The development of Scotland’s NMAHP research academy and measures to build capacity within Scottish universities are both key to the future success of the sector, the Council of Deans of Health Scotland (CoDH Scotland) has said.
The comments come as CoDH Scotland launches its research policy paper, Supporting nursing, midwifery and allied health profession research in Scotland, at the Council’s annual general meeting held in Edinburgh today (24 January 2017).
The publication also highlights the importance of increasing clinical academic research to maintain the vital link between theory and practice and to develop the future workforce.
Commenting on the document, Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Convenor of CoDH Scotland said:
“This paper outlines the action that needs to be taken in order to ensure a sustainable NMAHP research sector in Scotland. It is the conclusion of an in-depth discussion with CoDH members and staff over the past 12 months and I’d like to thank Professor Brendan McCormack who led our research working group. However, this is just the start of a process to influence change.
“There is currently some excellent work going on but we need to focus our efforts on ensuring that NMAHP researchers are properly equipped and that our universities have better access to grant funding.”
“CoDH Scotland seeks to assist the Scottish Government’s desire to strengthen collaboration between research and practice as outlined in its Setting the Direction document. We therefore look forward to building on this policy paper and working with Scottish Government, the NHS and other stakeholders to develop Scotland’s NMAHP research capability for the future”.
Click here to download: Supporting nursing, midwifery and allied health profession research in Scotland.