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03 March 2023 - Senior Research Nurse at King’s College Hospital receives Senior Research Leadership Programme Award

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A senior research nurse from King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a fully-funded scholarship from the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) to join their senior research leadership programme.

John Smith, Lead Nurse for Anaesthetics, Critical care, Emergency Medicine and Trauma (ACET), is one of only 15 nurses in the UK to be accepted onto the programme.

The Senior Research Leadership Programme is a three-year programme which aims to promote the undiscovered potential of senior nurses and midwives currently working in research delivery. The NIHR scholarships are awarded to nurses and midwives who can demonstrate the ability to utilise their research leadership and networking skills at a local, regional and national level to embed a research active culture amongst nurses and midwives within their organisations and beyond.

John Smith is hoping to explore how informatics can be utilised to improve data quality and efficiency to ease the workload for staff, with the aim of making research more accessible to clinical staff who currently struggle to balance research activity with their clinical commitments.

John Smith, Lead Nurse at ACET Research King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said “King’s already has a proven track record in attaining NIHR awards and academic achievement, and I am genuinely humbled, yet super thrilled to be joining this fraternity. The output of these initiatives really showcases what we do here at King’s to support our colleagues caring for patient. More importantly it continues to drive forward and evolve the care and treatment we give to our patients.”

The Senior Research Leadership Programme was built on the achievements of the 70@70 Senior Nurse and Midwife Leaders Programme, which ended in March 2022, reaching at least 3,000 nurses and midwives across various parts of the health and care delivery system.

For more information, please visit Senior Research Leadership Programme website.