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Nurses and midwives need support if they are to become clinical academics

Flexibility, mentoring and funding are required if nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are to pursue a dual career in practice and research
Clinical academics

Flexibility, mentoring and funding are required if nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are to pursue a dual career in practice and research

Over the past decade, the development of clinical academic research career frameworks has enabled an increasing number of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs) to combine clinical practice with academic research.

However, as the figure remains small, a new report by the Council of Deans of Health (CODH) examines the challenges in promoting this dual role and proposes a number of solutions.

A clearer career pathway

Clinical academics ground their research in clinical services and apply research findings in practice at the same time. Their role is well established in the medical profession, where they make up around 4.6% of the workforce.

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