A unique opportunity for Early Career Researchers! 
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Are you a Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional with a passion for research?
Do you have the drive and ambition to be a future research leader?
Apply now to join the NIHR CRN Early Career Researcher Development Pathway 

North West Coast and Greater Manchester regions only
Back by popular demand! We are pleased to announce the return of the ECR Pathway Programme!
NIHR CRN North West Coast and Greater Manchester invites nurses, midwives and allied health professions* with an interest in research to join this innovative and unique 12-month early career researcher development pathway programme.

We are looking for 30 enthusiastic and committed health care professionals, educated to degree level  who are employed by CRN partner organisations within the North West Coast and Greater Manchester footprint and who can demonstrate a significant interest and commitment to health and social care research and an ambition to become a research leader.

You will need full support from your employing organisation, agreement to two study days per month over 12 months and agreement for one two-hour coaching session each month.

This course aims:
  • To understand the drivers, policy context and value of research in the NHS and across the NIHR CRNs NWC & GM regions.
  • To understand the role of the NIHR local CRNs and how to involve patients and organisations in research.
  • To ensure the development of the knowledge, intellectual abilities, and methodologies to do and lead research.
  • To understand how to engage and influence others to ensure the wider impact of research.
  • To understand the factors/dimensions that create and enable leadership in research.
  • Develop the personal qualities and approach to be an effective researcher.
  • Have knowledge of the standards, requirements, and professionalism to do research.
  • To identify and fulfil personal development needs/learning outcomes.
  • To create a personal network that will progress and promote the research leadership journey.
  • To engage with current Principal and Chief Investigators in the region and understand their role and its impact.
  • To develop reflective practice skills.
  • To develop aspirational goals and an initial 3-year career plan to achieve leadership potential.
The programme is a 12-month course delivered over 10 days plus a coaching session each month (please see dates below in pink). 
The programme will embrace a blended learning approach with homework, assignments, mentoring and practical placements that will ensure that all relevant content is covered during the 12-month period. 
The programme is led by NHS Research and Development North West, which includes local CRN teams, leadership coaches, organisational development experts, facilitators and a range of visiting speakers who will cover specialist topics. The programme is part of a Level 7 (20 credit) M Level module within the University of Liverpool. You will be expected to complete two academic assignments as part of the module and there will be further work/ reading expected outside of the workshops which will also include some time spent with local CRN core teams. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm Sunday 31st July 2022

Interview dates - 31st August, 1st September or 2nd September 2022

Programme launch - 20th & 21st October 2022

Workshop dates for 2021/2022: 

10th November 2022
15th December 2022
19th January 2023
16th February 2023
16th March 2023
20th April 2023
18th May 2023
15th June 2023 *Date subject to change 
13th July 2023 (Celebration Event) *Date subject to change 

(please note that  you must attend 90% of the course dates)

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, if workshops are unable to take place in person, they will be online via Zoom and we will adapt where necessary.

*Please note: This includes Pharmacists, Psychologists, Scientists, Social Workers, and those also working in and outside the hospital setting.
Click here to download the programme outline which includes eligibility criteria, programme content and expected outcomes 

To apply you'll need to complete an application form, to download, please 
click here

If you have any questions regarding the programme click here

Full information regarding this programme can also be found at our website, click here 

''I have learnt so much on this programme – way beyond what I could ever have imagined, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for this'' Participant 2020

When an opportunity and group of people come into your life and make more of an impact than they will ever know. Thank you to everyone on the programme! End of the beginning!'' Participant 2021

''The course has been a fantastic learning experience and I would totally recommend it to others who may be interested in a career in research. The ECR programme gave me the opportunity to develop my reflective, creative, and leadership skills, but also to learn more about the world of research and possible career pathways for NHS professionals. By supporting me to develop a practical plan for my future, the course has helped me to increase my confidence in taking my next steps as a researcher'' Participant 2021
To read more feedback from the programme, click here
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