Launch of new mentorship scheme for healthcare researchers

A new mentorship scheme to develop world-class researchers across the healthcare professions in England has been launched. Funded for three years by the Department of Health, the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Scientific Officer, the scheme provides high quality mentorship to healthcare researchers awarded with national research fellowships.

The Mentorship for Health Research Training Fellows scheme supports researchers awarded with NIHR Clinical Academic Training (CAT) and Clinical Scientist Research Training and will foster an on-going community of mentorship across England.  It is co-ordinated by the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, and delivered in partnership with the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research (UK), the Allied Health Professionals Research Network, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Imperial College London and the University of Huddersfield.

The researchers to be mentored on the scheme are already highly qualified and experienced in their healthcare field. A powerful personal development tool, this mentorship programme will develop these key researchers to make a difference in the quality of evidence-based care and patient experience, and to become the clinical academic leaders of the future. 

Dr Geraldine Byrne, Mentorship for Health Research Training Fellows Scheme Co-ordinator, University of Hertfordshire, said: “Our mentors are the most experienced researchers and clinical leaders drawn from nursing, midwifery, the allied health professions, and clinical scientists. They have ‘walked the walk’ and bring their unique sector knowledge and understanding of the leadership challenges that the research award holders face. We’re delighted that this mentorship scheme provides the opportunity for researchers to maximise their potential and have a positive impact on the lives of patients through the quality of their care.”

For more information on the mentorship scheme, visit www.healthresearchmentor.org.uk

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For more information, please contact Julie Cooper, University of Hertfordshire Press Office on 01707 284095, Email: j.cooper5@herts.ac.uk

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About the University of Hertfordshire

The University is the UK’s leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector.  It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel.  The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,300 staff and a turnover of almost £231 million.

With a student community of over 27,700 including more than 2,900 international students from over eighty-five different countries, the University has a global network of over 170,000 alumni.  

The University of Hertfordshire was awarded ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2010’ by the Times Higher Education (THE) and ranks in the top 4% of all universities in the world according to the recent THE, World University Rankings.

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About the Academy of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Research (UK)

The Academy is a collaborative enterprise between the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives and the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA. Professor Annie Topping based at the University of Huddersfield is co-director of the Academy’s Mentorship Scheme. 

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• The University of Hertfordshire is the UK’s leading business-facing University and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. • The University of Hertfordshire is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,425 staff and a turnover of more than £234 million. With a student community of over 25,100 including more than 2,900 international students from over 120 different countries, the University has a global network of over 175,000 alumni. For more information, please visit www.herts.ac.uk • The University of Hertfordshire was awarded the Times Higher Education ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2010’.

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