Are you an AHP, nurse or midwife? Fancy getting involved in research?

Then the Derby & Burton AHP/Nurses/Midwives Research Network is for you.

What is D-BARN, and who makes up D-BARN? Award Winner Marcus Bateman

Co-chaired by Prof Helen Spiby (Deputy Director of Nursing- Nurse and Midwife Led Research) and Dr Ben Smith (AHP/HCS Clinical Academic Lead), D-BARN is the Derby & Burton AHP/Nurses/Midwives Research Network.

The main aim of D-BARN is to provide a peer-support environment to promote engagement of AHP, nurse and midwife research across UHDB. Its objectives (in line with NIHR Clinical Research Network objectives) are to:


  • increase the visibility of AHPs as leaders across all research settings
  • strengthen AHP research capacity & capability
  • support AHPs to deliver research that is relevant to patients and public
  • support AHPs to embrace innovation in their research roles
  • build strong AHP partnerships that deliver visible research impact

*Picture, Marcus Bateman - Winner of the Research & Innovation award*

We plan to do this by learning, sharing and collaborating with advice and support.

Research within these fields is extremely important to the NHS; it plays an important role in discovering new treatments and therapies and making sure that we use existing treatments in the best possible ways.

Why it's important to have this network?

If you are an AHP, nurse or midwife and are interested in getting involved in research – please get in contact.

D-BARN meets physically to discuss plans and strategy every 6-months.

We provide peer-support and signposting via email mailing list as and when needed on topics such as:

  • CV building
  • NIHR ICA pathway
  • fellowships/grants
  • library resources
  • academic writing
  • audits or service improvement projects
  • conference abstract
  • introduction to research/research methods.

D-BARN contact details

Please get in touch if you’d like to be added to our mailing list. Email: uhdb.d-barn@nhs.net

You can find out how D-BARN are making an impact at UHDB, by going to the ‘Files’ section below and reading some of the great case studies about the effect D-BARN’s research has had on patients’ outcomes.