In 2015 Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust launched the researcher development programme; a programme to support nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists learn more about the fundamental aspects of research.
The programme was created in collaboration with Professor Mary Morrell to help these professional groups develop their research skills and give them the opportunity to forge a career in research.
The course has since been developed further and is now run by Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre which is a partnership between Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.
The 2015 programme proved hugely successful, with two of the attendees from the Trust (Abigail Roberts and Rupal Patel) going on to apply for a Masters in Research degree funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Both were successfully awarded funding and completed their degrees in 2017.
We sat down with Abigail and Rupal to learn about their experiences, what advice they have for others and what their next steps might be.
If you would like to find out more about the course or are considering applying for research funding please contact the Trust’s research office.