Clinical Scholar

Clinical Scholar programme (pre – PhD)

A strategy for the development of clinical academic researchers in Nursing and AHPs in the East Midlands

MH2aSC is proud to be a partner in the developing East Midlands strategy for the development of clinically focused research in nursing and Allied Health Professions.

In collaboration with Dr Chetna Modi (strategy lead for East Midlands LETB) MH2aSC now takes responsibility for the development of a cohort of pre-PhD research interns from across the East Midlands.  The strategy is a response to the drive to develop informed and active clinical researchers in the NHS (see ‘Developing the role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions’ (Department of Health 2012).  This work is directly derived from early national strategy work completed by MH2aSC (Professor Tony Butterworth and Dr Christine Jackson)

The Lincoln based programme consists of a small cohort (n= 5 -10) of highly motivated healthcare candidates for an internship lasting 1 year and who receive an accelerated research skills training programme via liaison with expert mentors. The focus of this mentor relationship will be to help the Interns develop their research questions and identify an appropriate methodology relating to their emerging areas of study.  To support their research development the interns will be able to access to an agreed clinical research placement opportunity as part of this early career researcher initiative.


High level clinical/academic internship project outputs

The interns will produce a fully developed PhD proposal focusing on a clinically relevant topic and integrating key competences above.

This proposal will support interns to go on and seek funding to make their PhD a reality but this is not an expected requirement of the project.

In addition to PHD development and a clinical research ambassadorial role, we intend to ensure, through the bespoke training programme, that interns have a secure grounding in the issues relating to on-going quality improvement in the NHS and the role of research and personal attributes have in supporting this important clinical agenda.

Our history in Clinical Academic Careers

The project team, in 2003 undertook work commissioned by StLaR, (Strategic Committee for Learning and Research) a high level Policy Development Committee of the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills. The team  produced, in 2005  the Phase 2 Strategic  Report  with 15 recommendations to support the health and social care educator and researcher workforce in the UK on the development of clinical academic careers for the professions in health and social care.


In 2006 further work was commissioned under the auspices of the United Kingdom Clinical Research Collaborative (UKCRC) to provide model career proposals for nurses entering education and research careers.

Developing the best research professionals (2007)

This report has led to the creation of new clinical academic training pathways for qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals supported by the Department of Health and HEFCE.

The University of Lincoln now offer a Masters of Clinical Research programme for early career researchers in health and social care. This programme is to be re-validated in 2013 and will be part of a new College of Social Sciences Masters portfolio.

MH2aSC has been commissioned to assist in the development of the DH Workforce Review Team and its relationship with Higher Education Institutions.