Health and Care Professionals
Supporting careers in research
A skilled clinical research delivery workforce is crucial to making research happen in the NHS and other health and social care settings in Greater Manchester and nationwide.
We want to attract, develop and retain the best health and social care professionals to lead and support the delivery of important research.
Many types of health professionals can follow a career in research. Clinical research nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social care professionals, doctors, dentists, coordinators and clinical research practitioners all play an important role in the delivery of high quality research care.
We have a local training programme to support staff throughout their career - from beginner, to sessions on becoming a Principal Investigator.
Your Path in Research
Your Path in Research is an NIHR campaign which highlights the benefits of working in clinical research and the rewarding career opportunities it can provide. If you are a health and social care professional interested in research, the campaign explains:
- why you should engage with research
- four easy ways to start your research career
- how to enhance your research career
Why I work in research - local researcher stories
A variety of our Greater Manchester researchers have explained why they chose to work in research - and what they take from their roles.
Catherine Chmiel has been a research midwife for more than a decade. She is passionate about her profession and has played a key role in driving forward research projects during her career at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). A blog documents her research journey.
She says: "I am really passionate about raising the profile of research from a delivery perspective, as well as a Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions perspective. I have a vision as to how I would like to use my role to make an impact and facilitate people's initiation into a research career."
Szymon Palac recruited to a study delivered by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS). He has taken a lot of satisfaction from developing himself professionally in research and working towards achieving improved outcomes for patients.
He says: "No matter what your role is, I think all health professionals should have a look into research. Check how you feel about it and ask whether it is something you would enjoy. In the next 10 to 20 years, medicine and care is going to change more and more, so why not be part of this?"
Mr Haroon Saeed is part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester specialty group for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) research. He is a Specialist Surgical Trainee at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Haroon explains about how he came to work in research.
He says "My anxieties surrounding a lack of research experience were quickly diminished as it became apparent there's a large pool of supporting networks tailored to your needs, provided by the university and bodies such as the NIHR."