Developing a Clinical Academic Career Pathway in a Community and Mental Health NHS Trust

Abstract

Background: Despite growing evidence of the impact that clinical academic staff have on patient care and clinical practice, there are disproportionately low numbers of nurses, allied health professionals and other healthcare professionals in clinical academic joint roles, compared to their medical colleagues.
Aim: To describe the initial development of a clinical academic career pathway for nurses, allied health professionals and other healthcare professionals in a community and mental health NHS Trust. Methods: Kotter’s Model for Change was used to expand opportunities and research culture across an NHS Trust. Results: A variety of capacity and capability initiatives at different academic levels were created to support clinical academic development and to complement those available externally. These opportunities were underpinned by a research and development strategy, senior leadership buy-in, manager and clinical staff support, and targeted organisation-wide communication. Conclusion: The ongoing development of innovative clinical academic opportunities in the Trust, alongside greater support for staff interested in pursuing clinical academic careers, has resulted in a growing number of individuals successful in developing as clinical academic. This has led to a growth in research culture in the organisation and a greater understanding of what clinical academic staff can bring to patient care, the clinical service, and the wider organisation.

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Keywords

Allied health professionals, clinical academic, NHS, nursing, career pathway

Citation

Bernhardt, L., Baillon, S., Corr, S. and de Vries, K. (2023) Developing a Clinical Academic Career Pathway in a Community and Mental Health NHS Trust. Journal of Research in Nursing, 28 (1), pp. 72-84

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Research Institute

Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care