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Launch of Cohort 3 of our Research Scholars Programme

Launch of Cohort 3 of our Research Scholars Programme

Friday 18th September 2020 saw the launch of Cohort 3 of our successful Research Scholars Programme. The first face-to-face socially distanced session we have been able to hold since March 2020.

The Research Scholars Programme is a two year programme aimed at research interested individuals who may or may not have NIHR clinical research experience already.  We are encouraging applications from the whole cross section of clinical staffing roles including pharmacists, radiographers, occupational therapists, nurses, doctors, physiologists, physiotherapists, radiotherapists, biomedical scientists as well as doctors and nurses. The Programme is an interactive developmental programme aimed at equipping tomorrow's clinical research leaders with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to become Principal and Chief Investigators of the future.  Successful candidates receive funding (half funded from the awarded CRN grant and the other half 'match' funded by the delegate's employer) to cover one full day per week as dedicated time for research.  Scholars commit to attending a day per month at the CRN in Liverpool for an exciting programme of face-to-face sessions.

Cohort 3 consists of 11 highly talented and experienced NHS clinicians who are aspiring to be Chief Investigators in our region. The programme lead, Professor Enitan Carrol commented 'I'm really pleased with how the Cohort 3 launch went- I thought it went exceptionally well. I was worried about the interactions with masks and social distancing, but they were a very engaging group and they all seemed so hungry to learn and develop. I'm looking forward to working with them over the next two years.'

The launch event is always tailored around encouraging our new scholars to get to know each other along with giving them an insight into what the expected outcome of the programme is. Gillian Southgate, Jana Kennedy and Stuart Eglin, all from R&D North West facilitated the whole day virtually and face-to-face in The Studio based at Liverpool Science Park, CRN NWC. 'The Research Scholars Programme is so innovative and inspiring, it's a pleasure to take part' Gillian Southgate said during the session. Stuart Eglin went on to say 'People are very willing and adaptable to all the methods we're using today, all of the scholars worked really well together and seem to have gelled with one another already...' 

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