City welcomes new NIHR interns
Scheme is part of an effort to develop research capabilities throughout all levels of the NHS• by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer) The School of Health Sciences has recently welcomed ten new interns on the Health Education England NIHR Internship scheme.
Now in its second year, the programme aims to provide aspiring non-medical health professionals with the requisite skills, knowledge and competence to enable them to go on to access an MRes programme in London.
The scheme is part of an effort to develop research capabilities throughout all levels of the NHS in order to enhance evidence based practice, develop a network of clinical academics and provide research training opportunities towards a career in clinical academia.
City interns this year come from a wide range of backgrounds, including Nursing, Radiography, Speech and Language Therapy and Clinical Psychology. The internship will last for six months between January and June 2016 for two days per week.
Speaking about the scheme, Dr Lia Litosseliti, SHS Academic Lead for Internships Development and Senior Lecturer in the Division of Language and Communication Science, said:
“By providing healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds with the necessary research skills we can enable them to access MRes programmes and ultimately go on and develop research capabilities within the NHS. While at City, our interns will have a fantastic opportunity to reflect on research avenues in relation to their practice, benefit from research methods and analysis tutorials, undertake work-based placements and develop a research proposal with support from SHS staff. We are very excited to be the place of choice for these professionals and to play an important role in their development.”
The HEE NIHR Internships are the first step in the Integrated Clinical Academic programme pathway – for more information see https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/developing-our-workforce/clinical-academic-careers/internships and http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/nihr-hee-ica-programme.htm