What is the programme?

This is an exciting opportunity for all members of staff to work with the Research and Innovation (R&I) department for 1 day a week over a period of 12 months.

Successful staff members will be supported to conduct a research or evaluation project within their service.

There is no backfill available but support and training will be available from the R&I department, including mentoring from a member of R&I staff.

Who are we looking for?
  • Members of staff from any directorate with an undergraduate degree level qualification or above.


What does working with the R&I team offer the individual?
  • The opportunity for in depth work on a topic that they are passionate about and they feel can make a real difference to practice

  • Transferable research, evaluation and leadership skills

  • Training, support and academic mentoring from R&I staff for 12 months

  • The opportunity to consider future qualification, including Masters and PhD

  • Good links with R&I, including the potential to support on going national and local research and evaluation work across the Trust

  • Chance to develop presentation and writing skills in preparation for presentation of findings at the R&I quarterly seminar series

  • Support for the production of reports and journal articles

  • 1-1 tuition and Mentoring relationships

  • Access to Local Clinical Research Network training opportunities (for those inputting into

    national research work)


What does the opportunity offer directorates?
  • Development of evidence based practice of value to the trust, users and carers

  • The development of a member of staff with enhanced research and evaluation skills, good project management and leadership

  • The chance to develop a project that addresses concerns or issues specific to the


  • The chance to develop a project that addresses concerns or issues specific to the


  • Good links with R&I, including input into national project work that may be underway within directorates

  • A link for participating in research work in the future, including potential bidding for external research funding

  • Access to research expertise

  • Potential support to meet Appraisal requirements and Personal Development Coversations (PDCs)


Priority Areas
  • Members of staff are encouraged to consider projects that would:
    Fit with the strategic objectives of the Trust

  • Serve the interests of users and carers

  • Address a current issue and are likely to have a direct impact on practice

  • Utilise routinely collected data, to facilitate further understanding amongst l staff about data analysis and the application of data in practice.

  • Members of staff are encouraged to consult colleagues and managers to identify potential research areas. This will help ensure projects are relevant and well supported by each team/service.


When can you apply?
  • The next secondment phase begins September 2017.

Get in Contact

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Headquarters, St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3SR

E-mail: enquiries@mpft.nhs.uk 

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0300 790 7000
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