BHP Professor appointed to prestigious national post

Professor Lorraine Harper, who works across BHP at both UHB and the University of Birmingham, has recently been appointed Associate Dean for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academy.

As one of two Associate Deans, Professor Harper will help with the development and coordination of NIHR-affiliated training, career development for clinical professionals, and the development of research capacity across organisations. This appointment builds on Professor Harper’s many years of experience in facilitating and shaping a coherent framework for developing the next generation of academic clinicians, both within BHP and more widely across the West Midlands.

“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues both regionally and nationally to support the work of the NIHR Academy,” said Professor Harper.

“Working on the integration of career pathways for clinical professionals should streamline processes and ensure as many staff as possible are able to undertake research that will directly help patients.”

Professor Jeremy Kirk, Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands said: “Many congratulations to Professor Harper on her appointment to this prestigious post. We very much look forward to working even more closely with her in the future in coordinating training within the Network.”

Training health care professionals of the future is a critical part of the BHP strategy which has been developed and led by Professor Harper.

David Adams, Director of BHP said: “The NIHR have made a great appointment. Lorraine is an established leader in the field of clinical training, playing a critical role locally and nationally in shaping the academic landscape for clinicians drawn from across the health professions.

“The NHS people plan gives us a fantastic opportunity to transform our workforce and put research and innovation at the heart of its operational culture, and we look forward to working closely with Professor Harper as she shapes and informs these developments in her new role.”

The NIHR Academy launched in October 2018, and is led by Dean Professor David Jones.

Professor Jones is  supported by two Associate Deans; Prof Harper is leading on training within integrated pathways and Professor Anne Maree Keenan, from Leeds, is leading on training within infrastructure and capacity building structures of the NIHR.

For more information, visit  www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/support/academy.htm