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Lansley unveils scheme to boost nurse research

More nurses will be encouraged to access training in clinical research under plans unveiled by the government yesterday.

Speaking at the Florence Nightingale Foundation annual conference in London, health secretary Andrew Lansley announced the creation of a clinical academic careers training pathway strategy.

He said said the strategy would allow nurses and midwives to undertake further education in the field of research or spend time doing internships to gain experience of it.

The government’s aim is to “put research at the heart of frontline services”, with successful applicants to the scheme able to develop research projects that “inform the care they deliver for patients”.

Mr Lansley told the conference: “The strategy will build excellence and provide nurses, midwives and allied health professionals opportunities to advance their careers without having to leave clinical practice.

“This will lead to more consultant roles, meaning they can take not only a clinical and managerial lead in their organisations, but also an education and research lead, advancing practice for everyone and improving patient outcomes,” he said.

“Clinical academics, who give hands on care as well as conducting research, are ideally placed to drive the adoption and spread of best practice, innovation and new technologies, all for the benefit of patients,” Mr Lansley added.

David Foster, the Department of Health’s newly appointed deputy director of nursing, said he was “heartened to hear” about the creation of the academic careers pathway strategy. Mr Foster was until yesterday deputy chief nursing officer. Research will form part of the brief of his new post, which has been created under the government’s reforms.

Jessica Corner, vice-chair of the Council of Deans of Health, described the new strategy as “an important step forward” in supporting more nurses and midwives to move into successful clinical academic careers.

She said: “Clinical academics in these disciplines play a pivotal role in the NHS. Their evidence-based teaching and work in practice has a direct impact on the NHS, spreading innovation, improving care standards, improving health outcomes and increasing cost effectiveness.”

The government said the strategy will be funded by the National Institute of Health Research and not from existing nurse training budgets.

Readers' comments (9)

  • tinkerbell

    oh lansley, why don't you take your rhetoric and shove it where the sun don't shine. You are totally clueless about what is involved in the daily life of a hardworking nurse, and as you have cut a lot of frontline staff where will the staff be getting the time to do this research, at home after finishing their shift.

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  • Oh LALA you really do have no idea and must live in your ivory tower far removed from where I am! We need nurses to be able to nurse first and foremost! With the cuts this is getting harder and harder!

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  • The NIHR used to fund these clinical nurse academic pathways a few years ago under the old government. They used to provide opportunities for MSc's and PhD's at that point, not just the MSc's they're "generously" offering now.
    Of course, the coalition put a stop to them immediately (note however that they kept the ones for medics and other professionals open). I contacted them to find out when they were going to open again and they said it would be later this year. Maybe I'm a cynic, but this is just Lansley trying to make something new out of something that already was planned.
    If this is Lansley desperately trying to salvage nurses confidence it is Too little, Too late.

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  • Sin to Heal Me ?

    I don't think this is quite the same as training for nurses - this seems to be training so that more nurses can publish influential material.

    I seem to remember that mike and Michael Stone discussed whether nurses publishing more papers, would improve the 'status' of nursing as a whole, at length a fair while ago. I think the logical consequences of more nurse-generated research, would be a lessening of the way that many people tend to think of nurses as being somehow very distinct from doctors.

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  • tinkerbell

    My above comments were modified and i undertand why because i said that lansley needs to get some treatment and leave us alone and i called him a sick bar steward but used the correct spelling.

    I would just like to add that there is a treatment for Lansley and it's called Anusol!

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  • Cameron , candidly on the media recently, that if we, the electorate, were not satisfied with our elected MPs we were entitled to ''get them out''. OUR RIGHT! He said.

    Well, lets make him eat his words....
    Lansley first. Cameron second, and, all the rest third. Job done.
    Then we can all sleep in peacefully in our beds at last.

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  • Anonymous | 11-Mar-2012 0:29 am

    let's go for it!

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  • tinkerbell

    Ha HA ha hee hee hee, pack your bags Nick Clegg, i'm dancing on the ceiling. Thank God, at last. HURRAY!

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  • tinkerbell

    at 11 am today just when i thought it was game set and match the lib dems decided to vote against the bill. Well done. They are now i believe trying to persuade the lords to vote against it too. I think at the end of all this there may be resignations in the offing, lansley and clegg, i know i'm an optimist but it could happen.

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