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13 Aug 2021

Do you work in health or social care? Gain research experience with a Practitioner Research Fellow secondment

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Do you work in health or social care? Are you interested in gaining research experience, or moving towards a career in research?

We are looking to appoint a number of NIHR Practitioner Research Fellows (as secondments) who will work between the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC), and regional health and care providers, to develop and deliver high quality applied health research directly related to local health and care priorities.

This is an ideal opportunity for motivated individuals already working within health or social care settings to gain formal experience in applied research, as well as develop new skills in evaluation and project management.

Salary – between 0.2 and 0.5 WTE of your current salary. Closing date – 31 October 2021.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be professionals in health or social care including the third and voluntary sectors. This includes doctors, dentists, allied health professionals, social workers and other practitioners working for health and care providers or support organisations.

You should also have demonstrable experience in audit, evaluation/improvement and/or applied research. A Masters level qualification or equivalent is desirable but not essential.

This opportunity will be a part-time secondment (0.2 – 0.5 wte) and based within your current employing organisation for between 12 and 36 months.

As such, you will need to discuss this with your employer to determine what time contribution and duration of secondment is possible, before you apply.

What does a Practitioner Research Fellow do?

As a Practitioner Research Fellow, you will provide a crucial link between practitioners, services and applied researchers based in Universities to co-produce and deliver research and evaluation.

The role will include:

  • Developing and delivering high quality applied health research directly related to regional priorities – find out more about our research themes here.
  • Undertaking at least one substantial applied research evaluation supported by researchers linked to the ARC.
  • Developing at least one publication to be submitted to a research journal and/or a small grant application or further personal award.
  • Reporting and encouraging the use of research findings to inform the development and delivery of relevant health and social care within the region.
  • Contributing to Public Involvement and Community Engagement activities, including dissemination of outputs in appropriate formats.

All secondments will be renewed on an annual basis subject to satisfactory performance.

How do I apply?

Download the full role description and person specification, below.

Before you apply, you will need to agree a topic of interest, plus an experience/skills development plan with researchers who are linked to an ARC theme.

You can find contact details for our Research Theme Leads here

The award process will require a joint presentation by shortlisted candidates and a relevant academic partner to describe plans for an applied health research project and Fellowship training/development.

To apply, please send your CV to and a covering letter which briefly describes:

  • Your motivation for undertaking a Fellow secondment.
  • The area of health and care providing a focus for your project proposal.
  • The research team supporting the proposed secondment including a named academic mentor.
  • The time commitment and timeline for starting and completing a secondment.

For further details please contact Dr Jane Pearson. ARC Operations Manager on 07831 490643 or via email

The NIHR ARC North East and North Cumbria is hosted by the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear (CNTW) NHS Foundation Trust, but you will not be employed or paid by the CNTW NHS Foundation Trust.


Download the full role description and apply by 31 Oct