The programme was carried over 6 months from January to July 2015 when certificates were awarded.
In 2014, Health Education England launched and funded the integrated clinical academic internships programme. Supporting the first step onto a clinical academic career pathway, the 30 day internship was open to registered Health Professionals across the Northern region covering the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber. Interviews were conducted in December 2014 and 15 internships were awarded.
Kate Whitehead, a nurse from the Universities Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust performed a rap at the end of the final residential! A brilliant way to end the programme which can be viewed below:
Interns from the 2014/15 programme share their recent experience with you, highlighting the positive, life-changing effects of the internship programme.
Louise Combes – Art Therapist
James Faraday – Speech and Language Therapist
Jennie Harris – Paediatric Physiotherapist
I am so glad I went for the HEE Research internship. Here’s why:
I am glad I went for it! I would encourage anyone with a developing research idea to consider it, but give yourself some time as you will need to find an academic supervisor to support it.
I’m a Speech and Language Therapist, working for The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I work with adults who have problems with speech and swallowing. For a long time I’ve been aware of the need to ensure our assessment and intervention is evidence-based – but have felt uncertain of how to actually go about this. When I heard about the Clinical Academic Internship it sounded like an ideal way to move forward with this – to learn some concrete skills, and get a flavour of clinical academic work. It has been a great experience! Some of the highlights have been:
It’s also given me some valuable thinking-time, to consider how to take this further. As the internship has come to an end, I’ve felt inspired and motivated to continue down this clinical academic path, and I’ve successfully applied for Research Capability Funding from my NHS trust. I will use this to complete the systematic review, and put together a PhD proposal. I would never have had the confidence and skills to do this without the internship!
My name is Jennie Harris and I work in a small paediatric physiotherapy department in Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. When I applied for the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Internship programme in 2014 I had an enthusiasm for evidence-based practice and I was keen to explore new and innovative ways to deliver this. However, I often felt somewhat confused and overwhelmed by the mountains of information out there and wasn’t really sure how to move forward.
The internship programme has presented with a wealth of opportunities and experiences that have given me the confidence to take the next step towards a career in clinical academia. I begin my HEE/NIHR funded Masters in Clinical Research studentship at Leeds University this September with the hope to progress to PhD.
Here are just some of the experiences that I had during my internship;
What have I learnt through the process?