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Wessex Clinical Academic Careers and Research

For non-medical healthcare professions


"Clinical academics are clinically active health researchers.  They work in health and social care as clinicians to improve, or recover health while in parallel researching new ways of delivering better outcomes for the patients they treat and care for"

                                                                                                                                                Building a Research Career, NIHR (2016)

This guide has been written to help aspirant clinical academics and those already on their clinical academic journey, across the Wessex region.

Wessex has a proven track record of supporting clinical academics and making clinical academic career pathways a reality.  So if you are an Allied Health Professional, Health Scientist, Midwife, Nurse, Pharmacist or Psychologist there could be exciting opportunities for you to carry out applied research alongside your clinical practice.

The NHS has set an ambition to increase clinical research activity.  Within Health Education England we are required to develop a more flexible workforce that is able to respond to changing demands of public health, healthcare and care service.  It is known that a research active organisation produces better patient outcomes, in addition to delivering research as an end in itself

What does a clinical academic do?

  • Engage concurrently in clinical practice and research
  • Provides leadership, innovation, and provision of excellent evidence based healthcare
  • Challenge existing practice working within, and contributing to, a research rich care environment
  • Leads research that informs and improves the effectiveness, quality and safety of health care
  • Build capability and capacity to do research

Could this be you? If so, read on to find out more about the clinical academic career awards available in the Wessex region.

Current Opportunities;

We are currently pleased to be accepting applications for the following programmes. Please click on the links below for further information including details on how to apply:

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