipation algorithm

21 Conclusions Why try for academic progression? Others will seldom take the initiative It is hard work, but rewarding Probably the only way we are going to develop genuine multidisciplinary research and enhance patient outcomes Route to a self-confident research active profession


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