The focus of our research mentorship bursary schemes over the past few years has been to support AHP clinicians to undertake a small project with some academic guidance.
These bursaries have supported practitioners to complete small-scale practice based research, or to plan and conduct a systematic approach to service evaluation - for example, to measure the effectiveness and impact of a locally-developed pilot for a new service initiative.
The funding for these bursaries has come from the national CAHPR grant scheme, as well as other monies that we have won from external sponsors, to help us to develop the research capability of AHPs working in the region.
Applications for this year's bursary are now closed, but please keep an eye on this page for future opportunities to take advantage of this scheme.
Please read on to find out what previous recipients had to say about the bursary.
My area of interest as a radiographer is in the field of osteoporosis.
I have been involved in hip fracture audits within my trust and felt I would like to challenge myself by writing a piece for publication.
The CAHPR research mentorship bursary was a great way to guide me through the writing process. I attended workshops and had meetings with my mentor, both in person and remotely.
My mentor was able to help me identify my target audience, where we might hope to have the finished paper published, how to plan my work and structure the piece as a whole.
It has been a great opportunity to learn new skills in writing for publication, and it has had a positive impact on colleagues who have shown an interest in becoming involved with audit and research.
A revised copy of the paper has been submitted to Radiography, my co-authors and I are waiting to hear back as to whether our work has been accepted for publication.
As well as gaining new skills, I have also gained valuable contacts within the research community and I plan on remaining research active alongside my clinical role.
Karen Oliver & Kelly Holehouse
We had already started work on our service development 'Healthy Mind, Healthy Body' (a service re-design embedding health promotion within MSK physiotherapy services to improve holistic management of patients in collaboration with community services) when we decided to apply for the CAHPR bursary
We hoped the Bursary would offer us support, introduce us to public Health contacts and ensure we collected robust data to evidence the benefits of the service. As novice researchers we felt any guidance would be useful!
Throughout the mentorship period having the support from the CAHPR team kept us focused and on track with our project and has resulted in us producing strong evidence of its success. We have written up our work hopefully to try for publication.
We have also applied for several health care awards - none of which were our intended outcomes at the start, but are achievements that we are extremely proud of.
We have gained a huge amount of knowledge and skills in terms of the process of developing a robust service evaluation and have gained great confidence in our abilities to produce work of an academic level.
This whole process has enhanced our skills and widened our horizons as to what is achievable it has also transferred enthusiasm for service development throughout our wider team.
We have already been able to encourage and support the start of further projects that should enhance patient care and wider develop research and audit skills for our colleagues.
We now feel we have the skills to monitor and react to the ever-changing needs of our health care population and we look forward to our next challenge.