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Feeling the benefits of a clinical internship

How a clinical internship can help you become an instigator of change in clinical practice.

I believe healthcare research is the foundation of clinical practice and the means where we can help transform patient care. It was this that prompted me to apply for an internship in clinical research last year.

I was offered a part-time eight-month internship at City University, London. The Level 7 programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is available to all non-medical healthcare professionals including nurses.

The course involved a work-based clinical research placement at a centre for nursing and allied health research. I attended workshops on the research process, Patient Public Involvement and I observed the progress of an on-going research project. I attended ethics and research network meetings and also completed the NIHR’s Good Clinical Practice training.

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