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Master in Clinical Research programme receives prestigious grant of £1.8 million

booksThe Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is for the third time celebrating a prestigious grant of £1.8 million to fund a further 30 NHS professionals over three years to undertake a Master of Clinical Research.

The award from Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) is highly competitive and awarded to research intensive universities with established programmes of healthcare research. The Faculty – run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London – was awarded places in 2009 and again in 2012 so course leaders are delighted that the high quality of the Master of Clinical Research programme and its relevance to NHS priorities has been recognised again.

The inter-professional programme is part of national integrated clinical academic career programme (ICA) and provides a focused programme of practical and academic study for healthcare professionals who aspire to combine research and continued clinical practice. The next intake of students will begin in September 2015. Aligned with the HEE Research and Innovation Strategy the programme is contemporary and interactive, with a strong student-centred approach. It has been designed to accommodate the research interests and learning needs of a broad range of professional groups and includes a focus on Implementation and Improvement Science.

Professor Vari Drennan, Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty, said: “This is an excellent initiative and fantastic news for the Faculty. Since 2009, the programme has gone from strength to strength with exceptional academic and clinical outcomes. There are already clear signs that the research produced by our graduates is having a positive influence on quality of care , professional practice and service delivery. Many have achieved personal successes such as more senior roles in their Trust, and gone onto further academic study at PhD level.”

Dr Cheryl Whiting (Course Director) praised the “very committed and enthusiastic” course team: “They have worked incredibly hard to secure this funding, and the fact that we have successfully gained a third round of funding through a competitive process serves to reflect the high quality of the our programme and its capacity to foster excellence in practice through innovative research.”

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