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Dr Alison Cooke, Assistant Director of Nursing (NMAHP) Research and Innovation and CeNREE Lead

Alison is passionate about NMAHPs having the opportunity to engage with research. She has been appointed to provide the necessary leadership to ensure alignment of Corporate and Divisional research and innovation for the non-medical clinical workforce. This is to realise the proposed outcomes of the NMAHP Research Strategy through informed development, investment and evaluation of research, innovation and evidence based practice.

Alison has a remit to increase NMAHP-led research at UHNM and develop a clinical academic career pathway for our non-medical staff. Alison is a registered midwife with experience in leading research, research delivery and ethics processes. Alison has been successful with two NIHR personal funding awards and four subsequent grant applications, three as Chief Investigator and one as a Co-Investigator. Alison has led research which has changed midwifery practice.

Alison has a joint appointment as a Senior Lecturer at University of Keele, and is also an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an experienced Masters and Doctoral Supervisor. Alison has expertise in a range of methodological approaches including: systematic review, meta-synthesis, randomised controlled trials, observational studies, national surveys, mixed methods and qualitative studies.

Alison will always find time to talk to anyone who wants to engage in research in some way, has a research idea or is considering a clinical academic career.