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AUKUH Launch: Transforming Healthcare through Clinical Academic Careers

New guidance aims to fill gaps in health service research.

The Association of UK University Hospitals (AUKUH) today releases new guidance, Transforming healthcare through clinical academic roles in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions: A practical resource for healthcare provider organisations.

Clinical academics serve as a crucial connection between the NHS and universities, working to train future generations of healthcare workers while engaging in research which can improve outcomes for patients and help increase efficiency.

Nurses, midwives and allied health professions make the foundation of the health service and its day-to-day work, yet their research environments are not what they should be. If this is not addressed, our health service will fall short of meeting the future health needs of the population.

The reasons for these gaps are complex, but commonly come down to the lack of tools that clinical academics in these areas have for expanding their existing programmes. The sector has therefore been in need of a resource which collects the experience of many clinical academics and at a range of levels.

Over 18 months, the AUKUH Clinical Academic Roles Development Group has complied a guide which can meet this need. This has been made possible by working closely with organisations from across the sector.

The guide is aimed at NHS organisational leads with the responsibility to develop and embed clinical academic roles for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions, and it contains practical information, case studies and templates. With it, those who are at the beginning of their development journey will have a framework to build on, while those further on will have access to numerous tips and guidance from colleagues who have met familiar hurdles and successfully overcome them.

Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen, Co-Chair of the group which produced the guidance, says:

‘Creating this resource has required a significant amount of collaboration from colleagues across healthcare and we are truly grateful to them. The energy that has gone into it is a huge credit to the professions involved. Through this guidance they have the means to share their immense successes, learn from each other and ultimately work to the benefit of patient care.

‘The guidance will be the starting point. We have established a network of organisational leads with the responsibility for its development and for using it to implement clinical academic roles across the UK. This gives us a fantastic opportunity to begin a nationwide dialogue and to transform health and social care in the UK.'

LinkTransforming healthcare through clinical academic roles in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions: A practical resource for healthcare provider organisations.

Accompanying resources to the guidance can be found on the AUKUH website.