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Trust physiotherapist wins place on NIHR leadership training programme

30 August 2016

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Sara Buttery, Trust research physiotherapist

Sara Buttery, one of the Trust’s research physiotherapists, has won a place on a new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) leadership training programme for research delivery staff.

The NIHR clinical research network advanced leadership programme for clinical research delivery practitioners was established this year after consultation with the broader research community. It aims to produce clinical research delivery leaders prepared for the specific challenges of the sector. 

In particular, the programme aims to develop leaders who can: 

  • fully understand the research delivery system
  • work effectively across networks 
  • deal effectively with change.


Participants will also focus on the potential of digital technologies in clinical research delivery and understanding the broader impact of research in the NHS as a whole. 

Sara was successful through a rigorous application process and interview, during which she gave a presentation on ‘My vision of a NIHR clinical research delivery leader’. Sara will be working with her research team and the Research Office at the Trust on a leadership project over the next 12 months, as well as attending training courses and workshops along with the rest of her national cohort.

Gill Hood, workforce development lead for the north west London clinical research network, was part of the selection panel for the north west London area. She said “The course is about identifying NIHR research leaders for the future.” 

Sara said: “I hope the programme will help me develop my ability and confidence in promoting research in areas where research is important but currently inaccessible, and that it will also equip me with the skills to engage others and lead change both locally and nationally.” 

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