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1 CAT Pathway Clinical Academic Training Pathway for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions Dr Janice Bailie Programme Manager for Allied Health Professions & Dr Nicola Armstrong Programme Manager for Nursing 25 February 2009

2 CAT Pathway Context Political developments within NI Organisational reform across the HSC Professional initiatives eg Modernising Nursing Careers, Modernising AHP Careers National developments eg Cooksey review, UKCRC International developments including new EU directives

3 CAT Pathway Clinical Academic Careers Report of UKCRC sub-committee chaired by Janet Finch 11 recommendations themed around: –education and training –facilitating careers –better information on researchers –implementation Consultation period –8 January 07 – 30 March 07 Consultation extended to include AHPs – broadly welcomed by all ~190 respondents

4 CAT Pathway Clinical Academic Careers Amendments made following consideration of the consultation responses UKCRC Board endorsement received Final Report published along with a timetable for adoption and implementation Recommended a new way forward for professionals to develop clinical academic careers

5 CAT Pathway

6 Clinical Academic Training (CAT) Pathway for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Implementing recommendations from Finch report – Developing the Best Research Professionals NIHR Implementation Group in England currently meeting on a monthly basis, Northern Ireland HSC R&D Office Programme Managers for Nursing and Allied Health Professions sit on committee Proposed multi-level, flexible entry career pathway for professionals wishing to integrate research into their clinical career pathway

7 CAT Pathway CAT Pathway for England – Award Scheme 1 Tender issued December 2008 inviting proposals for Masters courses in Clinical Research Enable graduates to manage and deliver research in a clinical setting Up to 70 places per annum in England funded by NIHR

8 CAT Pathway CAT Pathway in England – Award Scheme 2 Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (C-DRF) aimed at NM&AHPs who: –have at least 1 year’s experience of clinical practice since graduating –have had sufficient research experience or research training to prepare them to undertake a PhD –wish to obtain a PhD whilst still developing their clinical skills.

9 CAT Pathway CAT Pathway in England – Award Scheme 3 NIHR Clinical Lectureship scheme Nominated by both a healthcare organisation and a higher education institution. One nomination must be from applicant’s current or intended employer. Proposed that breakdown of clinical and academic commitments for the duration of the award will normally be 50:50. Funding for 50% salary from employer; remainder from NIHR

10 CAT Pathway CAT Pathway in England – Award Scheme 4 NIHR Senior Clinical Lectureship programme still under development

11 CAT Pathway CAT Pathway in Northern Ireland Implementation in Northern Ireland will be taken forward by HSC R&D Office, Project board with representation from nursing and AHPs to be convened Work will commence in early 2009 with a view to advertising new nursing and AHP funding schemes in 2010

12 CAT Pathway CAT Pathway in Northern Ireland Joint Chairmanship: Professors Bernie Hannigan and Martin Bradley Fundamental challenge is to have employment contracts that recognise research workload Attitudinal change and supportive culture within the HSC to allow staff to undertake research Beyond the Doctoral training phase into Post- doctoral research activity

13 CAT Pathway Contact Details Address:R&D Office Linenhall Street Belfast BT2 8BS Tel: (028) Fax: (028)


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