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 for staff in Greater Manchester and the North West Coast. This programme supports staff throughout their career - from beginner, to sessions on becoming a Principal Investigator. 

You can contact our North West Research Workforce Learning and Development Team to enquire about our offering and course availability. 

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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 - staff 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). 

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?"


Dr Magda Kujawa is a Consultant Urologist at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.  Working in a busy District General Hospital, Magda took a lead in getting urology research up-and-running in Greater Manchester. 

She says: "Research will add a new dimension to your job and the networks in GM are well set up to put you in touch with a research-active clinician and for information on trials open to recruitment."




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