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New UHNM-led clinical development scheme launched to empower research practitioners of the future

A new UHNM-led clinical development scheme has launched helping to empower the lead research practitioners of the future.  

The one-year programme provides real-world experience as Band 7 Research Practitioners, helping to develop an understanding of the complexities and challenges of supporting research across integrated care systems and gain management skills.

Senior Research Practitioners Minnie Gellamucho and Leanne Scott are the first enrolees on the UHNM Clinical Research Network-funded scheme. 

Dr Simon Lea, Academic Research and Innovation Development Officer at UHNM said: “The development scheme, led by UHNM and working with SSHERPa (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Health and Care Research Partnership) partners, will provide Minnie and Leanne with a structured development training programme and 12-months real-world experience as Band 7 Research Practitioners.

“They will share best practice at the various centres where their placements are held to support more timely facilitation of studies that cross organisational boundaries. They will support the development of stronger working relationships between organisations, benefitting all those working in research delivery at the various centres, as well as supporting the delivery of the research studies they are working on and, ultimately driving best research for our population. If successful, we hope to embed development opportunities for more research practitioners, including practitioners from other centres across the SSHERPa region”

Leanne Scott said: “I’m really excited, it’s an amazing opportunity for both of us. We’re both really looking forward to the placements, seeing how other research areas and get to learn from them.”

Minnie Gellamucho said: “It’s a great new opportunity to develop my career, one which I am delighted to make the most out of.” 

Jackie Sears, Clinical Research Matron at UHNM said: “This is an incredible new and exciting opportunity for Leanne and Minnie, that will involve a mixture of hands-on experience, diverse training opportunities, and collaborations with our research partners, setting them both on the path to becoming future leaders in research delivery.”