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Chance to develop nursing research career

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The chief nursing officer is calling on nurses and midwives to apply for internships in clinical academic training.

From September, members of the profession will be able to apply to their strategic health authority cluster for one of the 150 places on the DH’s Clinical Academic Training Pathway (CATP) national internship programme. Applicants will need to be graduates.

“Securing a CATP internship opportunity will mean these practitioners can combine their practice expertise with a taste of structured learning about clinical academic research,” according to the latest bulletin from Jane Cummings, the NHS Commissioning Board’s CNO.

“They will have the chance to learn what is involved in clinical research and generating evidence to use in driving up delivery of quality outcomes,” the bulletin states. “Many interns are likely to focus on priority areas such as dementia care, obesity, care of older people, public health, long-term conditions and children and young people.”

The internships must be completed by 31 March 2013, after which nurses and midwives will have an individual plan to build on their experience and improve their contribution to healthcare.

“For most, this is likely to be progressing to a Masters in research,” the bulletin said.

The programme forms part of the Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic Researcher in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions strategy, which was launched by the DH in March.

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