Nursing and Allied Health Professional Academic Pathways

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Nursing and allied health professionals (AHPs) in research careers play a critical role in enhancing practice-based research and aid the rapid deployment of evidence into busy NHS clinics. The drive for clinical academic roles in nursing/AHPs, including both therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers, will enhance patient care and improve outcomes with a focus on translational benefit and Team Science.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has a bespoke Christie Clinical Academic Pathway (CCAP) team supporting combined clinical and research pathways for all clinical staff groups. Research opportunities are available through the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme and across the clinical-academic pathway, from introductory research internships to PhDs. The Christie Patient Centred Research (CPCR) team are happy to work with people to develop competitive  applications, so please email for support or further information.

Oak Road entrance to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Through Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester, we provide high-quality and novel PhD studentships to train future radiation related  researchers in basic, discovery, clinical and population sciences with differential expertise. The environment in Manchester, with a critical mass of senior researchers and clinical practitioners in radiobiology, applied physics and radiotherapy delivery, provides an excellent backdrop for projects that address the challenges of translational science to real world patients in the clinic. This further ensures the outcomes of our projects are integrated in everyday clinical practice.


Examples of specific skill-sets and PhD training topics include links to the Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centre and the Elekta MR-Linac, a machine that combines high field-strength MR imaging with a linear accelerator in a single system. We also link to real-time outcome programmes in Manchester, building on the established success of the Christie Advanced Radiotherapy Summer School and Christie School of Oncology programmes.


For Cancer Research UK-funded research pathways, please contact


Health Education England ICA Internship Programme

NHS R&D North West, in collaboration with the University of Salford are also collaborating on an Integrated Clinical Academic Internship Programme for Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists or Healthcare Scientists. The Internship aims to:

  • Provide the opportunity for you to engage in and develop a network of clinical academics to develop, promote and evaluate research into learning, best practice and innovation both regionally and nationally
  • Support the development of both your clinical and research skills
  • Enable you to explore research into areas prioritised within HEE’s mandate or to the education and training of the NHS workforce more widely
  • Offer you an insight into the world of the clinical academic
  • Access to relevant learning resources at the University of Salford
  • Provide you with significant developmental opportunities to enable you to begin to realise your research potential.


If you are interested in embarking on a clinical academic career and making a difference in performing high quality clinical research find out more about the programme on the  Integrated Clinical Academic Internship Programme website.

Deadline for applications: 10th December 2021


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