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2020 Nursing and Midwifery Research Scholar Programme

The 2020 Nursing and Midwifery Research Scholar Programme aims to increase the capacity and capability for nursing and midwifery research at the Trust by delivering a bespoke programme of research related training.

Aims of the Programme

The aims of programme are to: 

  • Identify nurses and midwives with a research interest.
  • Develop nursing and midwifery research ideas and skills in order to support development and delivery of evidence-based practice throughout UHDB.
  • Develop a network of research nursing and midwifery champions so that learning, best practice and innovation can be shared and disseminated.
  • Encourage research aligned to UHBDs priorities.
  • Support nursing and midwifery applications to the HEE-NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme
  • Offer an insight into a career in clinical academia and provide experience which would support applications for further formal research training.


This programme is open to ALL Nurses and Midwives who have a substantive contract at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants must not:

  • Be undergoing a disciplinary review
  • Be on a Performance Improvement Plan
  • Be on a Stage 1 or above sickness Review


Each scholar will be assigned a mentor who is a formally qualified researcher

  • facilitate high quality learning opportunities for the Scholar
  • facilitate access to research professionals as determined by the development needs of the Scholar
  • support the development of a proposal by the Scholar
  • support the development of a HEE-NIHR application by the Scholar


Benefits to the Scholar:

This programme of study will provide you with the following:

  • Hands on experience of searching data sources and academic literature
  • Collation of relevant information to support analysis
  • Learning to develop an informed research question
  • Develop proposal for addressing gaps related to improving care for patients where applicable
  • Critically analyse interventions
  • Abstract writing skills
  • HEE-NIHR application writing skills
  • Writing for publication
  • Presentation skills
  • Matched with a mentor who is appropriate for your identified developmental needs
  • Skills to develop a proposal to support future research development

Benefits to UHDB

  • Increases nursing and midwifery research capability
  • UHDB priority focused research with potential patient benefits
  • Project work will drive improved outcomes
  • Staff development


The Programme will commence in March 2020 and run for 10 weeks. The course will consist of five or six formal taught days. The remainder of the scholars time is spent working on their research proposal, presentation, meeting their mentors and developing a research network.

The scholar will:

Attend a celebration event on the 12th June 2020 to showcase your work to managers, mentors, other interested people and future potential Scholars.

Scholar presentation: a 10 minute individual presentation of a research proposal

Submit an application for a HEE – NIHR Internship, Pre Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship or Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.


Closing date for expressions of interest: 31 January 2020

Programme begins: 30 March 2020

Duration: 10 weeks

Presentations:11 June 2020

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