- Directors of Finance
- HR Directors
- Medical Directors
- Directors of Nursing
- R&D Directors
What is a clinical academic?
The AUKUH clinical academic group have developed an agreed definition of a research-focused NMAHP clinical academic. The definition adopted by DH/NHS England and can be described as:
A research-focused clinician academic is a nurse, midwife or allied health professional who engages concurrently in clinical practice and research and provides clinical and research leadership in the pursuit of innovation and delivery of excellent evidence-based healthcare. A central feature of the research they do informs and improves the effectiveness, quality and safety of patient care. Clinical academics focus on building a research-led care environment for patients and challenge existing practice as well as working within and contributing to a research rich environment leading the way towards achieving excellence in patient outcome and healthcare. The substantive contract of employment may be held by a healthcare provider or a Higher Education Institution. Honorary contracts should be held with the non-substantive host.
AUKUH Clinical Academic Careers Group, February 2012
Why is it important to invest in clinical academic NMAHPs?
Research activity improves the quality of patient care, experience and outcomes, and increases the effective use of available resource. It is acknowledged that Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) already provide a contribution to research, practice and education within the NHS and social care. They lead and contribute to the generation of new knowledge about care and treatment, and support the development of a dynamic, innovative world-class workforce that actively seeks out the best evidence to help improve outcomes and experiences for patients.
The development of a world-class multi-professional clinical academic workforce promotes the accessibility and translation of high quality evidence to inform clinical decision making. Clinical academics are ideally placed to facilitate the adoption and spread of best practice, innovation and new technology.