Training and Academic Career Development

Our training and academic career development programme aims to support and develop a strong network of researchers, practitioners and public partners involved in applied health and social care research across the North East and North Cumbria.

By understanding the training needs of our members, partners and stakeholders, and by utilising regional and national training resources, we will build research capacity at every stage of the research career pathway.

Through our training strategy, we aim to build capacity and capability in applied research and evidence-based care, to help deliver our vision of achieving ‘better fairer health care at all ages and in all places’.

We also aim to support evidence generation and knowledge mobilisation through skills development, networking, and specialist support.

Our early work includes:

  • Establishing a training network across the region with academic career development champions linked to each of our research themes.
  • Developing research skills in statutory and voluntary care sectors through training and funded participatory opportunities.
  • Enabling Public Involvement and Community Engagement and developing systems to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion.

Longer-term objectives include embedding and sustaining activity so that training and support can lead to measurable action and impact, supported via investment and co-funding with partners regionally and nationally.

We will soon be launching our Virtual College, which will offer a one-stop-shop for training and career development opportunities.


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