Structure

The Internship Programme consists of a commitment of 48 days over a 12 month period commencing in October / November 2019.

The programme

Interactive workshops and action learning sets on:

  • Developing a research question
  • Introduction to research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Critical appraisal and literature review
  • Applying research methodology to a health care setting
  • Patient and public involvement and engagement in research
  • Ethics and research governance
  • Research funding and finance

A structured taught programme that also includes:

  • An introduction to the clinical academic careers pathway and application for a Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (funded by HEE/NIHR), a Masters in Research, or help individuals to identify the next step in their career development
  • A placement in a research setting which could include the unique clinical research infrastructure developed by Birmingham Health Partners
  • Independent study time to complete programme work with the support of a supervisor

Expected programme outcomes

  • A refined and feasible research question as part of a preliminary research proposal in which potential methods are considered
  • Drafted literature review formatted for submission to a nominated academic journal supporting a research question or area (this is a summative assessment for attainment of 20 Masters level module credits)
  • Developed a portfolio containing evidence of reflection, learning and experiences of the novice researcher while on the programme to include self-assessment of ongoing learning needs and future plans
  • Undertake a presentation of proposed research to an audience of peers, supervisors and managers
  • Drafted application form for e.g. Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (or equivalent)
  • Evaluate the programme

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