This digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers, aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
Created by Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development North West (NHS R&D NW) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), working with a team of ‘early career’ researchers and award-winning writer Rob Young, The Researcher illustrates the real-life stories of what it’s really like to undertake a research career.
Editorial team member Dr David Keane, Clinical Scientist at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, explains why he got involved:
“My interest in the magazine comes both from what I will get out of the work and from hopefully generating something that can help a whole community of early career researchers to embark on a journey and to find their way through the uncertain periods of the early stages of a research career.”
Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE – who funded the magazine – said:
“Following the positive reception of the first issue, I am delighted that we’ve been able to produce another high quality publication to help support our researchers and hopefully encourage those not already involved in research to become more curious about how they can improve patient care and the part research can play in doing so.
“I enjoyed reading all your feedback, but this tweet summed it up: ‘Informative, insightful, interesting – everything a newsletter should be and most importantly has a heart #whywedoresearch’.”