We have a team dedicated to training and support in order to help the delivery of research across the East Midlands. On this page you will find information about the different ways that we support health care professionals to deliver research, as well as guidance about how to take your first steps towards becoming a researcher.

Our Workforce Development Team works to promote research as an attractive career option within the NHS. We support a number of national initiatives and our dedicated learning and development team deliver a range of programmes locally to support the delivery of high quality clinical research across the East Midlands.

We aim to improve the standards of research delivery by:

  • Ensuring all delivery staff have the opportunity to actively network and share best practice through our regular Research Forums
  • Supporting the development of our future clinical research delivery leaders through the Advanced Leadership Programme
  • Identifying the learning needs of the workforce and providing a comprehensive programme of learning to support these needs
  • Developing our Principal Investigator community and supporting trainees to get involved in clinical research
  • Providing an induction to the CRN and clinical research in general
  • Providing delivery staff with access to the East Midlands Core Competency Framework for clinical research professionals
  • Adopting and promoting the Integrated Research Framework tool to support workforce planning, recruitment, career pathways and professional development

For more information, including details of our forthcoming training, please visit our dedicated Workforce Development site or email crnemtd@nihr.ac.uk

Early Career Researchers

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Trainees are the future and are key to the development of clinical research in the East Midlands and beyond. By becoming an ECR, you can embed research within your career and get involved with a rewarding aspect of medical practice that improves patient outcomes.

ECRs and trainees are health and care professionals currently in training posts or within five years of appointment to substantive NHS (or equivalent) positions. We plan to provide support to ECRs and trainees in the following ways:

  • Developing a CRN East Midlands certificate of recognition for trainees participating in portfolio studies
  • Seeking trainee representation on our relevant CRN Steering Group meetings
  • Linking trainees with Principle Investigators/Chief Investigators in their relevant speciality during placements
  • Providing mentorship and support in relation to research involvement, setting up and managing studies, and signposting in terms of training, protocol design etc

We also work closely with NIHR partner organisations including:

Find out more about taking your first steps in your research career via the Your path in research campaign.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Early Career Researcher or our work in this area, please contact karen.pearson@nihr.ac.uk 

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