Nursing/AHP research

Are you a nurse, midwife or allied health professional who would like to undertake your own research? This area is dedicated for you to help you get started and give you some useful information about the research opportunities with the NIHR Cambridge BRC.

Start your research journey with us 

The NIHR Cambridge BRC is a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge. We strive to support our researchers and help them develop their academic careers.

Being based on the Cambridge Biomedical Camps we have access to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Royal Papworth Hospital, world leading researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities; all with the focus to deliver transnational research for the NHS.

We provide the opportunity to develop and train the next generation of researchers, scientists and non-medical health care professionals. We are able to help with funding, mentoring and supporting staff develop their research skills.

NMAHP research at CUH

Professor Christi Deaton, based at CUH, leads the Clinical Nursing Research Group (CNRG) at the University of Cambridge took up post as Florence Nightingale Professor of Clinical Nursing Research in 2013 and has led the development of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Strategy.

Together with Professor Deaton and Sara Jones, the Trust’s lead research nurse, the CNRG – which is open to any NMAHPs within CUH and the University of Cambridge who are interested in developing research culture and capacity – meets regularly to oversee the implementation of the NMAHP research strategy.

The aims of the group and research strategy follow the principles of research capacity building proposed by Cooke (2005)1:

  • Ensuring research is integral to practice
  • Building skills and confidence
  • Investing in infrastructure
  • Developing linkages and collaboration
  • Developing actionable dissemination
  • Building sustainability and leadership.

For more information about the group, how to join the group or about NMAHP research, please email Sara Jones, Christi Deaton or Annette Aylward .

1. Cooke J.  A framework to evaluate research capacity building in health care.  BMC Family Practice. 2005; 6:44. Doi: 10.1 186/1471-2296-6-44.


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