Health and Care Professionals

Research and the NHS workforce

A skilled clinical research delivery workforce is crucial to making research happen in the NHS and other health and social care settings.

Clinical research nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, social care professionals, doctors, dentists and clinical research practitioners play an important role in the delivery of high quality research care. We support their development and raise awareness of their roles through a number of campaigns and initiatives.

The NIHR wants to attract, develop and retain the best health and social care professionals to lead and support the delivery of important research. There are currently over 10,000 front-line research delivery staff working throughout the NHS who are funded or part-funded by the NIHR.

Listed below are services and opportunities available to research staff, investigators and others working in clinical research from across our network:

NIHR Fellowship funding streams

These two YouTube videos, which have been kindly provided by the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) London,  cover the NIHR Fellowship funding streams  and how the RDS can help. Please note: each video has a running time of nearly two hours.

 Predoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships:

Postdoctoral awards (Advanced Fellowships and the Development and Skills Enhancement Awards):


Your Path in Research

Beccy Daley

Research happens every day, right across the NHS and in a multitude of settings, but how much do you know about it and do you know how to engage with it to benefit you and your patients? Find out more about the ways you can engage with research by visiting the Your Path in Research website

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